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Trump Administration's Prescription Drug Importation Plan Is Likely To Face Challenges

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"As deductibles rise, patients have the right to know the price of health care services so they can shop around for the best deal," says Seema Verma, who heads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and announced the Trump administration's plan this week. Kevin Wolf/AP hide caption

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Trump Signs Extension To Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund

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Doctors In The U.S. Use CRISPR Technique To Treat A Genetic Disorder For The 1st Time

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A rock of crystal methamphetamine lifted from a suspect in Orange County, Calif. This fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to begin collecting more local information about the rising use of meth, cocaine and other stimulants. Leonard Ortiz/Getty Images hide caption

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Seizures Of Methamphetamine Are Surging In The U.S.

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Bill Of The Month Update On Story Involving Kidney Dialysis

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., co-sponsored Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" bill, along with several other 2020 candidates, when it was released in 2017. Her plan has some key differences from Sanders', including a larger role for private insurance and a higher threshold for taxing household income. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Eager To Talk About Health Care

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Altovise Ewing, who has a doctorate in human genetics and counseling, now works as a genetic counselor and researcher at 23andMe, one of the largest direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies, based in Mountain View, Calif. Karen Santos for NPR hide caption

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Sovereign Valentine, a personal trainer in Plains, Mont., needs dialysis for his end-stage renal disease. When he first started dialysis treatments, Fresenius Kidney Care clinic in Missoula charged $13,867.74 per session, or about 59 times the $235 Medicare pays for a dialysis session. Tommy Martino/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Computer illustration of malignant B-cell lymphocytes seen in Burkitt's lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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Litigation Over America's Opioid Crisis Is Heating Up

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Allergan Recalls Textured Breast Implants Linked To Rare Type Of Cancer

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Different parts of the brain aren't always in the same stage of sleep at the same time, notes neurologist and author Guy Leschziner. When this happens, an individual might order a pizza or go out for a drive — while technically still being fast asleep. Frederic Cirou/PhotoAlto/Getty Images hide caption

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From Insomnia To Sexsomnia, Unlocking The 'Secret World' Of Sleep

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The same steep growth and use of big data that attracted venture capital cash to companies that administer Medicare Advantage plans have led to scrutiny of the companies by government officials. Federal audits estimate such plans nationwide have overcharged taxpayers nearly $10 billion annually. 123light/Getty Images hide caption

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