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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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California Rules About Violence Against Health Workers Could Become A Model

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:42:00 -0400

New workplace health rules in California would go beyond existing safety standards by requiring private health care facilities to develop specific plans to mitigate risks of violence against workers.

California Woman Considers Insurance Options After ACA Rates Rise

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:47:00 -0400

The average price for health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act will rise by 22 percent next year, though the costs to individual consumers will still vary. A California woman reacts to the new prices and considers her options.

An Alternative To The EpiPen Is Coming Back To Drugstores

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:31:00 -0400

The Auvi-Q epinephrine injector was pulled from the market in 2015 because of quality concerns. Now, the drug's maker says the problems have been solved and Auvi-Q will be available again in 2017.

Premium Hike Catapults Obamacare Into Election Spotlight

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:06:00 -0400

Health care has not been a major issue in this year's campaign. But both the major candidates have plans for how to deal with Obamacare. As part of our What's The Issue series, we look at the details.

Poll: Cost Of Child Care Causes Financial Stress For Many Families

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:35:00 -0400

The most common challenge parents face when looking for child care is the high cost. At an average cost of $10,000 a year, infant child care rivals a year's tuition at a state college or university.

Simplified Study Aims To Quickly Test A Long-Shot ALS Treatment

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:17:00 -0400

Fifty patients with Lou Gehrig's disease have volunteered for a study of a dietary supplement as an experimental treatment. Even a failure could help by eliminating a dead end from consideration.

Applying A Silicon Valley Approach To Jump-Start Medical Research

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:14:00 -0400

Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann is leading the new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's $3 billion effort to cure or prevent "all diseases" by the end of this century. She talks about that daunting task.

Trump Blasts Obamacare At His Miami Golf Course But Misstates Employees' Coverage

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:29:00 -0400

Donald Trump says steep premium increases on government-run insurance exchanges are a sign that Obamacare is "blowing up." But he overstated the impact on his own golf course employees.

Obamacare Rates Will Be Approximately 22 Percent Higher For 2017 Policies

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

The new rates for the Affordable Care Act were released, and they show an average 22 percent increase. Analysts say how people react to the price hikes will determine if the law succeeds.

White House Releases Affordable Care Act Insurance Rates

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:01:00 -0400

The White House released information Monday about rates and offerings for the 2017 Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment.

Rates Up 22 Percent For Obamacare Plans, But Subsidies Rise, Too

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:01:00 -0400

The premiums on benchmark plans are increasing by an average of 22 percent in 2017, the government says, but more than 70 percent of people can get one for less than $75 a month after subsidies.

Getting Dental Care Can Be A Challenge For People With Disabilities

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:37:00 -0400

People with serious disabilities and their caregivers often struggle to find dentists who have the ability and desire to take care of their teeth. Cost is another issue.

How Does Our Brain Get Rid Of Toxins?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.

How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.