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Trump Administration Proposes Eliminating Protections For Transgender People In ACA

By Selena Simmons-Duffin

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

  • May 24th 2019 at 23:02

Colorado Caps Insulin Co-Pays At $100 For Insured Residents

By Vanessa Romo
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, pictured in January, signed a bill into law on Wednesday placing a $100 per month cap on insulin co-payments starting next year.

A new law, signed by the governor earlier this week, is aimed at helping diabetics afford the lifesaving medication.

(Image credit: David Zalubowski/AP)

  • May 25th 2019 at 00:03

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

By Selena Simmons-Duffin

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.

  • May 24th 2019 at 23:17

Trump Administration Proposes Eliminating Protections For Transgender People In ACA

By Selena Simmons-Duffin

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

  • May 24th 2019 at 23:02

Trump Administration Proposes Rule To Reverse Protections For Transgender Patients

By Alison Kodjak
Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights, announced Friday a new proposed rule rolling back anti-discrimination protections for transgender patients. Those protections had been written in 2016 but enjoined in court.

A federal agency issued a proposed rule Friday that rolls back Obama-era protections for transgender patients. Advocates for transgender people say the rule leaves them vulnerable to discrimination.

(Image credit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

  • May 24th 2019 at 16:50

Abortion Limits Carry Economic Cost For Women

By Scott Horsley
Demonstrators listen to speeches during a rally in support of abortion rights on Thursday in Miami.

More states have adopted new restrictions on abortion in hopes the Supreme Court will revisit Roe v. Wade. That could have profound effects on the economic prospects for women seeking abortions.

(Image credit: Lynne Sladky/AP)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 23:47

Disabled Woman Who Gave Birth At Care Facility May Have Been Impregnated Before

By Vanessa Romo
The family of the woman who was raped and then gave birth last December has filed new documents alleging she may have been impregnated before. They are seeking $45 million in damages.

New documents filed on Wednesday allege that the woman was sexually assaulted multiple times. An exam after the birth of the child in December indicated she may have been pregnant before.

(Image credit: Matt York/AP)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 21:00

Sens. Alexander, Murray Release Health Legislation Targeting High Bills, Drug Costs

By Rachel Bluth
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate health committee, introduced legislation to address health care issues such as surprise medical bills and high drug costs.

The bipartisan legislation proposes plans to deal with surprise medical bills, prescription drug patents, price transparency and vaccine education.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

  • May 23rd 2019 at 19:58

Surprise Medical Bills Are Driving People Into Debt: Will Congress Act To Stop Them?

By Rachel Bluth
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is co-sponsoring legislation with Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., to curtail surprise medical bills.

Lawmakers are discussing several measures to solve the problem of unexpected medical bills, which can wreak havoc on patients' lives. Here's our guide to the current roster of proposed legislation.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

  • May 22nd 2019 at 21:07

The Struggle To Hire And Keep Doctors In Rural Areas Means Patients Go Without Care

By Kirk Siegler

A new generation of family physicians wants a work-life balance. But practicing in a small town is a 24/7 job, which is worsening the ongoing doctor shortage in rural America.

(Image credit: Theo Stroomer for NPR)

  • May 21st 2019 at 22:53

Protests Held Across The U.S. In Response To States Passing Restrictive Abortion Laws

By Sarah McCammon

Coordinated protests in response to a raft of new state laws restricting abortion took place across the U.S. on Tuesday.

  • May 21st 2019 at 22:23

Can CBD Reduce Cravings And Stress In Opioid Users?

By Allison Aubrey

Researchers wanted to know if CBD can help people who are former opioid users resist relapse. Their double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial suggests CBD can help reduce stress and cravings.

  • May 21st 2019 at 22:23

'Dementia Reimagined' Asks: Can There Be Happiness For Those With Memory Loss?

By Terry Gross

While caring for her mother, who had dementia, bioethicist Tia Powell began imagining a different way to approach the disease. Her new book looks at long-term care options and end-of-life decisions.

  • May 21st 2019 at 20:39

Meet The Mites That Live On Your Face

By Josh Cassidy
Just about every adult human alive has a population of Demodex mites living on them.

Demodex mites live inside your pores. Just about every adult human alive has a population living on them, and they're basically impossible to get rid of. Luckily, they're harmless for most people.

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  • May 21st 2019 at 15:20

Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care

By Joe Neel
Leitha Dollarhyde, a retired caregiver who lives in a rural town near Whitesburg, Ky., says she could not afford an unexpected $1,000 expense.

A new poll from NPR, Harvard and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives a glimpse into rural life in America today, finding that many people living in rural communities live on the edge financially.

(Image credit: Sydney Boles for NPR)

  • May 21st 2019 at 11:01

What Abortion Was Like In The U.S. Before Roe V. Wade

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Karissa Haugeberg, assistant professor of history at Tulane University, about what it was like to get an abortion before Roe v. Wade.

  • May 20th 2019 at 23:26

Not Just For Soldiers: Civilians With PTSD Struggle To Find Effective Therapy

By Caroline Covington
Outside of military contexts, many therapists are not familiar with treatment options for trauma recommended by the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Outside of military contexts, many therapists aren't familiar with two key treatment options for trauma recommended by the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(Image credit: Stuart Kinlough/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

  • May 20th 2019 at 20:37

Where's Masculinity Headed? Men's Groups And Therapists Are Talking

By Alan Yu
Men

American men face higher rates of suicide than women and higher rates of incarceration. In the age of #MeToo, some men are turning to each other to build healthy esteem that builds up others too.

(Image credit: Leonardo Santamaria for NPR)

  • May 18th 2019 at 15:24

Highly Potent Weed Has Swept The Market, Raising Concerns About Health Risks

By Rhitu Chatterjee
Studies have shown that the levels of THC, the main psychoactive compound in pot, rose dramatically in the U.S. from 1995 to 2017.

Most of the marijuana for sale in the U.S. has a far higher THC content than it did a few decades ago. Some scientists and doctors are concerned that the trend is making pot less safe.

(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

  • May 16th 2019 at 01:27

Drugmaker Created To Reduce Shortages And Prices Unveils Its First Products

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
Pharmacy technician Peggy Gillespie fills a syringe with an antibiotic at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, in January.

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.

(Image credit: Tony Dejak/AP)

  • May 15th 2019 at 23:05
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