When, under intense political pressure, the National Cancer Institute changed its position on mammograms in 1997, recommending the screens every other year for women in their 40s, the primacy of politics over science in this matter was firmly established.
Health insurance executives who met at the White House yesterday to mark their contributions to fighting fraud told the Obama administration that the cost of those efforts shouldn’t be counted toward profit limits that were imposed under the 2010 U.S. health-care overhaul.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. and WellPoint Inc., the largest publicly traded health insurers in the U.S., agreed to share more information with regulators in an industrywide partnership with the government to root out fraud.
Monique Moree is the new face of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. The 31-year-old stay-at-home mom, who is black, was pregnant with her third child in 2005 when she found out she had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
New strategies are needed to take advantage of scientific breakthroughs that promise to break the back of an AIDS epidemic that last year killed more than 4,000 people a day worldwide, U.S. and global officials said.
Republican governors seeking to use last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to scale back Medicaid are being told by the Obama administration that the ruling on the 2010 health-care law leaves states little room to maneuver.
The U.S. health-care overhaul’s penalty for not carrying health insurance, which the Supreme Court ruled is a tax, will fall on fewer than 3 percent of taxpayers, mostly in middle- and lower-income categories.