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Health Covered California sign-ups exceed projections Covered California sign-ups exceed projections(Video)
A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, state officials announced Thursday.
Health Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up
Consumers who were unable to create an account or fill out an application because of technical problems on the Covered California website have until midnight Tuesday to secure a health insurance policy and avoid a tax penalty. The agency offered the extension after its systems were overwhelmed by the number of people trying to sign up before last month's enrollment deadline under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Health DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.
Health Dieters move past calories, food makers follow Dieters move past calories, food makers follow
The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients
Health Chili's nixes autism event after backlash Chili's nixes autism event after backlash(Video)
What started out as Chili's "viral act of kindness" quickly changed after a large amount of backlash. Monday, the restaurant chain canceled a nationwide fundraiser to support the National Autism Association, a nonprofit group that links vaccinations to autism.
Health Pfizer reports promising results for cancer drug
An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday.
Health 1.2 million enroll in California health plans 1.2 million enroll in California health plans
California's health exchange announced Thursday that enrollment in private insurance plans had exceeded 1.2 million by an initial deadline earlier this week, although officials acknowledged they have more work ahead to reduce the number of people who remain uninsured.
Health Nonprofit insurers lag in California's exchange Nonprofit insurers lag in California's exchange
Small nonprofits offering insurance plans on California's health care exchange are lagging well behind major insurers in sign-ups, potentially undermining a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act, which sought to drive down costs by increasing competition.