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Former Massachusetts gov. joins 2020 Democratic presidential field

November 15, 2019


Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Thursday officially entered the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Here's where he stands on the biggest health care issues.

US disparities in preventable causes of deaths, charted

November 12, 2019


U.S. residents living in rural areas of the country were more likely to die from preventable causes than those living in urban areas from 2010 to 2017, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

The state of US health, in 7 charts

November 8, 2019


The United States has seen decreases in life expectancy and increases in obesity and drug overdose rates, as well as steadily increasing overall health care costs, according to a recent report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that spotlights the state of health in the country.

Rep. Greg Walden is retiring. Here's what he's done on health care.

October 30, 2019


Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), who since 2017 has served as the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, on Monday announced that he will retire at the end of the current Congress and will not seek re-election.

Weekly Line: Overwhelmed by all the multi-million dollar opioid settlements? Here's everything you need to know.

October 25, 2019


If you've been following the news this week, you likely saw there were a lot of big developments in ongoing litigation tied to the opioid epidemic. 

DEA will accept unwanted vaping devices as mysterious lung illness cases surge

October 25, 2019


The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced that, for the first time, it will accept unwanted electronic vaping devices and cartridges at collection sites across the United States during its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

State AGs announce settlement framework that could resolve thousands of opioid lawsuits

October 22, 2019


Attorneys general from four states on Monday released a framework for a $48 billion agreement with three of the United States' largest drug distributors and other pharmaceutical companies that could settle thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies fueled the opioid epidemic.

Drug companies reach last-minute settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

October 21, 2019


Two Ohio counties reached a $260 million settlement with three of the largest U.S. drug distributors and a drugmaker over their alleged role in fueling the opioid epidemic, potentially averting a highly anticipated federal court case.

Major US drug distributors, manufacturers seek to settle thousands of opioid cases for $50B

October 17, 2019


Three of the largest U.S. drug distributors and two manufacturers have reportedly reached an agreement to collectively pay nearly $50 billion in cash and addiction treatments to settle a consolidated case of thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies helped fuel the opioid epidemic, according to individuals familiar with the deal.

Democratic candidates again debated 'Medicare for All,' but is that what voters want to hear?

October 16, 2019


Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president during Tuesday's primary debate touched on several health care topics, including abortion, the U.S. opioid epidemic, and so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals—but a recent poll suggests the candidates did not discuss the health care issues voters most wanted to hear about.

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