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Sen. Rand Paul Says He Won't Vote For Latest Affordable Care Act Replacement Bill

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:49pm

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has opposed all of the Republican leadership's efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, including the latest attempt, the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Hurricane Maria Leaves Hospital In Puerto Rico Running On Generator Power

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:49pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Domingo Cruz Vivaldi, an administrator at the San Jorge Children's Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria's trajectory is affecting the island.

Jimmy Kimmel Says Sen. Cassidy Fell Short Of Standard For Obamacare Repeal

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:49pm

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel credits good healthcare to saving the life of his newborn son. That led Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a medical doctor, to say that any replacement of the Affordable Care Act should pass "The Jimmy Kimmel Test." Now, Kimmel says Cassidy has fallen short of that with his new bill being considered by Congress.

Senate Republicans Up Against Sept. 30 Deadline For Last Effort To Replace Obamacare

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:49pm

Senate Republicans may vote next week — again — on repealing the Affordable Care Act. The latest bill is sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 7:30am

The federal government has sharply cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health plans. But the groups say federal officials don't understand how much help and follow-up some people need.

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Republicans Try Again With Health Care Overhaul

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:10am

Republican lawmakers are making another effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We take a look at what the current proposal would do and its chances of being passed.

How Rick Santorum Got A Haircut And Revived The GOP's Obamacare Repeal Effort

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 5:01am

Among the many surprises in the latest push to repeal Obamacare is the key role being played by the former Republican presidential candidate from Pennsylvania — who left the Senate a decade ago.

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After 10 Years Away From Senate, Rick Santorum At Center Of Health Care Debate

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:59pm

The latest GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is picking up steam in the Senate. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has been a key player promoting it, a decade after leaving office.

41 States To Investigate Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:02pm

The states' attorneys general are banding together to investigate the makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that have led to a spike in opiate addictions and overdose deaths.

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Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care For Millions

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 3:05pm

Republicans are taking one last shot at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. But the new plan isn't much different from the last one that failed.

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Many Nursing Homes Aren't Prepared For Even Basic Emergencies

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:12am

The deaths of eight residents in a Florida nursing home showed how even seemingly mundane things like failing to maintain climate control can be deadly. Emergency preparation enforcement can be lax.

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When Irma Arrived, Most Florida Health Care Facilities Were Ready

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 5:13am

Eight deaths at a Florida nursing home got a lot of media attention. But a tour of other health care centers in the Miami area found mostly good care after Hurricane Irma struck.

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As Federal Government Cuts Obamacare Ads, Private Insurer Steps Up

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:06pm

The federal government has cut advertising for the Affordable Care Act's enrollment period by 90 percent. So insurer Oscar Health has started its own campaign in New York and five other states.

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The Problem With Free Menstrual Pads

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:19pm

Governments in countries across Africa have promised to deliver free menstrual pads to girls. But are they getting the details right?

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After Hurricane Katrina, Many People Found New Strength

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 5:22pm

A long-term study of people who survived Hurricane Katrina found that most were doing well, and some feel the experience transformed them. But others remain haunted by anxiety and depression.

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Rural Hospitals Struggle To Stock Expensive Drugs That Could Save Lives

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 4:35pm

A federal drug program blocks rural hospitals from getting discounts on rare-disease drugs, forcing staff to cut back on supplies of lifesaving medicines.

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Paul Knoepfler: What Are The Unintended Consequences Of Human Gene Editing?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 9:52am

New gene editing tools hold a great deal of promise, but biologist Paul Knoepfler says we should be cautious. He warns altering DNA can have dire consequences, including a new form of eugenics.

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Get Ready! Medicare Will Mail New Cards to 60 Million People

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 5:19pm

The federal health program for seniors and the disabled is removing Social Security numbers from the ID cards of 60 million people in an effort to prevent identity theft

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Florida Nursing Home Case: Many Questions, And Few Answers, After 8 Patients Die

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 2:07pm

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills never lost power — but a transformer that drove its air conditioning unit was knocked out, leaving residents vulnerable to the heat and humidity.

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Here's What's In Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Bill

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 5:00am

Don't understand what the independent Vermont senator's single-payer plan is? Here are the bullet points. (For starters, his new program would not look a whole lot like Medicare.)

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