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**FILE** A draft copy of the 21-page Health and Human Services Department form proposed for use to apply for low-cost insurance from Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program is photographed in Washington on March 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

Feds paid bill for HIV drugs even after Medicare patients died: audit

- The Washington Times

Medicare continued paying for HIV-related drugs for 158 patients even after they died in 2012, according to a new watchdog report being released Friday that suggested the problems could extend well beyond AIDS drugs to include all pharmaceuticals covered under Medicare’s prescription drug benefit.

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Judge rules dog bite wound covered by auto policy

Associated Press

A federal judge in Albuquerque has ruled that an insurance policy must cover a $700,000 claim for a severe facial wound suffered by a child bitten by a dog in a parked SUV.

A state trooper is stationed across from the house of nurse Kaci Hickox in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge.( AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine asks court to limit movements of nurse Kaci Hickox

- The Washington Times

Maine health officials are asking a court to restrict the movements of a nurse who worked with Ebola patients in West Africa, increasing the pressure in the high-profile case that's testing the balance between the public health response to the disease and personal freedoms.

North Korean Ebola policies hit tourism businesses

- Associated Press

North Korea's quarantine of foreigners to prevent Ebola has not disrupted business with the nation's largest trading partner, Chinese businesspeople say, although a tourist ban has hurt travel agencies that run tours to the reclusive country.

Judge hears arguments on Indiana abortion law

Associated Press

A federal judge is weighing arguments in the legal battle over an Indiana law critics say is aimed at shuttering a Planned Parenthood clinic that is the sole facility in the state to perform only drug-induced abortions.

Medicare paid for meds after patients were dead

- Associated Press

Call it drugs for the departed: A quirky bureaucratic rule led Medicare's prescription drug program to pay for costly medications even after the patients were dead.

Sri Lankan health workers wear protective gear as they attend a preparedness program for Ebola at the Infectious Disease Hospital for fever in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014. Airports in Asia have stepped up their defenses: screening passengers who have travelled from affected countries, taking any with high temperature for observation and trying to keep contact them with for 21 days, the incubation period. According to the World Health Organization, more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

WHO issues new guidance on Ebola protective gear

Associated Press

The U.N. health agency is updating its guidelines for health workers dealing with the deadly Ebola virus, recommending tougher measures such as doubling up on gloves and making sure the mouth, nose and eyes are better protected from contaminated droplets and fluids.

Maine CDC issues hepatitis A alert

Associated Press

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says a worker at a Cumberland County restaurant infected with hepatitis A may have exposed customers.

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014,  aid is offloaded to be used in the fight of the Ebola virus, as it arrives by air from America at the airport in Conakry, Guinea. No African countries are on the United Nations list of contributors to fight the Ebola epidemic, and angry legislators from Sierra Leone and Liberia got up to protest at a session on peace and security at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa last "They said as far as they are concerned, nobody wants to talk about Ebola," said Jeggan Grey-Johnson, a governance expert.  (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centers

- Associated Press

Remembering those who have died in the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centers in Monrovia on Friday amid hopes that the disease is finally on the decline in this West African country.

Correction: Tobacco Conference story

- Associated Press

In a story Oct. 30 about a medical tobacco conference, The Associated Press misidentified the CEO of the American Cancer Society. His name is John Seffrin, not John Steffen.

Milford student back in school after Ebola ban

Associated Press

Milford schools and the father of a 7-year-old girl barred for three weeks because of Ebola fears have agreed to the youngster's return, three days day earlier than planned.

US ambassador says she's monitoring for Ebola

- Associated Press

The U.S. ambassador who just returned from the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola said Friday she's self-monitoring for the virus like anyone else.

Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, take delivery of a pizza at their home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

- Associated Press

A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

Reproductive-rights group asks court to block law

- Associated Press

An attorney for a Norman abortion provider told an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee Friday that he will have to close his practice next week unless the court blocks a law that takes effect Saturday requiring abortion providers to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when abortions are performed.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis

- Associated Press

The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week - months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later.

Massachusetts hospitals announce Ebola plan

Associated Press

Six Massachusetts hospitals have formed a collaborative system to handle Ebola patients, even though there have been no Ebola cases in the state and public health officials say the risk is "extremely low."