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News Brief: HHS To Protect Religious Objectors, Trump's First Year Poll, Apple Jobs

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce the creation of a new division to protect health workers who object to procedures for religious reasons.


HHS To Protect Health Workers With Religious Objections

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce the creation of a new division to protect health workers who object to procedures like abortions for religious reasons.


Trump Administration Will Let States Require People To Work For Medicaid

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ten states have already asked the administration to add work requirements to the popular health insurance program for low-income people. But many recipients are already working.


What Happens To Obamacare If Individual Mandate Disappears?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Republicans' tax overhaul gets rid of the tax penalty for people who fail to maintain insurance coverage. If it becomes law, what happens to the deficit and the number of uninsured?

Comment Enrollment Ends Friday. Sign-Ups Likely To Trail Last Year's

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A shorter enrollment period and big cuts in the federal budget for outreach are taking a toll, say those helping with health insurance sign-ups. Deadlines for most state exchanges are a little later.


Parents Worry Congress Won't Fund The Children's Health Insurance Program

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The federal funding of the program lapsed in September. States have been burning through leftover funds, or borrowing from other accounts, as they wait for Congress to act before the end of January.


News Brief: The Latest On The GOP Tax Bill; CVS Buys Aetna

Monday, December 04, 2017

Top Congressional Republicans look to quickly reach a final deal on a tax package. And, we discuss what would be one of the largest mergers in the history of health care.


In Ads, Tobacco Companies Admit They Made Cigarettes More Addictive

Monday, November 27, 2017

A federal judge ordered tobacco companies to pay for ads warning that their products are deadly and that they manipulated them to be addictive. But the form of the ads may be dulling their effect.


House Tax Plan Would Eliminate Medical Expense Deduction

Friday, November 17, 2017

The House passed its bill to overhaul the tax code. It would eliminate many popular deductions — including the one for medical expenses. The provision isn't included in the current Senate version.


What If We Treated Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The law restricts a major government public health agency's research into gun violence, which kills or injures more people than many other infectious diseases.


Hurricane Damage To Manufacturers In Puerto Rico Affects Mainland Hospitals, Too

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The island is a major center for drug and medical device manufacturing. After Hurricane Maria, those products, including small IV bags, are running short throughout the U.S.


Trump Picks Alex Azar To Lead Health And Human Services

Monday, November 13, 2017

If the former drug company executive is confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Dr. Tom Price, who resigned in September after a scandal involving government travel on private aircraft.


Texas Shooter's History Raises Questions About Mental Health And Mass Murder

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

President Trump says the Texas shooting shows that mental health is a "problem of the highest order." This comes amid a debate about mental illness, guns, and his own record on mental health programs.


Details Of Bipartisan Health Insurance Plan Come Into Focus

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Text of legislation, obtained by NPR, offers ways to fix the Affordable Care Act that some Republicans and Democrats favor. Whether it ever becomes law, is a different question.


Draft Of Health Care Bill Addresses Trump Concerns About 'Bailouts' For Insurers

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A draft of the bipartisan legislation obtained by NPR would restore subsidies to insurance companies to assist low-income consumers and require them to go to consumers as rebates.


Iowa Tries To Prevent Health Insurance Premiums From Escalating

Monday, October 16, 2017

The White House has canceled a subsidy to insurance companies. Iowa's Health Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen discusses the state's plan that seeks to lower costs for tens of thousands of residents.


Insurance Companies Say Premiums May Increase After Government Subsidies Stop

Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump says the administration will no longer pay key Affordable Care Act subsidies. The result could be some consumers pay more for insurance coverage and the cost to the government rises.


What Does Trump's Executive Order Mean For Health Care?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

President Trump issued an executive order on health care today. The order would remove requirements for basic benefits that are part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. He is telling federal agencies to permit wider use of so-called "association health plans" which currently do not meet the requirements for basic benefits like maternity care.


Trump Says He'll Sign Order To Expand Health Insurance Options

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Conservatives have long advocated for using association health plans to boost competition. But the result could be that healthy people pay less and sicker people are priced out of coverage.


Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control

Friday, October 06, 2017

With a new regulation, the administration will allow any company or nonprofit group to refuse to cover contraception by claiming a religious or moral exemption to the federal health law.