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Rep. Tom Cole Weighs In On Bipartisan Health Plan

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A bipartisan health care deal was introduced in the Senate. While there's a chance it could pass there, it faces a tougher time in the House. Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

Rural Hospice That Spurns Federal Funds Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The founder of a tiny Washington state hospice that depends on community volunteers and donations says the unconventional approach allows for more flexible care.

Sure, There's A Health Care Deal. That Doesn't Mean It Can Pass

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:05:36 -0400

Opposition from conservatives and waffling support from President Trump remain serious hurdles for the first-ever bipartisan legislation affecting the Affordable Care Act.

Details Of Bipartisan Health Insurance Plan Come Into Focus

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:44:00 -0400

Text of legislation, obtained by NPR, offers ways to fix the Affordable Care Act that some Republicans and Democrats favor. Whether it ever becomes law, is a different question.

Sen. Kaine Backs Measure To Stabilize The ACA's Insurance Markets

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:04:00 -0400

David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia about a new bipartisan health care proposal out of the Senate that looks to stabilize insurance markets shaken by President Trump last week.

Political Fight Over Condolence Calls, Health Bill Addresses 'Bailout' Concerns

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Back and forth over Trump condolence calls escalates. A part of the health bill has to do with payments to insurance companies that are supposed to go to subsidizing coverage for low income customers.

Morning News Brief: Puerto Rico, Senate Health Care Plan

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:04:00 -0400

President Trump welcomes the governor of Puerto Rico to the White House Thursday. A bipartisan bill in the Senate to help stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces is officially released on Thursday.

Administration Sends Mixed Signals On State Health Insurance Waivers

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:01:00 -0400

When states applied for waivers from Obamacare rules to reduce premiums and strengthen their insurance markets, they didn't get the answers they wanted, prompting some to suggest a conspiracy.

President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:00 -0400

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:49:00 -0400

While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

Draft Of Health Care Bill Addresses Trump Concerns About 'Bailouts' For Insurers

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:47:00 -0400

A draft of the bipartisan legislation obtained by NPR would restore subsidies to insurance companies to assist low-income consumers and require them to go to consumers as rebates.

Senators Aim To Restore ACA Subsidies To Insurance Companies

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:43:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, who says there needs to be a long-term solution to the Affordable Care Act instead of step-by-step fixes.

Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Senators leading bipartisan health care talks say they've reached a deal. It aims to stabilize the individual market. Intermountain Healthcare CEO Dr. Marc Harrison gives his thoughts on the deal.

News Brief: Health Care Deal, Travel Ban Blocked By Hawaii Judge

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Senators reached a deal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance markets for 2 years. President Trump's third executive order restricting travel from some countries to the U.S. has been blocked.

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big, And You Pay For The Waste

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

When eyedrops dribble down your face, it's not your fault. Drugmakers have long known that their drops of medicine exceed the capacity of the human eye. Why didn't companies make the drops smaller?