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On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency in the United States. From left, in Washington D.C., are Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, Acting Transportation Undersecretary Joel Szabat, Azar, and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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A chartered jet carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, landed at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, Calif., on Wednesday. The passengers are now under a quarantine, the CDC announced Friday. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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There are now nearly 10,000 cases of coronavirus — far more than the reported number of SARS cases worldwide during a 2003 outbreak. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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U.S. Warns Americans 'Do Not Travel To China' As Coronavirus Infections Surpass SARS

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Under the law, Medicare is mandated each year to punish the 25% of general care hospitals that have the highest rates of patient safety issues. The assessment is based on rates of infections, blood clots, sepsis cases, bedsores, hip fractures and other complications that occur in hospitals and might have been prevented. Morsa Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced a new way states can operate their Medicaid programs. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration Clears The Way For Medicaid Block Grants

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Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the Department of Health and Human Services. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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Death rates in the U.S. declined and life expectancy showed a slight uptick in 2018, while drug overdose deaths declined for the first time since the 1990s. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Life Expectancy Rose Slightly In 2018, As Drug Overdose Deaths Fell

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Making sure to frequently give your hands a thorough scrub — with soap and for about as long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song a couple of times — can significantly cut your chances of catching the flu or other respiratory virus. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Worried About Catching The New Coronavirus? In The U.S., Flu Is A Bigger Threat

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Scientists say pea-size organoids of human brain tissue may offer a way to study the biological beginnings of a wide range of brain conditions, including autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Muotri Lab/UCSD hide caption

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Scientists Find Imperfections In 'Minibrains' That Raise Questions For Research

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Joshua Bates, a technical recruiter for a staffing firm, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., was "balance billed" by an out-of-network hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Logan Cyrus for KHN hide caption

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A $41,212 Surgery Bill Compounded A Patient's Appendicitis Pain

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Overall, U.S. health spending is more than twice the average of other Western nations, and it's not just a matter of high drug prices. No wonder voters list health and the high price of care as one of their major election concerns as they head to the polls. YinYang/Getty Images hide caption

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar led a press briefing Tuesday laying out the agency's strategy for preventing the novel form of coronavirus from taking hold in the U.S. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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As China's Coronavirus Cases Rise, U.S. Agencies Map Out Domestic Containment Plans

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Tove Skaftun, the chief nursing officer for the Community Health Center of Snohomish County, points out a sign warning people who could have been exposed to the new coronavirus from China to identify themselves. Will Stone for NPR hide caption

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Response To 1st Coronavirus Case In Washington State Draws On Lessons From Measles

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When Insurance Won't Cover Drugs, Americans Make 'Tough Choices' About Their Health

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