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GOP Leaders Urge Return To 'High-Risk Insurance Pools' That Critics Call Costly

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:43:00 -0500

Some Republicans in Congress say they could partly fix the federal health law by again separating people who buy insurance into two categories — sick and healthy. Critics say it won't save money.

Republican Health Care Proposal Would Cover Fewer Low-Income Families

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:36:00 -0500

The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.

Is That A Brown Recluse Spider Bite Or Skin Cancer?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:57:00 -0500

Skin lesions are often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse spider bite when they're actually a tick bite or MRSA or even skin cancer. Here's how to tell the difference.

Shorter Enrollment Period For Obamacare Proposed By Administration

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:01:00 -0500

The White House is proposing changes to the Affordable Care Act to stabilize the insurance market as Congress moves to repeal and replace the sweeping health care law.

Another Big Health Insurer Loosens Rules For Covering Addiction Treatment

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:35:00 -0500

Doctors treating people addicted to opioids often need approval from insurers before giving drugs that ease withdrawal. The delay can be risky for patients. Insurers are starting to come around.

The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Even many people eligible for a health savings account who have extra cash to contribute to one don't do it. Therapists say that's partly because nobody wants to admit they will get old or sick.

Congress Moves To Overturn D.C. 'Death With Dignity Law'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:15:00 -0500

The D.C. law gives District physicians the right to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who have less than six months to live.

Duchenne Drug Delayed After Outrage Over Price

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:15:00 -0500

Many Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients in the U.S. have imported a medicine called deflazacort for about $1,200 a year. A brand-name version just approved for sale in America costs $89,000.

Aetna And Humana Call Off Merger After Court Decision

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:41:00 -0500

The two healthcare giants said they were no longer pursuing the deal. A federal judge blocked the merger in January, citing its likely adverse effect on competition in the health insurance market.

Texas Judge Upends Effort To Limit Charity Funding For Kidney Care

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the government from enforcing a rule allowing insurers to refuse to insure dialysis patients who get financial assistance from charity groups.

Malnutrition Is Killing Nigeria's Children Because Of Food Shortage

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:09:22 -0500

International groups warn of a looming food crisis in parts of Nigeria due to civil conflict. Children are the most vulnerable in these conditions, but up to 9 million people could be affected.

Obamacare And Affordable Care Act Are The Same, But Americans Still Don't Know That

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:09:22 -0500

Morning Consult Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp talks about a recent survey which shows one third of respondents are still confused about the Affordable Care Act and what repealing it would mean.

Protests Against Planned Parenthood Rouse Dueling Rallies Nationwide

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:28:00 -0500

Across the U.S., anti-abortion protesters flocked to clinics to demand the defunding of Planned Parenthood. In many cities, supporters showed up to counterprotest — sometimes right across the street.

Trump And Republicans' Timeline For Obamacare Repeal Getting Longer

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:36:00 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks to the Republican former Rep. Richard Hanna about the Affordable Care Act. Hanna says despite Trump's pledge to repeal it, he thinks the ACA will largely survive.

Trump Travel Ban Spotlights U.S. Dependence On Foreign-Born Doctors

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:47:00 -0500

A quarter of doctors practicing in the U.S. went to medical school elsewhere. Many of these physicians practice in parts of this country that the government says need more primary care providers.