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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.

Judges strike down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule as unconstitutional

November 8, 2019


Two federal judges this week struck down the Trump administration's so-called "conscience protection" rule, which was intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

HHS files lawsuit claiming Gilead infringed on its patents for PrEP

November 8, 2019


The Trump administration on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences claiming the drugmaker's sales of the HIV-prevention drugs Truvada and Descovy violate HHS patents.

NIH, FBI are investigating nearly 200 suspected cases of biomedical research theft

November 7, 2019


NIH and the FBI are investigating nearly 200 cases involving scientists who allegedly stole biomedical research from U.S. institutions, including prestigious medical schools, for China and other countries.

What today's elections mean for health care

November 5, 2019


Gubernatorial and legislative elections being held Tuesday in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Virginia, as well as a gubernatorial election that will be held later this month in Louisiana, could decide whether hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents have access to Medicaid coverage.

Judge temporarily blocks policy to deny visas to immigrants without health coverage

November 5, 2019


A federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

CMS delays controversial price transparency requirements—and other key takeaways from the HOPPS final rule

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2020, in which the agency said it will continue to implement site-neutral payment cuts and cuts under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program, despite separate court rulings striking down the policies.

Juul shipped 1M tainted e-cigarette pods (and never alerted the public), former employee claims

November 1, 2019


A former Juul executive in a lawsuit filed this week alleged the company shipped one million "contaminated" mint-flavored e-cigarette nicotine pods to retailers, and then failed to recall the products and warn consumers.

Indiana temporarily halts Medicaid work requirements

November 1, 2019


Indiana officials on Thursday announced that the state will temporarily halt part of its Medicaid work requirements until a lawsuit challenging the requirements is resolved.

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