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Calif. health exchange shares data without consent

The California health exchange says it's been giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage.

FDA approves breakthrough hepatitis C drug

Federal health officials have approved a highly anticipated hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences Inc. that is expected to offer a faster, more palatable cure to millions of people infected with the liver-destroying virus.

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Health law business insurance site delayed 1 year

The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses.

Health care moving to new coding system

Delays in appointments, payments expected after conversion

Local health care organizations want the public to be aware the federal government is requiring the health care industry to transition to an updated medical coding system by Oct. 1, 2014. ICD-10 will require physicians to be much more specific in their documentation.

Group wants health plans without abortion coverage

A national anti-abortion group is pressing Rhode Island's health insurance marketplace to offer plans that don't cover abortion services, saying that failing to do so is "blatantly violating" the rights of those who object to the procedure.

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FDA issues stern warning on Medtronic devices

Federal health officials say that defects in some Medtronic devices used in heart procedures are severe enough that they could cause serious injury or death. The warning covers about 15,000 recalled guidewires, which are inserted through an artery and used to guide other devices into place, such as stents to hold open blocked arteries.

Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans

Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.

MU study finds abuse knowledge gap among surgeons

A University of Missouri researcher says orthopedic surgeons are not often identifying domestic violence as a possible cause of the injuries they treat.

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2 Wisconsin sisters claim HPV vaccine affected ovaries

Two Wisconsin sisters have filed a federal claim, saying they believe a cervical cancer vaccine caused their ovaries to stop producing eggs.

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No more trans fat: FDA banning the artery-clogger

Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of them for good.

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Sticker shock often follows insurance cancellation

Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he'd be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect. But the 64-year-old recently received a letter notifying him the plan was being canceled because it didn't cover certain benefits required under the law.

Missouri legislators explore managed care options

Experts: ACOs could improve health care quality, efficiencies

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) that have been successful with Medicare could be viable options for Missouri’s Medicaid system, state health experts say.

As health marketplaces open, Vt. eyes bigger goal

As states open insurance marketplaces amid uncertainty about whether they're a solution for health care, Vermont is eyeing a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces a government-funded model.

FDA approves more powerful, pure hydrocodone drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a stronger, single-ingredient version hydrocodone, the widely-abused prescription painkiller.

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FDA wants limits on most prescribed painkiller

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

FDA advisers unanimously back J&J hepatitis C drug

An experimental hepatitis C drug from Johnson & Johnson has won unanimous support from government advisers who say the medication should be approved to treat patients infected with the liver-destroying virus.

Mo. hospital group charts admission improvements

The Missouri Hospital Association says there has been a decline in the number of hospital admissions for preventable issues.

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Builders of Obama’s health website saw red flags (VIDEO)

As questions mount over the website’s failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications by The Associated Press found a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product that congressional investigators said was tested by the government and not private developers with more expertise.

VA counsels veterans on health care options

Veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) health care programs do not need to take additional action on their health insurance before Jan 1, 2014, to become compliant with the Affordable Care Act. The VA health care programs include the Veterans Health Care Program, the VA Civilian Health and Medical Program and the Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program.

Sources: 476,000 Obamacare applications filed

Administration officials say about 476,000 health insurance applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges, the most detailed measure yet of the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.