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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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Doubts Rise About Sen. Collins' Strategy To Shore Up Insurance Market

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:01:51 -0500

Even if the Republican from Maine can get her party to go along, her suggestions to bolster the individual insurance market may be too little, too late.

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:51:00 -0500

Black women are three times more likely to die from complications of childbirth than white women in the U.S. Racism, and the stress it causes, can play a leading role in that disparity.

Surgeons Try Prescribing Fewer Opioids To Lower Addiction Risk

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:49:00 -0500

Based on research conducted at the University of Michigan, surgeons developed a simple strategy to reduce misuse and abuse of painkillers after surgery: give patients fewer pills.

U.S. Fugitive Eric Conn, Guilty In $550 Million Fraud, Is Captured In Honduras

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:15:00 -0500

Eric Conn had been under house arrest when he cut off his ankle monitor and left it in a backpack along I-75 in Kentucky. He was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison.

ACA Navigators Are Busy With Sign-Ups, Despite Federal Cuts To Outreach

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:00:20 -0500

With enrollment funding tight, health plan navigators and assisters are getting creative about getting the word out and signing people up for Affordable Care Act plans.

What The CVS And Aetna Merger Has To Do With Amazon

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:41:00 -0500

The $69 billion merger of the drug store chain CVS with insurer Aetna is about several things. Depending on whom you ask, it's about transforming the pharmacy store experience, getting a stronger foothold in lucrative sales of specialty prescription drugs — or about preparing for a future threat from Amazon.

With Aetna Deal, CVS Looks To Turn Stores Into Health Care Hubs

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:48:00 -0500

By combining a health insurer with a drugstore chain, CVS is looking to provide more care from its network of stores. The deal would also give the merged companies more clout with drugmakers.

CVS Aquisition Of Aetna Likely To Shake Up Health Insurance Industry

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:14:00 -0500

CVS announced it will buy health insurer Aetna for $69 billion, an acquisition that would be one of the largest such mergers in the history of health care.

New Drugs Could Prevent Migraine Headaches For Some People

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 03:50:00 -0500

The first drugs designed specifically to prevent migraines have been found safe and effective in studies, but aren't yet FDA approved. Both drugs work by tweaking a brain system involved in pain.

CVS To Buy Health Insurer Aetna For $69 Billion

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:48:00 -0500

CVS Health Corp will pay $207 for each share of Aetna Inc., in a massive acquisition. CVS plans to expand its low-cost medical clinics to serve Aetna's more than 22 million members.

Should Eye Surgeons Fulfill A Dying Man's Wish To See His Family?

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

An eye doctor was surprised when some of her colleagues questioned whether a man dying of cancer should have cataract surgery. Was it justified when he could "use" those new lenses just a few weeks?

Children's Health Insurance Program In Jeopardy In Colorado

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:43:00 -0500

Colorado contacted families who receive CHIP health care funding with a warning that support might end in January. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Gretchen Hammer, who runs the Colorado program.

What We've Learned Treating People With HIV Can Make Care Better For Us All

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

AIDS has been transformed from a death sentence into a manageable chronic disease. The holistic approach to care that helped make that possible could transform health care for us all.

Health Risks To Farmworkers Increase As Workforce Ages

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:10:00 -0500

As the number of immigrants available for farm work has dwindled in California, many who are left are older, and suffer from health problems related to decades of difficult labor.

Leilani Schweitzer: How Can Hospitals Be More Transparent About Medical Errors?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500

Leilani Schweitzer lost her son due to a medical error. She says the hospital's honesty and openness helped her heal. She now works to provide that level of honesty to patients at the same hospital.