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Clinics Struggle To Resolve Fears Over Medicaid Sign-Ups And Green Cards

By Ana B. Ibarra
A migrant worker in a Connecticut apple orchard gets a medical checkup in 2017. A proposed rule by the Trump administration that would prohibit some immigrants who get Medicaid from working legally has already led to a lot of fear and reluctance to sign up for medical care, doctors say.

Should doctors warn patients of a policy threat that may not come to pass? That's the question pending, as the Trump administration weighs whether to deny green cards to immigrants on Medicaid.

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  • January 15th 2019 at 11:00

El Paso Pediatrician Discusses Medical Needs Of Migrant Children In Detention Centers

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Dr. Carlos Gutierrez, a pediatrician in El Paso, Texas, about the medical needs of migrants and what actions should be taken to ensure their safety in detention centers.

  • January 11th 2019 at 22:20

Most Federal Workers' Health Coverage To Continue During Shutdown, Even If Pay Stops

By Julie Appleby
Furloughed federal workers protest the ongoing, partial shutdown of the federal government during a non-partisan rally Tuesday at Independence Mall, in Philadelphia.

Basic health insurance for most affected federal workers will stay in effect, but circumstances are murkier for contractors.

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  • January 11th 2019 at 17:59

Severe Flu Raises Risk Of Birth Problems For Pregnant Women, Babies

By Patti Neighmond
Babies of moms who are in the ICU with severe flu have a greater chance of being born premature and underweight.

Pregnant women in intensive care with severe cases of the flu have a higher risk of giving birth to babies prematurely. The risk of breathing problems for the baby is also substantially higher.

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  • January 10th 2019 at 22:24

Democrats' Health Care Ambitions Meet The Reality Of Divided Government

By Alison Kodjak
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a speech Thursday to the new Congress that Democrats want "to lower health care costs and prescription drug prices and protect people with pre-existing medical conditions."

Congressional Democrats want to protect health coverage and protections of the Affordable Care Act. With the Senate in Republican hands, House Democrats will hold hearings and may turn to the courts.

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  • January 9th 2019 at 17:40

Where U.S. Battles Over Abortion Will Play Out In 2019

By Julie Rovner
Demonstrators in favor of and against abortion rights made their beliefs known during a January 2018 protest in Washington, D.C.

Expect more aggressive regulatory action from the Trump administration while skirmishes continue in Congress and statehouses across the U.S. Many of these policies will ultimately land in court.

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  • January 8th 2019 at 11:00

Prescription Drug Costs Driven By Manufacturer Price Hikes, Not Innovation

By Alison Kodjak
While some new drugs entering the market are driving up prices for consumers, drug companies are also hiking prices on older drugs.

A recent study shows the cost of brand-name drugs is rising — not because of expensive new therapies entering the market but because manufacturers are raising prices on existing drugs.

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  • January 7th 2019 at 23:04

Laws Intended To Protect Firefighters Who Get Cancer Often Lack Teeth

By Lauren Bavis
Firefighters are often exposed to carcinogens in the course of their work. Laws in many states say if they get cancer, it should be presumed to be linked to their work.

When they run into burning buildings, firefighters get exposed to carcinogens. In many states, laws were passed to protect them if they get cancer. But firefighters often get denied benefits anyway.

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  • January 4th 2019 at 18:22

How The Federal Shutdown Is Affecting Health Programs

By Shefali Luthra
Despite the partial shutdown, the Food and Drug Administration will continue work that is critical to public health and safety.

As the partial closure of the government continues, here's a look at the affected programs that have a bearing on health and health care.

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  • January 3rd 2019 at 21:55

Emergency Medical Responders Confront Racial Bias

By Kristian Foden-Vencil
Talitha Saunders and AJ Ikamoto tidy their ambulance at the end of a recent shift. The two work as emergency medical responders in Oregon with American Medical Response in Portland. Leaders there are working to prevent any race-based disparities in treatment.

In a recent study of patients treated by emergency medical responders in Oregon, black patients were 40 percent less likely to get pain medicine than their white peers. Why?

