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Maryland health exchange extends deadline to enroll in Obamacare

Marylanders seeking health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act will get an extra seven days to sign up, state officials plan to announce Wednesday. The new enrollment deadline is December 22 rather than Friday. The deadline was extended by a week to accommodate procrastinators and avoid...

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  • U.S. health care spending growth slowed last year

    U.S. health care spending growth slowed last year

    U.S. spending on health care increased 4.3 percent last year to $3.3 trillion, or $10,348 per person, according to an annual report released last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rate of spending slowed compared to the previous two years, the Baltimore-based agency reported....

  • The solar eclipse burned a crescent wound on a woman's retina

    The solar eclipse burned a crescent wound on a woman's retina

    Like so many others, 26-year-old Nia Payne wanted to view of August's historic solar eclipse but didn't have a pair of protective glasses. She walked outside on Staten Island and glanced at the sun - 70 percent was covered - for about six seconds before deciding she needed eye protection. She borrowed...

  • Could balding signal heart trouble for men?

    Could balding signal heart trouble for men?

    Preliminary research hints — but cannot prove — that men who lose their hair relatively early in life might be at heightened heart risk. The study involved about 2,000 Indian men under 40 years of age. The researchers said that men who went prematurely gray and experienced male-pattern baldness...

  • Maryland to receive $10M from EpiPen maker Mylan in Medicaid fraud settlement

    Maryland to receive $10M from EpiPen maker Mylan in Medicaid fraud settlement

    The state of Maryland will receive nearly $10 million from Epipen maker Mylan, part of the company’s $465 million settlement with the Department of Justice over allegations that it overbilled Medicaid for the life-saving allergy medication injections, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced...

  • Scientists call on US to allow research on pot meds for pets

    Scientists call on US to allow research on pot meds for pets

    Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well. "The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains. "The 'Calm and Quiet' is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety." People anxious to relieve...

  • Baltimore-based Harpoon Medical acquired for $100 million

    Baltimore-based Harpoon Medical acquired for $100 million

    Harpoon Medical, a Baltimore-based medical device company, has been acquired by Edwards Lifesciences Corp. for $100 million. Under the deal, Harpoon, which is developing a device for minimally invasive heart surgery, will become part of California-based Edwards while retaining its West Camden Street...

  • Maryland's first cold-weather death is in Garrett County

    Maryland's first cold-weather death is in Garrett County

    The state has recorded its first cold-related death this season, a 65-year-old woman who died of complications from hypothermia in Garrett County, according to the Maryland Department of Health and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The health department did not release many details about...

  • Maryland cannabis commission hires new executive director

    Maryland cannabis commission hires new executive director

    An Eastern Shore hospital executive has joined the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission as its new executive director. Joy A. Strand takes her new job just as companies have begun to dispense medical marijuana to patients. She replaces Patrick Jameson who resigned last month. The former state trooper...

  • Flu vaccine may be only 10 percent effective this year, experts say

    Flu vaccine may be only 10 percent effective this year, experts say

    This year’s flu season may be rougher than usual, as early reports show the vaccine is only about 10 percent effective. The vaccine may have been mismatched for the strains that are spreading this year, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This year’s vaccine...

  • Obamacare enrollment: Here's what you need to know

    Obamacare enrollment: Here's what you need to know

    Consumers in Maryland and across the country can enroll in health insurance for 2018 through the Affordable Care Act. Thinking of buying health coverage on the exchange? Here’s what you need to know: Consumers will have less time to enroll in exchange plans this year. Open enrollment runs from...

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