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Iowa court dismisses suit over coverage for sex reassignment

Aug. 6, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

An Iowa appeals court dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law passed last year that does not require Medicaid to pay for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents. The Iowa Court of Appeals in its ruling posted Wednesday agreed with a lower court finding that the legal challenge was speculative...

President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hype on drug costs, hydroxychloroquine

Aug. 3, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making grandiose claims about slashing drug prices and the efficacy of a treatment for COVID-19 that don’t hold up to reality. In a tweet Sunday, he asserts that he will reduce drug prices by at least 50%. That’s highly unlikely. Measures announced...

With Air Force One in the background, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event with Florida Sheriffs in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's election agitations and distortions

Aug. 1, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heads snapped and eyes rolled when President Donald Trump made a case for considering an election postponement in the pandemic. Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who agree on precious little, said forget about it. Among them, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed Nov. 3 is set...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With no new law to curb drug costs, Trump tries own changes

Jul. 25, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to land the big deal with Congress to curb drug costs, President Donald Trump has moved on his own to allow imports of cheaper medicines, along with other limited steps that could have some election-year appeal. At a White House ceremony Friday, Trump signed four executive orders....

President Donald Trump speaks during an event to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With no new law to curb drug costs, Trump tries own changes

Jul. 24, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to land the big deal with Congress to curb drug costs, President Donald Trump on Friday moved on his own to allow imports of cheaper medicines, along with other limited steps that could have some election-year appeal. At a White House ceremony, Trump signed four executive orders....

Visitors wearing face masks stand near banners showing precautions against the new coronavirus at National Palace Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Just days after South Korean officials hopefully declared the country’s COVID-19 epidemic was coming under control, health authorities reported dozens of new cases following a dual rise in local transmissions and imported infections. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea baseball, soccer fans to return to games

Jul. 23, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday under a phased process planned by health authorities to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Officials said Friday that spectators can begin attending professional soccer...

FILE - This Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows a portion of the UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn. UnitedHealth Group reports financial results Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

With elective procedures delayed, UnitedHealth profit spikes

Jul. 15, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

The nation’s largest health insurer more than doubled its second-quarter profit, as COVID-19 shutdowns kept patients out of doctor’s offices and off operating tables. UnitedHealth’s medical costs tumbled 11% to $34.68 billion with demand for care suppressed from the middle of March until it...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dems push campaign-season health care bill through House

Jun. 29, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a package expanding “Obamacare” coverage through the House on Monday, a measure that's doomed to advance no further but spotlights how the coronavirus pandemic and President Donald Trump's efforts to obliterate that law have fortified health care's potency...

FILE - This is an April 30, 2020, file photo showing Gilead Sciences headquarters in Foster City, Calif. The maker of a drug shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill COVID-19 patients says it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the United States and other developed countries. Gilead Sciences announced the price Monday, June 29 for remdesivir, and said the price would be $3,120 for patients with private insurance. It will sell for far less in poorer countries where generic drugmakers are being allowed to make it. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Gilead's $2,340 price for coronavirus drug draws criticism

Jun. 29, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

The maker of a drug shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill COVID-19 patients says it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the United States and other developed countries. Gilead Sciences announced the price Monday for remdesivir, and said...

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America's seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House wins ruling on health care price disclosure

Jun. 24, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration won a court ruling Tuesday upholding its plan to require hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures in a bid to promote competition and push down costs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called the decision in...