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How A Divorce Can Boost Health Insurance Subsidies

If a couple divorces, each person's eligibility for insurance-related tax credits will generally be based on his or her own annual income. The former spouse's income won't be counted, even if the couple filed taxes jointly the previous year.

FDA Found Drugs Used In Food Animals To Be 'High Risk'

Documents show that Food and Drug Administration scientists allowed 18 drugs to be sold to farmers despite a risk to human health. Critics say the agency now needs to get companies to commit to phasing out the drugs given to animals at low doses to make them grow faster.

Paid Leave Laws Catch On Across the Nation

The only federally mandated leave covers just half of the workforce, and many people say they can't afford to use it because it's unpaid. States and cities across the U.S. are stepping in with policies that cover both public and private sector workers.
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Creigh Deeds Introduces Legislation To Extend Emergency Custody Orders

On the heels of the death of the son of Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, legislation is being introduced that would extend emergency custody orders from six to 24 hours.


Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare

"Obamacare just isn't working," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. So he and two of his more influential Republican colleagues have proposed yet another plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act.

No Surprises: Egyptian Military Endorses Its Chief For President

Out of Cairo on Monday came new indications that Egypt's military chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will run for president in an election expected within the next three months. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt's highest military body, disseminated a message praising Sisi and endorsing him for a presidential bid.

Worries About Bird Flu Curtail Chinese New Year Feasts

Serving chicken, pigeon or duck for the holiday may be harder this year for some families in China and Hong Kong. As the deadly H7N9 virus continues to spread, officials in China have closed many live poultry markets, while agricultural workers in Hong Kong plan to cull thousands of chickens this week.

Stricter Autism Criteria Unlikely To Reduce Services For Kids

Researchers say changes rolled out last May are likely to have a bigger effect on government statistics than on the care of the nation's children. Still, advocates worry that narrower definitions could lead to a loss of coverage for some children.

You'd Think We'd Have Baby-Making All Figured Out, But No

Many women don't know when they're most likely to get pregnant each month, and some think certain positions will boost the odds, a survey finds. There are also big gaps in knowledge about risk factors for infertility and birth defects.

Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care

Alarms are good and necessary things in hospital care — except when there are so many that caregivers miss signals of a patient in crisis. Trying to conquer "alarm fatigue," one hospital turned off the beeps — and found that patient care actually improved.