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Nevada health exchange director resigns
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The executive director of Nevada's beleaguered health insurance exchange announced his resignation Thursday amid increasing criticism and frustration over the operation of the state-run online web portal.
Biden: Health care sign-ups may fall short of goal
Biden: Health care sign-ups may fall short of goal
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that health coverage enrollments might fall significantly short of the Obama administration's unofficial target of 7 million.
Nevada not setting limit on number of marijuana growers
Nevada not setting limit on number of marijuana growers
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Nevada isn’t setting a limit for now on the number of people who can be licensed to grow medical marijuana for sale at dispensaries authorized last year under state law.
Charge against jailed Nellis staff sergeant could escalate after baby son's death
Charge against jailed Nellis staff sergeant could escalate after baby son's death
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The baby Metro Police allege was abused earlier this month by a Nellis Air Force staff sergeant died Monday night. Three-month-old Aiden James Leach was airlifted on Feb. 1 to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in critical condition.
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Federal judge dismisses lawsuit in Nevada 'patient dumping' case
Thursday, February 13, 2014
A federal judge in Nevada rejected a lawsuit Thursday that accuses Nevada officials and the state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas of violating a patient's civil rights by giving him a bus ticket and sending him to California.
Official: Nevada health exchange seeing 'frustrated consumers and low enrollment'
Official: Nevada health exchange seeing 'frustrated consumers and low enrollment'
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Meeting lower enrollment targets for Nevada's online health insurance exchange will still be challenging as the system continues to grapple with website and call center issues, a state official said Thursday.
Most states lag in health insurance sign-up goals
Most states lag in health insurance sign-up goals
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Huge disparities are emerging in how well states are living up to federal enrollment targets, and that will help determine if the White House reaches its unofficial goal of having 7 million signed up by the end of March.
Photo: Packages of Kraft Singles are displayed in Chicago
Kraft Singles to lose artificial preservatives
Monday, February 10, 2014
Kraft is removing artificial preservatives from its most popular Singles cheese product variety, in the latest sign that companies are tweaking recipes as food labels come under greater scrutiny.
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Southern Nevada Health District praises CVS for cutting tobacco
Friday, February 7, 2014
Southern Nevada health officials are applauding the CVS Caremark company for phasing tobacco products out of its stores.
Judge orders release of info on backgrounds of health exchange navigators
Thursday, February 6, 2014
A state judge has ordered the Nevada Division of Insurance to release some documents sought by two media groups involving the backgrounds of workers hired as navigators for the state health insurance exchange.
Photo: St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena RN Orsburn Stone
Nurses sound the alarm on St. Rose Dominican layoffs
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Nurse Orsburn Stone and about 200 fellow picketers gathered in front of St. Rose Dominican's Siena Campus Tuesday evening with a public message for the hospital: "(Management officials) are cutting to the bone," Stone said. "I don't think the public is aware that their nursing care is being degraded." Stone is one of 40 employees losing their job at a St. Rose hospital in the coming weeks — it will be the company's second round of layoffs in the past year.
Board OKs $339,000 to defend lawsuit over alleged patient dumping
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The state Board of Examiners agreed today to spend an additional $339,000 to hire a private law firm to defend a lawsuit alleging that patients from the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas were bused to California without adequate treatment plans.
County pressuring reflexology clinics to weed out prostitution
County pressuring reflexology clinics to weed out prostitution
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Clark County Commission today approved stricter regulations for reflexology clinics meant to weed out unscrupulous operators accused of allowing prostitution and other illegal activities.
Photo: Dr. Keith Courtney, chief psychiatrist at Clark Co
Court approves pact designed to improve mental health services for county inmates deemed incompetent
Monday, February 3, 2014
Southern Nevada is on its way to again having a facility for treating incompetent criminal defendants after a federal judge last week approved an agreement settling a lawsuit. The consent decree, approved Wednesday by U.S District Judge Miranda M. Du, outlines a plan with staggered goals to fix delays in providing treatment for criminal defendants who have been deemed incompetent by the court.
Medical board suspends LV doctor's license, says he used dead man's identity for prescription drugs
Monday, February 3, 2014
The Nevada State Medical Board has suspended the license of a Las Vegas doctor accused of forging prescriptions to gain controlled substances for himself. The board set a March 5 hearing for Dr. Kent A. Swaine.

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