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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

By Stephen Dinan - 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. Published October 31, 2014

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In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to members of the media in Raleigh, N.C. In a letter dated Oct. 6 to French officials, McCrory said the plain packaging proposal may detract from more effective ways of curbing cigarette use. The French bill requiring neutral cigarette packs by 2016 is slated for debate in French Parliament next year. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)FILE-

McCrory says he's assessing NC Medicaid expansion

- Associated Press

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he's assessing whether to expand Medicaid, the health insurance plan for mostly poor children and the disabled.

Health overhaul's subsidies at Supreme Court

- Associated Press

Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law.

FILE - This Dec. 10, 2013, file photo shows Dr. Bruce Goldberg, acting head of Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange, at a news conference at Cover Oregon headquarters in Durham, Ore. More than five months after Oregon's botched health-insurance exchange failed to go live, concern is mounting for another, less visible state IT project that was built in conjunction with the exchange, using the same technology. Officials say they are about to launch a formal review of the so-called modernization program, a multimillion-dollar Department of Human Services project meant to improve online access to public benefits, to see if it hides serious flaws similar to those of the Cover Oregon exchange. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)

Oregon cuts ties with Oracle's health exchange

- Associated Press

Oregon is cutting its last ties with a botched health insurance exchange portal built by Oracle Corp. as the state and the high-tech company pursue lawsuits against each other.

Members of the state chapter of the NAACP and other health care advocates held a mock funeral across from the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, to characterize lives that say will be lost if Medicaid is not expanded in Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam has said he's still in talks with Washington over finding a way to expand it. (AP Photo/Lucas L. Johnson II)

Advocates continue call for Medicaid expansion

- Associated Press

Members of the state chapter of the NAACP and other health care advocates held a mock funeral across from the state Capitol on Tuesday to characterize lives they say will be lost if Medicaid is not expanded in Tennessee.

GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

- Associated Press

While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. They just don't see the law going away, even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections.

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Zeke Emanuel reveals the progressives' death wish

When Zeke Emanuel writes a provocative, 5,000-plus-word polemic on why he — and by extension the rest of us — should hope to die at 75 in order to ease the burden on family, friends and society, it can't be written off as the ravings of a rogue intellectual.

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Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obamacare website chief apologizes for poor rollout

- The Washington Times

The head of the agency in charge of the new health care law apologized Tuesday to people who've tried to use the flawed federal Obamacare website, but she said she still has faith that the site will be working for most Americans by the end of November.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, for and event with President Barack Obama on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul. Obama acknowledged that the widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Sebelius to appear before House on Obamacare on Oct. 30

- The Washington Times

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday put off Republican lawmakers who want to question her about the disastrous rollout of Obamacare this week, instead agreeing to testify about the program's computer problems next week.

** FILE ** In this Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during an event discussing the federal health care overhaul in Philadelphia. With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

- Associated Press

With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.

** FILE ** Linda Norman (right) and Joanna Galt, both from Florida, hold their banners during a "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obamacare has been amended or delayed 19 times: study

- The Washington Times

President Obama has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and he's taken five independent steps to delay the Affordable Care Act on his own, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service, released Wednesday.

Bev Veals (left), accompanied by her husband, Scott, undergoes chemotherapy treatment at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Patient's health insurance bill soars as Obamacare falters

- Associated Press

Coping with advanced cancer, Bev Veals was in the hospital for chemotherapy this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay up to $3,125, on top of premiums.

Tea party asks its grass roots to help kill health care law

- The Washington Times

Tea party Republicans are girding for a fight with the White House — and members of their own party — over how to block President Obama's health care law, saying Congress must not miss the chance to use this year's funding bills to try to starve Obamacare to death.

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Obama chats up health care

Obama chats up health care

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President Obama speaks about the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va.