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  1. Amid Rural Doctor Shortage, Dozens Of Medical Workers Charged In Opioid Crackdown
    A recent opioid sting caught 60 people, including doctors, accused of enabling addicts. Physician Stephen Loyd tells NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer how the sting could affect addicted patients.
  2. Prison For Forced Addiction Treatment? A Parent's 'Last Resort' Has Consequences
    Thousands of Massachusetts residents have been committed to treatment for addiction against their will. Some families say locking up addicts in prison isn't treatment. Others say it saves lives.
  3. 'This Is Morally Wrong': Biden Supports Striking Massachusetts Grocery Workers
    Thirty-one thousand Stop & Shop workers are striking in New England over proposed changes to wages and benefits. Eight days in, the strike has shuttered some stores and slowed business at others.
  4. High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment
    Her employer offered only a high-deductible health plan; that meant she'd have to pay up to $6,000 out of pocket each year. Advocates for patients say this sort of underinsurance is snatching lives.
  5. How Well Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?
    These job-based programs can motivate employees to make some changes in behavior, research finds, but they don't seem to move the dial on workers' health status or employer spending on health care.
  6. How Philadelphia Mandated Vaccinations In 1991
    NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, about the last time the U.S. mandated measles vaccinations.
  7. Examining Sanders' Medicare-For-All Proposal
    Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, describes the latest Medicare-for-all bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders and the options for single-payer coverage proposed by lawmakers.
  8. Republican State Lawmakers Split Over Anti-Abortion Strategy
    Ohio is the latest Republican-led state to pass a ban on abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. But Tennessee this week backed off a similar bill, fearing costly legal battles. What now?
  9. Watchdogs Cite Lax Medical And Mental Health Treatment Of ICE Detainees
    The Adelanto ICE Processing Center houses nearly 2,000 people in California. Federal, state and watchdog reviews say the Florida-based firm that runs Adelanto fails to provide adequate health care.
  10. The Issue Of Medicare For All Is Dominating The 2020 Democratic Field
    Several 2020 Democratic candidates support Medicare for All, but what would that proposal look like in action?
  11. Medicare For All Dominates Democrats' Health Care Debates
    Democrats are offering competing plans to provide universal health care coverage, all of which are variations on the Medicare-for-all plan that Sen. Bernie Sanders has introduced.
  12. As Sanders Calls For 'Medicare-For-All,' A Twist On That Plan Gains Traction
    "Medicare for America" would stop short of a full-blown expansion of Medicare. It would include copays from patients and a role for insurers. Could it survive health care's politics?
  13. British Drug Maker Indivior Indicted On Fraud And Conspiracy Charges In The U.S.
    The federal government is charging the maker of the addiction drug Suboxone with fraud and conspiracy in marketing the drug to doctors.
  14. Feds Charge 24 In Alleged $1.2 Billion Medicare Fraud Scheme
    Prosecutors allege doctors got kickbacks for prescribing unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces to elderly and disabled patients and charging the government's Medicare program.
  15. Porcupine Barbs For Better Wound Healing
    Surgeons would love to find a replacement for surgical staples — one that doesn't aggravate wounds on the way in and out. Bioengineers think they've found the right model — a porcupine's quill.


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