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Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured

Dec. 3, 2019 9:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government launched a new program on Tuesday to provide an HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it. Taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day dramatically reduces the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes infected...

Lawsuit challenges Medicaid work requirements in Michigan

Nov. 22, 2019 6:22 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Four enrollees in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program filed a lawsuit Friday challenging work requirements that are set to take effect in January, arguing that the Trump administration lacked the authority to approve the rules that undermine the Affordable Care Act. The...

Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens

Nov. 18, 2019 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One to fly to a Kentucky campaign rally two weeks ago, a plan was in place for him to give final approval to a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes. By the time Trump landed back at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington a few hours later,...

White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices

Nov. 15, 2019 4:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs. But the sweeping changes face stiff pushback from the health care industry. A coalition...

First lady visits cuddling program for babies born on drugs

Nov. 6, 2019 5:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump visited a Boston hospital Wednesday that uses cuddling to help infants born dependent on drugs or alcohol. The first lady met with caregivers and administrators at Boston Medical Center and told them she's "very focused" on their pioneering work with babies born with...

What impeachment? All calm as Melania Trump visits Capitol

Oct. 23, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump was an island of calm in a sea of impeachment chaos Wednesday, choosing to make her first solo trip to Capitol Hill as her husband's party reckoned with his conduct and rumbled with House Democrats. As President Donald Trump faced the most peril of his presidency, Mrs. Trump...

More choices and stable premiums for 'Obamacare' next year

Oct. 22, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers will have more health insurance choices next year under the much-debated Obama health care law and premiums will dip slightly for many, the Trump administration announced Tuesday. President Donald Trump was elected on a promise to repeal "Obamacare." But despite his repeated...

Overhaul is proposed for decades-old Medicare fraud rules

Oct. 9, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed overhauling decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. The rules under revision were intended to counter self-dealing and financial kickbacks...

Teens to share their vaping experiences with Melania Trump

Oct. 8, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump will hear directly from teens and young adults about their experiences with electronic cigarettes and vaping. The White House says she has invited a group from the Truth Initiative to participate in a "listening session" Wednesday. It will be the second time this week that...