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Mixed messaging from all levels of government is putting Americans at risk and will speed the spread of the coronavirus. No matter what politicians say, public health experts agree. Stay home, even if you feel fine. Read more»

Generic versions of the blood thinner Plavix have dropped sharply in price since the patent protection expired.

Outcry has been building over the rising cost of brand-name medications, but the price of generic drugs has been moving in the opposite direction. The stock prices of generic manufacturers have tumbled, but many consumers aren’t paying less at the pharmacy counter. Read more»

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, walks past reporters in the hallway outside his Washington office Friday, just hours after his early-morning vote helped kill the latest attempt by Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

For years, Vietnam vets and their widows have been pushing the VA to extend benefits to those exposed to the toxic herbicide and later stricken with glioblastoma. The VA has said no, but advocates hope the agency will now revisit the issue. Read more»

The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction. Read more»

In 2009, Congress asked for recommendations on what to do about information that falls outside the privacy law known as HIPAA. Tuesday, health officials released their report, but offered no suggestions. Read more»

In recent months there has been an increasing emphasis on health providers and the agencies that oversee them to stem access to widely abused prescription drugs. Read more»

Regulators have logged dozens, even hundreds, of complaints against some health providers for violating federal patient privacy law. Warnings are doled out privately, but sanctions are imposed only rarely. Companies say they take privacy seriously. Read more»

Across the country, those who support abortion rights and those who oppose them are feuding in court over how much information should be disclosed about women undergoing abortions. Read more»

Alexander and Harriet Ornstein at their son Charles' wedding in 2002.

Reporter marvels how the things he cherishes most about his parents aren’t those that he would have ever imagined. Read more»

A ProPublica analysis found that many health insurance plans offered in the federal marketplace are changing their benefits heading into 2015. Consumers have until Dec. 15 to switch plans before they are automatically re-enrolled. Read more»

Acthar gel isn't prescribed often, just 3,387 times in Medicare in 2012. But Part D spent an average of $41,763 per prescription, making it one of the most expensive drugs around.

Experts question the effectiveness of H.P. Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008. Read more» 1

New federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April, after open-enrollment ended. Read more»

As news organizations analyze data on Medicare payments, doctors with disciplinary records keep popping up. Read more»

The findings by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services complement a recent ProPublica review that found many doctors bill for services very differently than their peers. Read more»

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications. Read more»

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