Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

Politics 01/22/19, 00:29

Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That wasn't enough for some of his party's most liberal members. Critics on social media quickly knocked Castro's ...

Pelosi ‘playing chess on 3 boards’ with health care

Politics 01/22/19, 00:25

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to “Obamacare” and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. “Medicare for all” will get hearings. Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to address high drug costs. But ...

Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules

U.S. 01/18/19, 22:45

Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don't comply. The announcement came Friday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which said ...

Explains: What happens in a partial government shutdown

Politics 12/29/18, 14:30

A look at the impact of the partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22: ____ WHAT'S OPEN AND WHAT'S CLOSED Social Security checks will go out and troops will remain at their posts. Doctors and hospitals will receive their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The U.S. Postal Service is an independent agency and ...

Explains: What happens in a partial government shutdown

U.S. 12/22/18, 12:09

A look at the impact of the partial government shutdown: ____ WHAT'S OPEN AND WHAT'S CLOSED Social Security checks will go out and troops will remain at their posts. Doctors and hospitals will receive their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, is an independent ...

Insurance giants bankroll group that pushes private Medicare

Business 12/21/18, 00:41

A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program. The Better Medicare Alliance's multi-million dollar budget is supplied by UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Humana. The three ...

Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds

U.S. 12/19/18, 15:38

The Affordable Care Act has yet again beaten predictions of its downfall, as government figures released Wednesday showed unexpectedly solid sign-ups for coverage next year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said nearly 8.5 million people had enrolled as of last Saturday's deadline, with about a dozen states still left ...

Proposed changes on Medicare drugs, but would costs go down?

Health 11/26/18, 17:06

The Trump administration is proposing changes to Medicare's prescription drug benefit that would affect people's costs over the next few years. Officials say their goal is to lower costs and modernize Medicare, the government health insurance program that covers about 60 million seniors and disabled people. Some proposals could create winners ...

Spinal-cord stimulators mean big business for device makers

Business 11/25/18, 12:46

Few medical devices hold as much potential for explosive growth as spinal-cord stimulators , especially in the United States, where they are being pushed as the answer to the country's opioid epidemic.The global market for spinal-cord stimulators has grown from $300 million in 2001 to nearly $2 billion in 2017, ...

Senior New Mexico senator hints at run for re-election

Health 11/23/18, 17:10

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico calls it a "pretty good guess" that he will run for re-election in 2020 without saying definitively what his plans are.Udall on Friday stood outside a Walmart store in Santa Fe to help solicit charitable donations to the Salvation Army from holiday ...

Update: Trump says proposal will lower US drug prices

Politics 10/25/18, 16:44

The Latest on President Donald Trump's announcement on the cost of prescription drugs (all times local): 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's taking steps to lower prescription drug prices. Trump said Thursday that for decades other countries have rigged the system so Americans pay more. He says Americans are now going to ...

Trump focusing on drug prices, high among voters’ concerns

Business 10/25/18, 07:01

Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is focusing on the cost of prescription drugs.Health care is high among voters' election-year concerns. Trump has promised sweeping action to attack drug prices, both as president and when he running for the White House.Trump was scheduled to give ...

Amgen slashes price of $14,000-a-year cholesterol drug

Health 10/24/18, 17:47

The maker of an expensive cholesterol drug is slashing the list price, which should make it more affordable for patients.Amgen Inc. said Wednesday it is immediately cutting the price of Repatha by 60 percent, from about $14,000 to $5,850 per year.The move could help boost Amgen's 60 percent share in ...

Rap lyrics, Kavanaugh take the stage in pivotal House race

New York 10/18/18, 10:32

Hip-hop, health care and Brett Kavanaugh have emerged as issues in a tight congressional race in New York's Hudson Valley that pits a freshman Republican congressman against a rapper-turned-corporate lawyer seeking his first political office.Democrat Antonio Delgado is running on universal access to Medicare, creating good jobs and eliminating tax ...

Edwards, Pappas offer visions for Social Security, Medicare

Health 10/18/18, 10:10

While both Democrat Chris Pappas and Republican Eddie Edwards expressed support for programs like Medicare and Social Security, they clashed Thursday over the role government plays in people's lives during a 1st Congressional District debate.In an AARP-sponsored event in Manchester, Edwards repeatedly stressed he felt health care, family leave and ...

Update: US wants drugmakers to put prices in TV ads

U.S. 10/15/18, 17:51

The Latest on drugmakers disclosing list prices of advertised drugs (all times local):4:30 p.m.The federal government wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said a proposal unveiled Monday would apply to brand-name drugs that are covered by ...

DOJ approves $69B CVS Health-Aetna merger, with conditions

Business 10/10/18, 11:22

The proposed $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna is getting a greenlight from the Department of Justice, with some conditions.The Justice Department on Wednesday approved the deal on the condition that Aetna moves ahead with its plan to sell its Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business, resolving ...

Trump trashes Democrats’ Medicare for All plan in op-ed

Health 10/10/18, 06:15

President Donald Trump is stepping up his attack on Democrats over a health care proposal called Medicare for All, claiming it "would end Medicare as we know it."Trump omits any mention of improved benefits for seniors that Democrats promise while he claims in a Wednesday op-ed published in USA Today ...

Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioid bill

News 09/21/18, 14:38

Consumer and health care groups say they're trying to block the pharmaceutical industry from commandeering opioid legislation and using it to roll back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs.Republican leaders are saying little about the behind-the-scenes discussions. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's office calls it a ...

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