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Sep 26, 2014

U.S. says diseases like Ebola should be viewed as security threats

WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
urged the international community Friday to view outbreaks of
Ebola, MERS and other deadly diseases as global security threats
that require broad and rapid responses to protect the safety of
populations and economies.

Top U.S. officials from the White House, Pentagon and State
Department met with representatives from 44 countries and
multilateral agencies, including the United Nations and World
Bank, to call for implementation of 7-year-old global standards
for dealing with deadly epidemics and other health dangers,
including biological attacks.

Sep 26, 2014

Money talks: Obamacare initiative makes headway in Republican states

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania (Reuters) РPresident Barack Obama’s plan to extend health coverage to millions of poor Americans remains highly contentious, yet it is gaining momentum among several initially reluctant states where financial pragmatism is trumping ideology.

Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. They take their cue from Pennsylvania and other states that have won Washington’s approval to add commercial innovations to the 50-year-old government program to make it more palatable to conservatives.

Sep 24, 2014

Obamacare to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion in uncompensated care: government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday said it expects expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion this year on the cost of caring for uninsured Americans.

A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said nearly three-quarters of the savings, $4.2 billion, would occur in states that have opted to expand the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor as part of the law, popularly known as Obamacare.

Sep 24, 2014

Obamacare to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 bln in uncompensated care -govt

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Wednesday said it expects expanded health coverage under the
Affordable Care Act to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion this
year on the cost of caring for uninsured Americans.

A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
said nearly three-quarters of the savings, $4.2 billion, would
occur in states that have opted to expand the Medicaid
healthcare program for the poor as part of the law, popularly
known as Obamacare.

Sep 23, 2014

U.S. government health agency sees 25 percent increase in Obamacare insurers

By David Morgan and Caroline Humer

(Reuters) – The number of insurers offering individual health plans on the Obamacare exchanges will increase about 25 percent in 2015 and that should keep down prices, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday in a report.

More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance through the exchanges in 2014, which were created under President Barack Obama’s national healthcare reform law and offer income-based subsidies.

Sep 23, 2014

U.S. Govt health agency sees 25 pct increase in Obamacare insurers

Sept 23 (Reuters) – The number of insurers offering
individual health plans on the Obamacare exchanges will increase
about 25 percent in 2015 and that should keep down prices, the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday in
a report.

More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance
through the exchanges in 2014, which were created under
President Barack Obama’s national healthcare reform law and
offer income-based subsidies.

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military’s battle against West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries in ramping up the global response to the epidemic, U.S. aid official Nancy Lindborg told a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military’s battle against West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries in ramping up the global response to the epidemic, U.S. aid official Nancy Lindborg told a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

Sep 11, 2014

U.S. FDA panel: Novo Nordisk’s liraglutide safe, effective for obesity

WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Novo Nordisk’s
drug liraglutide is safe and effective enough to warrant
approval for use in chronically obese patients with at least one
weight-related health issue, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration concluded on Thursday.

The panel voted 14 to 1 to recommend the drug, which is
already approved to treat diabetes under the brand name Victoza.
It would be sold under the name Saxenda if approved for obesity
by the FDA. According to analysts, it could generate $1 billion
in revenue for the company.

Sep 8, 2014

Top U.S. health adviser wants end to partisan fighting over Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Monday called for an end to partisan bickering over Obamacare, saying the public and businesses are sending a clear message to Washington that it is time to move on with implementing the law.

“The Affordable Care Act is clearly working,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told a university audience in remarks that unveiled a new administration message about the successes of the healthcare reform law just as the midterm election campaign debate about its future intensifies.

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