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1.1M fewer US residents were insured in 2018. See the trends, charted.

May 15, 2019

The latest CDC data show about 30.4 million U.S. residents—or about 9.4% of the country's population—were uninsured during 2018, which CDC said marked no "significant change" from 2017 when 29.3 million U.S. residents, or about 9.1% of the population, were uninsured.

'Don't drink while pregnant': Could this common warning actually backfire?

May 15, 2019

State policies that warn against drinking while pregnant and those aimed at helping women who drink while pregnant actually might be backfiring and harming babies, according to a study published last week.

Hospitals are paid twice as much (or more) by private insurers than Medicare, study finds

May 13, 2019

Employer-sponsored private health plans in 2017 paid more than double the amount Medicare paid for identical health care services, according to a report from RAND released Thursday.

Trump admin, Gilead strike deal to increase access to PrEP

May 13, 2019

President Trump on Thursday announced that his administration has reached a "historic" agreement with Gilead Sciences, under which the drugmaker will donate its HIV-prevention drug Truvada to millions of U.S. residents.

Warren unveils $100B plan to fight the US opioid epidemic

May 10, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) this week unveiled a $100 billion proposal to combat the U.S. opioid epidemic that would emphasize employment and evidenced-based treatment for those struggling with substance use disorders, as well as provider training on treatment methods.

Is the federal government overpaying MA plans? Yes, a new study suggests.

May 8, 2019

CMS could be overpaying Medicare Advantage (MA) plans by billions of dollars because of how it calculates MA payment rates, according to Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Tuesday.

Will eliminating Rx rebates lower costs? Probably not, CBO says.

May 6, 2019

The United States' total prescription drug costs are not expected to decrease if CMS finalizes a rule designed to prohibit drugmakers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Thursday.

What's behind 'the epidemic of overtreatment'? Blame medical training.

May 3, 2019

Overtreatment is a pervasive problem in U.S. medicine, and some research suggests that the practice roots itself in doctors' habits early in their medical careers, according to Mara Gordon, a family physician.

The risks (and opportunities) of a single-payer health system, according to CBO

May 2, 2019

Transitioning the United States to a single-payer, government-run health care system would be "complicated, challenging, and potentially disruptive," but could lead to universal coverage and a more efficient health system, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday.

This 9-year-old was bitten by a snake. Her bill came to $142,938—for one day of care.

May 2, 2019

After a snake bit Oakley Yoder, now age 10, on a summer camp hike last summer, the girl's family was billed $142,938 for roughly a day's worth of medical care, which highlights how quickly medical bills can spiral into the six-figures.

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