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Lawmakers just agreed on a $90.5B HHS funding deal. Here's what made the cut—and what didn't.

September 14, 2018


Under the agreement, HHS would receive $90.5 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2019, including $6.7 billion for programs targeting the opioid misuse epidemic.

1 in 4 people with diabetes have rationed insulin. Here's why that's dangerous.

September 14, 2018


About one in four diabetics has resorted to rationing their insulin doses to combat rising prices—but the practice can have lethal consequences.

In the states: Maryland sues to keep ACA working; 4.3K Medicaid beneficiaries lose coverage in Arkansas, and more

September 14, 2018


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Hurricane Florence strikes today. Hospitals are getting ready—with military tactical vehicles, evacuations, stockpiles, and more.

September 13, 2018


Health care systems are preparing for Hurricane Florence—which is expected to hit portions of the southeast United States from Thursday through Sunday—by evacuating patients, testing power generators, and stockpiling extra medical supplies.

400% Rx price increase was 'moral requirement,' pharma CEO insists

September 13, 2018


In response to questions about a recent 400% price increase for the antibiotic nitrofurantoin, Nostrum Laboratories CEO Nirmal Mulye says, "I think it is a moral requirement to make money when you can … to sell the product for the highest price," adding that he is in the pharmaceutical "business to make money."

Researchers in genetics, anesthesia among 2018 Lasker award winners

September 11, 2018


The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation's annual awards—which are one of the world's most prestigious prizes in medicine—recognize the achievements of clinicians, scientists, and public servants who have made significant advances in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or cure of human disease.

Pharmacists might not tell you if your drug costs less out-of-pocket. Congress is trying to change that.

September 11, 2018


Senate and House lawmakers are backing legislation that would ban so-called "pharmacy gag clauses" that can prohibit pharmacists from telling patients when their prescription drugs would cost less if they pay out-of-pocket than if they use their insurance.

Azar, GOP lawmakers discuss steps to lower Rx drug prices

September 10, 2018


House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) says HHS Secretary Alex Azar, during his meeting with GOP lawmakers on the committee, discussed the steps the Trump administration has taken to lower prescription drug prices and how Congress can act to bring down prices.

Inside the Senate's opioid legislative package: What did—and didn't—make the cut

September 7, 2018


While the Senate's opioid bill is largely similar to a House-passed version, it does not include two House-passed proposals: one that would expand Medicaid coverage for substance use disorders treatment to include larger inpatient centers, and another that would relax privacy restrictions on behavioral health records for patients with substance use disorders.

Who is to blame for rising health care costs? Here's what US residents have to say.

September 5, 2018


The Kaiser Family Foundation's latest Health Tracking Poll shows 78% of respondents attributed rising health care costs to drugmakers making too much profit.

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