Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil in shadows of the law

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law. Operating in ways he hopes will avoid felony charges of drug trafficking, state Rep. Allen Peake is taking matters into his own hands.

Short of support, House won't vote on health bill this week

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House won't vote on Republican legislation scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law until at least next week, a GOP leader said Thursday. The decision deals a setback to the White House, which has pressured congressional Republicans to pass the bill by Saturday -- President Donald Trump's 100th day in office. "As soon as we have the votes, we'll vote on it," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by replacing insurance companies with government-funded health care for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump looks to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The moribund Republican health care bill received a jolt of life Wednesday when the conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed a revised version of the measure. But a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped legislation as a conservative exercise in "blame-shifting and face-saving" that wasn't winning new support from party centrists, leaving its fate unclear.

Justices hear dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered a dispute between rival drug companies that could affect how quickly life-saving generic medicines are available to the public. The case before the justices involves the cutting-edge field of biologics -- drugs made from living cells instead of chemicals. The drugs have led to major advances in treating cancer and other diseases, but often come with a massive price tag.

The Latest: GOP offers stopgap bill to fund government

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Republicans controlling the House have unveiled a stopgap bill to keep the government open past a shutdown deadline of midnight Friday.

Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities. The administration just might eliminate billions of dollars in disputed "Obamacare" subsidies. But a study out Tuesday from a nonpartisan group suggests that could backfire.

After Ebola, Liberians slowly embrace mental health care

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Drawn-out deaths. Communities torn apart. Survivor's guilt. Patrick Fallah says his memories of the days when the Ebola virus swept through Liberia are so awful that he sometimes has trouble focusing on the present. "Sometimes when I have a flashback of the death of my son and others who died in the Ebola treatment unit, I don't want to speak to people.

FDA approves near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

Federal regulators have approved an alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it approved Renflexis, developed by Samsung Bioepis Co. of South Korea. It will be marketed by its U.S. partner, Merck & Co. of Kenilworth, New Jersey. The companies refused to disclose the list price.

Health care lobby pushes back on Hawaii LGBT fertility bill

HONOLULU (AP) -- Health care lobbyists in Hawaii are pushing lawmakers to kill part of a bill that would expand access to fertility treatments to same-sex couples who want to have a child. They're saying requiring insurers to cover fertility treatments for gestational carriers that male couples rely on could lead to legal problems. Under Hawaii law, insurers are required to cover one round of in vitro fertilization for some married, heterosexual couples.

Johnson & Johnson says pricing competition squeezing sales

Increased pressure to cut medicine prices and an industry-wide slowdown in consumer health product sales is hurting health care giant Johnson & Johnson. Those factors, along with a bigger tax bill than a year ago, trimmed J&J's first-quarter profit slightly, but it still gave a rosier financial forecast for the year.

Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use

DENVER (AP) -- Americans think it's safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to a new Yahoo/Marist poll released Monday. Two-thirds of the respondents in the telephone survey said opioid drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin are "riskier" to use than pot, even when the pain pills are prescribed by a doctor.

Even in hometown, constituents rip into Republican lawmaker

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) -- In the auditorium of his old middle school just blocks from where he still lives, the congressman who is a lead author of the stalled House Republican health care bill was treated like the villain in a class play. It didn't matter that Rep. Greg Walden was on a first-name basis with many of the roughly 800 attendees. Or that Democrats like Gov. Kate Brown call him congenial and bright.

In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Going without health insurance is a risk. Going without it in Alaska can be a gamble of a much higher order, for this is a place unlike anywhere else in the U.S., a land of pitiless cold, vast expanses and dangerous, back-breaking work such as pulling fishing nets from the water or hauling animal carcasses out of the woods. And yet many people on the Last Frontier do not carry insurance.

When a lawmaker is treated as the villain in a class play

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) -- In the auditorium of his old middle school just blocks from where he still lives, the congressman who is a lead author of the stalled House Republican health care bill was treated like the villain in a class play. It didn't matter that Rep. Greg Walden was on a first-name basis with many of the roughly 800 attendees. Or that Democrats like Gov. Kate Brown call him congenial and bright.

Rod Carew's new heart, kidney came from late NFL player

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) -- Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew received a new heart and kidney from the late NFL player Konrad Reuland in what is believed to be the first such transplant involving pro athletes. Carew underwent the procedure last December and met Reuland's family in March after mutual friends connected Reuland's death with news of Carew's transplant on Dec. 16.

How Trump insurance changes could affect coverage next year

A much tighter sign-up deadline and coverage delays will be waiting for some health insurance customers now that President Donald Trump's administration has finished a plan designed to stabilize shaky insurance markets. Shoppers will have a shorter time period to choose a 2018 plan and a harder time enrolling outside that window if they lose a job or have some other special circumstance that affects their coverage.

House chairman skeptical of conservatives' health care idea

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A House committee chairman who's a leading author of the mired Republican health care bill said Thursday he's skeptical about proposals the Trump administration and conservative GOP lawmakers have discussed in hopes of breathing life into the legislation. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.