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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

Feds Pave The Way To Expand Home Dialysis — But Patients Hit Roadblocks

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Judith Graham Home dialysis for older adults will become more common in the years ahead, experts predict — but not without overcoming significant challenges. By 2025, the Trump administration wants 80% of people newly diagnosed with kidney failure to receive home dialysis or kidney transplants, according to an executive order issued in July. Currently, more ….  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

Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs

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Five years after Congress passed a law to reduce unnecessary MRIs, CT scans and other expensive diagnostic imaging tests that could harm patients and waste money, federal officials have yet to implement it. The law requires that doctors consult clinical guidelines set by the medical industry before Medicare will pay for many common exams for ….  Read More

Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks To Let Medicare Patients Appeal Gap in Nursing Home Coverage

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Medicare paid for Betty Gordon’s knee replacement surgery in March, but the 72-year-old former high school teacher needed a nursing home stay and care at home to recover. Yet Medicare wouldn’t pay for that. So Gordon is stuck with a $7,000 bill she can’t ….  Read More

Infusion Treatments — Needed or Not — Can Deplete Patients’ Wallets

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Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News Shannon Wood Rothenberg walked into her annual physical feeling fine. But more than a year later, she’s still paying the price. Routine bloodwork from the spring 2018 visit suggested anemia, of which she has a family history. Her doctor advised pills. After two months with no change, the doctor sent ….  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

Trump Administration Moves To Make Health Care Costs More Transparent

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Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Shopping around for the best deal on a medical X-ray or a new knee? The Trump administration has a plan for that. On Monday, it proposed new rules that would provide consumers far more detail about the actual prices hospitals charge insurers. It comes amid growing calls from consumer advocates, ….  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