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Shopping Abroad For Cheaper Medication? Here’s What You Need To Know

In its effort to temper the sky-high prices Americans pay for many vital medications, the Trump administration last month unveiled a plan that would legalize the importation of selected prescription drugs from countries where they sell for far less. But the plan addresses imports only at the […]

It’s time for Democrats to get their facts right on Medicare-for-all

 By Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, representing Washington’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House. In the wake of the second Democratic presidential debate, it is clear that Medicare-for-all has become a defining issue of the 2020 election. Earlier this year, when I introduced our comprehensive, […]

Nurses Heal California | CNA Lobby Day

I recently accompanied 400 of my favorite RNs from the California Nurses Association (CNA) Lobby Day at our California State Capitol, Sacramento. May Day started out with powerful speeches from the executive director of CNA/National Nurses United, Bonnie Castillo. Ms. Castillo spoke about the need […]

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Profits and Prescription Drugs

By Caitlin Hoff Health and Safety Investigator The rising cost of medical expenses is nothing new to Americans. In recent years, medical bills have become the number one reason for personal bankruptcy filings in America, and it is not unusual to hear stories of […]

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Marketplace Confusion Opens Door To Questions About Skinny Plans

Consumers coping with the high cost of health insurance are the target market for new plans claiming to be lower-cost alternatives to the Affordable Care Act that fulfill the law’s requirement for health coverage. But experts and regulators warn consumers to be cautious — and […]

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Gaming a Drug Law and the Patent System

By Randy Barrett for   Manufacturers find advantages in the Orphan Drug Act and intellectual property protections to keep prices high. There is clear evidence the pharmaceutical industry manipulates well-intentioned laws to increase prices and profits. We’ll use two laws as our case studies, the […]

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Many Women Miss Out On Lifesaving CPR

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) — America’s hang-ups over sexuality and gender could cost women their lives when their heart suddenly stops, a new study suggests. Simply put, women suffering from cardiac arrest in a public setting are less […]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a health care rally on September 22, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Postcards From Canada: Bernie Sanders Gets Hero’s Welcome…

TORONTO — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wasn’t scheduled to come onstage to talk health care until after 11 a.m. But college students started lining up as early as 5 a.m. — the Sunday morning of Halloween weekend, no less — in the hopes of scoring […]