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23 Mar

Animal Study of Male Birth Control Pill Shows Promise

A new, non-hormonal male birth control pill is highly effective in mice and could begin human trials in 2022, researchers say.

01 Jun

Average COVID Hospital Bill for U.S. Seniors Nearly $22,000

The economic burden of COVID-19 is especially high in people aged 65 years or older, particularly for people of color, researchers find.

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16 May
Pfizer COVID Vaccine Saved 110,000 American Lives: Study

Pfizer COVID Vaccine Saved 110,000 American Lives: Study

As the United States mourns one million deaths from COVID-19, a new study indicates the grim tally could have been worse. Use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine prevented more than 110,000 deaths and 690,000 hospitalizations in the United States in 2021, researchers repo...

03 May
Costs From Gun Injuries Highest in U.S. Regions With Weak Gun Laws

Costs From Gun Injuries Highest in U.S. Regions With Weak Gun Laws

U.S. regions with weak gun laws face the highest hospital costs from gun injuries, with the South leading the way in injuries and fees, a new study says.

Taxpayers cover nearly half of the cost of gun injuries nationwide, said researchers led by Dr. Sarabeth Spitzer, ...

27 Apr
High Medical Bills Tied to Worse Outcomes for Younger Cancer Survivors

High Medical Bills Tied to Worse Outcomes for Younger Cancer Survivors

U.S. cancer survivors under age 65 with medical-related financial struggles have an increased risk of early death, a new study finds.

"Our findings show the need to address

14 Apr
In U.S., Price Tag for MS Care Tops $85 Billion

In U.S., Price Tag for MS Care Tops $85 Billion

In 2019 alone, multiple sclerosis (MS) cost Americans an estimated $85.4 billion, a new study finds.

That amount included over $63 billion in direct medical costs and $22 billion in indirect non-medical costs.

"The findings of this study help underscore the burden ...

08 Apr
Medicare Will Only Cover Aduhelm for Alzheimer's Patients in Clinical Trials

Medicare Will Only Cover Aduhelm for Alzheimer's Patients in Clinical Trials

Medicare announced Thursday that it will limit its coverage of the pricey new drug Aduhelm to Alzheimer's patients enrolled in clinical trials of the drug.

Approved amid controvers...

05 Apr
Gun Violence Wreaks Havoc on Lives of Survivors, Their Families

Gun Violence Wreaks Havoc on Lives of Survivors, Their Families

Gun violence can cause significant, long-lasting mental harm to survivors and their families, according to a new study.

In the year after their injury, survivors are at increased risk for pain, mental health and substance use disorders. Their family members also have hig...

01 Apr
House Passes Bill To Limit Insulin Costs to $35 a Month

House Passes Bill To Limit Insulin Costs to $35 a Month

Americans who use insulin to control their diabetes could soon save hundreds of dollars every year on the medicine, after the House passed a $35-a-month cap on insulin costs Thursday.

The bi...

28 Mar
Out-of-Network Costs Raise Medical Bills for Special Needs Kids

Out-of-Network Costs Raise Medical Bills for Special Needs Kids

Special needs children often require out-of-network care from specialists, which means more out-of-pocket costs and extra stress for families, a new study finds.

"In the U.S., the reality is that the more health care needs you have, especially from specialists, the great...

24 Mar
Can't Afford the Dentist? Try a Dental Therapist

Can't Afford the Dentist? Try a Dental Therapist

Nearly 60 million Americans live in "dental deserts," while many more can't afford basic dental care even if it is available.

Enter dental therapis...

18 Mar
Major Credit Agencies Will Drop Most Medical Debt From Reports

Major Credit Agencies Will Drop Most Medical Debt From Reports

Most medical debt will be dropped from Americans' credit reports as of this summer, the top three credit reporting agencies said Friday.

The announcement by Equifax, Experian and TransUnion comes as

04 Mar
Crowdfunding Can Help Pay for Cancer Care, But Takes Emotional Toll

Crowdfunding Can Help Pay for Cancer Care, But Takes Emotional Toll

Crowdfunding helps some U.S. cancer patients pay bills, but it can trigger shame and other negative feelings in some people, a new study finds.

"Young adults are at that point in life where they are beginning to achieve financial independence and finding career employmen...

02 Mar
Biden Extends FEMA Coronavirus Aid to States

Biden Extends FEMA Coronavirus Aid to States

Full coverage by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) for COVID emergency response costs to states, tribes and territories has been extended once more, and will now contin...

