March 31, 2011 The Obama administration today released proposed rules that could help hospitals and groups of doctors cooperate more closely in caring for patients. If the approach works, it could save money and improve care.
March 31, 2011 Roughly a year after the Affordable Care Act was signed, Joshua Hersh of The New Republic offers a glimpse of Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli's lawsuit against Obama's health care reform, and makes the case for why Cuccinelli may be the reform's most formidable foe.
March 30, 2011 In an unusual statement, the Food and Drug Administration said it's quite all right for pharmacists to go ahead and make their own inexpensive version of an expensive medicine to help some women avoid preterm delivery of their babies.
David Wilson of Florida, with the Stop Infant Circumcision Society, works on a readies a sign for a protest in Washington last March.
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March 30, 2011 Businesses and people pushing for changes in Medicaid policies are taking advantage of strained state budgets to make their case. Some of the suggestions are offbeat.
March 29, 2011 Armed with confidential information about how the Food and Drug Administration was going to rule on experimental drugs, an agency chemist and his son allegedly made more than $2.27 million by trading in shares of five companies.
March 29, 2011 Postponing Medicare eligibility by a couple of years could save the federal government billions of dollars. But the savings would be overshadowed by increased costs of health care for employers, individuals and other programs.
March 29, 2011 As the 2012 presidential election looms on the horizon, James C. Capretta and Yuval Levin of The Weekly Standard argue that the most important issue for GOP presidential hopefuls to concentrate on is developing a platform for health care reform.
March 28, 2011 Glaxo CEO Andrew Witty says it is clear trust in the pharmaceutical industry has eroded over the past 20 years. He outlined a path to redemption during a recent chat with Shots.
March 28, 2011 With the nation's deficit ever-looming, the question of how to handle entitlements and budget cuts is drawing closer. Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard argues that an optimal way of reforming Medicare would be to institute vouchers, and says that more conservatives need to start publicly supporting specific reform plans.
March 24, 2011 Seniors getting health care in their homes will soon have to see a doctor to certify the need for care, or Medicare will not pay for it. Some opponents of the new rule say it places an undue burden on patients and doctors.
March 24, 2011 Physician Kevin Patterson has treated patients in the Arctic, in Kandahar and on remote Pacific Islands. He says that Western ideas and the effects of urbanization are making people everywhere in the world both fatter and sicker.
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March 23, 2011 A new law that imposes the longest waits for abortions in the country is vulnerable to constitutional challenge. Supporters of abortion rights have vowed to file suit. And abortion opponents are uncharacteristically mum.
Elizabeth Taylor testifies before a U.S. Senate committee in 1986, after the death of close friend Rock Hudson in 1985.
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March 23, 2011 Taylor's legacy as an early, outspoken advocate for people infected with HIV will live on.
March 23, 2011 A sweeping health care overhaul was signed into law a year ago, promising to make insurance companies more accountable, offer more health care choices and reduce costs for patients. But perceptions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have been mixed. Guest host Farai Chideya explores the broad impressions, including the public and political responses to the law, with Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News.
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March 23, 2011 One year ago, President Obama signed into law sweeping new health care legislation. Over the course of four years, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aims to make insurance companies more accountable, offer more health care choices and reduce costs for patients. The law remains a subject of spirited political debate, with many Republican lawmakers vowing to repeal the legislation. Tell Me More explores the impact, so far, of the Affordable Care Act on the lives of ordinary Americans, and particularly minority communities. Guest host Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Garth Graham, Assistant Secretary for Minority Health at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.
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