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As deaths from alcoholism, suicide, and opioid overdoses continue to plague the nation, preventing these “deaths of despair” is becoming increasingly difficult for policymakers.

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The transition from active duty to civilian life can be a difficult. A premature decision to pursue long-term disability compensation can lead many veterans into a cycle of invalidism.

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Yesterday evening, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump administration’s replacement for Obamacare. The following AEI health scholars are available to comment on the scoring and the bill.

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The former Ethiopian Health Minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will be the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). While he is well-liked by many, he certainly has his opponents–and for good reason.

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The soon-to-be-released 2018 White House budget includes more than $1 trillion in cuts to major social and entitlement programs including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), agriculture subsidies, and federal student aid while calling for spending increases in infrastructure, defense, and a new paid parental leave program. AEI scholars are available to comment on the various aspects of the budget.

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Should Republicans be worried that they will lose control of the House in 2018 because they adopted legislation that repeals Obamacare? Don’t bet on it.

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Today health ministers and their entourages meet in Geneva at the World Health Assembly, where one of the primary topics discussed will be efforts to improve medicine quality.

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This month, Senate Republicans are taking up their approach to replacing, revising, or perhaps just renaming the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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With an Obamacare replacement bill having nearly passed the house, the Senate is revving up for negotiations, reconciliations, and is sure to be a hard journey to a finished product. What does the road ahead look like for healthcare?

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What does the road ahead look like for healthcare? This week I discussed that and US healthcare policy more broadly with Ben Ippolito.

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On the campaign trail, President Trump suggested he would increase importation of medicines as one method to lower prices. However, since then, nothing much has happened in that department.

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The current form of the American Health Care Act is not politically viable. Too many resources were taken out of supporting people on the lower end of the wage scale, which will result in too many people without insurance in 3-5 years. They have gone too far unwinding this support without replacing it with a better designed approach. On the budget side, they may have room to make some accommodations to help those people and still achieve their major fiscal objective of changing the spending trend on Medicaid.

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