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5 Things To Listen For At The Hearing With Trump's HHS Nominee

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:56:00 -0500

Rep. Tom Price goes before a Senate panel for the first time since being picked to head Health and Human Services. Expect sharp questions about Medicare reform, drug prices and his stock portfolio.

18 Million People Could Lose Insurance In First Year After Partial Obamacare Repeal

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:26:00 -0500

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that without the federal mandate and subsidies, the number of people who will lose their health insurance could grow to 32 million over 10 years.

CBO Predicts Obamacare Repeal Could Leave Millions Without Insurance

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

A Congressional Budget Office analysis requested by Democrats says a repeal of Obamacare could leave millions uninsured. But Republicans insist they will come up with a replacement law to provide insurance.

Study Reveals Potential Conflict Of Interest In Patient Advocacy Funding

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

Most patient advocacy groups get funding from the industry, a new study finds. That means they may have a conflict of interest when they are representing patients.

For Many People, Medical Care Works Best When It's Incremental

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:39:00 -0500

We often imagine the best medical care as a miracle cure. Atul Gawande argues that for chronic illness, the best care may be a long, slow process of improving health a little bit at a time.

High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:36:00 -0500

Three decades ago, Congress set up a system to encourage drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases. The law has worked, but at a high cost.

From Twitter To Treatment Guidelines, Industry Influence Permeates Medicine

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:01:00 -0500

Several new studies document widespread conflicts of interest in medicine. The way we think about disease "is being subtly distorted" by financial ties, the authors of an accompanying editorial write.

U.S. Abortion Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:01:00 -0500

A report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that backs legalized abortion, puts the 2014 rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age — the lowest recorded rate since 1973.

Drugs For Rare Diseases Have Become Uncommonly Rich Monopolies

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Drugmakers have brought almost 450 orphan drugs to market and collected rich incentives by doing so. But nearly a third of the medicines aren't new or were repurposed many times for financial gain.

Trump Pressures Congress To Replace Obamacare Quickly

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:52:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump told The Washington Post he's close to unveiling a health care plan he expects Congress to pass soon. But GOP lawmakers are in no hurry to replace the Affordable Care Act.

When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:42:00 -0500

If your mom had to run through the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."

Affordable Care Act Allowed More People In Arts To Obtain Healthcare

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:18 -0500

St. Louis-based singer-songwriter Beth Bombara explains why it was difficult for self-employed musicians like her to obtain health insurance before the Affordable Care Act.

Poll Shows What The Public Does And Does Not Know About Obamacare

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:18 -0500

NPR and the polling firm IPSOS have a new poll out that suggests the public might not be as enthusiastic about repealing Obamacare as their representatives are.

That Vow To Defund Planned Parenthood: Easy To Say, Hard To Do

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Federal funding for the group that helps supply women's reproductive health care is built into multiple places in the budget, and stripping it out is not as simple as it may sound.

What An Obamacare Repeal Would Mean For Rural Hospitals

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Scott Simon speaks with Maggie Elehwany of the National Rural Health Association about a possible Obamacare repeal. She supports the law, but says the way it was implemented has hurt rural hospitals.