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FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media following a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the military at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would provide “insurance for everybody.” Back then, Trump made it sound that his plan — “much less expensive and much better” than the Affordable Care Act — was imminent. And he put drug companies on notice that their pricing power no longer would be “politically protected.” Nearly three years after taking office, Americans still are waiting for Trump’s big reveal. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

3 years in, no sign of Trump's replacement for Obamacare

Dec. 31, 2019 12:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would provide “insurance for everybody.” Back then, Trump made it sound that his...

This screen grab from the website HealthCare.gov shows the extended deadline for signing up for health care coverage for 2020.  More than 8 million people have signed up for coverage next year under former President Barack Obama's health care law, the government said Friday, showing continued demand for the program amid ongoing uncertainty over its future.  (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via AP)

Obamacare sign-ups steady as debate persists over its future

Dec. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 8 million people have signed up for coverage next year under former President Barack Obama's health care law, the government said Friday, a sign of continued demand for the program amid persistent uncertainty over its future. Preliminary numbers from the Centers for Medicare...

FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event on kidney health at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. The U.S. government proposed new rules Tuesday, Dec. 17, to increase organ transplants. The proposals come after Trump in July ordered a revamping of the nation's care for kidney disease that included spurring more transplants of kidneys and other organs. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

US proposes new rules to increase organ transplants

Dec. 17, 2019 11:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is overhauling parts of the nation's transplant system to make sure organs from the dead no longer go to waste — and to make it easier for the living to donate. The rules proposed Tuesday aim to ease an organ shortage so severe that more than 113,000 Americans...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma testifies before the House Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Capitol Hill in Washington. The government is defending Verma who sought a reimbursement from taxpayers of $47,000, reportedly including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, for items stolen during a work-related trip. HHS says it does not cover the costs of stolen jewelry and only $2,852.40 was reimbursed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

HHS defends Trump health appointee over lost jewelry claim

Dec. 9, 2019 4:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday defended a top Trump administration health official who sought a reimbursement from taxpayers of $47,000, reportedly including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, for items stolen during a work-related trip. Seema Verma, who runs the Centers for Medicare and...

This image from the Medicare.gov website shows the landing page to find a drug plan for seniors. Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they believe they received inaccurate information. (Medicare via AP)

Senators urge Medicare to allow seniors a drug plan do-over

Dec. 6, 2019 3:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they received inaccurate information due to changes the agency made this sign-up season. The request from 14 Democrats and one Independent comes as open enrollment for...

Ann Kayrish, Medicare expert for the National Council on Aging (NCOA) works in her office on President Trump's administration's new and highly touted online tool for seniors to find Medicare prescription drug plans, in Arlington, Va., Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. The online tool has problems providing key information. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs

Nov. 21, 2019 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts. Serving some 60 million Medicare recipients, the plan finder is the most commonly...