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Sal Natale looks over a Medicare brochure at his home in Seminole, Fla., in this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Big premium increases foreseen for Medicare drug plan

- Associated Press

With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare’s popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums.

"I think it is the time to move on," Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told members of Enroll America, a nonprofit that drives customers into the Obamacare marketplace. (Associated Press)

Officials try to encourage confidence in Obamacare

- The Washington Times

The administration, seeking to boost confidence in Obamacare after a top insurer said it might exit the program within two years, is highlighting health plans that say they’re “doing fine” in the emerging marketplace.

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NYC Mayor de Blasio outlines plan to treat mental illness

- Associated Press

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's eyes watered and his face flushed. His voice faltered and, at one point as he struggled for the next sentence, his two college-aged children each placed a hand on his back to steady him.

Planned Parenthood sues Texas over blocked Medicaid dollars

- Associated Press

Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line.

Feds warn NC about deal to move mentally ill from homes

- Associated Press

North Carolina officials aren't living up to an out-of-court agreement to move potentially thousands of people with serious mental illness out of adult care homes and into their communities, government lawyers warned.

After avian flu, governor's turkey event has weightier feel

- Associated Press

One bird may have been the star Monday, but Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota turkey producers held the flapping 40-pounder out as a tribute to an important agriculture sector in the midst of a rebound.

Indiana House leader backing tighter cold medicine law

Associated Press

The top Republican in the Indiana House on Tuesday endorsed tightening state law to require a doctor's prescription for cold and allergy medications that can be used to make methamphetamine.

Less prostate cancer and screening seen after new guidance

- Associated Press

Far fewer U.S. men are being diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and getting blood tests to detect the disease since an influential government-appointed panel recommended against routine screening of all men, an American Cancer Society study found.

Transplant gives new face, scalp to burned firefighter

- Associated Press

A New York hospital says a volunteer firefighter has received the most extensive face transplant ever performed. The Mississippi man was badly burned in a fire 14 years ago.

Rare TB case shows diagnosing, treating children is tough

- Associated Press

When a 2-year-old returned sick from a visit to India, U.S. doctors suspected tuberculosis even though standard tests said no. It would take three months to confirm she had an extreme form of the disease - a saga that highlights the desperate need for better ways to fight TB in youngsters in countries that can't afford such creative care.