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Medicare Advantage Tool To Lower Drug Prices Crimps Choice

New rules allow Medicare Advantage plans to add restrictions on expensive, injectable drugs.

Starting next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be able to add restrictions on expensive, injectable drugs administered by doctors to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration and other serious diseases.

Doctor Disciplined Over Use Of Controversial Menopause Therapy 

A California doctor who touts bioidentical hormones and was endorsed by celebrities is sanctioned for putting clients at risk.

A Santa Monica doctor who touted a controversial menopause therapy on the Oprah Winfrey Network and received testimonials for her work from such celebrity patients as model Cindy Crawford and actress-author Suzanne Somers has been disciplined by California’s medical board for gross negligence.

Insulin’s High Cost Leads To Deadly Rationing

The price of insulin in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2012, putting the life-saving hormone out of reach for some people with diabetes.

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It’s what happens when you don’t have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning.

Surprise Medical Bills Are What Americans Fear Most In Paying For Health Care

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 67 percent of people worry about unexpected medical bills, more than they dread insurance deductibles, prescription drug costs or paying for the basics in life.

Unexpected medical bills top the list of health care costs Americans are afraid they will not be able to afford, with four in 10 people saying they had received a surprisingly large invoice within the past year, according to a new poll.

McCain Hated The ACA But Also Saved It

Shortly after his cancer diagnosis, he thwarted the Republican party's attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

There are many lawmakers who made their names in health care, seeking to usher through historic changes to a broken system.

John McCain was not one of them.

Battle Lines Drawn As Abortion-Rights Activists Leave Their Mark Outside Clinics

Abortion-rights activists in California and beyond respond to a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that crisis pregnancy centers don't have to tell women about abortion and other publicly funded family planning services.

Haley Pollock carries a box of chalk in her car, ready for action.

In her spare time, she and fellow community activists convert the sidewalks outside of crisis pregnancy centers into political canvases, scrawling phrases such as “Fake Women’s Clinic Ahead” and “End the Lies.”

Jails Starting To Treat Inmates’ Addictions

Jails are a good place to intervene because 20 percent of inmates used heroin or opioids before being incarcerated.

At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available.

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