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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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The Call-In: Your Stories About Veterans Affairs

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:56:31 -0400

This week's Call-In is about the Department of Veterans Affairs: stories from veterans about getting health care and ideas for reforming the whole agency.

American Medical Association President On GOP Health Care Plan

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:57:14 -0400

Republicans have revived efforts to overhaul health care. NPR's Scott Simon asks American Medical Association President Andrew Gurman what he'd like to see in a health care bill.

Those TV Drug Ads Distract Us From The Medical Care We Need

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:03 -0400

Doctors spend lots of time answering questions about the latest drug ad, and that means less time answering questions that could really help your health, a primary care physician says.

For Some, Pre-Hospice Care Can Be A Good Alternative To Hospitals

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:02 -0400

Through home visits, very ill people get help with pain, stress and symptoms. Medical centers, initially skeptical, now embrace the program because it helps patients and makes financial sense.

New Health Care Bill Needs Moderate Republicans' Support — What Do They Want?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:20:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with moderate Republican Congressman Leonard Lance of New Jersey about what he's looking for in the new health care bill.

As Trump And Congress Flip-Flop On Health Care, Insurers Try To Plan Ahead

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:16:00 -0400

Insurance companies face deadlines to offer Affordable Care Act plans for next year, but lawmakers and the White House have left key decisions up in the air.

ProPublica Investigation Finds Nursing Homes Waste Tons Of Prescription Drugs

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:09:00 -0400

A ProPublica investigation reveals nursing homes waste millions of dollars in prescription drugs every year. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with ProPublica's Marshall Allen about his reporting.

Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:21:00 -0400

An inexpensive drug could dramatically reduce the number of deaths of mothers from bleeding after childbirth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

Shutdown Averted: White House Backs Down On Health Care Demands

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:45:00 -0400

The White House appears to be backing down on multiple demands that were threatening a partial government shutdown, including withholding subsidies to help low-income people under Obamacare.

Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:39:00 -0400

Some urge ending funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, and moving those 8 million kids to marketplace plans. But research shows the out-of-pocket costs to many families would soar.

News Brief: Border Wall Issue, GOP Health Care, North Korea Anniversary

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:01:00 -0400

U.S.-Mexico wall could violate 1970 treaty. House Speaker Ryan and other GOP leaders work to put final touches on health plan. And, it's the 85th anniversary of the founding of North Korea's military.

Is It Time For Hearing Aids To Be Sold Over The Counter?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:28:00 -0400

About 35 million Americans suffer some hearing loss, but most don't do anything about it. There's a growing effort to make hearing aids easier and cheaper to buy.

Rep. Dan Donovan On The New GOP Health Care Overhaul Effort

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:14:00 -0400

House Republicans failed to coalesce around a health care overhaul in March. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., if the party's conservative and moderate wings can compromise.

Hispanic Men Often Put Off Medical Care, Bringing Bigger Trouble

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Men are more likely than women to put off going to the doctor. Hispanic men can face complications of culture, language and cost that make that even more likely.

Republicans Take On Health Care, Again

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:14:00 -0400

House Republicans say they are putting the "finishing touches" on a new health care overhaul proposal. A previous effort fell apart.