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AP FACT CHECK: Health insurance costs up, but not doubling


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A claim from the final presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:...

Lawmakers demand answers on leukemia drug price hikes


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two top lawmakers on Thursday demanded information from a drug company that has raised prices on a leukemia drug, calling increases of tens of thousands of dollars a sign the company puts profits before patients....

Raising a vegan baby: Parents say abuse cases give a bad rap


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- There's a right way and a wrong way to raise a baby on vegan food. Those who get it wrong, parents say, give the responsible ones a bad name....

Insurer Cigna eases rules for opioid addiction medication


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The health insurer Cigna has agreed to end a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could give patients a drug used to treat opioid addiction....

Watchdog: EPA delayed for 7 months in Flint water crisis


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency had sufficient authority and information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 - seven months before it declared an emergency, the EPA's inspector general said Thursday....

Preteens need only 2 HPV shots _ not 3, CDC says


NEW YORK (AP) -- It's now easier for preteens to get the cervical cancer vaccine....

Feds look into claim of unofficial VA wait lists in Colorado


DENVER (AP) -- Government investigators said they are looking into allegations that Department of Veterans Affairs employees in Colorado kept unofficial lists of veterans waiting for health care that could conceal how long it takes to get an appointment, possibly broadening a nationwide scandal....

Desperate Pakistan family awaits US visa for 6-year-old girl


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A desperate Pakistani family anxiously awaiting a U.S. visa for their ailing little girl is running out of time: Maria is just six years old but a rare genetic disease has left her frail body wracked with pain and stunted her growth....

Obama: Health care law worked, but improvements needed


MIAMI (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security of health insurance" because of the Affordable Care Act....

Zika test urged for pregnant women throughout Florida county


NEW YORK (AP) -- The government on Wednesday recommended Zika testing for all pregnant women who recently spent time anywhere in Florida's Miami-Dade County....