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Congress passes spending bill that repeals ACA taxes, raises tobacco-buying age to 21

December 20, 2019


The Senate on Thursday voted to send President Trump two major spending packages to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2020 that include several health care provisions, such as eliminating three Affordable Care Act taxes and raising the federal minimum tobacco-purchasing age to 21.

Fewer teens are drinking, smoking, or using hard drugs. (But there's bad news, too.)

December 19, 2019


Fewer teenagers in 2019 reported drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and trying hard drugs, according to recent federal survey data—but the research also revealed some troubling trends.

House approves FY 2020 spending deal with health policy changes

December 18, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted to approve two major spending packages that would allocate a total of nearly $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020.

House approves Pelosi's Rx pricing bill, rejects GOP alternative

December 13, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 230-291 to pass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill intended to lower prescription drug prices in the United States, and voted 201-223 to reject a bill introduced by House Republicans that was intended to serve as an alternative to Pelosi's measure.

SCOTUS declines to hear Arizona opioid case against Sackler family

December 13, 2019


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a rare case brought by Arizona accusing members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, of funneling out billions of dollars from the company before filing for bankruptcy as part of a settlement over its alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

The healthiest (and unhealthiest) states, mapped

December 9, 2019


The latest edition of America's Health Rankings ranks how healthy each state is overall and in a number of subcategories. See how your state fared with our interactive map.

The 30 health care stars under 30, according to Forbes

December 6, 2019


Forbes this week released its annual "30 Under 30 in Healthcare" list, which includes biological researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and PhD students under 30 years of age who are "tackling health care issues at every scale."

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.

'There's something terribly wrong': Why more US residents are dying in middle age

December 2, 2019


U.S. residents for decades had seen improvements in average life expectancy, but the trend reversed in 2014—with more U.S. residents dying at middle age from drug overdoses, diseases, obesity, suicide, and dozens of other causes, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

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