Stories by Sam Baker

Why this ACA enrollment season has been the worst

Data: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The Affordable Care Act is limping toward the end of what will likely be the worst enrollment season in its history. That's partly because of the Trump administration's policies, but there are also other reasons, and they may matter just as much.

Where it stands: The window to purchase ACA coverage for 2019 closes on Saturday. So far, the number of people signing up through HealthCare.gov, the main enrollment portal, is down about 12% from the same time last year — and last year was down slightly from the year before that.

Apple has hired dozens of doctors to back up health offerings

Apple executive presents apple watch on stage
Apple COO Jeff Williams introduces the new Apple Watch, capable of taking an FDA-approved electrocardiogram. Photo: Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images

Apple quietly employs dozens of doctors, "an indication that Apple is serious about helping customers manage disease, and not just wellness or fitness," CNBC's Christina Farr reports.

Why it matters: Apple has already begun to roll out a handful of health-related offerings — mainly its tool for electronic medical records and the new heart-monitoring capabilities on Apple Watch. But having a fuller staff of doctors on board (good ones!) signals bigger aspirations.

Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in the U.S.

Fentanyl package
Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday confirmed what experts have been warning: Fentanyl is not only deadly on its own, but is also contributing to other drugs' high death rates.

The big picture: As the nation's addiction crisis has unfolded, the No. 1 cause of overdose deaths has shifted from prescription drugs to heroin to fentanyl. And now cocaine — a stimulant, making it the odd man out — is also seeing a spike.

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