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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Survey: 19M Americans have purchased cheaper drugs across US borders

By  Mackenzie Bean  Tens of millions of Americans have purchased prescription drugs from outside of the U.S. and imported them into the country, reports Kaiser Health News. In November, the Kaiser Family Foundation polled a nationally representative sample of 1,202 adults. Eight perce
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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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FDA new drug approvals for 2016 lowest in 6 years

By Mackenzie Bean With 2016 coming to a close, the global drug industry is set to receive the lowest annual amount of new drug approvals from the Food and Drug Administration since 2010, reports Reuters. Here are five things to know.  
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Trump to Face Key Decision in Obamacare Lawsuit

By Kimberly Leonard A federal appeals court said Monday it is delaying a case against President Barack Obama’s health care law, positioning President-elect Donald Trump to take one of the most straightforward actions that will be available to him to unravel the Affordable Care A
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Which Americans Are Shut Out of the Affordable Care Act?

By Teresa Mears As the deadline for enrolling in an Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance plan approaches on Dec. 15, some people are finding themselves left out. Since the ACA went into effect in 2013, more than 20 million additional Americans have been able to buy health insuran
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