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Indiana's health program for low-income people is experimental, and needs federal approval to continue. The state says its program is working, but some claims lack much-needed context.
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Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:35am
A lot of people are confused about when and if Republicans can "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Julie Rovner clears things up in the first of a series.
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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 4:15pm
The activist campaigned to change rules, so that people with disabilities could get nursing care and other support at home past the age of 21, and get married without losing Medicaid benefits.
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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:30am
There's no evidence that screening adolescents with electrocardiograms prevents deaths, yet the heart tests have become widespread despite the false alarms they often cause.
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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:04am
The woman set to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told senators that maternity coverage should be optional in individual and small group plans. Other services could be cut entirely.
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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:33am
These clinics have long provided health care to low-income patients and enjoyed expansion under the Affordable Care Act. With repeal looming, the centers' doctors worry about what's next.
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Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:21pm
Low levels of iron in the blood may indicate a serious but treatable medical condition if caught early, but patients in a testosterone trial were not informed, a bioethicist finds.
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Tue, 02/21/2017 - 7:00am
There are many challenges to farming: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored: health care costs.
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Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:43am
Some Republicans in Congress say they could partly fix the federal health law by again separating people who buy insurance into two categories — sick and healthy. Critics say it won't save money.
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Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:36pm
The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.
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Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:57pm
Skin lesions are often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse spider bite when they're actually a tick bite or MRSA or even skin cancer. Here's how to tell the difference.
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Wed, 02/15/2017 - 5:01pm
The White House is proposing changes to the Affordable Care Act to stabilize the insurance market as Congress moves to repeal and replace the sweeping health care law.
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Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:35pm
Doctors treating people addicted to opioids often need approval from insurers before giving drugs that ease withdrawal. The delay can be risky for patients. Insurers are starting to come around.
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Wed, 02/15/2017 - 5:00am
Even many people eligible for a health savings account who have extra cash to contribute to one don't do it. Therapists say that's partly because nobody wants to admit they will get old or sick.
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Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:15pm
The D.C. law gives District physicians the right to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who have less than six months to live.
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Tue, 02/14/2017 - 2:15pm
Many Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients in the U.S. have imported a medicine called deflazacort for about $1,200 a year. A brand-name version just approved for sale in America costs $89,000.
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Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:41am
The two healthcare giants said they were no longer pursuing the deal. A federal judge blocked the merger in January, citing its likely adverse effect on competition in the health insurance market.
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Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:00am
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the government from enforcing a rule allowing insurers to refuse to insure dialysis patients who get financial assistance from charity groups.
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Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:09pm
International groups warn of a looming food crisis in parts of Nigeria due to civil conflict. Children are the most vulnerable in these conditions, but up to 9 million people could be affected.
Sat, 02/11/2017 - 6:09pm
Morning Consult Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp talks about a recent survey which shows one third of respondents are still confused about the Affordable Care Act and what repealing it would mean.