Health care costs

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Martin Shkreli is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo during her "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York. The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug has been placed in a low-security federal prison in New Jersey. Shkreli was moved Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in New York to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 19, 2018 - 11:10 am
FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) — The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug was moved Tuesday to a low-security federal prison in New Jersey. Martin Shkreli was sent from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in New York to the Federal Correctional...
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FILE- In this June 1, 2017, file photo, a sign stands on the campus of the Aetna headquarters in Hartford, Conn. Some major health insurers plan to take a little sting out of prescription drug prices by giving customers rebates at the pharmacy counter, and they could spark a trend. Aetna and UnitedHealthcare both say they will begin passing rebates they get from drugmakers along to some of their customers starting next year. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)
April 11, 2018 - 2:09 pm
Some major health insurers plan to take a little sting out of prescription drug prices by giving customers rebates at the pharmacy counter. Aetna and UnitedHealthcare both say they will begin passing rebates they get from drugmakers along to some customers starting next year. They could spark a...
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California Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, discusses his proposal to create government-imposed price controls for hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services during a news conference on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The proposal, which drew swift opposition from the health care industry, comes amid a fierce debate about health care prices in California and around the country. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
April 09, 2018 - 9:33 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's government would set prices for hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services under legislation introduced Monday, vastly remaking the industry in a bid to lower health care costs. The proposal, which drew swift opposition from the health care...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Lawmakers acted after a lobbying campaign by a small Washington state pharmaceutical company called Omeros. McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking House Republican, took the issue to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., securing a place for the drug provision in the 2,232-page spending bill signed Friday by President Donald Trump, aides said. The provision restores the drug's expired reimbursement status for two years, making it more lucrative for hospitals to continue using it. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
March 24, 2018 - 12:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Lawmakers acted after a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Lawmakers acted after a lobbying campaign by a small Washington state pharmaceutical company called Omeros. McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking House Republican, took the issue to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., securing a place for the drug provision in the 2,232-page spending bill signed Friday by President Donald Trump, aides said. The provision restores the drug's expired reimbursement status for two years, making it more lucrative for hospitals to continue using it. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
March 23, 2018 - 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, costing taxpayers millions at a time when the Trump administration is vowing to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Lawmakers acted after a...
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FILE- In this Nov. 28, 2016, file photo, a screen displays a patient's vital signs during open heart surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Hospitalizations cause only about 4 percent of personal bankruptcies among non-elderly U.S. adults, according to an analysis published Wednesday, March 21, 2018, by the New England Journal of Medicine. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
March 21, 2018 - 5:04 pm
Medical bills can push patients over the financial cliff, but a new study says this may not happen as often as previous research suggests. Hospitalizations cause only about 4 percent of personal bankruptcies among non-elderly U.S. adults, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the New...
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In this March 5, 2018 photo, one-year-old Syrian refugee Eman Zatima is prepared by medical staff for surgery, at a hospital in Amman, Jordan. Eman, who has a heart defect, received a life-saving pro bono surgery from doctors sent by the Vatican's Bambino Gesu Hospital. The infant is one of the few lucky Syrian refugees with severe medical conditions to get the needed treatment. Dozens more are left untreated each month because of funding constraints in overwhelmed refugee host countries in the region. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
March 14, 2018 - 12:02 pm
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Sara al-Matoura watched through a window as her one-year-old daughter's chest heaved up and down under a tangle of medical wires. The 22-year-old mother from the Syrian city of Homs hadn't eaten for a day and stayed up all night at a hospital in the Jordanian capital, Amman,...
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Military forces work on a van in Winterslow, England, Monday, March 12, 2018, as investigations continue into the nerve-agent poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, in Salisbury, England, on Sunday March 4,2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to update lawmakers Monday on the nerve-agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
March 12, 2018 - 6:18 pm
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, dawn breaks over the Capitol in Washington. The once bipartisan drive to curb increases in health care premiums has devolved into a partisan struggle with escalating demands by each side. It’s unclear they’ll be able to reach an agreement. And the two parties may end up blaming each other this fall as states announce next year’s inevitably higher insurance rates _ just weeks before Election Day on Nov. 6. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 12, 2018 - 8:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums. But Congress' effort to stabilize the nation's insurance markets is faltering amid escalating demands by each party and erratic positions by President Donald Trump. Democrats want bigger federal subsidies for...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2018, file photo, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks at the National Governor Association 2018 winter meeting in Washington. The Trump administration is taking a pragmatic new track on health care with officials promising consumer-friendly changes and savings in areas from computerized medical records to prescription drugs. Azar has been rolling out the agenda, saying it has the full backing of President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
March 12, 2018 - 12:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A smartphone app that lets Medicare patients access their claims information. Giving consumers a share of drug company rebates for their prescriptions. Wider access to websites that reliably compare cost and quality of medical tests. The Trump administration is taking a pragmatic...
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