• health insurance July 19, 2022 4:28 pm

    Health Insurers Raise Rates, Citing Usage Increase

    Health insurers in individual marketplaces across 13 states and Washington D.C. will raise rates an average of 10% next year, according to a review of rate filings by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

  • New Jersey September 18, 2019 6:47 am

    Number of Abortions in US Falls to Lowest Since 1973

    The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That’s down from 926,000 tallied in the group’s previous...

  • Joe Biden September 15, 2019 4:54 pm

    Rise in Health Uninsured May Be Linked to Immigrants' Fears

    When the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people without health insurance in America, it sent political partisans reaching for talking points on the Obama-era health law and its travails. But the new numbers suggest that fears of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown may be a more significant factor in the slippage. Overall, the number of uninsured...

  • Donald Trump August 6, 2019 3:35 pm

    Fact Check: Trump on His Gun Control Record, Video Games

    President Donald Trump is distorting his record when it comes to gun control. Speaking out this week against two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, Trump asserted that his accomplishments in stemming gun violence stand out compared with previous presidents. He also suggested an unwavering commitment to improving mental health treatment. And he charged Monday that “gruesome and grisly video...

  • Donald Trump August 5, 2019 5:48 pm

    2020 Dems' Health Care Battle Is Decades in the Making

    Seventy years ago, before Medicare existed to inspire “Medicare for All,” a Democratic president wrestled with a challenge strikingly similar to what the party’s White House hopefuls face today. Harry Truman, then in his fourth year of pressing for a national health insurance system, parried criticism of his approach in terms that a single-payer health care advocate might use in...

  • Donald Trump July 28, 2019 9:46 pm

    From Private Insurance to Tariffs, Here Are the Business Issues to Watch in Next Democratic Debate

    When 20 Democratic presidential candidates descend on Detroit this week, expect sparring over whether a major U.S. industry should even exist. Health care — particularly the question of whether America should adopt a universal single-payer system or take more modest steps to expand coverage — has towered over every other economic issue early in the 2020 Democratic primary. In the...

  • Donald Trump July 28, 2019 9:35 am

    Despite Calls to Start Over, US Health System Covers 90%

    America’s much-maligned health care system is covering 9 out of 10 people, a fact that hasn’t stopped the 2020 presidential candidates from refighting battles about how to provide coverage, from Bernie Sanders’ call for replacing private insurance with a government plan to President Donald Trump’s pledge to erase the Affordable Care Act and start over. The politicians are depicting a...

  • Donald Trump July 3, 2019 3:58 am

    Show of Hands on Immigrant Health Care Belies a Thorny Issue

    In one unanimous show of hands, Democratic presidential candidates moved to the mainstream the idea of full health insurance for people who don’t have legal permission to be in the United States. But turning that debate-night moment into reality would mean reversing longstanding federal policies that have only gotten stricter. The idea is so new that independent experts say they...

  • Florida June 27, 2019 1:12 pm

    New Florida Law Authorizes Statewide Needle Exchanges

    Jose Garcia carried a drawstring backpack full of used syringes as he walked into the converted shipping container that serves as the base for Florida’s only hypodermic needle exchange program. The 57-year-old carefully counted as he dropped 115 syringes one-by-one into a locked biohazard bin brimming with hundreds of other used needles. Garcia said the University of Miami pilot program...

  • Donald Trump June 20, 2019 12:13 pm

    1 in 6 ER Visits or Hospital Stays Triggers ‘Surprise' Bill

    Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a “surprise” medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher. The report from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that millions of people with...

  • Donald Trump June 20, 2019 8:13 am

    1 in 6 ER Visits or Hospital Stays Triggers ‘Surprise' Bill

    Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a “surprise” medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher. The report from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that millions of people with...

  • Canada May 21, 2019 9:33 am

    ‘Medicare for All's' Rich Benefits ‘Leapfrog' Other Nations

    Generous benefits. No copays. No need for private policies. The “Medicare for All” plan advocated by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what’s offered in other advanced countries, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening its popular appeal. While other countries do provide coverage for all, benefits vary. But the Medicare for All plan from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders...

  • United States May 8, 2019 2:01 pm

    TV Pitches for Prescription Drugs Will Have to Include Price

    TV pitches for prescription drugs will soon include the price, giving consumers more information upfront as they make medication choices at a time when new drugs can carry anxiety-inducing prices. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday the Trump administration has finalized regulations requiring drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a...

  • Donald Trump April 16, 2019 1:31 pm

    Bernie Sanders Gets Strong Support for ‘Medicare for All' at Fox News Town Hall

    Sen. Bernie Sanders spent much of a Fox News town hall Monday discussing his signature “Medicare for All” proposal, which has energized liberals and fueled conservative backlash. The Vermont independent should be encouraged by the Bethlehem, Pa. crowd’s reaction to his plan.

  • Donald Trump April 10, 2019 1:21 pm

    Bernie Sanders Unveils His New ‘Medicare for All' Plan

    Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a new version of his “Medicare for All” plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential election by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance. “It is not a radical idea to say that in the United States, every American who goes to a doctor should be able to afford...

  • Donald Trump February 24, 2019 7:06 pm

    Congress Mulls Cap on What Medicare Enrollees Pay for Drugs

    With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs. President Donald Trump, Democrats trying to retire him in 2020, and congressional incumbents of both parties all say they want action. Democrats and Republicans are far apart on whether to empower Medicare to...

  • Donald Trump January 23, 2019 1:06 pm

    Support for ‘Medicare-for-All' Fluctuates With Details, Poll Finds

    “Medicare-for-all” makes a good first impression, but support plunges when people are asked if they’d pay higher taxes or put up with treatment delays to get it. The survey, released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, comes as Democratic presidential hopefuls embrace the idea of a government-run health care system, considered outside the mainstream of their party until Vermont...

  • Donald Trump September 20, 2018 5:39 pm

    Fact Check: Trump's Fuzzy Medicare Math

    President Donald Trump on several occasions has taken credit for making Medicare “stronger.” In one instance, he said, “Medicare will be $700 billion stronger over the next decade thanks to our growth.” In fact, Medicare’s finances have worsened since he took office, and economic growth is not expected to help the program as much as he claims

  • Donald Trump September 7, 2018 11:42 am

    Modest Premium Hikes as ‘Obamacare' Stabilizes, Data Show

    Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get price cuts. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year’s midterm elections. The Associated Press and the consulting firm Avalere Health crunched available state data...

  • Mayor August 23, 2018 9:12 am

    Year After Harvey, Poor Having Toughest Time Recovering

    Hurricane Harvey has been described as the storm that didn’t discriminate, inflicting an estimated $125 billion in total damage on rich and poor alike. But community leaders say that in the year since the storm came ashore, those in the poorest afflicted areas are having a harder time recovering. Unlike wealthier homeowners who could draw on savings and were more...

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