Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

U.S. Overdose Deaths Dipped In 2018, But Some States Saw 'Devastating' Increases

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Provisional overdose data for 2018 show a note of hope in an overall bleak picture. But in some states, the numbers actually got worse. What explains the disparities?


Car Shopping, Handbags And Wealthy Uncles: The Quest To Explain High Drug Prices

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trump administration officials say drugs' list prices are like cars' sticker prices — easily negotiated. But in the life and death world of medicine, say price watchers, that analogy falls apart.


As Its Drug Pricing Plans Fall Through, Trump Administration Turns To Congress To Act

Thursday, July 11, 2019

It was a tough week for the agency in charge of implementing Trump's ambitious plans to reduce drug costs. The administration rolled back one plan and had another shot down in court.


Trump Administration Announces Plans To Shake Up The Kidney Care Industry

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

President Trump has signed an executive order pushing for sweeping changes in the way kidney disease is treated.


The Affordable Care Act Is On Trial Again — This Time In Louisiana

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Oral arguments wrapped up Tuesday in New Orleans in a closely-watched lawsuit that could eventually decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act.


Texas To Ask Federal Appeals Court To Pull The Plug On Obamacare

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The Affordable Care Act goes on trial Tuesday in New Orleans. The appeals case — Texas versus United States — is yet another lawsuit that seeks to have President Obama's signature law overturned.


Courts Order Delay Of Trump Administration's Health Care 'Conscience Rights' Rule

Monday, July 01, 2019

The rule was intended to protect health care workers who refuse to assist in procedures like abortion because of religious or moral beliefs. Plaintiffs argue the rule could put patient safety at risk.


Louisiana's Novel 'Subscription' Model For Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs Gains Approval

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Certain high-cost drugs are straining state budgets. A new deal approved Wednesday allows Louisiana to spend a fixed amount for unlimited access to a costly cure. Other states may try to follow suit.


When Hospitals Sue For Unpaid Bills, It Can Be 'Ruinous' For Patients

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

When patients can't afford to pay their medical bills, many hospitals offer a payment plan — or free or discounted care. But some try to collect by suing patients and garnishing their wages.


Trump Administration Pushes To Make Health Care Pricing More Transparent

Monday, June 24, 2019

President Trump is issuing an executive order intended to force hospitals to disclose prices. A lot of work remains to turn this order into a regulation, and the industry is resisting the move.


Florida Wants To Import Medicine From Canada. But How Would That Work?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A new law would let the state make bulk purchases of prescription drugs from Canada. But it still faces hurdles that could keep it from becoming reality.


Rural Health: Financial Insecurity Plagues Many Who Live With Disability

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Having to come up with $1,000 unexpectedly can be a challenge for anyone. NPR's recent poll on rural health found that's especially true for one group: people with disabilities.


'Patients Will Die': One County's Challenge To Trump's 'Conscience Rights' Rule

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

California's Santa Clara County argues that if the rule goes into effect in July, the county will suffer irreparable harm in terms of patient care and staffing costs.


AIDS Activists Take Aim At Gilead To Lower Price Of HIV Drug PrEP

Thursday, May 30, 2019

In the 1980s, ACT UP demanded action from the U.S. government and got results with drama. AIDS activists today have fresh tactics for their new goal: a more affordable HIV prevention pill.


AIDS Activists Take On The High Price Of HIV Prevention Pill

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

In the 1980s, AIDS activists demanded action from the U.S. government in a dramatic way, and got results. Now, they have a new goal: more affordable access to an HIV prevention pill.


Tylenol For Infants And Children Is The Same. Why Does 1 Cost 3 Times More?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Infants' Tylenol is the same strength as Children's Tylenol. Turns out, the price difference has to do with packaging and safety features.


Trump Administration's Proposed HHS Rule Would Redefine What 'Sex' Means

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Health and Human Services Department has proposed to end Obama-era rules that protect transgender people from discrimination in health care. That could impact the Trump administration's plan to fight HIV.


Trump Administration Proposes Eliminating Protections For Transgender People In ACA

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced a proposal to end Obama-era rules protecting transgender people from discrimination in health care.


The Other Reasons Kids Aren't Getting Vaccinations: Poverty And Health Care Access

Monday, May 20, 2019

Religious and ideological opposition to vaccines has fueled the current measles outbreak. But there's another factor driving low vaccination rates in some communities: poverty.


Drugmaker Created To Reduce Shortages And Prices Unveils Its First Products

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Civica Rx has plans to become an alternative source of generic drugs at reasonable prices for hospitals. The company's first medicines will be the antibiotics vancomycin and daptomycin.