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Kaiser Health News

February 2017
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New health secretary could dramatically change U.S. health policy

by ,  /  13 February 2017

The new Health and Human Services secretary could quickly change the course of health policy in the United States, affecting everything from women’s healthcare to tobacco regulation.

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Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., 24 January 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.  Andrew Harnik / AP Photo
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Trading controversy dogs health secretary nominee Tom Price

by , ,  /  9 February 2017

U.S. Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Price showed little restraint in his personal stock trading, despite the fact that a House committee he was on was under investigation.

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Vanessa Ramirez was diagnosed with ovarian cancer while in college. Now her entire family has healthcare because of the Affordable Care Act. Will Stone / KJZZ
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Obamacare repeal could spell healthcare loss for Arizona children

by ,  /  3 February 2017

The Affordable Care Act brought coverage to thousands of children in a state that had one of the highest rates of uninsured minors in the United States.

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Kaiser Permanente fined $2.5 million for missing Medicaid data

by ,  /  1 February 2017

The California Department of Health Care Services says this was the first fine imposed against one of its Medicaid managed care plans since at least 2000.

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January 2017
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Soaring prices for orphan drugs slam U.S. families and insurers

by , ,  /  25 January 2017

The Orphan Drug Act has opened the door to almost unlimited price tags for drugs to treat rare diseases — burdening insurers, government programs, and families for whom obtaining the medication is often a matter of life and death.

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Drugmakers manipulate orphan drug rules to create monopolies

by , ,  /  24 January 2017

The system intended to help those with rare diseases is being manipulated by drugmakers to maximize profits and to protect niche markets for medicines that millions of people already take — and it’s all legal.

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Mayra Del Real, 28, holds her newborn baby at the Eisner’s Women’s Health Center on Thursday, 21 January 2016. Heidi de Marco / KHN
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Key provisions could disappear with Affordable Care Act repeal

by , ,  /  17 January 2017

If the ACA is repealed, it could mean loss of coverage for several surprising health provisions, including therapy for children with autism, breast-feeding support for working mothers and assistance with emergency room visits.

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December 2016
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Landmark mental health bill sails through U.S. Senate

by ,  /  8 December 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act, having passed the U.S. Senate, now goes to President Barack Obama, who has promised to sign it.

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Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, at a press conference promoting the 21st Century Cures Act. Photo courtesy of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
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21st Century Cures Act has clear winners and losers

by , ,  /  5 December 2016

A sprawling health bill expected to pass the U.S. Senate and become law before the end of the year is a grab bag for industries that spent plenty of money lobbying to make sure it happened that way.

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Lobbyists swarm around major mental health bill

by ,  /  1 December 2016

More than 1,455 lobbyists representing 400 companies, universities and other organizations have pushed for or against an earlier House version of the 21st Century Cures bill.

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