In this town, carved into the Appalachian mountains, in a state beset by hepatitis C rates seven times the national average, Harvoni and other new hepatitis C drugs remain largely out of reach. Over the past year, only 3 percent of the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries with the disease received treatment

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Helen Ouyang, MS, “I’ve gotten rather good lately at restricting how many painkiller prescriptions I give out in the emergency room where I work. New York State now requires that all prescriptions be filled electronically with a monitoring program targeting narcotics. Over the last several months I’ve been keeping track of exactly how many opioids I prescribe.”

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Republicans have been vowing for six years now to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They have voted to do so dozens of times, despite knowing any measures would be vetoed by President Obama

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Many people in this southwestern corner of Virginia struggle to pay for everyday needs and that includes basic health care

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Dealmakers have always flipped companies. Lately, they’ve been flipping something else: aging pharmaceuticals

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Martin Shkreli. Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Mylan. These names have become big news, but just a year ago, most Americans devoted little time and attention to the question of pharmaceutical pricing. Now, a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released Oct. 27 suggests many people care more about the increasing prices of drugs than they do about any other aspect of health care reform

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Another pharmaceutical company is coming under fire for boosting the price of one of its drugs. Two lawmakers are demanding to know the justification for a more than $80,000 price hike for a year’s supply of a drug that treats leukemia patients

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The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against people with serious illnesses, but some marketplace plans sidestep that taboo by making the drugs that people with HIV need unavailable or unaffordable, complaints filed recently with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights allege

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