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Watch: What’s In The White House Plan To Lower Drug Prices

President Donald Trump began talking about the high cost of prescription drugs long before he took office. He often spoke about how drug companies …

Donald Trump

Drugmakers Blamed For Blocking Generics Have Milked Prices And Cost U.S. Billions

Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by …

Biotechnology

Insurer Slashes Breast Pump Payments, Stoking Fears Fewer Moms Will Breastfeed

A sharp cut in breast pump payments by the nation’s second-largest health insurer has prompted a strong reaction from breastfeeding advocates, who …

Health Care

Are You And Your Primary Care Doc Ready To Talk About Your DNA?

If you have a genetic mutation that increases your risk for a treatable medical condition, would you want to know? For many people the answer is yes. …

Health Policy

When Is Insurance Not Really Insurance? When You Need Pricey Dental Care.

I’m 61 years old and a San Francisco homeowner with an academic position at the University of California-Berkeley, which provides me with …

Health Care

Middlemen Who Save $$ On Medicines — But Maybe Not For You

Guess who’s back grabbing headlines? Pharmacy benefit managers — those companies that serve as middlemen in the prescription drug pipeline. President …

Pharma

Trump Proposes Cutting Planned Parenthood Funds. What Does That Mean?

The planned revival of a policy dating to Ronald Reagan’s presidency may finally present a way for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign …

Health Care

Best Reads Of The Week With Brianna Labuskes

From nursing home bullies to do-it-yourself gene editing in teenagers’ garages, this week was a wild — or should we say “royal” in anticipation of a …

Health Policy

Between Death And Deportation

<i>“Dear the most highly respected judge and court, I’m writing this because I love my mom. My mom is very important to me. I have no idea what to do</i> …

Health Care

Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?

This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It …

Health Policy

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Much Ado About Drug Prices

President Donald Trump’s blueprint to reduce drug prices frames almost as many questions as answers, but it does shine light on a vexing and …

Health Care

Opioid Overdoses Are Rising Faster Among Latinos Than Whites Or Blacks. Why?

The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison …

Public Health

California’s Deadly STD Epidemic Sets Record

Diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases hit a record high in California last year — with sometimes deadly consequences, according to preliminary …

Public Health

California Hospital Giant Sutter Health Faces Heavy Backlash On Prices

Cooking dinner one night in March, Mark Frizzell sliced his pinkie finger while peeling a butternut squash and couldn’t stop the bleeding.<p>The …

Health Care

Reversing An Overdose Isn’t Complicated, But Getting The Antidote Can Be

A few months ago, Kourtnaye Sturgeon helped save someone’s life. She was driving in downtown Indianapolis when she saw people gathered around a car …

Pharma

Lack Of Insurance Exposes Blind Spots In Vision Care

Every day, a school bus drops off as many as 45 children at a community eye clinic on Chicago’s South Side. Many of them are referred to the clinic …

Health Care

Will We Still Be Relevant ‘When We’re 64’?

A gnawing sense of irrelevancy and invisibility suddenly hits many aging adults, as their life roles shift from hands-on parent to empty nester or …

Health Policy

Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For Four Tiny Screws

Sherry Young just wanted to be able to walk without pain.<p>About three years ago, she began to experience sharp pain in her left foot. Her big toe had …

Health Care

First, Marijuana. Are Magic Mushrooms Next?

In Oregon and Denver, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, activists are now pushing toward a psychedelic frontier: “magic …

Cannabis

L.A. County Unlawfully Terminated Thousands Of Medi-Cal Recipients, Court Rules

Los Angeles County unlawfully dropped an estimated 22,000 people from California’s Medicaid program, including low-income seniors and disabled …

Health Care

Trump Vows (Again) To Bring Down Drug Prices But Skeptics Doubt Much Will Change

President Donald Trump, armed with the expertise of staff seasoned in the ways of the drug industry, unveiled his blueprint to address sky-high drug …

Health Care

Best Reads Of The Week With Brianna Labuskes

So maybe “yesterday was not a good day” for you (as Novartis said after its $1.2 million contract with Michael Cohen made news) but today is Friday! …

Health Care

Why The Drugmaker That Paid Trump’s Lawyer $1.2 Million Is So Worried

President Donald Trump didn’t mention Novartis or other drugmakers by name last year when he said the industry is “getting away with murder.”<p>Yet …

Donald Trump

Consumers Brace For Premium Hikes While Lawmakers Grasp At Remedies

As some insurers angle for hefty premium hikes and concerns grow that more Americans will wind up uninsured, the federal health law is likely — once …

Health Care

Under Trump Proposal, Lawful Immigrants Might Be Inclined To Shun Health Benefits

The Trump administration is considering a policy change that might discourage immigrants who are seeking permanent residency from using …

Health Care

Living Apart Together: A New Option for Older Adults

Three years ago, William Mamel climbed a ladder in Margaret Sheroff’s apartment and fixed a malfunctioning ceiling fan. “I love that you did this,” …

Health Policy

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ The Politics Of Rising Premiums And Menu Labeling

Proposed insurance premium increases unveiled in Maryland and Virginia officially marked the start of finger-pointing on Capitol Hill this week, as …

Health Care

For The Babies Of The Opioid Crisis, The Best Care May Be Mom’s Recovery

CARRBORO, N.C. — The halls at UNC Horizons day care are quiet at 5 p.m.<p>Amanda Williammee pauses at the toddler classroom window to watch 2-year-old …

Health Policy

Midterm Elections Are Shaping Up To Be A Referendum On Trumpism

Voters looking toward the midterm elections are more motivated by a candidate’s stance on President Donald Trump than on any specific policy question.<p>…

Health Care

Listless And Lonely In Puerto Rico, Some Older Storm Survivors Consider Suicide

HUMACAO, P.R. — A social worker, Lisel Vargas, recently visited Don Gregorio at his storm-damaged home in the steep hillsides of Humacao, a city on …

Mental Health