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  • U.S. lawmakers reach accord on paying doctors for Medicare

    U.S. lawmakers reach accord on paying doctors for Medicare
    WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan agreement, congressional leaders have settled on a plan to fix Medicare's system for paying physicians, potentially ending years of uncertainty that often held up fees for doctors who care for the nation's senior...
  • New report directs blame in S.F. hospital patient's stairwell death

    New report directs blame in S.F. hospital patient's stairwell death
    The San Francisco hospital where a patient disappeared last year, only to be found dead 17 days later in a exterior stairwell, should share in the blame with the sheriff's department for "systemic" failures that led to the death, according to new report....
  • Henry Waxman, the 'tougher than a boiled owl' congressman

    Henry Waxman, the 'tougher than a boiled owl' congressman
    Most members of the House of Representatives have a "wall of fame" in their office — meant-to-impress photographs of the often obscure incumbent with presidents, senators and hometown sports heroes. Henry Waxman's wall has bills, dozens of them...
  • Another misguided GOP attack on Obamacare

    Another misguided GOP attack on Obamacare
    Ever since the housing market collapse, nothing stokes the flames of public outrage quite like the phrase "government bailout." It's become the condemnation of choice for both parties when faced with a policy they don't like. Lately, conservatives have...
  • Ambulances: Basic info about a service you may take for granted

     Ambulances: Basic info about a service you may take for granted
    Few of us expect to find ourselves riding in the back of an ambulance, yet in 2012 nearly 600,000 people in Los Angeles County were transported to hospital emergency rooms. And that's just in response to 911 calls. But how does it work? Where do they...
  • Blue Shield of California to buy GemCare Health Plan in Bakersfield

    Blue Shield of California to buy GemCare Health Plan in Bakersfield
    Blue Shield of California said it has agreed to acquire GemCare Health Plan, expanding its presence in Kern County and the Central Coast area. Blue Shield, one of the state's largest health insurers, said Tuesday that GemCare customers should see...
  • U.S. healthcare costs keep rising but at slower pace

    U.S. healthcare costs keep rising but at slower pace
    WASHINGTON — The relentless rise in healthcare spending — which had threatened government budgets and helped pave the way for President Obama's health law — continued to moderate in 2012, the fourth year of a historic slowdown, newly...
  • U.S. healthcare spending growth remains low for fourth year

    U.S. healthcare spending growth remains low for fourth year
    WASHINGTON — Soaring healthcare spending — which helped pave the way for President Obama’s health law — continued to moderate in 2012, the fourth year of a historic slowdown in how much the nation pays for medical treatment,...
  • Andrew Jacobs Jr. dies at 81; Indiana congressman known for his thrift

     Andrew Jacobs Jr. dies at 81; Indiana congressman known for his thrift
    Andrew Jacobs Jr., a former longtime Indiana congressman known for turning down pay raises and PAC donations as well as for being an early opponent of the Vietnam War, died Saturday at his Indianapolis home. He was 81. He had been in declining health...
  • Seeing the positive changes brought by the federal health law

    Seeing the positive changes brought by the federal health law
    This was the year that millions of Americans learned that health insurance is complicated. The landscape they discovered is ugly. Paying a premium doesn't mean your costs are over. Lower premiums mean higher deductibles, higher fees at the doctor's...
  • A real Obamacare fix: Let thirtysomethings sign up for Medicare

    A <em>real</em> Obamacare fix: Let thirtysomethings sign up for Medicare
    The Affordable Care Act may have just gotten a little more affordable. Or did it? The Obama administration announced Thursday night that individuals whose health insurance plans are being canceled under the new provisions of Obamacare will be eligible...