Health Care


Offering Patients the ‘Right to Try’

Last Wednesday, surrounded by terminally ill patients and their families, President Trump signed a bill allowing people with terminal illnesses for which traditional medicines and procedures have not helped to…

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Cigna to Spend About $52 Billion for Express Scripts

The insurer Cigna will spend about $52 billion to acquire the nation’s biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care’s bill…

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UnitedHealthcare to Pass Drug Rebates on to Some Customers

The nation’s biggest health insurer will pass drugmaker rebates along to some customers starting next year, giving a potential break to those taking expensive prescriptions. UnitedHealthcare said Tuesday it will…

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PM Strikes Digital Health Care Deal in Davos

While news about Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at Davos on Wednesday was about Iran and the Palestinians, Thursday offered some concrete economic takeaways. A meeting between Netanyahu and William…

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Health-Care Spending Up 4.3 Percent in 2016

U.S. spending on health care increased 4.3 percent last year to $3.3 trillion, or $10,348 per person, according to an annual report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.…

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Obamacare Sign-Ups Top 600k in First Week

The government says more than 600,000 people signed up for Affordable Care Act coverage in the first week of open enrollment season, and nearly 8 in 10 of those were…

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UnitedHealth Beats 3Q Forecasts, Helped by Optum Growth

UnitedHealth Group’s third-quarter earnings soared 26 percent to beat Wall Street expectations as the nation’s largest health insurer sold more coverage to retirees and continued to grow its business outside…

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White House to Order Expansion of Health-Care Options

By Ken Thomas and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool…

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