04 Feb
Crowdfunding for Medical Costs Almost Always Fails

Crowdfunding for Medical Costs Almost Always Fails

You have almost certainly seen the pleas while scrolling through social media: Called crowdfunding, folks try to raise money to pay for their sick loved one's mounting medical bills.

But new research sh...

01 Feb
Blood Pressure Crises Sending More Americans to the ER

Blood Pressure Crises Sending More Americans to the ER

Hospitalizations for dangerously high blood pressure more than doubled in the United States from 2002 to 2014, new research shows.

This jump in hospitalizations for what's called a "

26 Jan
Saline IV Drip Just as Good as Pricier Options in Hospital ICUs: Study

Saline IV Drip Just as Good as Pricier Options in Hospital ICUs: Study

Saline intravenous (IV) fluids are as effective as more costly solutions in treating intensive care patients and keeping them alive, Australian researchers report.

"Just about every patient admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) will receive intravenous fluids for res...

19 Jan
Colonoscopy Surprise Bills Should Be Thing of the Past, Experts Say

Colonoscopy Surprise Bills Should Be Thing of the Past, Experts Say

Big surprise bills for any colonoscopy done after a positive result from a stool-based screening test will be prevented under new federal rules, a group of U.S. medical organizations say.

On Jan. 10, the Biden administration issued guidance requiring private insurers to ...

17 Jan
Insurance Often Covers Ivermectin for COVID, Even Though Drug Doesn't Work

Insurance Often Covers Ivermectin for COVID, Even Though Drug Doesn't Work

U.S. insurers are paying millions of dollars a year to cover the cost of ivermectin for COVID-19 patients despite a lack of proof the anti-parasitic drug is effective against the virus, a new study finds.

Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Or...

10 Jan
Medicare May Rethink Premium Hike for Pricey Alzheimer’s Drug

Medicare May Rethink Premium Hike for Pricey Alzheimer’s Drug

Medicare has been told to reassess a significant premium increase it had announced that largely stemmed from the expensive new Alzheimer's drug

10 Jan
Amid COVID Test Shortages, Price Gouging Is on the Rise

Amid COVID Test Shortages, Price Gouging Is on the Rise

As the Omicron variant blankets America and demand for COVID-19 tests climbs, so, too, does price gouging.

High prices for over-the-counter antigen tests are being seen around the country, CBS News reported.

"The danger in health care is that for any lif...

04 Jan
Many Cancer Patients Face Mounting Bills Despite Having Insurance

Many Cancer Patients Face Mounting Bills Despite Having Insurance

Many insured cancer patients still experience serious money problems linked to their illness, new research affirms.

For example, nearly 3 out of 4 insured patients with colon cancer have major financial hardship in the year after their diagnosis, which affects their soci...

20 Dec
Maker Cuts Price of Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug in Half

Maker Cuts Price of Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug in Half

The maker of the pricey new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm (aducanumab) said Monday it will slash the cost of its medication in half, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

The move follows widespread criticism of the drug's original $56,000-a-year price tag.

The reduction in the whole...

15 Dec
Many Seniors on Medicare Falling Into Medical Debt

Many Seniors on Medicare Falling Into Medical Debt

"Medicare For All" gets tossed around a lot by advocates of universal health coverage, but a new study finds that today's Medicare is far from free for seniors and people with disabilities.

Instead, a large number of beneficiaries are sliding into medical debt and delayi...

15 Dec
Converting Hotels to Rooms for Homeless People Curbed COVID's Spread

Converting Hotels to Rooms for Homeless People Curbed COVID's Spread

Here's a social distancing strategy that really worked in the early days of the pandemic: New research shows that providing hotel rooms to homeless people at high risk for severe COVID-19 significantly lowered their chance of infection.

In early April 2020, the city of C...

13 Dec
Months After New Rule, More Than Half of U.S. Hospitals Still Don't Disclose Prices Online

Months After New Rule, More Than Half of U.S. Hospitals Still Don't Disclose Prices Online

Big "surprise" medical bills may still be a problem for Americans.

According to a new study, more than half of U.S. hospitals haven't complied with recent regulations requiring that they disclose their prices online for all services, to help prevent unexpected bills for ...

