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Meet the lawmakers poised to shape health care in the 116th Congress

November 12, 2018

Prescription drug costs, the Affordable Care Act, and "Medicare-for-All" are among the key policy issues leaders of the 116th Congress likely will address.

Congress, divided: What Tuesday's election results mean for health care

November 7, 2018

In Tuesday's midterm elections, Republicans expanded their Senate majority but lost control of the House—likely meaning the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead, and giving Democrats new leverage to scrutinize President Trump's health policy choices.

Medicaid expansion, marijuana legalization, and more: See how states voted on our interactive map

November 7, 2018

Massachusetts voters rejected a controversial measure that would have allowed the state to set patient limits for nurses and voters, but three states voted to expand Medicaid. Explore these and other key initiatives on our interactive map.

Weekly Line: The health care issues at stake in Tuesday's elections

November 2, 2018

On Tuesday, voters across the country will cast their ballots in this year's midterm elections—and if there's been one theme throughout this year's election cycle, it's that the stakes are high for health care.

Medicaid enrollment dropped—but spending stayed the same, survey finds

October 26, 2018

Medicaid spending in 2018 rose at the same rate as 2017, despite the program experiencing its first enrollment decline since 2007, according to Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of state Medicaid directors.

Politics affect health care, so should physicians encourage patients to vote?

October 26, 2018

Physician Danielle Ofri in a recent New York Times opinion piece agues that doctors should encourage their patients to vote—but her proposal has drawn pushback from commentators on both sides of the political aisle.

ACA repeal might be back on the table, McConnell says

October 18, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says congressional Republicans could again try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they gain larger majorities in the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

Weekly Line: Health care is on the ballot in November—and this time, Democrats aren't dodging the issue

September 21, 2018

An autumnal chill is (almost) in the air, your favorite TV shows are returning to prime time—and in yet another biannual rite of fall, you're probably seeing a flurry of campaign ads as we enter the final stretch of the midterm Congressional elections.

Weekly Line: What we've learned about Trump's pick for Supreme Court justice

September 7, 2018

This week, all eyes were on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, was peppered with questions about his past rulings and how he might approach the United States' most-debated issues.

State primary results are in—and they suggest health care will be a key issue in this year's midterms

June 6, 2018

Yesterday's primary elections in several states indicated that health care will be a key issue in this year's midterm elections and placed a particular spotlight on a push to implement a single-payer health system in the United States.

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