The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. Here’s what we’re buying.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson American health-care spending, measured in trillions of dollars, boggles the mind. Last year, we spent $3.2 trillion on health care — a number so large that it can be difficult to grasp its scale. Read more…
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Maine tried allowing the sale of health insurance from other states. It didn’t work.

By Jackie Farwell As part of his plan to reform American health care, President-elect Donald Trump has proposed what sounds like a simple enough idea: Allow health insurance to be sold across state lines. Health insurance companies can already operate in multiple states, but they tail
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20 health conditions people spent most on in 2013 — and what the bulk of their money went toward

By Molly Gamble Of 155 medical conditions, people personally spent $1.2 trillion on the top 20 alone in 2013, according to a new analysis published in JAMA. In their investigation “US Spending on Personal Health Care and Public Health 1996-2013,” study authors collected an
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Will Donald Trump Repeal Obamacare? Republicans Divided On Healthcare Reform, Report Says

By Chris Riotta Donald Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare helped him garner the support of Republicans in Washington, D.C., who have repeatedly vowed to shut down President Barack Obama’s major health care overhaul ever since it passed in 2010 without a single Re
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If Not Obamacare, Then What?

By Olga Khazan GETTYSBURG, Pa.—As her hair was styled at the Grace Kelly hair salon in this quaint tourist town, a middle-aged mother told me that she wants Obamacare gone, even though her 24-year-old son is still on her plan, thanks to an Obamacare provision that allows young adults
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Trump’s Health Savings Accounts May Shift More Costs To Patients

By Bruce Japsen If Donald Trump’s health savings accounts do for Obamacare patients what they’ve done to workers at large employers, Americans can plan on paying more in out-of-pocket costs for their medical care. Read more…
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Could a provision in the Cures Act help stabilize the ACA exchanges?

By Shelby Livingston At the very end of the 996-page 21st Century Cures Act, buried behind sweeping legislation to speed up cures for cancer and fight the opioid crisis, is a little provision that could drive enrollment in the individual insurance market and possibly, balance out the
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What Trumpcare Might Actually Look Like

By Richard P. Asensio We can expect a bumpy ride ahead. As President-elect Trump waits to take over the helm at the White House, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—commonly referred to as Obamacare—will be a top priority for his administration. He has indicated his
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How the Cures Act will help open the data spigot and may improve care

By Nick van Terheyden, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NTT DATA Services In passing the 21st Century Cures Act, Congress took bold steps toward more effective and precise treatments for a wide range of conditions. The act authorizes billions of dollars for medical research and is intended
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G.O.P. Plans to Replace Health Care Law With ‘Universal Access’

By Robert Pear & Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON — House Republicans, responding to criticism that repealing the Affordable Care Act would leave millions without health insurance, said on Thursday that their goal in replacing President Obama’s health law was to guarantee “universal acces
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