09 Dec
New Asthma Drug Helps Kids, But Price Tag Is High

New Asthma Drug Helps Kids, But Price Tag Is High

Children with hard-to-control asthma may get relief from adding an injectable antibody drug to their standard treatment, a clinical trial has found.

The drug, called dupilumab (Dupixent), has been available for several years to treat stubborn asthma in adults and teenage...

07 Dec
1 in 3 U.S. Children Lack Adequate Health Insurance

1 in 3 U.S. Children Lack Adequate Health Insurance

Though they live in one of the world’s richest nations, a growing number of young Americans are without ample health insurance.

07 Dec
Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

President Joe Biden promised cheaper prescription drugs for all Americans on Monday as his social agenda legislation winds its way through Congress.

Biden tried to shift Americans' focus to pocketbook provisions overlooked in his $2 trillion legislation, which deals with...

03 Dec
Almost 13 Million Americans Per Year Skip Meds Due to Cost

Almost 13 Million Americans Per Year Skip Meds Due to Cost

Nearly 13 million U.S. adults a year skip or delay filling needed prescriptions due to high price tags, new research shows.

This figure includes more than 2.3 million Medicare beneficiaries and 3.8 million privately insured working-age adults who didn't get needed medica...

23 Nov
Biden Plan Will Spend $1.5 Billion to Boost Health Worker Supply

Biden Plan Will Spend $1.5 Billion to Boost Health Worker Supply

Vice President Kamala Harris announced Monday that the Biden administration will spend $1.5 billion to tackle a health care worker shortage in underserved communities.

The money from the COVID-19 recovery program, called the American Rescue Plan, and other sources will g...

18 Nov
Neurologists' Group Issues Guidance to Families on Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

Neurologists' Group Issues Guidance to Families on Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

Neurologists must make sure Alzheimer's patients and their families understand that the controversial drug aducanumab does not restore mental function, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in new position statement that includes ethical guidelines.

"Aducanumab is...

16 Nov
Lung Cancer Survival Continues to Improve, But Not for All

Lung Cancer Survival Continues to Improve, But Not for All

Lung cancer survival rates in the United States continue to rise, but certain racial groups are still hit hard by the disease, the American Lung Association reports.

Its fourth annual "State of Lung Cancer" report shows that the average five-year survival rate increased ...

15 Nov
Pricey Alzheimer's Drug Drives Spike in Medicare B Premium: Officials

Pricey Alzheimer's Drug Drives Spike in Medicare B Premium: Officials

A new and expensive Alzheimer's drug called Aduhelm is responsible for about half of the $21.60 increase in monthly premiums for Medicare's Part B outpatient program in 2022, Medicare officials report.

The new premium will be $170.10 a month, and the $21.60 boost is the ...

11 Nov
Workers' Share of Annual Premium for Employer Health Plans Nears $6,000

Workers' Share of Annual Premium for Employer Health Plans Nears $6,000

Health insurance has gotten slightly more expensive during the pandemic: A new survey shows that annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 4%, to an average of $22,221 this year.

Of that amount, employees paid an average of nearly $6,000 toward ...

03 Nov
Medicare Could Negotiate Drug Prices Under Democrat Proposal

Medicare Could Negotiate Drug Prices Under Democrat Proposal

A measure designed to lower prescription drug costs for seniors has been added to President Joe Biden's social safety net and climate change bill that Democratic leaders hope to bring to a House vote this week.

For the first time, the measure would enable the federal gov...

01 Nov
Financial Stress Burdens More Than Half of New U.S. Moms: Study

Financial Stress Burdens More Than Half of New U.S. Moms: Study

The joys of motherhood may be overshadowed in the United States since as many as 50% of new or expectant moms can't pay their bills, including health care bills, new research suggests.

"Financial hardship is highly prevalent among pregnant and postpartum women," said stu...

26 Oct
Cancer Costs U.S. Patients $21 Billion a Year

Cancer Costs U.S. Patients $21 Billion a Year

American cancer patients spent more than $21 billion on their care in 2019, a new report shows.

That $21.09 billion included out-of-pocket costs of $16.22 billion and patient time costs of $4.87 billion. Patient time costs are the value of the time patients spend traveli...

21 Oct
Moving Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID From Hospital to Home

Moving Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID From Hospital to Home

Antibody infusions help keep high-risk COVID-19 patients out of the hospital, but getting the therapy can be a challenge. One U.S. health system has found a creative way to address the problem: home infusions administered by paramedics.

