• Barack Obama Sep 10, 2019

    Share of Uninsured Americans Rises for 1st Time in a Decade

    The proportion of Americans without health insurance edged up in 2018 — the first evidence from the government that coverage gains under President Barack Obama’s health care law might be eroding under President Donald Trump. The Census Bureau also said in an annual report Tuesday that household income rose last year at its slowest pace in four years and finally...

  • Cancer Aug 8, 2019

    Medicare to Cover Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Some Cancers

    Expanding access to a promising but costly treatment, Medicare said Wednesday it will cover for some blood cancers a breakthrough gene therapy that revs up a patient’s own immune cells to destroy malignancies. Officials said Medicare will cover CAR-T cell therapies for certain types of lymphoma and leukemia. The cost of the treatments can run to hundreds of thousands of...

  • Donald Trump Jul 21, 2019

    Administration Pauses Enforcement of Abortion Restriction

    The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions. But the clinics reacted warily to the administration’s enforcement pause, and the widening rift could eventually affect basic health services for many low-income women. A notice sent Saturday night to representatives of the...

  • Supreme Court Jul 17, 2019

    Planned Parenthood to Defy Trump Abortion Referral Rule

    Federally funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration’s ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options. “We are not going to comply with a regulation that would require health care providers to not give full information to their...

  • Donald Trump Jul 10, 2019

    Trump Directs Government to Revamp Care for Kidney Disease

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday revamping care for kidney disease so more people whose kidneys fail can have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis, and others don’t get that sick in the first place. Trump said his order was aimed at “making life better and longer for millions” by increasing the supply of donated kidneys,...

  • Donald Trump Jun 6, 2019

    Trump Halts Fetal Tissue Research by Government Scientists

    The Trump administration said Wednesday it is ending medical research by government scientists that uses human fetal tissue, overriding the advice of scientists who say it has led to life-saving medical advances and handing abortion opponents a major victory. The Health and Human Services Department said in a statement that government-funded research by universities that involves fetal tissue can continue...

  • Donald Trump Mar 25, 2019

    Medicare for All Legislation Has Thorny Issues

    The “Medicare for All” legislation that’s become a clarion call for progressives has two little-noticed provisions that could make it even more politically perilous for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The legislation from White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with a similar measure in the House, lifts curbs on government health insurance for people in the country illegally and revokes...

  • Congress Feb 23, 2019

    Trump Bars Clinic Referrals, Setting Up Abortion Obstacles

    The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court. The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department also would prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same locations as...

  • Donald Trump Jan 18, 2019

    Trump Administration Proposes Higher ‘Obamacare' Premiums

    The Trump administration on Thursday announced proposed rule changes that would lead to a modest premium increase next year under the Affordable Care Act, potentially handing Democrats a new presidential-year health care issue. The roughly 1 percent increase could feed into the Democratic argument that the Trump administration is trying to “sabotage” coverage for millions. The administration said the proposal...

  • Donald Trump Jan 18, 2019

    US Government May Have Split Up Thousands More Migrant Families

    It seems likely that thousands more migrant children were split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a government watchdog said Thursday. It’s unclear just how many family separations occurred at the U.S.-Mexico border; immigration officials are allowed...

  • head Nov 9, 2018

    Medicare Expands Access to in-Home Support for Seniors

    In a harbinger of potentially big changes for Medicare, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores, safety devices and respite for caregivers next year through private “Medicare Advantage” insurance plans. The shift reflects a growing recognition that simple help at home can have a meaningful impact on patients’ well-being — and...

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2018

    Trump Admin. Rolls Out Cheaper, Short-Term Health Plans With Coverage Gaps

    Consumers will have more options to buy cheaper, short-term health insurance under a new Trump administration rule, but there’s no guarantee the plans will cover pre-existing conditions or provide benefits like coverage of prescription drugs. Administration officials said Wednesday the short-term plans will last up to 12 months and can be renewed for up to 36 months. With premiums about...

  • author Jul 30, 2018

    Sanders' ‘Medicare for All' Would Cost $32.6 Trillion Over 10 Years: Study

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan would boost government health spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, requiring historic tax hikes, says a study released Monday by a university-based libertarian policy center. That’s trillion with a “T.” The latest plan from the Vermont independent would deliver significant savings on administration and drug costs, but increased demand for care would...

  • Donald Trump Mar 24, 2018

    Lobbying Pays Off for Small Drugmaker in Budget Bill

    Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Lawmakers acted after a lobbying campaign by a small Washington state pharmaceutical company called Omeros.

  • Donald Trump Jan 19, 2018

    Trump Protecting Medical Providers Who Oppose Abortion

    Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying “conscience protections” could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people.

  • Donald Trump Dec 29, 2017

    'Obamacare' Sign-up Tally Dips Slightly to 8.7M

    More than 8.7 million people signed up for coverage next year under the Obama-era health care law, the government reported Thursday, as the program that President Donald Trump has repeatedly pronounced “a disaster” exceeded expectations. The final tally for the 39 HealthCare.gov states showed about 80,000 fewer sign-ups than an initial count provided last week, before the Christmas holiday. A...

  • Donald Trump Dec 23, 2017

    Analysis: More Than 4 in 5 Enrolled in ‘Obamacare' Are in Trump States

    Americans in states that Donald Trump carried in his march to the White House account for more than 4 in 5 of those signed up for coverage under the health care law the president still wants to take down. An Associated Press analysis of new figures from the government found that 7.3 million of the 8.8 million consumers signed up...

  • Donald Trump Dec 22, 2017

    Strong Showing for Obama Health Law as Nearly 9M Sign Up

    In a remarkably strong show of consumer demand, nearly 9 million people signed up for “Obamacare” next year, as government numbers out Thursday proved predictions of its collapse wrong yet again. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said more than 8.8 million people have signed up in the 39 states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website. That compares to...

  • Congress Dec 12, 2017

    Some Glitches Seen in Deadline Week for ‘Obamacare' Sign-Ups

    Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for “Obamacare” sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience. In Illinois, some consumers who successfully completed an application for financial assistance through HealthCare.gov got a message saying they would likely be eligible to buy a health plan, “but none are...

  • head Dec 7, 2017

    Poor Health, High Expectations for Medicaid, Analysis Finds

    People on Medicaid are more prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But that’s not the whole story. A new study suggests that low-income Medicaid recipients are also invested in their health, with 4 out of 5 saying they have a personal doctor, 3 out of 5 saying they eat...

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