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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.
Politics Jul 08Trump administration takes another swipe at ‘Obamacare’
The Trump administration is freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year.
Nation Jul 05Trump administration says it will start reuniting families separated at the border
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters that his department is ready to reunite children in its care with their parents, starting next Tuesday with those under age 5. But he warned that entire families may remain in…
Politics Jun 05Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, report warns
The report from program trustees says Medicare will become insolvent in 2026 — three years earlier than previously forecast. Its giant trust fund for inpatient care won't be able to fully cover projected medical bills starting at that point.
Politics May 30How the Trump administration is remaking federal policy on women’s reproductive health
Social and religious conservatives praise the administration for promoting "a culture of life." But women's-rights activists and some medical experts view the multi-pronged changes as a dangerous ideological shift that could increase unintended pregnancies and abortions.