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

Pain Meds As Public Nuisance? Oklahoma Tests A Legal Strategy Against Opioid Maker

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Jackie Fortier, StateImpact Oklahoma A global megacorporation best known for Band-Aids and baby powder may have to pay billions for its alleged role in the opioid crisis. Johnson & Johnson was the sole defendant in a closely watched trial that wrapped up in Oklahoma state court this week, with a decision expected later this summer. The ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Could The ACA Really Go Away?

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Affordable Care Act was back in court again this week — this time before a three-judge panel at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. A lower court ruled last December that the entire ACA is now unconstitutional because Congress in its ….  Read More

Biden Calling ACA A ‘Breakthrough’ For Mental Health Parity Only Highlights Gaps

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In a sit-down interview with CNN, 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden touted the Obama administration’s passage of the Affordable Care Act, asserting that this law evened out the playing field when it came to insurance coverage of mental and physical health. [khn_slabs slabs=”971669″ view=”inline” /] In a sit-down interview ….  Read More

Using Obamacare Authority, Trump Aims To Shift Dialysis Care To Patients’ Homes

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a bold plan to improve care to patients with kidney disease, which he claimed would save thousands of lives each year and billions of dollars for taxpayers. “It could be higher if it works the way we anticipate,” Trump boasted in a 25-minute speech to dozens of kidney patients, ….  Read More

Listen: Black Pharmacists Are Helping Close A Cultural Health Care Divide

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July 9, 2019 More From The Midwest Bureau Cara Anthony, a Kaiser Health News Midwest correspondent, is interviewed on “The 21st” on Illinois Public Media by Niala Boodhoo about how black pharmacists are helping fill a void for African American patients seeking medical care that acknowledges their heritage, beliefs and values. Anthony reported how such ….  Read More

Sobering Up: In An Alcohol-Soaked Nation, More Seek Booze-Free Social Spaces

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[UPDATED on July 9] ST. LOUIS — Not far from the Anheuser-Busch brewery, Joshua Grigaitis fills a cooler with bottles and cans in one of the city’s oldest bars. It’s Saturday night, and the lights are low. Frank Sinatra’s crooning voice fills the air, along with the aroma of incense. The place has all the ….  Read More

FDA Ends Months-Long FOIA Battle Over Medical Device Failures, Says Putting Database Online ‘Satisfies’ KHN Request

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The Food and Drug Administration responded Wednesday to a Freedom of Information Act request filed months ago, noting that the information sought by Kaiser Health News “is now posted online.” KHN had filed a series of FOIA requests, beginning in September 2018, seeking hidden reports of malfunctions or injuries tied to scores of medical devices. ….  Read More

American Medical Students Less Likely To Choose To Become Primary Care Doctors

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Despite hospital systems and health officials calling out the need for more primary care doctors, graduates of U.S. medical schools are becoming less likely to choose to specialize in one of those fields. A record-high number of primary care positions was offered in the 2019 National Resident Matching Program — known to doctors as “the ….  Read More

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

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. We’re doing something a little different this holiday week. Because “Medicare for All” is so much in the news, we’re rerunning an earlier explainer episode. But first, KHN’s “What the Health?” host Julie Rovner talks with KHN correspondent Shefali Luthra about how health care played ….  Read More