White House expands health accounts aimed at small firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is expanding options for employers to use special accounts to help workers buy their own health insurance, upgrade job-based coverage, or choose low-cost pla...

Watchdog: Neglect and abuse unreported in nursing facilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of Medicare beneficiaries even though the federal government requires such reportin...

Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research

WASHINGTON (AP) — To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded — and she's worrie...

Government to start posting list of troubled nursing homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says it'll start posting a list of some 400 troubled nursing homes , in a turnabout days after senators publicly released the "secret" document , along with a report q...

Long list of troubled nursing homes revealed by senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government for years has kept under wraps the names of hundreds of nursing homes around the country found by inspectors to have serious ongoing health, safety or sanitary...

GOP, Dems team up to address 'surprise medical bills'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Republican and Democratic senators are proposing legislation to address the problem of surprise medical bills. Those are the shockingly high charges insured patients can get h...

'Medicare for All's' rich benefits 'leapfrog' other nations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Generous benefits. No copays. No need for private policies. The "Medicare for All" plan advocated by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what's offered in other advanced ...

Scrap 'Obamacare'? Maybe not all, says Trump administration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrap "Obamacare"? Well, maybe not all of it. The Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstituti...

APNewsBreak: Drugmakers will have to reveal prices in TV ads

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmakers will be required to reveal the prices of their prescription medicines in those ever present TV ads, the Trump administration is set to announce on Wednesday, even as some ...

Budget office: $177B in added costs from Trump drug plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget experts for Congress say the Trump administration's plan to reduce out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries will cost taxpayers another $177 billion from 2020-2029....

On National Day of Prayer, Trump defends conscience rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is putting the finishing touches on a regulation to protect the rights of clinicians who object to participating in abortions. President Do...

Trump seeks ruling in case striking down 'Obamacare'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Trump administration and several Republican-led states faced a midnight Wednesday deadline for filing papers with a federal appeals panel reviewing a lower court ruling that for...

Bernie Sanders relaunches 'Medicare for All' amid 2020 glare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is set to unveil a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan, shaking up the 2020 presidential election by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private hea...

Feds say $1.2B Medicare back brace scam busted

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say they've broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers. ...

Watchdog to examine Medicare chief's publicity spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says it will review costly outside contracts to provide publicity for Medicare chief Seema Verma, whose agency oversees health insurance programs covering more ...