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Nation Oct 23U.S. health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off
The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it's too soon to declare victory.
Health Apr 24Medicare doesn’t cover methadone treatment. Here’s how Congress may change that
Federal money is flowing to states to open new methadone clinics through the 21st Century Cures Act, but despite the nation's deepening opioid crisis, the Medicare drug program for the elderly covers methadone only when prescribed for pain.
Health Jul 20Trump administration ends Affordable Care Act assistance contracts in 18 cities
Community groups say the move, announced to them by contractors last week, will make it even more difficult to enroll the uninsured and help people already covered re-enroll or shop for a new policy. That's already a concern because of…
Politics Jul 17For young adults, the GOP health bill is a hard sell
Young adults worry that opening the door to bare-bones plans proposed by the latest iteration of the GOP health bill will make the more comprehensive coverage they know now too expensive or even unavailable.
Health Sep 08Obama administration on track for 2015 health insurance sign-ups
About 9.9 million people have signed up and paid for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration said Tuesday, a slight dip from a previous count but on track toward the administration's year-end goal of 9.1…
Health Aug 11Scientists say fetal tissue remains essential for vaccines and developing treatments
BOSTON — The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek…
Health Dec 30Officials call health-care sign-ups ‘an encouraging start’
The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called "an encouraging start."…
Nation May 16Hundreds of millions spent to attack new health care law, little to defend
The report, released Friday by nonpartisan analysts Kantar Media CMAG, estimates that $445 million was spent on political TV ads mentioning the law since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Spending on negative ads outpaced positive ones…