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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.
Nation May 10Trump administration argues for keeping some parts of ‘Obamacare’
Justice Department lawyers recently suggested that federal judges could salvage the Affordable Care Act's anti-fraud provisions, raising questions about keeping other parts as well.
Health May 09WATCH: Trump advocates push against ‘surprise medical bills’
President Donald Trump on Thursday called for an end to the astonishingly high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer's network.
Nation May 08Drugmakers will have to reveal medication prices in TV ads
"What I say to the companies is if you think the cost of your drug will scare people from buying your drugs, then lower your prices," said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
Nation May 02WATCH: Trump touts new religious exemption allowing clinicians to refuse abortions
The rule would likely require that hospitals, universities, clinics and other institutions that receive funding from federal programs certify that they comply with some 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights.
Politics May 01Trump, GOP states ask appeals court to kill the Affordable Care Act
Taking a harder line on health care, the Trump administration joined a coalition of Republican-led states Wednesday in asking a federal appeals court to entirely overturn former President Barack Obama's signature health care law — a decision that could leave…
Politics Apr 10Bernie Sanders to reveal new version of ‘Medicare for All’ plan
Sen. Bernie Sanders is unveiling a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan with four of his Democratic rivals for the 2020 presidential election backing the proposal. The bill's reintroduction promises to shine a bright light on Democratic candidates'…
Health Apr 09Feds break up $1.2B Medicare orthopedic brace scam
The Justice Department announced charges against 24 people across the U.S., including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions for unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces. Others charged included owners of call centers, telemedicine firms and medical equipment companies.
Health Apr 05HHS watchdog to examine Medicare chief’s publicity spending
Democrats complained that Seema Verma has steered taxpayer money to political allies at the same time her agency slashed the ad budget for the Affordable Care Act, hindering enrollment.
Politics Mar 31Trump’s battle with ‘Obamacare’ moves to the courts
After losing in Congress, President Donald Trump is counting on the courts to kill off "Obamacare." But some cases are going against him, and time is not on his side as he tries to score a big win for his…