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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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Health Care Plan Championed By Trump Hurts Counties That Voted For Him

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:25:00 -0400

Trump picked up big margins in small and rural counties. But those areas would take the biggest hit with tax credit changes, according to an NPR analysis of data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Republican Health Care Bill Undergoes Final Changes Ahead Of Vote

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:38:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama about the final changes to the GOP health care bill before it goes to a vote on Thursday.

Limits In GOP Plan Could Shrink Seniors' Long-Term Health Benefits

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:50:00 -0400

Caps in the GOP health plan have huge implications for people over 65. In addition to helping low-income seniors with long-term care, Medicaid helps pay for some of their Medicare premiums and copays.

Still A 'Big Deal': Biden Defends Threatened Affordable Care Act For Anniversary

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:35:00 -0400

The former vice president joined Democrats and supporters on the eve of the seventh anniversary of the law known as Obamacare, which Republican leadership hopes to repeal on Thursday.

GAO Will Investigate Skyrocketing Prices For Orphan Drugs

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:29:00 -0400

The Orphan Drug Act was created to help patients with rare diseases get life-saving medications. But soaring prices suggest the law is being manipulated to increase profits.

Repeal Of Health Law Could Force Tough Decisions For Arizona Republicans

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:30:00 -0400

The state expanded Medicaid under a Republican governor a few years ago, extending health coverage to hundreds of thousands of Arizonans. But the GOP plan in Congress would cut much of that funding.

It's Not Clear How Many People Could Actually Work To Get Medicaid

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:59:00 -0400

Audie Cornish talks with health policy researcher Leighton Ku about the GOP proposal that would let states require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.

Rep. Ted Yoho Explains Why He's Voting Against GOP Health Care Bill

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:28:44 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida about why he's voting no on the GOP health care bill, despite the president's attempt to persuade lawmakers to vote yes Tuesday.

President Trump Pushes GOP Health Care Bill On Capitol Hill

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

President Trump traveled to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to drum up support for the Republican health care bill. There is a last minute push for GOP holdouts as the House plans to vote later this week.

Medicaid Work Requirement Wouldn't Shrink Spending Much

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:21:00 -0400

Most of the people on Medicaid are elderly, disabled or children, so a GOP proposal to require able-bodied recipients to work probably won't add up to big cost savings, analysts say.

Can An Obamacare Architect Find Common Ground With Trump?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of Obamacare, who is now advising President Trump on how to replace it. Emanuel met for the third time with Trump on Monday.

Doctors Consider Ethics Of Costly Heart Surgery For People Addicted To Opioids

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A troubling trend has followed the opioid epidemic: People who use intravenous drugs are getting heart infections, driving up hospital bills and stirring an ethical debate among doctors.

GOP Health Plan Has Its Own Financial Stick To Prod People To Buy Insurance

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The GOP plan would fine insurance buyers who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days a year. The penalty? A 30 percent surcharge every month for 12 months.

As ACA Repeal Vote Nears, Kansas Debates Expanding Medicaid

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:38:00 -0400

An estimated 300,000 Kansans could qualify for health care coverage, which comes as Congress debates replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Leading The Charge Against The GOP Health Plan, Rep. Mark Meadows Is Right At Home

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:08:00 -0400

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows enjoys strong support in his western North Carolina district as he leads conservative opposition to the GOP's health overhaul plan.