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  • January 3rd 2019 at 11:00

Activists Brace For 2019 Abortion-Rights Battles In The States

By Sarah McCammon
Abortion-rights advocates rally outside the Iowa capitol building in May. A law there banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected is one of several state laws on its way through the courts.

The stakes are higher with a newly configured U.S. Supreme Court. Abortion-rights opponents say they're ultimately hoping to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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  • January 2nd 2019 at 16:40

Opioid-Makers Face Wave of Lawsuits in 2019

By Brian Mann
Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain.

Opioid manufacturers and distributors will be defending themselves against cases brought by thousands of communities around the country.

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  • December 31st 2018 at 13:00

How Sen. Orrin Hatch Shaped America's Health Care In Controversial Ways

By Erik Neumann
Though his politics are right of center and he lobbied hard against the Affordable Care Act, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also has been key to passing several landmark health laws with bipartisan support.

Republican Orrin Hatch is leaving the Senate after 42 years. He led bipartisan efforts to get health care for more kids and AIDS patients. He also thrived on donations from the drug industry.

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  • December 31st 2018 at 11:04

Affordable Care Act Can Stay In Effect While Under Appeal, Judge Says

By Emma Bowman
The federal website where consumers can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is shown on a computer screen in Washington, D.C., last month. The federal judge in Texas, who earlier this month ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, said that the law can remain in effect while under appeal.

The federal judge in Texas issued a stay on the health care law more than two weeks after ruling it unconstitutional due to a recent elimination of a tax penalty on uninsured people.

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  • December 31st 2018 at 06:56

How To Help Kids Overcome Their Fear Of Doctors And Shots

By Juli Fraga
Half of the parents of young children in a recent survey said their kids fear going to the doctor, and dome admit skipping vaccines and needed appointments.

Half of the parents of young children in a recent survey said their kids fear going to the doctor. Some admit skipping vaccines and needed appointments. Here's how to nip medical anxiety in the bud.

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  • December 29th 2018 at 13:00

Safely Evacuating The Elderly In Any Emergency Takes Planning And Practice

By Rebecca Ellis
Jay McAbee, a bus driver with the Greenville, S.C., school district, waits by his bus in Charleston, S.C., in October of 2016, for word of when to start evacuating the city

After three hurricanes, a big snow storm and an ice storm, residents and staff of a retirement community in Charleston are starting to view evacuations as the reality of growing old on the coast.

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  • December 28th 2018 at 11:00

'WSJ' Report: Psychiatric Hospitals With Safety Violations Remain Accredited

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Stephanie Armour about her investigation of how many psychiatric hospitals with troubling safety records continue to receive accreditation.

  • December 27th 2018 at 22:29

Patients Are Turning To GoFundMe To Fill Health Insurance Gaps

By Mark Zdechlik
Even for conventional medical treatments that are covered under most health insurance policies, the large copays and high deductibles have left many Americans with big bills, says a health economist, who sees the rise in medical fundraisers as worrisome.

Medical fundraisers account for 1 in 3 of the website's campaigns and bring in more money than any other GoFundMe category. Americans' confidence they can afford health care is slipping, some say.

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  • December 27th 2018 at 22:29

Virtual Reality Helps Hospice Workers See Life And Death Through A Patient's Eyes

By Kathleen Burge
A moment from Embodied Labs

A Maine medical school and nearby hospice center are trying out a VR program aimed at fostering more empathy for dying patients among health workers-in-training. Not everyone is sold on the idea.

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  • December 27th 2018 at 18:18

Insured, But Indebted: Couple Works 5 Jobs To Pay Off Medical Bills

By JoNel Aleccia
Robert and Tiffany Cano of San Tan Valley, Ariz., have a new marriage, a new house and a 10-month-old son, Brody. Since Brody was born, the Canos have racked up nearly $12,000 in medical debt.

Even after buying employer-provided health insurance, an Arizona couple incurred a mountain of medical debt since a new baby was born.

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  • December 26th 2018 at 12:00
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