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Federal exchange signups reach 2.9M, CMS data shows

December 5, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced that about 2.9 million people have signed up for federal exchange plans so far during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, which is down by about 10% when compared with the first five weeks of last year's open enrollment period.

Are plant-based meats healthy? Here's what the science says.

December 5, 2019


Spurred by the growing popularity of plant-based meat substitutes, stakeholders in the meat industry have released a series of ads decrying what they call "ultra-processed imitations"—and health experts are cautioning against any quick endorsements of the new products.

Bike helmets can save lives. So why do many biking advocates oppose helmet laws?

December 5, 2019


The National Transportation Safety Board for the first time is recommending that local officials require people to wear helmets when they bike—and while biking advocates support wearing helmets, they are balking at the recommendation.

Why 541 local governments are ditching the class settlement to resolve opioid lawsuits

December 5, 2019


Hundreds of local governments in regions of the United States most affected by the opioid epidemic have opted out of participating in a novel legal mechanism designed to settle thousands of lawsuits that claim drug distributors and manufacturers fueled the opioid crisis, according to court filings released Monday.

Doctors are turning to YouTube for medical training. Is that safe?

December 4, 2019


More doctors are turning to YouTube to fill gaps in their training before certain medical procedures, but research has found that some of the videos are not medically sound.

How a tech startup allegedly pulled off a $1B fraud. (Hint: 'Big promises' and 'hot air.')

December 4, 2019


Founders of the startup Outcome Health used "big promises" to defraud clients and investors out of nearly $1 billion, according to a STAT+ report about a federal indictment made public on Monday and related charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Senate panel advances Trump's FDA nominee—but some Democrats have concerns

December 4, 2019


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday voted 18-5 to advance President Trump's nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as FDA commissioner, sending the nomination to the full Senate for consideration.

How Vermont wants to import Rx drugs from Canada

December 4, 2019


Vermont last week became the second state to submit to HHS a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada, as President Trump in recent weeks has reiterated his intention to allow states to do so.

More veterans are accessing care via telehealth, VA says

December 4, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last month announced that an increasing number of veterans are using the department's telehealth services, pointing to a 235% increase in use of the VA Video Connect app in fiscal year 2019.

Most Medicare beneficiaries don't switch health plans. Here's why that can be a problem.

December 4, 2019


Most Medicare beneficiaries do not switch health plans from year to year, even as new benefits become available and costs associated with the plans change, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Monday.

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