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Today โ€” July 22nd 2019NPR Health Care

What's Happening With New Abortion Regulations Under Title X

Clare Coleman, CEO of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, talks with NPR's Sarah McCammon about recent changes to Title X regulations.

  • July 21st 2019 at 23:11
Yesterday โ€” July 21st 2019NPR Health Care

Examining Biden's Health Care Pitch

New York Times health reporter Sarah Kliff tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about Joe Biden's health care plan and how it differs from "Medicare for All."

  • July 21st 2019 at 14:00

Former Planned Parenthood CEO On Leadership Upheaval

NPR's Sarah McCammon talks to Pamela Maraldo, former CEO of Planned Parenthood. She left the organization under similar circumstances as Dr. Leana Wen, who was ousted from her position this week.

  • July 20th 2019 at 23:14
Before yesterdayNPR Health Care

Radical Or Incremental? What's Really In Joe Biden's Health Plan

By Julie Rovner
Opponents running to Joe Biden

The Biden plan released this week is an update of the Affordable Care Act with controversial differences. Among them: a "public option" that covers abortion, and subsidized premiums for more people.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • July 20th 2019 at 13:10

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

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
Nationally, drug overdose deaths reached record levels in 2017, when a group protested in New York City on Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. Deaths appear to have declined slightly in 2018, based on provisional numbers, but nearly 68,000 people still died.

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?

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  • July 18th 2019 at 22:56

Opioid Epidemic 'Road Map' Shows 76 Billion Pills Distributed Between 2006 And 2012

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Washington Post reporter Scott Higham about federal data that shows the scope of the opioid crisis: 76 billion pills distributed between 2006 through 2012.

  • July 17th 2019 at 22:24

How Does Drug Pricing Work? Hint: It's More Like Designer Handbags Than Cars

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
The Trump administration has suggested buying a prescription drug is like buying a car — with plenty of room to negotiate down from the sticker price. But drug pricing analysts say the analogy doesn

The Trump administration compares drug list prices to car sticker prices. But drugmakers can price medicines as high as the market will bear. And consumers have little bargaining power.

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  • July 17th 2019 at 21:10

Pain Meds As Public Nuisance? Oklahoma Tests A Legal Strategy For Opioid Addiction

By Jackie Fortier
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter begins closing statements during the opioid trial at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Okla., on Monday, July 15. It

The first civil trial against an opioid manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, has ended in Oklahoma. The verdict could affect lawsuits filed by other local and state governments coping with addiction.

(Image credit: Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)

  • July 16th 2019 at 22:49

Regulations That Mandate Sepsis Care Appear To Have Worked In New York

By Richard Harris
Bacteria (purple) in the bloodstream can trigger sepsis, a life-threatening illness.

Sepsis, the body's overreaction to infection, strikes more than a million Americans a year and kills more than 250,000. Evidence suggests that regulations can improve its diagnosis and patient care.

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  • July 16th 2019 at 17:14

Medicare Advantage Plans Overbill Taxpayers By Billions Annually, Records Show

By Fred Schulte
Medicare Advantage plans, administered by private insurance companies under contract with Medicare, treat more than 22 million seniors — more than 1 in 3 people on Medicare.

The federal government wants to deploy several new tools for catching insurers that have overcharged Medicare $30 billion in the past three years alone. But the insurance industry is balking.

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  • July 16th 2019 at 11:00

Oklahoma Opioid Trial Ends

By Jackie Fortier

Monday was the last day in a widely-watched trial about opioid addiction in Oklahoma. The state sued opioid manufacturers, but only Johnson & Johnson fought it in court after others settled.

  • July 16th 2019 at 00:08

Overhauling Kidney Care

This week, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at improving the care of kidney patients. Nephrologist Amaka Eneanya talks with Scott Simon about some of the new initiatives.

  • July 13th 2019 at 14:26

Has Your Doctor Talked To You About Climate Change?

By Martha Bebinger
Dr. Mary Rice walks with Michael Howard at a Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare clinic in Chealsea, Mass, as they test his oxygen levels with the addition of oxygen from a portable tank. He has COPD, a progressive lung disease that can be exacerbated by heat and humidity.

Some physicians say connecting environmental effects of climate change — heat waves, more pollen and longer allergy seasons — to the health consequences helps them better care for patients.

(Image credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

  • July 13th 2019 at 14:26

A Call For More Research On Cancer's Environmental Triggers

By Elaine Schattner
A stretch of the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, La., that is crowded with chemical plants has been called "Cancer Alley" because of the health problems there.

Scientists are making progress in identifying environmental hazards that contribute to cancer. Researchers say many cases could be avoided if the work is accelerated.

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  • July 12th 2019 at 15:12

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

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced his agency is dropping a proposal intended to lower drug prices.

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.

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  • July 11th 2019 at 22:25

Young Undocumented Californians Cheer Promise Of Health Benefits

By Sammy Caiola
Demonstrators rallied in Sacramento in May for Medi-Cal expansion to undocumented Californians. When the state

In January, California expects to enroll 138,000 undocumented, low-income residents under age 26 in the state's version of Medicaid. But young adults say their parents need health care coverage, too.

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  • July 11th 2019 at 20:48

Leaders From 13 States Urge Federal Court To Allow Supervised Injection Sites

By Bobby Allyn
Supplies sit on a check-in desk at a model of a hypothetical injection site in San Francisco, pictured here in September 2018. Local leaders from San Francisco are among a dozen local officials urging a federal court to allow an effort to open a supervised injection site in Philadelphia.

The Justice Department has mounted a legal challenge to block the effort, claiming such a site violates federal drug laws and would enable opioid users.

(Image credit: Eric Risberg/AP)

  • July 11th 2019 at 13:13

Leaders From 13 States Urge Federal Court To Allow 'Supervised Injection Sites'

By Bobby Allyn
Supplies on a check-in desk at a model of a hypothetical  injection site in San Francisco, pictured here in September 2018. Local leaders from San Francisco are among a dozen local officials urging a federal court to approve of an effort to open a supervised injection site in Philadelphia.

The Justice Department has mounted a legal challenge to block the effort, claiming such a site violates federal drug laws and would enable opioid users.

(Image credit: Eric Risberg/AP)

  • July 11th 2019 at 13:13

Trump Administration Announces Plans To Shake Up The Kidney Care Industry

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday proposing to change how kidney disease is treated in the United States. It encourages in-home dialysis and more kidney donations.

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

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  • July 10th 2019 at 19:20

Years After Sexual Assault, Survivors Hounded To Pay Bills For The Rape Kit Exam

By Michelle Andrews
For 25 years, the federal Violence Against Women Act has required any state that wants to be eligible for certain federal grants to certify that the state covers the cost of medical forensic exams for people who have been sexually assaulted.

Under federal law, people sexually assaulted don't have to pay for their medical forensic exams. Yet some have trouble getting the hospitals or collection agencies to stop dunning them for payment.

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  • July 10th 2019 at 11:00
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