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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

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Gun Violence And The Politics Of Public Health

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Three mass shootings in eight days have refocused the nation’s attention on the problem of gun violence — and restarted the long-running debate over guns as a public health issue. Although Congress is on its summer break, before lawmakers left Washington they passed a two-year ….  Read More

Doctors Argue Plans To Remedy Surprise Medical Bills Will ‘Shred’ The Safety Net

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Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News Chances are, you or someone you know has gotten a surprise medical bill. One in six Americans have received these unexpected and often high charges after getting medical care from a doctor or hospital that isn’t in their insurance network. It’s become a hot-button issue in Congress, and high-profile legislation ….  Read More

Drugmakers Master Rolling Out Their Own Generics To Stifle Competition

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When PDL BioPharma’s $40 million blood-pressure medicine faced the threat of a generic rival this year, the company pulled out a little-known strategy that critics say helps keep drugs expensive and competition weak. It launched its own generic version of Tekturna, a pill taken daily by thousands. PDL’s “authorized” copycat hit the market in March, ….  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

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Biden Doubles Down On Obamacare

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Former Vice President Joe Biden has said if he’s elected president he would build on the Affordable Care Act rather than move to a whole new health care system, such as the “Medicare for All” plan supported by some of his primary opponents for the ….  Read More

Surprise Medical Bill Legislation Takes A Step Forward, But Will It Lead To A Step Back?

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday approved its version of legislation to curb surprise medical bills. Though this step was an important advance, there’s still a long way forward before Congress agrees on a legislative solution to this high-profile consumer concern. These bills, the unexpected and often high charges patients face when they get ….  Read More

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

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Happy Friday! Friends, it’s been a whirlwind week of news, news, news and more news! If you’re like me, you’re just staring longingly at the weekend. But before you mentally check out, here’s a cheat sheet of what all went down — because it was too much for any one person to keep straight. Two ….  Read More