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21 Nov 2018

PBS NewsHour - Health

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The latest medical news, analysis and reporting. (Updated periodically)

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    The only dental relief for many in this West Virginia county is extraction

    After reporting in Alabama and California, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visits the final state that the UN says can exemplify some of the country’s most egregious human rights issues. More than one third of residents in McDowell County, West Virginia are below the poverty line, and many of them only have access to dental work when the pain becomes unbearable. This is part of an ongoing series of reports called 'Chasing the Dream,' which reports on poverty and opportunity in America.

  • Posted on 18 Nov 2018

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    Will FDA’s latest restrictions reduce underage vaping and smoking?

    The Food and Drug Administration moved to ban sales of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars while announcing new guidelines for retailers selling flavored e-cigarettes in order to curb the rise in underage smoking and vaping. The ban is the biggest tobacco measure taken by the FDA in nearly a decade. Amna Nawaz interviews FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb about the moves.

  • Posted on 16 Nov 2018

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    HHS secretary on Medicare drug pricing, gender definitions

    President Trump has announced several proposed changes to how Medicare buys certain expensive prescription drugs, relying in part upon a benchmark price index of other developed countries, who negotiate lower prices. But critics wonder why the U.S. government doesn't do the negotiating itself. William Brangham speaks to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, who is overseeing the plan.

  • Posted on 26 Oct 2018

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    As voters worry about health care, Trump administration relaxes Obamacare rules

    With only weeks before the midterms, the Trump administration announced plans to consider state requests that would further loosen Affordable Care Act restrictions, offer less comprehensive health plans and use Obamacare subsidies to pay for them. William Brangham asks Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times about the possible impact on politics, prices and people with preexisting conditions.

  • Posted on 24 Oct 2018

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    Will conservative Nebraska vote to expand Medicaid?

    Nebraskans will vote in November on whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The state’s Republican legislature and governors have refused to expand Medicaid after states were given that option in 2012 by the Supreme Court. The ballot initiative, modeled after Maine’s 2016 ballot measure, would expand coverage for an estimated 90,000 Nebraskans. Hari Sreenivasan reports.

  • Posted on 21 Oct 2018

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