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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: All About Medicare

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Before “Medicare for All,” there was just Medicare, the very popular program that serves 60 million Americans age 65 and older or younger people with certain disabilities. But while Medicare is much loved by most of those it serves, it is anything but simple. This ….  Read More

Watch: Defining The Debate On Health Care Coverage Options

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Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News and Caitlin Hillyard and Lydia Zuraw, Kaiser Health News [partner-box]Public opinion polls show strong support for efforts to expand health coverage to more Americans. But the list of proposals is long and the phrases used to describe them are often sloppy sloganeering. Let us help you cut through the confusion. ….  Read More

Going Down Fighting: Dying Activist Champions ‘Medicare For All’

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When Santa Barbara lawyer-turned-activist Ady Barkan settled in to watch the second round of the Democratic presidential primary debates late last month, he had no idea his story would be part of the heated discussion. Barkan, 35, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, watched from his wheelchair as ….  Read More

To Save Money, American Patients And Surgeons Meet In Cancun

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CANCUN, Mexico — Donna Ferguson awoke in the resort city of Cancun before sunrise on a sweltering Saturday in July. She wasn’t headed to the beach. Instead, she walked down a short hallway from her Sheraton hotel and into Galenia Hospital. A little later that morning, a surgeon, Dr. Thomas Parisi, who had flown in ….  Read More

Watch: What Happened To That $500K Dialysis Bill

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August 6, 2019 After Sovereign Valentine suffered kidney failure, he got a $540,842 bill for 14 weeks of out-of-network dialysis care. Here, he and his wife, Dr. Jessica Valentine, described their experience. Their Bill of the Month story was told by KHN, NPR and CBS. Copy HTML We encourage organizations to republish our content, free ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Deciphering The Democrats’ Health Debate

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Twenty Democratic candidates for president debated health care at length over two nights in Detroit this week. But countless 30-second charges and countercharges from “Medicare for All” backers and those who want a more gradual approach to universal coverage may have left the audience more ….  Read More

In A Messy Democratic Presidential Debate, Facts About Medicare For All Get Tossed About

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Emmarie Huetteman Here we go again. It’s been a month since Democratic presidential hopefuls last took to the debate stage, but Tuesday night in Detroit  10 candidates again faced off for the first of this two-night event. Health policy issues were a hot topic. The match up between Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts  and Bernie ….  Read More

‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It.’ Biden’s Invokes Obama’s Troubled Claim.

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Joe Biden invoked a risky — and familiar — phrase to sell his health care plan. At an AARP event in Iowa, Biden told voters he would create a government insurance plan to compete with private ones called a public option. It would give consumers, Biden said, another choice. “If you like your employer-based plan, ….  Read More

Watch: Out-Of-Network Outrage After A $540K Charge For Dialysis

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July 25, 2019 Sov Valentine of Plains, Mont., ran up an out-of-network bill for lifesaving kidney dialysis that topped half a million dollars in just 14 weeks. Kaiser Health News Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal discussed the latest NPR-KHN “Bill of the Month” installment on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday. Rosenthal said the case exemplifies what happens ….  Read More

Federal Suit Alleges ‘Staggering’ Urine Drug Testing Fraud At Tennessee Pain Clinics

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The Justice Department on Monday accused a defunct chain of Tennessee-based pain clinics of cheating Medicare and other taxpayer-funded health insurers out of at least $25 million in needless urine drug tests and genetic testing. The civil lawsuit names Comprehensive Pain Specialists, also known as Anesthesia Services Associates PLLC; four of its physician owners; and ….  Read More