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What Does Trump's Affordable Care Act Executive Order Do?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:31:09 -0500

Donald Trump was president for less than a day when he signed an executive order guiding agencies to limit the way that the Affordable Care Act works. But does the executive order do?

Trump's Executive Order Could Dismantle Parts Of ACA Before Replacement Is Ready

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:13:00 -0500

As promised, Trump got to work on Day 1, taking the first steps to fulfill his pledge to gut Obama's health care law. The order's reach, however, depends upon which provisions he decides to target.

Trump Signs Executive Order To 'Ease The Burdens Of Obamacare'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:28:00 -0500

The new White House took action on four measures Friday night, notably on the Affordable Care Act and regulations. The White House did not immediately make it clear what exactly was signed.

Spreading The Word About HIV Prevention For African-American Women

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:37:00 -0500

African-American women are more likely to be infected with HIV than other women. So the District of Columbia is launching an effort to inform them about PrEP, medication that can reduce their risk.

A Roundup Of The Controversies Over Rep. Tom Price's Investments

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:59:00 -0500

The nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services traded in health care stocks while pressing legislation that may have helped the companies he invested in.

How Large Employer Health Plans Could Be Affected By Obamacare Overhaul

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

With the future of the Affordable Care Act on the line, health insurance benefits for workers at large companies hang in the balance.

Senate Health Committee Questions Rep. Tom Price In HHS Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The Senate health committee heard from Rep. Tom Price Wednesday on his nomination to become the secretary of Health and Human Services. Obamacare was a top issue, and the congressman's stock dealings in medical companies were also discussed.

What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:19:00 -0500

Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why but say the answer could have health implications for patients.

6 Senators Assessing Trump's HHS Nominee Own Health Care Stocks, Too

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:09:00 -0500

A half-dozen senators involved in confirmation hearings for Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services have health care investments made by themselves or family members.

5 Things To Listen For At The Hearing With Trump's HHS Nominee

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:56:00 -0500

Rep. Tom Price goes before a Senate panel for the first time since being picked to head Health and Human Services. Expect sharp questions about Medicare reform, drug prices and his stock portfolio.

18 Million People Could Lose Insurance In First Year After Partial Obamacare Repeal

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:26:00 -0500

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that without the federal mandate and subsidies, the number of people who will lose their health insurance could grow to 32 million over 10 years.

CBO Predicts Obamacare Repeal Could Leave Millions Without Insurance

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

A Congressional Budget Office analysis requested by Democrats says a repeal of Obamacare could leave millions uninsured. But Republicans insist they will come up with a replacement law to provide insurance.

Study Reveals Potential Conflict Of Interest In Patient Advocacy Funding

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

Most patient advocacy groups get funding from the industry, a new study finds. That means they may have a conflict of interest when they are representing patients.

For Many People, Medical Care Works Best When It's Incremental

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:39:00 -0500

We often imagine the best medical care as a miracle cure. Atul Gawande argues that for chronic illness, the best care may be a long, slow process of improving health a little bit at a time.

High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:36:00 -0500

Three decades ago, Congress set up a system to encourage drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases. The law has worked, but at a high cost.