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Obama Budget Includes $235 Million For Mental Health Care

Obama Budget Includes $235 Million For Mental Health Care

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is asking for $235 million as part of his new budget proposal to fund mental health initiatives. Of the funds, $130 million will be used to train teachers and others to identify si…

Sequester’s Medicare Cuts Mean Tough Choices for Colo. Hospitals

Sequester’s Medicare Cuts Mean Tough Choices for Colo. Hospitals

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(ALAMOSA, Colo.) — While the immediate effects of the sequester may have been somewhat overstated, it threatens to have a very real impact on Colorado hospitals and their patients
In 2011, Medicare payments to Colorado ho…

Parents of Violent Mental Disorder Patients Share Their Stories on Capitol Hill

Parents of Violent Mental Disorder Patients Share Their Stories on Capitol Hill

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The father of a young man whose battle with mental illness ended in suicide told a bipartisan group of Congress members Tuesday about the sometimes nightmarish struggles he faced trying to help his son.“I can&rsqu…

Health Care Deadline Looms: How States Are Setting Up the Exchanges

Health Care Deadline Looms: How States Are Setting Up the Exchanges

Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — All of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” doesn’t go into effect until 2014, but states are required to set up their own health care exchanges or leave it to the federal government to ste…

Ex-Con Who Wanted to Go Back to Jail for Health Care Denied

Ex-Con Who Wanted to Go Back to Jail for Health Care Denied

Zoonar/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Ex-convict Frank Morrocco brazenly walked out of a supermarket Nov. 26 with $23 in stolen items, hoping his petty theft would land him back behind bars, where he could receive treatment for his leukemia.On Monday, Mo…

Colin Powell Calls On Congress to Support Abortion Coverage for Military Rape Victims

Colin Powell Calls On Congress to Support Abortion Coverage for Military Rape Victims

ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) — In a letter sent to key lawmakers on Capitol Hill former U.S. Secretary of State and retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell called on Congress to support abortion coverage for military rape victims.“Restoring abort…

Romney Appears to Refine Position on Pre-existing Conditions

Romney Appears to Refine Position on Pre-existing Conditions

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Mitt Romney appears to have altered his position on the Obamacare ban on denying insurance to people with pre-existing conditions in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch editorial board.“You have to deal w…

LISTEN: Supreme Court Audio of Health Care Ruling Released

LISTEN: Supreme Court Audio of Health Care Ruling Released

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Only a few people — those lucky enough to get seats inside — were able to witness history last June when the Supreme Court announced its health care decision.  Now, as it begins its new term, the court has t…

Democrats Pounce on Romney Over Uninsured, ER Care

Democrats Pounce on Romney Over Uninsured, ER Care

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Democrats are seizing on a portion of Mitt Romney’s interview with 60 Minutes in which he cites hospital emergency rooms as a health care option for the uninsured — a statement that contrasts with his longstandin…

Fact Check: Mitt Romney on ‘Obamacare’ and Pre-Existing Conditions

Fact Check: Mitt Romney on ‘Obamacare’ and Pre-Existing Conditions

JD Pooley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mitt Romney said Sunday he doesn’t want to get rid of all of “Obamacare,” a statement that at first seemed to indicate he’d softened his position on President Obama’s health care law.&ld…

US Health Care System ‘Wasted’ $750 Billion in 2009, Report Finds

US Health Care System ‘Wasted’ $750 Billion in 2009, Report Finds

PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. health care system wasted $750 billion on unnecessary and overpriced medical tests and treatments, administrative fees, medical fraud and missed prevention opportunities in 2009, a new report …

President Obama Suggests ‘Romney-Doesn’t-Care’ as New Name for Obamacare

President Obama Suggests ‘Romney-Doesn’t-Care’ as New Name for Obamacare

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(AMES, Iowa) — President Obama coined a new nickname for a potential action by a hypothetical President Romney Tuesday, playing off the “Obamacare” nickname for health care legislation that his administration initi…

Seniors Have Both High Hopes and Major Concerns About the Future

Seniors Have Both High Hopes and Major Concerns About the Future

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Despite tough economic times, at least one group of Americans is bullish about their future. They’re the baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964.In a poll conducted of 2,250 people ages 60 and older by the N…

‘People Will Die’ If Romney’s Elected, Journalist Says

‘People Will Die’ If Romney’s Elected, Journalist Says

John Lamparski/WireImage(WASHINGTON) — Forget seeking to tie Mitt Romney’s past with one woman’s death from cancer — a charge that lacks much evidence. A political pundit and journalist took a great leap further when he said on Thursday t…

Cost of Health Care Bumping Up Pizza Price

Cost of Health Care Bumping Up Pizza Price

Hemant Chawla/The India Today Group/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The CEO and founder of Papa John’s pizza wants investors to know that when the president’s health care law takes effect, the price of pizza is going up with it.According to “Papa” John Schna…

Obama Joins Sandra Fluke, Pitches Health Law in Colorado

Obama Joins Sandra Fluke, Pitches Health Law in Colorado

JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages(DENVER) — Trailing rival Mitt Romney in a new Colorado poll, President Obama Wednesday kicked off a two-day swing through the state by aggressively courting women voters with his signature health care law.The vigorous pitch,…

New Massachusetts Health Care Bill to Address Costs

New Massachusetts Health Care Bill to Address Costs

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(BOSTON) — The White House says it drew inspiration from Massachusetts’ reforms signed into law by Mitt Romney when crafting Obamacare, which is supposed to curtail health care spending over the long haul.There’s one problem: three …

Obama Admin. Partners with Health Insurers to Prevent Fraud

Obama Admin. Partners with Health Insurers to Prevent Fraud

Tom Williams/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is partnering with major insurers in the fight against health care fraud, announcing plans today to share billing information in an effort to identify trends and halt scams.“Lots of t…

Health Care Ruling Will Affect Cost of Law, Number of Those Covered

Health Care Ruling Will Affect Cost of Law, Number of Those Covered

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Last month’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act has both good and bad news for Americans.According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, about three million people on the lower…

Scalia: ‘I Haven’t Had a Falling Out with Justice Roberts’

Scalia: ‘I Haven’t Had a Falling Out with Justice Roberts’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed reports that the recent health care decision created a rift between him and Chief Justice John Roberts.“Who told you that?” Scalia asked CNN’s P…

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