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'The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,' Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says

5 hours 48 min ago

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin says preventing suicide among military veterans is his "number one clinical priority," and that he is working to fill some 45,000 open jobs in the agency.

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Missouri Rejects Federal Money In Order To Set Up Its Own Abortion Restrictions

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:21pm

Abortion is already heavily restricted in Missouri, but now the state is cutting more funding to organizations that provide abortions, even though it means rejecting millions of dollars from the feds.

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6 Changes The Trump Administration Can Still Make To Obamacare

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:27pm

The Republican overhaul bill died, but the health care drama continues. There are lots of ways the administration can change the Affordable Care Act, without congressional approval.

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Through Regulation, Trump Could Dismantle Parts Of Obamacare

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:32pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Sarah Kliff of Vox about how Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price could dismantle parts of the Affordable Care Act through regulations.

House GOP Says Health Care Fight Not Over, But Offers No Path Forward

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 2:23pm

House Republicans say they will try again to advance a bill to repeal and replace key pillars of President Obama's health care law.

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Justice Department Joins Second Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 1:50pm

At issue are alleged overpayments from the government to the the insurer UnitedHealth Group, which runs popular Medicare Advantage plans.

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Republican Blake Farenthold On Changing His Position On GOP Health Care Bill

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 8:16pm

David Greene speaks with Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas. He originally didn't like the GOP health care bill, but has changed his position after meeting with the president.

Former Obama Official Outlines What Parts Of Obamacare Need Strengthening

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:28pm

Kavita Patel worked for the Obama administration and helped draft the Affordable Care Act. She tells NPR's Kelly McEvers about the single biggest area of the health care law that she sees as in need of strengthening.

After GOP Health Bill Failure, What's Next For The Affordable Care Act?

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:28pm

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay — for a while at least. NPR looks at tweaks that could help stabilize the health law's marketplaces.

For Gideon, Infection With a Common Virus Caused Rare Birth Defects

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 5:06am

Cytomegalovirus is everywhere, and it usually doesn't make people sick. But if a woman gets infected while pregnant, in rare cases it can cause serious problems for the baby.

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What's Next For Health Care On The Hill?

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 5:06am

It could be a tough week for President Trump and Capitol Hill, after struggling to pass the health care replacement bill. Jim Hobart, a Republican pollster, talks us through what to expect.

Words You'll Hear: Freedom Caucus' Role In Health Care Bill Withdrawal

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 6:26pm

We look at the House Freedom Caucus, a key Republican faction that opposed the American Health Care Act. The GOP healthcare bill was later withdrawn over lack of support.

Analyzing Obamacare's Impact In Arizona

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 8:14am

With the collapse of the Republicans' health care bill, we consider the impact on Arizona, a state where many have benefited from Obamacare, but others have been hard hit by rising insurance premiums.

Trendy Hospital Clothing To Make Cancer Patients Dress 'Well' Even When Unwell

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 8:13am

A trio of European women has launched INGA Wellbeing fashion line to help alleviate the dehumanizing experience many patients endure when wearing the traditional, uncomfortable hospital gowns.

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Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren't Cheaper Overall

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 8:00am

Many patients like the convenience of being able to quickly consult a doctor by text or phone or webcam instead of heading to an urgent care clinic. But the cost of consultations can add up.

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States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourage Safe Sleep Habits

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 5:00am

The baby boxes that Finland gives to all new mothers are legendary. Now states in the U.S. are experimenting with them as a way to encourage safe sleep practices and reduce SIDS.

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Failed House Vote Is 'A Great Opportunity' For Republicans, Former House Leader Says

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 7:00pm

"Now we can back up and do the things that should have been done," Republican Tom DeLay says. The former House Majority Leader discusses what the withdrawal of the AHCA means for his party's future.

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What Does Failed Repeal Of Affordable Care Act Mean For Current Health Care Law?

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 5:56pm

House Republicans have backed away from the American Health Care Act. Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, breaks down what this means for the current health care law

DNC Chair On ACHA Withdrawal: 'It Was A Good Day For The Good Guys'

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 5:56pm

DNC Chair Tom Perez reacts to Trump's statement that Democrats are responsible for the ACA repeal failure, which Perez calls a good moment for 24 million who were going to lose their health insurance.

VP Pence On Obamacare Repeal Failure: 'Congress Just Wasn't Ready'

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 5:11pm

The Vice President was in West Virginia a day after the GOP's Affordable Care Act repeal efforts were scrapped. He joked that maybe some WWE superstars were needed on Capitol Hill.

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