Researchers found that the tactic ...

19 Oct
FDA Eases Access to Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

FDA Eases Access to Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

Affordable over-the-counter hearing aids could soon bring relief to millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss, under a landmark proposal announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The proposal would create a category of hearing aids that could be...

18 Oct
Out-of-Pocket Medical Bills for COVID-19 May Average $3,800 in 2021: Study

Out-of-Pocket Medical Bills for COVID-19 May Average $3,800 in 2021: Study

Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 could now face thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical costs, according to a new report.

In 2020, most health insurance companies waived co-pays, deductibles and other cost-sharing for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, but many st...

12 Oct
Your Free Cancer Screen Shows Trouble: What If You Can't Afford the Follow-Up?

Your Free Cancer Screen Shows Trouble: What If You Can't Afford the Follow-Up?

Just over a decade ago, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) made many common cancer screenings free. But a pair of new studies caution that when those free tests turn up signs of trouble, important follow-up tests may be too pricey for some patients.

...

23 Sep
Common Hormone Disorder in Women Costs U.S. $8 Billion a Year

Common Hormone Disorder in Women Costs U.S. $8 Billion a Year

Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) -- the most common hormone disorder in women of child-bearing age -- is costly.

In 2020, diagnosing and treating this disorder cost an estimated $8 billion in the United States, according to a

22 Sep
18 Million Americans Can't Pay for Needed Meds

18 Million Americans Can't Pay for Needed Meds

As many as 18 million Americans can't afford their prescribed medications, a new nationwide poll finds.

That's 7% of the adult population in the United States. But when it comes to households making less than $24,000 per year, the percentage jumps to 19%, the West Health...

22 Sep
Parents of Hospitalized Kids Need More Info on Costs: Study

Parents of Hospitalized Kids Need More Info on Costs: Study

Having a child in the hospital is distressing for families, and not knowing what that stay might cost can add to that stress, researchers say.

A new study has found that three-quarters of U.S. families want to have conversations about the costs of care. Yet only 7% of fa...

17 Sep
Millions Who Joined Medicaid During Health Emergency Could Soon Lose Coverage

Millions Who Joined Medicaid During Health Emergency Could Soon Lose Coverage

When the COVID-19 public health emergency ends, a new crisis in insurance coverage in the United States may begin.

Fifteen million Americans who enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic could lose their coverage when the emergency declaration ends, according to an analys...

16 Sep
Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

The cost of providing hospital care for unvaccinated Americans has reached $5.7 billion in just three months, CBS News reported.

Between June and August, about 287,000 people who were not vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States, according ...

16 Sep
Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

As severe cases of COVID-19 rise and demand surges for monoclonal antibody treatments, the U.S. government is ordering more from two key suppliers.

Monoclonal antibodies, which are lab-engineered immune system proteins, can help trigger a healthy immune response against ...

15 Sep
Turning 65 Brings Big Health Care Cost Savings, Study Finds

Turning 65 Brings Big Health Care Cost Savings, Study Finds

When Americans are eligible for Medicare at age 65, they see a significant drop in their out-of-pocket medical costs.

Lowering the eligibility age would save even more, especially for people with the highest out-of-pocket costs, according to a

10 Sep
Average COVID Hospitalization Is 150 Times More Expensive Than Vaccination

Average COVID Hospitalization Is 150 Times More Expensive Than Vaccination

While the cost of administering COVID-19 vaccines is nominal -- and free to consumers in the United States -- the cost of paying for hospitalizations for people who've contracted the virus is dramatically higher.

The average financial cost of hospitalization for a COVID-...

10 Sep
Health Savings Accounts Used Least by People Who Need Them Most: Poll

Health Savings Accounts Used Least by People Who Need Them Most: Poll

Tax-free health savings accounts can make it easier for Americans to pay for future health expenses, but most older adults aren't using them.

A new poll by Michigan Medicine-University of Michigan found that while nearly 1 in 5 people weren't confident that they could af...

10 Sep
Black Americans, Mexican Americans Develop Diabetes Earlier in Life

Black Americans, Mexican Americans Develop Diabetes Earlier in Life

Black Americans and Mexican Americans typically develop type 2 diabetes up to seven years earlier than their white counterparts, a new study finds.

In all, more than 25% of adults in the two groups reported being diagnosed with diabetes before age 40, and 20% didn't know...

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