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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...

Correction: Trump-Health Care Prices story

Jun. 24, 2020 10:30 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story June 23, 2020, about a court ruling involving the Trump administration's plan for disclosure of hospital prices, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of the general counsel for the American Hospital Association. She is Melinda Hatton, not Melinda Hutton.
Members of the South Korean military band wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cross a road during an event to commemorate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Korean War, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: Coronavirus still spreading in 2nd S Korea wave

Jun. 18, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — The coronavirus continues to spread in South Korea, particularly in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 49 new cases for the nation Friday, with 26...

FILE - In this March 22, 2020, file photo Vice President Mike Pence speaks alongside President Donald Trump during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington. Pence says the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic is “a cause for celebration,” but a new poll finds more than half of Americans calling it fair or poor.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Poll: Americans not buying White House spin on coronavirus

Jun. 18, 2020 1:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic is “a cause for celebration,” but a new poll finds more than half of Americans calling it fair or poor. The Gallup and West Health survey out Thursday found that 57% of U.S. adults rated the...

Georgia lawmakers approve limiting unexpected medical bills

Jun. 17, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some patients in Georgia could soon get a reprieve from receiving unexpected medical bills under legislation heading to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk, after it received final passage in the state Senate on Wednesday. House Bill 888, passed unanimously by the Senate and by a vote of 164-4 in...

FILE - In this June 15, 2018 photo, pharmaceuticals are seen in North Andover, Mass. In a major legal setback for President Donald Trump on a high-profile consumer issue, a federal appeals court has ruled that his administration lacks the legal authority to force drug companies to disclose prices in their TV ads. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Court strikes down Trump rule that drugmakers disclose price

Jun. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major legal setback for President Donald Trump on a high-profile consumer issue, a federal appeals court has ruled that his administration lacks the legal authority to force drug companies to disclose prices in their TV ads. The ruling denies Trump an easy-to-understand win on a...

Packages of Dexamethasone are displayed in a pharmacy, Tuesday, June 16, 2020,  in Omaha, Neb. Researchers in England said Tuesday they have the first evidence that the drug can improve COVID-19 survival. The cheap, widely available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Cheap drug is first shown to improve COVID-19 survival

Jun. 16, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients. The results were announced Tuesday and the British government immediately authorized the drug's use across...

States extend price-fixing lawsuit to topical medications

Jun. 10, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Attorneys general from 51 states and territories on Wednesday filed a third lawsuit alleging a widespread price-fixing conspiracy by generic drug manufacturers, this time involving 80 topical medications. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of...