"We haven't seen the peak of the epidemic. We are seeing the numbers climb year after year"
Stripping cigarettes of all or most of their addictive power could lead 5 million adults to quit smoking within a year of the plan going into place and another 8 million to quit within five years
Some states are enacting measures to preserve the effects of the mandate by creating their own versions of it
Legislative action helping independent doctors
In today's dollars, Florida is spending 40 percent less on mental health than it did in 2000
"We are institutionalizing a change in the culture of government, beginning with HHS, to never forget that religious freedom is a primary freedom; that it is a civil right"
The lawmakers are up against not just the legislative clock, but also the insurance companies' timeline
In their enthusiasm to pass a budget this month, Congress included permanent dissolution of the therapy caps
Nearly three-quarters of states have Medicaid demonstration programs, such as those testing providing services through private managed-care firms and requiring enrollees to pay monthly premiums
The proposed rule said short-term plans could add more choices to the market at lower cost and may offer broader provider networks than Affordable Care Act plans in rural areas
The approach: Let the state contract with wholesalers in Canada, importing cheaper prescriptions from up north and distributing them to the state's health care system
Letter asked to study the allocation of Safe Schools funding and consider changing it based on the quantity of students in a school as well as the number of dangerous incidents occurring on a school campus
The sheer size of the federal government's Medicare and Medicaid programs means any drug pricing tweaks that do get made are meaningful -- just not necessarily groundbreaking
Suburbs in the United States, often perceived as enclaves of the affluent, are home to nearly 17 million Americans who live in poverty
Not in the deal, for which the path to the president's desk remains unclear, is any bipartisan legislation aimed at shoring up the Affordable Care Act's individual health insurance marketplaces
Nationwide, 20 percent of health centers have instituted a hiring freeze already, and 4 percent have laid off staff
The future of a host of many programs remains unsettled
Insurance coverage of colonoscopies to screen for colorectal cancer is a frequent source of frustration for consumers
As a physician, I have seen politicians try to manage health care with few positive results. Physicians do more paper work now than ever before, at the expense of what really matters...
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