Category: Trump Administration

Watch: Trump-Pence Policy Shift Makes Birth Control Harder To Get

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August 20, 2019 KHN correspondent Sarah Varney talks with PBS NewsHour‘s Yamiche Alcindor on Monday about how the Trump administration’s policy shift on Title X family planning funds is likely to make birth control harder to get and more expensive for low-income women. It will also shift funds from organizations like Planned Parenthood to the ….  Read More

Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs

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Five years after Congress passed a law to reduce unnecessary MRIs, CT scans and other expensive diagnostic imaging tests that could harm patients and waste money, federal officials have yet to implement it. The law requires that doctors consult clinical guidelines set by the medical industry before Medicare will pay for many common exams for ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Gun Violence And The Politics Of Public Health

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Three mass shootings in eight days have refocused the nation’s attention on the problem of gun violence — and restarted the long-running debate over guns as a public health issue. Although Congress is on its summer break, before lawmakers left Washington they passed a two-year ….  Read More

Trump Wants To Take Guns Away From People In Crisis. Will That Work?

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In his response Monday to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump called for an expansion of state laws that temporarily prevent someone in crisis from buying or possessing a gun. A flurry of states have recently passed such laws — known as extreme risk protection orders — which allow ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Deciphering The Democrats’ Health Debate

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Twenty Democratic candidates for president debated health care at length over two nights in Detroit this week. But countless 30-second charges and countercharges from “Medicare for All” backers and those who want a more gradual approach to universal coverage may have left the audience more ….  Read More

A Conservative Group Paints Trump’s Drug-Pricing Experiment As ‘Socialist.’ Is It?

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As part of its effort to curb high prescription drug costs, the Trump administration is considering an experiment that has triggered strong opposition from Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist’s powerful conservative organization, which the president typically counts among his supporters. [khn_slabs slabs=”975742″ view=”inline” /] As part of its effort to curb high prescription drug ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Biden Doubles Down On Obamacare

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Former Vice President Joe Biden has said if he’s elected president he would build on the Affordable Care Act rather than move to a whole new health care system, such as the “Medicare for All” plan supported by some of his primary opponents for the ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Could The ACA Really Go Away?

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Affordable Care Act was back in court again this week — this time before a three-judge panel at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. A lower court ruled last December that the entire ACA is now unconstitutional because Congress in its ….  Read More

Using Obamacare Authority, Trump Aims To Shift Dialysis Care To Patients’ Homes

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a bold plan to improve care to patients with kidney disease, which he claimed would save thousands of lives each year and billions of dollars for taxpayers. “It could be higher if it works the way we anticipate,” Trump boasted in a 25-minute speech to dozens of kidney patients, ….  Read More

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

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Happy Friday! Friends, it’s been a whirlwind week of news, news, news and more news! If you’re like me, you’re just staring longingly at the weekend. But before you mentally check out, here’s a cheat sheet of what all went down — because it was too much for any one person to keep straight. Two ….  Read More