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Politics Jul 16Trump abortion rule seen as blow against Planned Parenthood
Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration says, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups.
Nation Jul 15Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately
The Health and Human Services department said Monday it will begin enforcing the ban on abortion referrals, along with a requirement that family planning clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions.
Health Jul 09Judge strikes down Trump rule requiring prescription ads to list prices
Drugmakers had argued that requiring them to disclose list prices amounted to coercion that would violate their free speech rights under the Constitution.
Nation Jun 24WATCH: Trump signs executive order to make health care prices more transparent
The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money.
Nation Jun 12Abuse in nursing facilities went unreported, watchdog finds
Auditors with the Health and Human Services inspector general's office estimate that in 2016 about 6,600 cases reflected potential neglect or abuse that was not reported.
Health Jun 08Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research
To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded — and she’s worried this kind of research is headed for the chopping block.
Nation Jun 05Trump administration ends fetal tissue research by federal scientists
Research using fetal tissue has led to life-saving advances including development of vaccines for rubella and rabies, and drugs for the HIV virus.
Health May 24Trump administration moves to revoke transgender health protection
The Health and Human Services Department released a proposed regulation that in effect says "gender identity" is not protected under federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination in health care.
Politics May 23Republicans and Democrats team up to address surprise medical bills
Senior lawmakers of both parties proposed legislation to tackle surprise medical bills, prescription drug costs and uneven vaccination rates.
Health May 21‘Medicare for All’ proposed benefits leapfrog other nations
The plans advocated by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what's offered in other advanced countries, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening popular appeal.