Health Care

Sam Baker 6 hours ago
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Uninsured rates haven't changed under Trump

The number of Americans without health insurance barely changed in 2017, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Data: Centers for Disease Control; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

The big picture: Despite the Trump administration's best efforts to do away with the Affordable Care Act, people are still maintaining their coverage.

Sam Baker 7 hours ago
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Michigan drops plan to relax Medicaid work requirements

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivering a speech. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

State lawmakers in Michigan have abandoned an effort to exempt some residents from proposed work requirements in the state's Medicaid program, AP reports.

The impact: The aborted exemption was an effort to soften proposed work requirements. If those restrictions ultimately pass, there would be no exemption for anyone who might have a hard time finding a job in their area. The bill will likely include a temporary grace period as an alternative, per the AP.

Andrew Freedman 19 hours ago
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Experimental vaccine used to fight Congo's Ebola outbreak

Health care worker in the DRC holds a vial of the experimental Ebola virus vaccine.
WHO nurse shows the Ebola vaccine in Mbandaka, DRC. Photo: Junior Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

To extinguish the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — where it has sickened at least 46 people, killed 26 and has spread to the provincial capital of Mbandaka — the World Health Organization says it's turning to an experimental vaccine.

The big picture: If it proves successful in halting this outbreak, the vaccine deployment could bring doctors and regulators closer to having an approved Ebola vaccine within the next few years.