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Health Dec 19Affordable Care Act sign-ups beat forecast in unpredictable season
The Obama health care law has yet again beaten predictions of its downfall, as government figures released Wednesday showed unexpectedly solid sign-ups for health coverage next year.
Politics Dec 15Trump pushes Congress for new health law after court ruling
After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was “invalid,” President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White House says the current law will remain in place for…
Health Dec 12Health insurance sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline looms
Barring an enrollment surge, the nation's uninsured rate could edge up again after a yearslong coverage expansion that has seen about 20 million people obtain health insurance.
Health Nov 26Trump administration proposes Medicare drug benefit changes
The proposal could create winners and losers among seniors, insurers, middlemen and drugmakers.
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.