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Lulabelle Berry surveys the 600 acres she and her husband, Jimmy, own in the Ozarks near Mountain View, Ark. Berry walks laps on her porch to aid her recovery from a stroke. She says she's grateful for the drug that saved her life. "It's been a good life," she says. Sarah Jane Tribble for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Rural Hospitals Struggle To Stock Expensive Drugs That Could Save Lives

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The new Medicare cards (right) will not use Social Security numbers for identification. Instead, they will have random sequences of letters and numbers. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services /AP hide caption

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Experiments that showed how to make the H5N1 bird flu virus more contagious raised concern about malicious misuse of laboratory research. Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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Governors from left; Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Steve Bullock of Montana, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Gary Herbert of Utah all testified Thursday about ways t improve the ACA. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Governors Sound Off On How To Fix Health Insurance

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The Children's Health Insurance Program relies on money from state and federal governments to help subsidize the cost of medical care for some kids not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. Rebecca Nelson/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander chairs the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee; Sen. Patty Murray is the committee's ranking Democrat. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty hide caption

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In the U.S., the average age for initiating sexual activity has remained around 17 or 18 since the early 1990s, even as people have begun marrying later in life. PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and other female senators were excluded from the Senate leadership health task force this summer. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday found that ending cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers, a move that President Trump is contemplating, would raise the deficit by $194 billion over 10 years. Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

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President Trump at a listening session with health insurance executives at the White House earlier this year. Aude Guerrucci/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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At his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday President Trump called the opioid epidemic a national emergency and said his administration was drawing up papers to make it official. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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What Could Happen If Trump Formally Declares Opioids A National Emergency

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