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When the cancer clinic at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott closed in January, Karen Endicott-Coyan and other cancer patients had to continue their treatments out of town. Christopher Smith for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Have Cancer, Must Travel: Patients Left In Lurch After Town's Hospital Closes

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Researchers compared Americans' health status today with that of 25 years ago and found that health is worsening among lower-income Americans. Orbon Alija/Getty Images hide caption

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An employee at a Methodist University Hospital is being sued by her employer for unpaid medical bills incurred before they hired her. Andrea Morales for MLK50 hide caption

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A Tennessee Hospital Sues Its Own Employees When They Can't Pay Their Medical Bills

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During one of his visits to the needle exchange van in Miami, Arrow was referred to inpatient drug treatment. Here, he displays keyrings marking milestones of his sobriety. Sammy Mack/WLRN hide caption

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Key Florida Republicans Now Say Yes To Clean Needles For Drug Users

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Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, negotiated a deal with a drugmaker to get the state a better price for expensive hepatitis C medications for its Medicaid and prison populations. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. hide caption

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Marchers at a candlelight vigil in San Francisco, Calif., carry a banner to call attention to the continuing battle against AIDS on May 29, 1989. The city was home to the nation's first AIDS special care unit. The unit, which opened in 1983, is the subject the documentary 5B. Jason M. Grow/AP hide caption

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1st AIDS Ward '5B' Fought To Give Patients Compassionate Care, Dignified Deaths

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Two San Francisco ordinances would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes in brick-and-mortar stores and ban online sales to shipping addresses in the city. Mauro Grigollo/Cultura RF/Getty Images hide caption

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San Francisco Bans Sales Of E-Cigarettes

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Daisha Smith says she only realized she had been sued over her hospital bill when she saw her paycheck was being garnished. "I literally have no food in my house because they're garnishing my check," she says. Olivia Falcigno/NPR hide caption

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When Hospitals Sue For Unpaid Bills, It Can Be 'Ruinous' For Patients

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An executive order President Trump signed Monday aims to make most hospital pricing more transparent to patients, long before they get the bill. Sam Edwards/Caiaimage/Getty Images hide caption

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San Francisco Prepares To Ban Electronic Cigarettes

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The executive order on drug price transparency that President Trump signed Monday doesn't spell out specific actions; rather, it directs the department of Health and Human Services to develop a policy and then undertake a lengthy rule-making process. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Pushes To Make Health Care Pricing More Transparent

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Researchers studied the gut microbes of runners from the Boston Marathon, isolating one strain of bacteria that may boost athletic performance. Nicolaus Czarnecki/Boston Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Chris Marshall has organized pop-up Sans Bars in New York, Washington, D.C., and Anchorage, Alaska. And he has expanded into permanent spaces in Kansas City, Mo., and western Massachusetts. Julia Robinson for NPR hide caption

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Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

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