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Politics Feb 10On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump’s big promises
As a candidate, Trump advocated Medicare negotiations and he called for allowing consumers to import lower-priced medicines from abroad. But the White House strategy paper veers away from such dramatic steps.
Health Jan 04Trump administration proposes interstate sale of health insurance
The new rule would make it easier for groups, or associations, to sponsor health plans that don't have to meet all consumer protection and benefit requirements of the Obama law. Those requirements improve coverage, but also raise premiums.
Politics Dec 17Sign-ups show Affordable Care Act’s staying power in Trump era
A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program’s subsidized individual health plans.
Politics Nov 13Trump names former drug executive as new health secretary
Turning to an industry he’s rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive be his health and human services secretary.
Nation Nov 08After victories in Tuesday elections, Democrats see health care as a winning issue
Emboldened by election wins, Democrats are starting to see a political edge in health care, particularly widening Medicaid access for more low-income people.
Nation Oct 27Trump administration proposes health law benefit changes
The Trump administration on Friday proposed new health insurance regulations that could affect basic benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, but not for a couple of years.
Health Oct 25Online ‘window shopping’ for 2018 health law plans underway
Consumers can start previewing plans and premiums online Wednesday for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in 2018.
Health Oct 20Uninsured Americans rises to over 12 percent amid health care fight
The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over "Obamacare" undermine coverage gains that drove the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low.
Politics Oct 19Could Trump inadvertently breathe life into Obamacare?
President Donald Trump's attempt to shut off the subsidy for health insurance copays and deductibles would cause a different subsidy to jump up, the one for premiums.
Politics Oct 12Trump plans to ‘immediately’ stop ACA payments to insurers
In a move likely to roil America's insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to persuade Congress to unravel for months.