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Obamacare Repeal Threatens A Health Benefit Popular In Coal Country

5 hours 7 min ago

The Affordable Care Act made it faster and easier for a coal miner with black lung to get compensation benefits. Many in coal country want that provision retained, even if the larger law is repealed.

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Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:40pm

Opioid abuse is rising fast among those who live in rural areas. Research suggests the drugs' illicit use there spreads rapidly via social networks, which could be part of the solution, too.

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Judge Blocks Health Care Merger, Saying It Would Hurt Competition

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:35pm

In his decision, Judge John Bates said he believed health insurance giant Aetna had tried to leverage its original support for Obamacare to get federal approval for its acquisition of rival Humana.

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Virginia Governor Outlines Opposition To Trump's Medicaid Proposal

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, about President Trump's proposal to convert Medicaid to block grants, whereby states would receive a set amount of money to cover health care for its poorest residents.

Health Insurers Fear Impact Of Trump's Vague Order On Affordable Care Act

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:31pm

People are still trying to interpret an executive order on the Affordable Care Act issued by President Trump on Friday. Because of its vagueness, members of the health industry — particularly insurers — are nervous about its impact on their businesses.

Meet The Republican Governors Who Don't Want To Repeal All Of Obamacare

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:53am

Eleven states with GOP governors expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Now those governors want to make sure the expansion isn't unwound if the ACA is repealed.

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Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:42am

Holding a newborn on a parent's bare chest has long been used to help premature babies. Hospitals increasingly recommend it for full term babies, too. Doctors say it reduces pain and lowers stress.

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Abortion Plots On Television 'Becoming More Diverse And Accurate'

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 7:21pm

On this 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Sociologist Gretchen Sisson of University of California, San Francisco talks about her research into abortion-related plots on television.

Republican Plan To Replace Obamacare Would Turn Medicaid Over To States

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 8:01am

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway says Medicaid block grants are part of the new administration's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Haight Ashbury's Free Health Clinic: Middle-Aged And Still Groovy

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 5:00am

A series of mergers with other nonprofit clinics has transformed the 50-year-old San Francisco clinic into a $110 million health care system that provides networked care up and down California.

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What Does Trump's Affordable Care Act Executive Order Do?

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 6:31pm

Donald Trump was president for less than a day when he signed an executive order guiding agencies to limit the way that the Affordable Care Act works. But does the executive order do?

Trump's Executive Order Could Dismantle Parts Of ACA Before Replacement Is Ready

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 1:13am

As promised, Trump got to work on Day 1, taking the first steps to fulfill his pledge to gut Obama's health care law. The order's reach, however, depends upon which provisions he decides to target.

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Trump Signs Executive Order To 'Ease The Burdens Of Obamacare'

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 7:28pm

The new White House took action on four measures Friday night, notably on the Affordable Care Act and regulations. The White House did not immediately make it clear what exactly was signed.

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Spreading The Word About HIV Prevention For African-American Women

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 9:37am

African-American women are more likely to be infected with HIV than other women. So the District of Columbia is launching an effort to inform them about PrEP, medication that can reduce their risk.

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A Roundup Of The Controversies Over Rep. Tom Price's Investments

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:59pm

The nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services traded in health care stocks while pressing legislation that may have helped the companies he invested in.

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How Large Employer Health Plans Could Be Affected By Obamacare Overhaul

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:00am

With the future of the Affordable Care Act on the line, health insurance benefits for workers at large companies hang in the balance.

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Senate Health Committee Questions Rep. Tom Price In HHS Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:32pm

The Senate health committee heard from Rep. Tom Price Wednesday on his nomination to become the secretary of Health and Human Services. Obamacare was a top issue, and the congressman's stock dealings in medical companies were also discussed.

What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 2:19pm

Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why but say the answer could have health implications for patients.

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6 Senators Assessing Trump's HHS Nominee Own Health Care Stocks, Too

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:09pm

A half-dozen senators involved in confirmation hearings for Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services have health care investments made by themselves or family members.

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

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:56am

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.

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