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Nation Jun 12Abuse in nursing facilities went unreported, watchdog finds
Auditors with the Health and Human Services inspector general's office estimate that in 2016 about 6,600 cases reflected potential neglect or abuse that was not reported.
Health Jun 08Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research
To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded — and she’s worried this kind of research is headed for the chopping block.
Nation Jun 05Trump administration ends fetal tissue research by federal scientists
Research using fetal tissue has led to life-saving advances including development of vaccines for rubella and rabies, and drugs for the HIV virus.
Health May 24Trump administration moves to revoke transgender health protection
The Health and Human Services Department released a proposed regulation that in effect says "gender identity" is not protected under federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination in health care.
Politics May 23Republicans and Democrats team up to address surprise medical bills
Senior lawmakers of both parties proposed legislation to tackle surprise medical bills, prescription drug costs and uneven vaccination rates.
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.