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Will Medicare finally begin covering weight loss drugs like Zepbound and Wegovy? And what health care issues may be lightening rods in this election?

STAT chief Washington correspondent Rachel Cohrs Zhang joins the podcast to talk about a new proposal for obesity drug coverage in Washington and what to expect from the first presidential debate. STAT health tech reporter Brittany Trang also guest co-hosts “The Readout LOUD” this week, where we discuss AI for drug development, the latest in the H5N1 bird flu outbreak, a surprise entrant to the GLP-1 field, and more news in the life sciences. 


For more on the obesity coverage proposal, go here; to read more on what health care policies to watch for in this election cycle, go here; to sign up for the D.C. Diagnosis newsletter, go here; for the latest on the bird flu response, go here; to read about Basecamp’s work using AI to design enzymes, go here; for Brittany’s Q&A with Cellarity, go here; and to learn more about the challenges facing Grail, go here.

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