Health care costs

President Donald Trump speaks about kidney health at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 11, 2019 - 6:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans. The White House on Thursday yanked its own regulation to ease the...
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Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa smiles and looks at opposition lawmakers while delivering his speech opening the annual State of the Nation debate at the parliament in Lisbon, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
July 10, 2019 - 11:18 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Socialist prime minister is vowing to address the challenges of a low national birth rate, the increasing cost of health care and climate change as he bids for a second straight term in the country's Oct. 6 general election. Prime Minister Antonio Costa used his...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks about drug prices during a visit to the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. A federal judge Monday, July 8, 2019, blocked a major White House initiative on prescription drug costs, saying the Trump administration lacked the legal authority to require drugmakers to disclose their prices in TV ads. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
July 08, 2019 - 10:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge Monday blocked a major White House initiative on prescription drug costs, saying the Trump administration lacked the legal authority to require drugmakers to disclose their prices in TV ads. The narrow ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C.,...
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In this June 20, 2019 photo, the Capitol is seen from the roof of the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Health care is on the agenda for Congress when lawmakers return, and it’s not another battle over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. Instead of dealing with the uninsured, lawmakers are trying to bring down costs for people who already have coverage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 07, 2019 - 9:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care issue, lowering costs for people who already have coverage. Returning from their Fourth of July recess,...
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for his Bedminster, N.J. golf club, Friday, July 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 05, 2019 - 1:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising an executive order that he says is intended to enable the U.S. government to pay lower prices for prescription drugs. Trump says his administration soon would announce a "favored-nations clause," where the amount paid by the government for a...
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In this April 8, 2019, photo Chuck Pope, left, and wife Nina talk about his ongoing battle with rheumatoid arthritis and trying to afford medications to alleviate the condition while at their home in Derry, Pa. Pope had been battling the disease with an injected drug that his insurance covered while he was still working. It relieves pain and stops irreversible joint damage but retails for over $5,000 a month. Now his Medicare plan doesn't cover that drug, and Pope says his condition is deteriorating without it. Meanwhile, sales of approved, cheaper versions have been blocked. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
June 27, 2019 - 10:39 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Injected drugs known as biosimilars were expected to save the U.S. health care system tens of billions of dollars. But sales have been so limited that their future is in doubt. Biologic medicines treat cancer, rare diseases and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and...
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June 26, 2019 - 5:08 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For years, Louisiana offered hepatitis C treatment to only the most severe cases in its Medicaid program and prisons, unable to afford broader access to the extremely high-priced medications. That will change in July, when the state begins a treatment model it says can cure...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., flanked by Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., left, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., right, talks to reporters about the need for the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 25, 2019 - 9:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats convened privately Tuesday to discuss campaign issues and heard a sobering assessment: They're seen as too focused on impeachment of President Donald Trump and voters are not hearing enough about their work on other issues. The findings from Democrats' internal...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony where he will sign an executive order that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down, at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 24, 2019 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down . The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to save money. For example, if a...
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President Donald Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 20, 2019 - 8:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to demonstrate a united front Thursday in the uphill effort to get a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement over the finish line. At Trump's insistence, the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to...
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