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The state of health care, health insurance, new medical research, disease prevention, and drug treatments. Interviews, news, and commentary from NPR's correspondents. Subscribe to podcasts.

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Winners And Losers If 21st Century Cures Bill Becomes Law

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:18:00 -0500

Sweeping legislation that would reshape how the Food and Drug Administration reviews new products and bolster National Institutes of Health funding is moving closer to becoming law. What's at stake?

Only 26 Percent Of Americans Support Full Repeal Of Obamacare, Poll Finds

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:43:00 -0500

As Republicans debate how to keep their promise to dismantle Obamacare, a Kaiser poll suggests that the law has strong support for some key provisions.

Time For Homeopathic Remedies To Prove That They Work?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0500

The Federal Trade Commission told purveyors of homeopathic remedies that they have to say there's no scientific evidence that these nostrums actually work. The question is, will fans care?

Legal Battles Over Abortion Continue In States Across U.S.

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:14:00 -0500

Whatever a Trump administration does when it comes to abortion, state by state legal battles over the procedure will continue to play out. More lawsuits and another restrictions were announced this week.

Life Inside The Alzheimer's Ward: A Hidden World Revealed

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:55:00 -0500

The dementia wing of a nursing home is foreign territory to most people. Photographer Maja Daniels spent three years documenting the lives of people with Alzheimer's in a hospital in France.

Trump's Choice To Oversee Medicaid Signals Likely Changes

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:29:00 -0500

Big changes could be in store for Medicaid, the program that provides health care for more than 70 million. Trump has chosen the architect of Indiana's Medicaid overhaul to run the program nationwide.

Abortion-Rights Groups Challenge Restrictions In 3 States

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:29:00 -0500

Abortion-rights supporters are going on the offensive to challenge state laws that limit access to abortion, even as they anticipate more restrictions under a Trump administration.

Obamacare's Test Kitchen For Payment Experiments Faces An Uncertain Future

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:58:00 -0500

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has explored payment changes that could cut health care costs and improve quality. But will the center survive in a new administration?

Millions Of People Are Having An Easier Time Paying Medical Bills

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:02:00 -0500

The number of people who say they are struggling to pay medical bills has dropped by 13 million in the past five years, a study finds. An improving economy and the Affordable Care Act are why.

It's Never Too Late To Quit Smoking, Even In Your 60s

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:02:00 -0500

It's true that the earlier a smoker quits the better, but even people who quit in their 60s lowered their risk of death compared to those who kept puffing away.

Trump Picks Seema Verma To Run Medicare And Medicaid

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:18:00 -0500

Seema Verma, a consultant who has been Vice President-elect Mike Pence's health policy adviser in Indiana, played a key role in the state's expansion of Medicaid.

Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:09:00 -0500

The House could vote Wednesday on a vast bill that stretches nearly a thousand pages and holds changes large and small for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

5 Things To Know About Rep. Tom Price's Health Care Ideas

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:59:00 -0500

Rep. Tom Price has proposed an alternative to Obamacare that emphasizes tax credits, health savings accounts and continuous insurance coverage as a way to deal with existing health conditions.

Women Could Pay More Than Men For Health Care Under Trump

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:44:00 -0500

The Affordable Care Act requires that insurers cover maternity services, birth control and screening such as mammograms. Trump administration plans to repeal Obamacare could end that.

Zika Pregnancies And Big Questions In Puerto Rico

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:04:00 -0500

More than 2,600 pregnant women on the island have tested positive for Zika. While the number of confirmed cases of fetal abnormalities has been small, officials are concerned about long-term effects.