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How the federal government is defending—and advancing—Medicaid work requirements

March 15, 2019

Lawyers for the Trump administration on Thursday defended CMS' decision to approve Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky, while the agency separately issued new guidance intended to help states evaluate such requirements.

18 scientists call for moratorium on gene-edited babies—and NIH has their back

March 15, 2019

Eighteen scientists and ethicists from seven countries, including the United States, on Wednesday called for a temporary moratorium on gene-editing experiments on germline cells to allow time for the development of an international framework to guide such experiments.

What's the right way to regulate fecal transplants? That's the question behind the looming 'poop wars.'

March 15, 2019

Facing pressure from pharmaceutical companies, FDA is considering regulating fecal transplants as a drug—but doctors are worried the move could compromise patient access to the life-changing treatment.

FDA unveils long-awaited flavored e-cigarette restrictions

March 14, 2019

FDA on Wednesday unveiled highly anticipated draft guidance intended to restrict where and how flavored e-cigarettes are sold in the United States.

O'Rourke just joined the 2020 presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

March 14, 2019

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) on Thursday announced that he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and indicted health care will be a priority in his campaign.

FDA approves new generic heart drug to help alleviate shortage caused by recalls

March 14, 2019

FDA on Tuesday announced it has approved a new generic blood pressure and heart failure medication to help address a shortage that resulted from multiple drug recalls.

DOD approves plan to bar most transgender individuals from serving in military

March 14, 2019

The Department of Defense on Tuesday approved a new policy that will bar many transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.

Meet Ned Sharpless—the next acting FDA commissioner

March 13, 2019

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday announced that Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, will become the acting commissioner of FDA when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb departs.

Two major BCBS insurers want to merge… sort of. Here's what you need to know.

March 13, 2019

Two large operators of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans on Monday announced that they plan to merge their administrative, management, and other functions to create one combined structure.

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