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Health May 24How Trump’s proposed budget could affect the health care safety net
Trump's budget was silent on bargaining with the pharmaceutical industry to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, a topic the president has often touched on. But the budget repeated Trump's previous proposals for double-digit percentage cuts to the National Institutes…
Health May 22As Trump delays health care decision, insurers seek stability
The uncertainty is leaving the fate of billions of dollars in federal payments in limbo.
Health Apr 20Under Trump, states may demand work for Medicaid
In a break from past policy, the federal Health and Human Services department has notified governors it stands ready to permit new state programs encouraging work.
Nation Apr 10The health care debate has shifted to the GOP — and most people don’t like what they see, poll says
Even among rank-and-file Republicans, there's opposition to cuts to Medicaid and changes that would let insurers charge higher premiums to older adults.
Health Mar 23GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote
The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump…
Health Mar 18Republicans at odds over how to overhaul Medicaid
A group of Republican governors have made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people.
Health Mar 13Trump pick Seema Verma sworn in to head Medicare and Medicaid
President Donald Trump's pick to run Medicare and Medicaid won confirmation Monday from a divided Senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government's role in health care and society's responsibility toward the vulnerable.
Politics Feb 24AP fact check: Trump claims Affordable Care Act covered ‘very few’ people
President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor's health care law covers "very few people" as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That's only true if you consider more than 20 million people to be very few.
Politics Feb 24Poll: GOP should keep money for Medicaid expansion
Add Medicaid expansion to the list of Obama-era health care provisions that Americans want to keep. A new poll finds that 8 in 10 say lawmakers should preserve federal funding that has allowed states to add coverage for some 11…
Health Jan 02Medicare launches revamp for treatments of heart attacks, hip fractures
The cardiac and hip fracture experiments are the latest development in a big push under the Obama administration to reinvent Medicare.