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Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:14pm
Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.
Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:05pm
The test aimed to help high-risk Medicare patients navigate the health care maze. But after three years, expected improvements in quality and savings failed to materialize.
Sun, 07/26/2015 - 7:32am
A cycling group comprised of mostly Latino, bilingual, bicultural bikers is growing in Los Angeles — and changing people's minds about what recreational bikers look like.
Fri, 07/24/2015 - 9:08pm
The superior court judge says questions raised in the case should be decided by legislatures or voters, not the court. The terminally ill plaintiffs say they'll appeal his decision.
Fri, 07/24/2015 - 4:28pm
Health insurer Anthem has agreed to buy fellow insurer Cigna for close to $50 billion. NPR looks at what the deal might mean for consumers.
Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:14pm
One reason health insurers are looking to get bigger is that the hospitals and doctor groups across the negotiating table have also gotten bigger.
Thu, 07/23/2015 - 5:51pm
Terminal cancer patients sometimes get chemotherapy in the belief that it will ease their symptoms. But a study finds that many who get the treatment near death actually have a poorer quality of life.
Thu, 07/23/2015 - 5:33pm
More than 100 U.S. oncologists are publicly objecting to the ever-growing cost of cancer drugs. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Dr. Ayalew Tefferi of the Mayo Clinic about efforts to bring prices down.
Thu, 07/23/2015 - 2:56pm
In a letter to state regulators, the Obama administration says rates shouldn't be allowed to go up as much as some insurers are proposing for plans sold to individuals on the health exchanges.
Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:08pm
More than a hundred influential doctors banded together to propose seven ways to bring down the high prices of cancer drugs. They say changes are needed to preserve access to care.
Wed, 07/22/2015 - 8:26am
Psychologists are working on an online training program that draws on principles of in-person behavioral therapy to help patients with Tourette syndrome manage their tics.
Tue, 07/21/2015 - 6:01pm
When Zachary Klundt broke into All Families Healthcare he destroyed the only clinic providing abortions in the Flathead Valley of Montana. More than a year later, the clinic remains closed.
Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:19am
Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014, the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Tue, 07/21/2015 - 5:01am
As least 55 hospitals across the rural U.S. have closed since 2010. But northern Missouri's Putnam County Memorial finds that adding high-quality specialty services lures patients and revenue.
Mon, 07/20/2015 - 2:44pm
An Obamacare tax that starts in 2018 may prompt more employers to establish private health insurance exchanges. They'll give their workers cash to choose from a greater variety of plans.
Sun, 07/19/2015 - 12:03pm
Medical school graduates around San Francisco Bay are far less likely to pursue medical residencies than those in other parts of the country. Instead, many are heading to health technology ventures.
Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:20pm
Attackers accessed parts of the computer network that contain personal and medical information, but there is no evidence they accessed or acquired any personal or medical information, UCLA said.
Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:30am
Antibiotics save lives, but we rely on them too much. Eventually, the drugs may stop working. Economist Ramanan Laxminarayan asks us to think twice before reaching for this double-edged resource.
Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:13pm
For the first time, the government is using a star system to rate agencies that care for seniors in their homes. Medicare was stingy with top ratings and also the poorest scores.
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:32pm
House Speaker John Boehner is calling for an investigation of Planned Parenthood after a sting video alleged the organization sells aborted fetal body parts, which is illegal.