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Monday, Oct 30, 2017 at 04:40 PM EDT

'Obamacare' Curveball: Free Insurance in 1,500-Plus Counties

'Obamacare' Curveball: Free Insurance in 1,500-Plus Counties

In an odd twist, low-income people in about half of U.S. counties will now be able to get a taxpayer-subsidized "Obamacare" policy for free, according to a new study that suggests some actions by President...

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 at 11:51 AM EDT

Synthetic Opioids Rising as Deadly Overdoses Top 60K: CDC

Synthetic Opioids Rising as Deadly Overdoses Top 60K: CDC

More than 60,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, and synthetic opioids played a larger role than ever, CNBC reported. Deaths from those extremely strong drugs, like fentanyl, increased fivefold, and...

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 at 08:48 AM EDT

Billionaire Drug Maker Charged With Pushing Powerful Opioid

Billionaire Drug Maker Charged With Pushing Powerful Opioid

U.S. prosecutors leveled charges Thursday against the billionaire founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing...

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 at 07:04 AM EDT

Aetna Stock Surges on Report of CVS Deal Talks

Aetna Stock Surges on Report of CVS Deal Talks

Aetna's stock has surged after a news report said CVS Health is in talks to buy the insurer a deal that could be worth more than $60 billion.

Monday, Oct 30, 2017 at 12:07 PM EDT

President Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency

President Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency

President Trump outlined the White House’s plans to curb the opioid epidemic, which he declared a nationwide public health emergency. Trump shared a personal anecdote about his late older brother, who told...

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 at 07:58 AM EDT

Scientists Working Toward Reversible Kind of Gene Editing

Scientists Working Toward Reversible Kind of Gene Editing

Scientists are altering a powerful gene-editing technology in hopes of one day fighting diseases without making permanent changes to people's DNA. The trick: Edit RNA instead, the messenger that carries a...

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 at 07:07 PM EDT

Premiums Rising 34 Pct. for Most Popular Health Plan: Study

Premiums Rising 34 Pct. for Most Popular Health Plan: Study

Premiums for the most popular "Obamacare" plans are going up an average of 34 percent, according to a study out Wednesday that confirms dire predictions about the impact of political turmoil on consumers. Wind...

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 at 03:49 PM EDT

Walgreens to Stock Stores Nationwide With Narcan Nasal Spray

Walgreens to Stock Stores Nationwide With Narcan Nasal Spray

Walgreens announced this week that it plans to stock all of its stores across the U.S. with Narcan as the nation's opioid epidemic reaches new levels. The medication, which is administered via nasal spray...

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 at 11:53 AM EDT

Bipartisan Health Care Bill Would Slash Deficit: Report

Bipartisan Health Care Bill Would Slash Deficit: Report

A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets would slash the federal deficit by nearly $4 billion in the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office announced Wednesday. The CBO determined...

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 at 03:49 PM EDT

Trump Readies Opioid Plan, But Some Worry It Won't Be Enough

Trump Readies Opioid Plan, But Some Worry It Won't Be Enough

President Donald Trump's long-awaited declaration that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency finally arrives this week, but some advocates are worried that it won't be backed with the money and commitment...

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