Health care costs

Pharmacist Clint Hopkins displays the HIV prevention drugs Descovy, left and Truvada, right, at Pucci's Pharmacy in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill, SB159, by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, Monday, authorizing pharmacists to sell the HIV preventative medications, to patients without a physician's prescription. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 07, 2019 - 7:09 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pharmacists in California will be able to dispense HIV prevention pills to patients without a doctor's prescription after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that supporters say will greatly reduce the spread of infection. Advocates of Senate Bill 159 say...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the Young Black Leadership Summit 2019 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Kearyn Bolin, back left, of Texas State University listens. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
October 04, 2019 - 10:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrants applying for U.S. visas will be denied entry into the country unless they can prove they can afford health care, according to a proclamation signed Friday by President Donald Trump. The new rule applies to people seeking immigrant visas from abroad — not those in the U...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives for a closed-door meeting with the House Democratic Caucus, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 19, 2019 - 4:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a leading consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as...
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, a drugstore employee reaches for medicine from shelf in downtown Tehran, Iran. A cheap, daily pill that combines four drugs has been tested for the first time in the United States to see if it works as well among low-income Americans as it has in other countries to treat conditions leading to heart attacks and strokes. The results published Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, suggest the combo pill can lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Experts say the study may draw U.S. interest to a strategy that has been seen as useful only in places with limited access to medical care. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
September 18, 2019 - 6:45 pm
A cheap, daily pill that combines four drugs has been tested for the first time in the United States to see if it works as well among low-income Americans as it has in other countries to treat conditions leading to heart attacks and strokes. Experts said the study may draw U.S. interest to a...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives for a gathering of the House Democratic Caucus at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. A leaked draft proposal from Pelosi says Medicare should overhaul how it pays for prescription drugs, by negotiating prices for the costliest medications, curbing year-to-year price hikes, and limiting what seniors pay out of their own pockets. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 10, 2019 - 8:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft plan from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaked Tuesday would overhaul how Medicare pays for prescription drugs, by negotiating prices for costly medications, curbing annual price hikes, and limiting what seniors pay out of their own pockets. With President Donald Trump highly...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
August 27, 2019 - 1:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wrapping himself in the legacy of "Obamacare," Joe Biden is offering restless Democrats a health care proposal that goes far beyond it, calling for a government plan almost anybody can join but stopping short of a total system remake. Recent polls show softening support for the...
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FILE- In this July 10, 2018, file photo bottles of medicine ride on a belt at a mail-in pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J. Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 19, 2019 - 4:41 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. After years of frequent list price hikes, many drugmakers are showing some restraint, according to the...
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July 31, 2019 - 1:44 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's largest health insurer says it's figured out how to make money after six years of selling subsidized policies under the Affordable Care Act and wants to cut average premiums by more than 5% for individuals and 3% for small businesses. Blue Cross and Blue Shield...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar pauses while speaking during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, in Washington. Azar says he and President Donald Trump are working on a plan to allow Americans to import lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 31, 2019 - 6:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is working on a plan that would allow Americans to import lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says. Azar made his comments on Tuesday during an interview with CNBC, saying he had just gotten off the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo EpiPens that Mylan CEO Heather Bresch bought with her are seen on Capitol Hill in Washington as she testifies before the House Oversight Committee hearing on EpiPen price increases. Pfizer, the country's largest drugmaker, will absorb the generic pharmaceutical company Mylan, potentially creating a global generic powerhouse, the two companies said Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
July 29, 2019 - 5:48 pm
Pfizer, the country's largest drugmaker, is creating a hybrid new drug company by combining its off-patent branded drug business with the generic pharmaceutical company Mylan. Pfizer's Upjohn, which sells one-time blockbusters like Viagra and Lipitor that have lost patent protection, will be spun...
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