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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The first real-world consequences of dwindling federal COVID-19 funds have started to be felt in recent days. Coronavirus tests for uninsured patients are no longer free in some places. That’s because the program that reimbursed clinics and hospitals for the testing, as well as for treating uninsured patients with COVID-19, stopped… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — It’s Dr. Francis Collins’ last few weeks as director of the National Institutes of Health after 12 years, serving under three presidents. Collins made his name doing the kind of biomedical research NIH is famous for, especially running The Human Genome Project, which fully sequenced the human genetic code. The focus… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — For older people and people with disabilities, solving everyday practical problems can be the difference between being able to live at home or being forced to move to an institution. Sometimes people need help getting dressed or making meals. Sometimes they need help managing medications or shopping for groceries. Originally, these… Read More
“We’ve got to take a deep breath,” says one health official about the rapid timeline pushed for by the CDC. “It is very clear that we need to lean forward to prepare to deliver the vaccine.”
NPR surveyed all 50 states about their contact tracing work. The workforce has barely grown since mid-June, while cases have skyrocketed.
Trump has reversed Obama-era protections that prohibit discrimination in health care based on gender identity. Critics warn the rule could harm a vulnerable group — LGBTQ people — during a pandemic.
It’s a technique widely used in other countries to slow the spread of infection. Here’s how contact tracing works — and how it can help the U.S. start to get back to normal.
States can now apply to set up their Medicaid program with capped funding from the federal government. With this move, the administration delivers on a long-held conservative goal.
Lawmakers are voting Thursday on a bill to rein in drug costs. President Trump has vowed to veto it. But the plan shares a lot with other bipartisan efforts. Here’s how it would work.
As the courts consider various lawsuits against drugmakers, researchers estimate what opioid addiction is costing our economy and what it would take to end the crisis.
Doctors and nurses are often barred from turning to FDA-approved medications that research shows to be the most effective way to quit. Critics of that policy say stigma is undermining best practice
Having to come up with $1,000 unexpectedly can be a challenge for anyone. NPR’s recent poll on rural health found that’s especially true for one group: people with disabilities.
A new lawsuit brought by 44 states and Puerto Rico alleges an “industry-wide” conspiracy by generic drug manufacturers to collude on prices and divide up the market.
The government wants consumers to have sticker shock about drug prices. A new rule requires list prices be displayed in TV ads. Patients advocates are not sure it will do much to lower prices.