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Published: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:55:12 -0500


Watch: Graham-Cassidy health care hearing starts with eruption of protests

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:56:00 -0500

The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on Republicans' last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Supporters of the bill cannot afford to lose any more GOP votes.(image)

McCain calls brain cancer prognosis 'very poor'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:59:03 -0500

The Arizona senator says he has "feelings sometimes of fear of what happens," but counters that with gratitude for having lived "had a great life."(image)

This test can determine whether you've outgrown a food allergy

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:34:00 -0500

Food allergies are tricky to diagnose, and many kids can outgrow them, too. A test called an oral food challenge is the gold standard to rule out an allergy. It's performed under medical supervision.(image)

Pregnant women should still get the flu vaccine, doctors advise

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:35:00 -0500

Researchers and physicians say a study suggesting a link between the flu vaccine and miscarriage in a limited population is cause for more research, not a reason to change vaccination recommendations.(image)

New blow to GOP health bill: Paul opposes revised measure

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:04:13 -0500

A chart Republicans circulated said the legislation's grants would provide 14 percent more money for Arizona than under Obama's law; 4 percent more for Kentucky; 49 percent more for Texas; 3 percent more for Alaska; and 43 percent more for Maine.(image)

For Republicans, rounding up health care votes could prove impossible

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:53:00 -0500

Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday it's "difficult to envision" voting for the latest GOP bill, as Sen. Ted Cruz spoke up to say he might oppose it. Any single senator's opposition would sink the bill.(image)

Sen. Collins likely against GOP health bill in latest blow

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:37:53 -0500

Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she finds it "very difficult" to envision backing the last-chance GOP bill that would repeal the Obama health care law.(image)

Biggest flash points in the Graham-Cassidy health care bill

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:00:14 -0500

The bill would make big changes to the nation's health care system by rolling back key requirements of Obamacare, including that insurers not charge more to people with pre-existing conditions.(image)

McCain rejects GOP's Obamacare repeal bill, possibly dooming it

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:04:00 -0500

Arizona Sen. John McCain is the second Republican to oppose the legislation, after Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul came out against it last week. If one more GOP senator is against the bill, it won't pass.(image)

How an air traveler with autism found strength in a stranger's kindness

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:51:00 -0500

Russell Lehmann, who has autism, suffered a major meltdown at the airport in June. An airline employee saw him and tried to help. That "meant the world," Russell says, and changed his life.(image)

McCain says no to GOP health care bill

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:09:39 -0500

Sen. John McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week.(image)

Trump hits GOP foes of health bill, Sen. Paul calls it fake

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:05:12 -0500

Trump used Twitter Friday to slam Sen. Rand Paul and other Republicans who might oppose the GOP's last-gasp effort to topple the Obama health care law.(image)

Fact check: Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:32:09 -0500

President Trump insists in a tweet that the bill covers pre-existing conditions, a point also made by Sen. Bill Cassidy, a sponsor of the legislation. But there's a catch.(image)

Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:00:06 -0500

Tests conducted on the brain of former football star Aaron Hernandez showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopath.(image)

Minnesota probes Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Maple Grove

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:52:52 -0500

State and local health authorities say they're investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in residents at the SilverCreek on Main assisted living facility.(image)

Study: Minnesota Medicaid funding would drop 30 percent under Senate health bill

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:30:44 -0500

A new analysis says states like Minnesota that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would see big cuts under a bill being considered by the U.S. Senate(image)

Health insurers' safety net is at risk. Here's why that matters

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:43:23 -0500

Gov. Dayton and state lawmakers are waiting for a federal waiver to implement their reinsurance plan -- but an announcement this week concerning federal funding has complicated matters. Here's what you need to know.(image)

Photos: A look back at a summer at group home for disabled adults

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:45:00 -0500

Tom Weber talked with journalist Evan Frost to get a sense of life at Diane Road, where only the managers pay attention to political debates, and caregivers get on with the task of helping people with disabilities live as independently as possible.(image)

Women with opioid addiction live with daily fear of assault, rape

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:01:00 -0500

Such attacks among women and some men with an opioid addiction often go unreported because the victims fear retaliation from drug dealers or charges from police.(image)

State Sen. Benson taking steady approach to health care changes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:13:25 -0500

Minnesota officials are still awaiting official word from the federal government on their request for a waiver regarding reinsurance.(image)