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President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:31 -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?

Trump Warns Against 'Bailouts' For Insurance Companies In Bipartisan Health Care Deal

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:31:00 -0400

The deal from the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate health committee is aimed at stabilizing insurance markets. The president had encouraged the short-term fix on Tuesday.

After Taking On Big Tobacco 20 Years Ago, Former Mississippi AG Is Trying Again With Opioids

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:38 -0400

When Mike Moore was Mississippi's attorney general, he spearheaded the 50-state lawsuit against Big Tobacco. Now, he's trying to do the same thing against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Trump Still Hasn't Fulfilled Promise To Declare Opioid Epidemic As A National Emergency

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

President Trump's nominee to head the Drug Enforcement Administration pulled out amid controversy. This leaves Trump without a permanent heads at Department of Health and Human Services and the DEA. All the while, his promised declaration of a national emergency on opioids has yet to materialize.

Bipartisan Health Care Bill Aims To Stabilize Individual Market And Keep Premiums Down

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

Senators leading bipartisan health care talks say they have a deal to restore subsidies to insurers that President Trump announced last week that he was ending. But it's not clear whether it can pass.

If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:15 -0400

Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.

Washington Post, 60 Minutes Investigation Finds Bill Helped Fuel Opioid Crisis

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:43:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Scott Higham of The Washington Post about the paper's investigation of drug industry efforts to lobby the Drug Enforcement Administration and Congress to weaken enforcement on opioid abuse.

Iowa Tries To Prevent Health Insurance Premiums From Escalating

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:02:00 -0400

The White House has canceled a subsidy to insurance companies. Iowa's Health Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen discusses the state's plan that seeks to lower costs for tens of thousands of residents.

Floating Away Your Anxiety And Stress

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:55:00 -0400

Americans' stress levels rose significantly over the past year, according to the American Psychological Association. A doctor tries float therapy to see if it can help him feel less stressed out.