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With Obamacare Here to Stay, U.S. Wants to Tout Its Benefits

bloomberg.com — Obamacare looks like it's here to stay. Now the Obama administration plans to better explain to Americans why the law is good for them. After the Supreme Court declined to gut the law in a decision last week, there's an opportunity to build on gains in health coverage and also rectify some missteps in the Affordable Care Act's marketing, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the U.S.

White House Confirms Second Possible Breach of Personnel Records

bloomberg.com — Hackers may have breached U.S. government personnel records more than once, accessing data on employee background investigations, the White House said on Friday. The breach was uncovered as authorities investigated the hacking of records on 4 million current and former federal workers maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, the government's human resources agency.

Obama to Send 450 Military Trainers to Iraq, White House Says

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Supreme Court Shouldn’t Have Taken Obamacare Lawsuit, Obama Says

bloomberg.com — President Barack Obama said the Supreme Court probably shouldn't have accepted a lawsuit challenging Obamacare's health insurance subsidies, calling it an "easy case." "Frankly it probably shouldn't have even been taken up," Obama said today at a news conference at the Group of Seven summit in Germany. The suit, King v.

U.S. Railroad Regulators Order Safety Upgrades for Amtrak Routes

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Obama, Post-Presidency in Sight, Extends Brother’s Keeper Plan

bloomberg.com — President Barack Obama is dropping the latest hint of what direction he will take after departing the White House by spearheading a new nonprofit organization to help minority boys and young men. Set to be unveiled on Monday during an event at Lehman College in the Bronx, My Brother's Keeper Alliance will extend the work of Obama's My Brother's Keeper project, created in 2014.

Assurant Cited Most by U.S. for Health Premium Increases

Employers Can Pay Workers to Track Weight, Exercise, U.S. Says

bloomberg.com — U.S. employers can reward workers with as much 30 percent of the cost of their health insurance benefits in return for participation in programs to monitor weight, cholesterol and other "wellness" measures, the Obama administration said Thursday. Many employers already have such programs, though there has been debate over how far they can go.

Obamacare Savings Experiment Yields Modest Results in Study

bloomberg.com — An ambitious Obamacare experiment in cutting health-care costs led to a reduction of about 1.2 percent in spending on Medicare patients in its first year, researchers said, calling the savings a promising start. Still, the government may need to make changes to keep hospitals and doctors in the program, known as Pioneer, Harvard University researchers said in a paper published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Aetna Fined $1 Million for Confusing Medicare Pharmacy Changes

bloomberg.com — Aetna Inc. was fined $1 million for providing erroneous information about pharmacies covered by its Medicare drug plans this year, potentially misleading elderly and disabled customers, according to the U.S. government. The company told Medicare patients that its plans covered medicine at 6,887 pharmacies that actually weren't in its networks, the U.S.
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Jul 05, 2015

RT @rebeccawire: Greece Heads for ‘No’ Vote, Raising Risk of Exit From Euro bloom.bg/1M4zMCO

Jul 03, 2015

@InsureVisionary @RobertLangreth @CarolineYLChen A little something called the 1st Amendment. Corporations are people, you know.

Jul 02, 2015

President Obama shakes Scott Walker's hand, then trashes his policies in a speech. By @margarettalev bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

Jul 02, 2015

Somewhere there's a whole team of people whose job is to figure out the best way to fold a piece of cardboard into a box.

Jul 02, 2015

And after the stroke there's the Aspiration And after he chokes there's the Intubation Poetry, by @zdoggmd

Jul 02, 2015

If you work in health policy and you did not make this video, time to retire. youtube.com/watch?v=aS3xaX…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @RichardRubinDC: Did Jim Webb actually do a holiday weekend news dump presidential announcement?

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