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Robyn Adcock (left), a University of California, San Francisco pain relief specialist, gently guides Jessica Greenfield to acupressure points on her son's foot and leg that have helped relieve his chronic pain. Alison Kodjak/NPR hide caption

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Pain Rescue Team Helps Seriously Ill Kids Cope In Terrible Times

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A Guatemalan teen asylum-seeker (left), who isn't able to hear or speak, signs with his mom in Florida. He was brusquely separated from her and held in a shelter for nearly three months, unable to readily communicate, according to a civil rights complaint filed with the Department of Homeland Security. Susan Ferriss/Center for Public Integrity hide caption

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Homeland Security's Civil Rights Unit Lacks Power To Protect Migrant Kids

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Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, negotiated a deal with a drugmaker to get the state a better price for expensive hepatitis C medications for its Medicaid and prison populations. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. hide caption

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The drug buprenorphine blocks the cravings associated with addiction. It comes in tablets and dissolvable film. The only injectable form available is a drug called Sublocade; a rival drug is ready for market but may be blocked for several years by the FDA. Tetra Images/Getty Images hide caption

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In Midst Of Opioid Crisis, FDA May Block New Addiction Drug From Market

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Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights, announced Friday a new proposed rule rolling back anti-discrimination protections for transgender patients. Those protections had been written in 2016 but enjoined in court. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Trump Rule Helps Health Care Workers Who Refuse Care For Religious Reasons

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Health care workers may now refuse to be involved with providing services that offend their religious beliefs. The new rule, issued by the HHS Office for Civil Rights, affirms existing conscience protections established by Congress, director Roger Severino says. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption

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New Trump Rule Protects Health Care Workers Who Refuse Care For Religious Reasons

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The Issue Of Medicare For All Is Dominating The 2020 Democratic Field

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will lead the Senate Finance Committee's questioning Tuesday of executives from pharmacy benefit managers about drug costs. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Drug Industry Middlemen To Be Questioned By Senate Committee

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A medical assistant administers insulin to an adolescent patient who has Type 1 diabetes. Cigna's pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, says it covers 1.4 million people who take insulin. Picture Alliance/Getty Images hide caption

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Insulin Is A Major Focus In The Debate Over Rising Prescription Drug Prices

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements In Arkansas And Kentucky

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Justice Department Shifts Policy, Says Entire Affordable Care Act Should Be Overturned

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Trump Administration Moves Forward In Attempt To Invalidate Affordable Care Act

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One of the Trump administration's proposals would change the prices Medicare pays for certain prescription drugs by factoring in the average prices Europeans pay for the same medicines. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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It Will Take More Than Transparency To Reduce Drug Prices, Economists Say

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