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Economy Nov 09Medicare to cover more home care services and safety devices
The changes are a sign of growing recognition that practical help can have a meaningful impact on patients' well-being and reduce costs for taxpayers.
Politics Oct 25WATCH: Trump says new proposal will lower U.S. drug prices
Under a proposal announced by the Department of Health and Human Services, payment for certain drugs administered in doctors' offices would shift to a level based on international prices.
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.
Nation Oct 22Reported Trump plan targeting transgender people sparks fury
On Sunday, The New York Times reported that the Department of Health and Human Services was circulating a memo proposing that gender be defined as an immutable biological condition determined by a person's sex organs at birth. LGBT-rights leaders viewed…
Politics Oct 10Fact-checking Trump’s bleak op-ed on Democratic health plans
President Trump cast the idea as a dangerous scheme by "radical socialists" as he played up potential pitfalls of a government-paid system without citing any of the benefits, such as the disappearance of most medical bills.
Economy Oct 02Oversight positions for Social Security, Medicare still vacant after 3 years
The public trustees — one Republican, one Democrat — typically help oversee annual financial reports and certify that the estimates are unbiased.
Nation Sep 27Premiums to drop for popular Affordable Care Act plan, Azar says
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said premiums for a popular type of "silver" health plan under the Affordable Care Act will edge downward next year in most states.
Health Aug 23Trump administration needs to step up on ‘Obamacare,’ watchdog report says
A congressional watchdog said the Trump administration needs to step up its management of sign-up seasons for former President Barack Obama's health care law after mixed results last year in the throes of a failed GOP effort to repeal it.
Health Aug 06Insurance companies approach Trump health plans cautiously
For people who need an individual policy and are anticipating cheaper plans this fall, the advice seems to be: Look carefully and read the fine print.
Politics Jul 13Agency watchdog slams former HHS chief Tom Price on costly travel
The government wasted at least $341,000 on travel by ousted Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, including booking charter flights without considering cheaper scheduled airlines, an agency watchdog said Friday.