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Medicare Parts A, B premiums to rise in 2020, CMS says

November 12, 2019


CMS on Friday announced that premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts will increase for Medicare Parts A and B for the 2020 coverage year.

This health care reporter felt like one of the 'best equipped people' to navigate cancer—until she had to do it

November 12, 2019


As a health care reporter whose father is a scientist and sister is a doctor, Alexandra Glorioso, who last year was diagnosed with breast cancer, felt like "one of the best equipped people to navigate" treatment for the disease—but Glorioso in Politico Magazine writes that she has felt "totally buried … much of the time."

The 2019-2020 flu season so far, mapped

November 12, 2019


Two states were experiencing widespread influenza activity, while 16 states were experiencing local or regional flu activity as of the week ending Nov. 2, according to the latest CDC data.

This football player became a doctor—then had to quit because of a brain injury

November 12, 2019


T.J. Abraham worked as an OB-GYN at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital for years, but at age 42, he had to end his career because of a brain injury he likely sustained from years of playing football.

Researchers now have access to new Medicaid, CHIP data

November 12, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced that the agency for the first time is releasing certain data on Medicaid and CHIP utilization and payments as part of an effort to improve health care research.

CDC's investigation into vaping-linked illness just had a 'breakthrough,' as cases exceed 2,000

November 11, 2019


CDC on Friday said it has identified a potential cause of a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as the number of cases of the illness has exceeded 2,000.

Bernard Tyson, chair and CEO of Kaiser, dies unexpectedly at age 60

November 11, 2019


Bernard Tyson, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died unexpectedly at age 60 early Sunday morning, the company announced in a statement, remembering Tyson as "[a]n outstanding leader, visionary, and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans."

A detective was granted a warrant to search a private DNA database. Is your genetic privacy at risk?

November 11, 2019


A Florida detective at a recent police conference announced that a judge had approved a warrant to search the genetic profiles of almost one million users on the genetic database GEDmatch—news that alarms privacy advocates, who fear that warrants like this could lead to all genetic databases becoming open to law enforcement.

Will lawmakers again suspend the ACA's health insurance tax?

November 11, 2019


A group of 51 House lawmakers have signed a bipartisan letter calling for another suspension of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, which is scheduled to take effect next year.

Juul halts sales of mint-flavored e-cigarettes

November 11, 2019


Juul on Thursday announced that, effective immediately, the company is no longer selling mint-flavored e-cigarette cartridges, after two studies published last week showed the flavor is popular among adolescents.

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