Health Care

Purveyors Of Black-Market Pharmaceuticals Target Immigrants

Immigrants are purchasing a wide array of illegal medications in black markets that are common in California, Arizona, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Groupons For Medical Treatment? Welcome To Today’s U.S. Health Care

Groupon has offered deals for various lung, heart and full-body scans across Atlanta, as well as in Oklahoma and California.

Starving Seniors: How America Fails To Feed Its Aging

One out of every 13 older Americans struggles to find enough food to eat while the federal program intended to help hasn’t kept pace with the graying population.

What Happens When You Don’t Pay a Hospital Bill

As Americans sink under medical expenses, debt collectors go to great—and sometimes strange—lengths to collect.

New Trump Rule on Medical Interpreters Could Leave Immigrants Behind

Trump rule could relax requirements that health care providers offer language services.

Wyoming Is Using Medicaid to Treat Air Ambulances Like a Public Utility

Other states dealing with the high air ambulance costs have tried to rein in the industry but have continually run up against the Airline Deregulation Act.

Trump Orders ‘a Lot’ of Ketamine for Depressed Veterans

The president told the VA to purchase a large amount of a controversial new nasal spray. The agency says it will consider incorporating the drug after it has more data.

After A Rural Hospital Closes, Delays In Emergency Care Cost Patients Dearly

Nationwide, more than 110 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and in each instance a community struggles to survive in its own way.

As States Strive To Stabilize Insurance Marketplaces, Insurers Return

Experts say that insurers re-entering state marketplace is a sign that the marketplaces are becoming more robust and less risky for insurers, despite ongoing political and legal battles over the ACA.

To Save Money, American Patients And Surgeons Meet In Cancun

The patient is from Mississippi. The surgeon is from Wisconsin. They meet in a Mexican resort for knee replacement surgery. Because the care costs so much less than in the U.S, the patient’s health plan pays her $5,000.

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Drugmakers Master Rolling Out Their Own Generics To Stifle Competition

Lawmakers who created the modern generic-drug industry in the 1980s never imagined anything like this—brand-pharma companies maximizing profits by appearing to compete with themselves.

States Diverge on Transgender Health Care

Iowa’s new law denies coverage for transition services, but Maine will allow it.

With ACA’s Future In Peril, California Reins In Rising Health Insurance Premiums

Most Covered California enrollees receive financial assistance based on their incomes.