Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

America's 'Shame': Medicaid Funding Slashed In U.S. Territories

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Five U.S. territories say if Congress doesn't quickly allocate more funding for their Medicaid programs, they will be forced to make brutal triage decisions that will likely cost American lives.

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Open Enrollment For 2020 Obamacare Has Begun

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

This year the federal health insurance marketplace Healthcare.gov has a few new bells and whistles. (This piece initially aired on Nov. 3, 2019 on Weekend Edition Sunday.)

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Trump Wants Insurers and Hospitals To Show Real Prices To Patients

Friday, November 15, 2019

Two regulations announced Friday take aim at health care prices. One, to affect patients by 2021, addresses hospital rates. The second, a proposal, would require more upfront clarity from insurers.

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HHS Sues Drugmaker Gilead Over PrEP Patent Infringement

Thursday, November 07, 2019

The federal government is suing drugmaker Gilead for alleged patent infringement. The suit charges the company violated patents on "PrEP" drugs that are used to prevent HIV infection.

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Federal Judge Throws Out 'Conscience Rights' Rule For Health Care Workers

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

A federal judge has thrown out the Trump administration's "conscience rights" rule for health care workers.

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Judge Scraps 'Conscience' Rule Protecting Doctors Who Deny Care For Religious Reasons

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The U.S. judge found that the Trump administration's rule violates the law in "numerous, fundamental, and far-reaching" ways. Critics said the rule prioritized providers over patients.

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Trump Administration Plans To Roll Back Anti-Discrimination Rules Tied To HHS Funding

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

The Trump administration wants to roll back anti-discrimination rules tied to Health & Human Services spending, meaning groups could refuse a client based on sexual orientation, gender or religion.

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Open Enrollment For 2020 Health Care Plans

Sunday, November 03, 2019

This year, as open enrollment kicks off, the federal health insurance marketplace Healthcare.gov has a few new bells and whistles.

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Open Enrollment Is Here: 6 Tips For Choosing A Health Insurance Plan

Friday, November 01, 2019

If you're not getting health insurance from your employer, you can still get covered. You can shop for options through HealthCare.gov or your state's marketplace. Here's how to pick a plan.

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The Real Cost Of The Opioid Epidemic: An Estimated $179 Billion In Just 1 Year

Thursday, October 24, 2019

As the courts consider various lawsuits against drugmakers, researchers estimate what opioid addiction is costing our economy and what it would take to end the crisis.

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Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How's That Going?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Though polls show Affordable Care Act protections remain popular in the U.S., President Trump still threatens to drastically change the law if he can't repeal it. Here are five changes he's made.

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Heads Up: A Ruling On The Latest Challenge To The Affordable Care Act Is Coming

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The health law again faces possible legal evisceration with a court ruling in Texas v. Azar anticipated this fall. Here's what it's about and what's stake.

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Targeting 'Medicare For All' Proposals, Trump Lays Out His Vision For Medicare

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Speaking from a retirement community in Florida, the president gave seniors a pep talk about what he wants to do for Medicare, contrasting it with plans of his Democratic rivals.

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The Health Benefits At The Center Of The United Auto Workers Strike

Saturday, September 28, 2019

A key issue in the contract dispute between General Motors and the United Auto Workers is health benefits. Workers have had famously great health plans, paying just 3% of costs.

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Status Of Health Benefits Remains Unclear As United Auto Workers' Strike Continues

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

While the United Auto Workers strike continues, General Motors and the union are telling different stories about what's going on with the health benefits of striking workers and their families.

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How An 'International Price Index' Might Help Reduce Drug Prices

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Drugmakers hate the idea. But Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump both say pegging the prices of U.S. medicine to what people elsewhere pay could save U.S. patients a bundle. Here's how an "IPI" might work.

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A Daily Baby Aspirin Could Help Many Pregnancies And Save Lives

Monday, September 16, 2019

Pregnant women at high or even moderate risk of developing the life-threatening condition preeclampsia should consider taking a very small dose of aspirin daily to prevent it, doctors say.

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Fewer Children Had Health Insurance In 2018 Than Year Before, Census Data Shows

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

After years of decline, rates of uninsured children on on the rise. Immigrants and Hispanics saw large growth, possibly because of Trump administration policies.

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Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

Monday, September 09, 2019

Researchers asked adults to reflect back on their happy childhood memories. They found those who recalled more were less likely to have depression in adulthood and had more supportive relationships.

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For Health Workers Struggling With Addiction, Why Are Treatment Options Limited?

Friday, September 06, 2019

Doctors and nurses are often barred from turning to FDA-approved medications that research shows to be the most effective way to quit. Critics of that policy say stigma is undermining best practice

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