Medicaid Nation

Medicaid Has A Bull’s-Eye On Its Back, Which Means No One Is Entirely Safe

Those relying on the federal government’s safety net are grandmothers, the kid next door, your supermarket cashier — maybe even you.

News Analysis

Everyone Says We Must Control Exorbitant Drug Prices. So, Why Don’t We?

Any momentum to address prescription drug costs has been lost amid rancorous debates over replacing Obamacare and stalled by roadblocks erected via lobbying and industry cash.

To Wage War On Superbugs, FDA Clears Way For Scope With A Disposable Piece

Agency says a removable cap will lower the risk of antibiotic resistant infections but some experts see it as a modest step in curbing the sort of deadly outbreaks that occurred a few years ago.

Repeal & Replace Watch

A Tale Of Two States: California, Texas And The Latest ACA Repeal Bid

In the GOP's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, California would lose a lot of federal funding. Texas would gain a lot in the short term, but experts worry Texas would not use the money well.

Repeal & Replace Watch

GOP Health Bill’s Changes Go Far Beyond Preexisting Conditions

The measure proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) would disrupt the existing health system more than any of the measures considered so far this year, according to supporters and critics.

Money-Saving Offer For Medicare's Late Enrollees Is Expiring. Can They Buy Time?

Sept. 30 marks the end of Medicare’s temporary offer to waive penalties for certain late Medicare enrollees with Affordable Care Act insurance coverage.

Repeal & Replace Watch

Uncertainty Over Health Care's Future Hobbles Entrepreneurs

The Affordable Care Act gave some Americans the chance to strike out on their own in new business ventures because they didn't have to worry about keeping a job just for health insurance. But the repeal-and-replace efforts reignited this week create uncertainty about whether they can count on that insurance option in the future.

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Schoolkids Skipping Shots

Total vaccine exemptions dropped sharply following the 2016 implementation of a state law that eliminated the exemption for personal beliefs. But researchers say a spike in medical exemptions — which more than tripled to 2,850, from 931 the previous year — could suggest that vaccine-reluctant parents are simply finding doctors who are willing to write them medical excuses.

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