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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.
Politics Apr 29Health care new front for transgender rights under Trump
The Trump administration is coming under fire for rewriting a federal rule that bars discrimination in health care due to gender identity.
Nation Apr 24Medicare to require hospitals to post prices online
Medicare will require hospitals to post their standard prices online and make electronic medical records more readily available to patients, officials said Tuesday.
Politics Mar 13Tom Price, ousted health secretary, repaid $60,000 for chartered flights
House Democrats say former health secretary Tom Price repaid the government nearly $60,000 for his costs on private charter flights taken for official business.
Politics Feb 20Trump administration unveils short-term medical plans with cheaper premiums, fewer benefits
The plans would come with a disclaimer that they don't meet the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections, such as guaranteed coverage, or the requirement to offer robust benefits.
Nation Feb 13Who wins and who loses in Trump’s proposed Medicare drug plan
Trump has made bringing down drug costs a top priority, but his administration's plan would create winners and losers. Here's what we know.
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.