Under ACA, millions eligible for free policies

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Millions of U.S. consumers are eligible for free healthcare policies, but officials say they're reluctant to push them because they may not be a good fit.

Study: Most happy with U.S. Medicare

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- Beneficiaries with private Medicare Advantage plans are less satisfied with their insurance than those with a traditional Medicare plan, a U.S. non-profit says.

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City blocks chicken-killing art project

LAWRENCE, Mo., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Officials in Lawrence, Mo., said they will not allow a local woman to display and then butcher chickens as part of an art project.

One-in-4 in U.S. have high blood pressure

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- One-in-four U.S. adults -- about 55 million Americans -- were treated for high blood pressure in 2008, federal health officials say.

9 million lost healthcare in last 2 years

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- An estimated 9 million working-age adults became uninsured in the last two years due to unemployment, a U.S. health insurance survey indicates.
Healthcare experts favor reform

Healthcare experts favor reform

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Despite mixed reviews by the general public, nine of 10 leaders in U.S. health policy say healthcare reform sets the right course, a survey indicates.

Government to try healthcare initiatives

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- It's essential to change the way U.S. healthcare is funded to reward high-quality, efficient care, officials of a New York non-profit group say.

U.S. learns from Swiss, Dutch healthcare

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Swiss and Dutch healthcare systems can serve as examples for U.S. healthcare reformers, officials at a U.S. non-profit group said.

Young girls rob bank

ACWORTH, Ga., March 1 (UPI) -- Police say an unusual bank robbery in Acworth, Ga., was perpetrated by a pair of young girls who giggled their way through the holdup.

Poll: Healthcare should be top priority

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress should focus on expanding healthcare coverage for the uninsured over the next five years, a new survey says.

Study: Plans not always a good deal

NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- A study says beneficiaries in poor health could pay more for care in some Medicare Advantage plans than in traditional Medicare with Medigap.

HealthBiz: Creating a safety culture

WASHINGTON, Conn., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. healthcare gets only a C for its efforts to reduce medical errors, A Pennsylvania notice has ambulatory surgical centers alarmed, and other health business news.

HealthBiz: Economy fuels uninsured numbers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- New U.S. Census Bureau numbers showing an increase in the uninsured point to the economy as the big factor.
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Study critical of consumer-driven health

NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. study said consumer directed health plans are not effective in curbing healthcare costs and could even worsen patient outcomes.

HealthBiz: Drug prices still top issue

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Drug prices, whether generally or connected to the Medicare drug discount card, remain the focus of healthcare concerns inside the Beltway, a pharmacy benefit manager launches an effort to help health plans encourage members to use generic prescriptions,
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Solving the uninsured dilemma difficult

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The uninsured ranks continue to grow -- up by 2.4 million from 2001 to 2002 -- and though there is no one solution to this national tragedy, the insurance industry is working to help the poor and small businesses as the government shores up Medicaid so st
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Mandatory health insurance debate begins

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Sen. John Breaux, D-La., said he is ready to begin persuading his centrist colleagues on Capitol Hill to support the idea of mandatory health insurance for all Americans.

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Animal Tales: The all-American bird

Although 45 million million turkeys are eaten in the United States each Thanksgiving, 22 million turkeys are eaten each Christmas and 19 million each Easter, Americans do not eat the most turkey.
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Chickens more than just dumb clucks

Although chickens tend to be associated with junk cars and shantytowns in the country, the birds recently have acquired a more upscale status, perhaps after Martha Stewart started showing up on late night television crowing about her prize-winning Anaucan
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