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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.

Medicare Parts A, B premiums to rise in 2020, CMS says

November 12, 2019


CMS on Friday announced that premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts will increase for Medicare Parts A and B for the 2020 coverage year.

Researchers now have access to new Medicaid, CHIP data

November 12, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced that the agency for the first time is releasing certain data on Medicaid and CHIP utilization and payments as part of an effort to improve health care research.

CDC's investigation into vaping-linked illness just had a 'breakthrough,' as cases exceed 2,000

November 11, 2019


CDC on Friday said it has identified a potential cause of a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as the number of cases of the illness has exceeded 2,000.

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.

Will lawmakers again suspend the ACA's health insurance tax?

November 11, 2019


A group of 51 House lawmakers have signed a bipartisan letter calling for another suspension of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, which is scheduled to take effect next year.

Juul halts sales of mint-flavored e-cigarettes

November 11, 2019


Juul on Thursday announced that, effective immediately, the company is no longer selling mint-flavored e-cigarette cartridges, after two studies published last week showed the flavor is popular among adolescents.

How this 'obscure' pricing model is helping lower Rx drug prices

November 11, 2019


An old pricing model called quality-adjusted life years, or QALYs, puts a dollar value on the benefits a drug can have for a patient—and it is increasingly being used by Harvard Medical School's Institute for Clinical and Economic Review to nudge drugmakers into lowering prices.

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.

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.

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