Stories by Caitlin Owens

China is racing into CAR-T development

A lab technician prepares to thawing blood bag
A lab technician prepares to thawing blood bag before genetically modifying a patients immune cells. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

China's aggressive focus on prescription drugs includes developing its own version of CAR-T, one of the most ambitious therapies on the market, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Chinese scientists are attempting to develop CAR-T therapies — which genetically engineer a patient's own immune cells to destroy cancer cells — much faster and with a much cheaper price tag than those in the U.S.

SCOTUS seems to side with insurers in ACA risk corridor case

Supreme Court building
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The Supreme Court appeared to side with insurers over their claim that the federal government owes them $12 billion in Affordable Care Act risk corridor payments, AP reports.

Between the lines: The program was included in the ACA to help protect insurers participating in its new marketplaces from financial losses, but Congress inserted provisions into spending bills limiting those payments.

White House summons Azar, Verma to meeting that Trump may join

HHS Sec. Alex Azar, President Trump and CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
HHS Sec. Alex Azar, President Trump and CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has arranged a conflict resolution session at the White House between the nation's two top health officials, according to three administration officials. President Trump himself is likely to join, one of the officials said.

Why it matters: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma are engaged in a bitter feud that has exploded into the public eye over the last few weeks.