• Former NFLers appeal dismissal of lawsuit over painkillers

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers representing 1,300 former NFL players filed notice Tuesday that they plan to appeal a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that teams damaged the players' health by routinely — and often illegally — dispensing painkillers. The notice was filed...

  • State fails to track billions in mental health funds

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog commission...

  • Indiana wins federal OK for state-run Medicaid alternative

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has received federal approval to expand health coverage to about 350,000 uninsured residents through a state-run program Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday will help the state's working poor families. Surrounded by state officials and staffers at an Indianapolis...

  • Wolf vows to support Senate's medical marijuana bill

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf held an impromptu reception Tuesday for parents of children who are suffering daily from debilitating seizures and vowed to sign a medical marijuana bill that senators are writing. The greeting in Wolf's ornate Capitol reception room followed a...

  • Prison officials: Carson hospital policy is costing state

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada prison officials say a Carson City hospital's refusal to admit non-emergency inmates is increasing the state's health care costs. Department of Corrections Director Greg Cox told lawmakers at an interim budget meeting Tuesday that Carson-Tahoe Regional...

  • House panel backs new rules after nursing home scandal

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana House committee on Tuesday endorsed tighter rules on the conduct of lawmakers in the wake of an ethics investigation of a top Republican who fought privately to defeat legislation that would have hurt his family's business. The House Ethics Committee...

  • House passes bill allowing state to respond to more diseases

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The state House of Representatives has passed a measure that would more easily allow the state to react to deadly disease outbreaks. The bill backed by the Department of Health would expand the state's authority to respond to serious communicable diseases. The...

  • Advocates push for maintaining Medicaid expansion in Ohio

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of behavioral health groups say an extension of Medicaid has benefited low-income Ohioans living with mental health disorders and addictions, and lawmakers should continue it. The Coalition of Health Communities on Tuesday shared what it viewed as...

  • Amgen tops Street 4Q forecasts

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Amgen Inc. cruised to a 27 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit and beat Wall Street expectations, due to higher sales of nearly all its medicines, tight cost controls and a tax benefit. The world's biggest biotech drugmaker by revenue said it's starting a cycle of several important...

  • 5th case of measles is reported in Arizona's Pinal County

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Pinal County authorities say a fifth person has been confirmed as having the measles, but the adult man is recovering. Meanwhile, Maricopa County health officials confirm an adult woman is its second measles case and may have exposed people at the Phoenix...

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