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Jun

Farmworkers Recall Mistreatment as Colorado Aims to Guarantee Medical Access

By Esther Honig and Rae Ellen Bichell SAN LUIS VALLEY, Colo. — A woman with pregnancy complications needed permission from her boss to visit a doctor. Community health volunteers were turned away from delivering food and covid information to worker housing. A farmworker had a serious allergic reaction but was afraid to seek treatment. To Nicole Civita, policy director with Colora ...

10

Jun

Can a Subscription Model Fix Primary Care in the US?

By Bernard J. Wolfson In April, San Francisco-based primary care company One Medical revealed an eye-popping compensation package for its chief executive and chairman, Amir Dan Rubin. His $199 million payday, particularly noteworthy at a company that has yet to turn a profit, made Rubin the second-highest-paid CEO in the United States last year — but only on paper. About $197.5 m ...

10

Jun

New Montana Laws Enshrine Health Care Alternatives, for Better or Worse

By Andrea Halland When Paul Rana’s primary care physician left the VA clinic in Kalispell to open her own practice, he followed her. But instead of picking up a new health insurance policy, Rana and his partner agreed to pay a monthly fee that came with the promise of better access. Their provider, Dr. Lexi Tabor-Manaker, opened Glacier Direct Primary Care clinic in 2018. The mod ...

03

Jun

Expanding Insurance Coverage Is Top Priority for New Medicare-Medicaid Chief

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News The new head of the federal agency that oversees health benefits for nearly 150 million Americans and $1 trillion in federal spending said in one of her first interviews that her top priorities will be broadening insurance coverage and ensuring health equity. “We’ve seen through the pandemic what happens when people don’t have health insura ...

03

Jun

Many New Moms Get Kicked Off Medicaid 2 Months After Giving Birth. Illinois Will Change That.

By Christine Herman, WILL / Illinois Public Media The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in which the maternal death rate has been rising. Each year, about 700 deaths are due to pregnancy, childbirth or subsequent complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When someone dies while pregnant or within a year of childbirth in Illinois, that’s c ...

02

Jun

From Racial Justice to Dirty Air, California’s New AG Plots a Progressive Health Care Agenda

By Angela Hart California Attorney General Rob Bonta, a longtime Democratic state lawmaker, comes to his new role well known for pursuing an unabashedly progressive agenda on criminal justice issues. He has pushed for legislation to eliminate cash bail and to ban for-profit prisons and detention centers. But Bonta also has a distinctive record on health care, successfully advancing legislation ...

28

May

Caring for an Aging Nation

By Lydia Zuraw, Kaiser Health News and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News USE OUR CONTENT This story can republished for free. Please contact KHNweb@kff.org for embed codes. For a printer-friendly PDF version of this story, click here Table of Contents A Variety of Services Booming Number of Seniors The Cost of Long-Term Care S ...

27

May

Suficiente para arruinar el descanso: le cobran $10,322 por un estudio del sueño

By Michelle Andrews Los ronquidos de José Mendoza eran malos, pero para su esposa Nancy era peor cuando dejaba de respirar. El repentino silencio la despertaba, y si pasaban demasiados segundos, lo zarandeaba para que comenzara a respirar de nuevo. Esto sucedía varias veces a la semana. Diagnosticado con apnea del sueño severa hace 15 años, a Mendoza le habían recetado un dispositivo de ...

27

May

Confronting Our ‘Frailties’: California’s Assembly Leader Reflects on a Year of Covid

By Samantha Young SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When his 20-month-old daughter developed a rash earlier this month, Anthony Rendon did what many other parents do when their child is sick: The speaker of the California Assembly took Vienna to her pediatrician — but he did so via video from the comfort and safety of his home. Many Californians have relied on telehealth to connect with the ...

27

May

Enough to Wreck Their Rest: $10,322 for a Sleep Study

By Michelle Andrews José Mendoza’s snoring was bad — but the silence when he stopped breathing was even worse for his wife, Nancy. The sudden quiet would wake her and she waited anxiously for him to take another breath. If too many seconds ticked by, she pushed him hard so that he moved and started breathing again. This happened several times a week. Diagnosed with severe ...

19

May

Why Your Dentist Might Seem Pushy

By Daryl Austin In 1993, Dr. David Silber, a dentist now practicing in Plano, Texas, was fired from the first dental clinic he worked for. He’d been assigned to a patient another dentist had scheduled for a crown preparation — a metal or porcelain cap for a broken or decayed tooth. However, Silber found nothing wrong with the tooth, so he sent the patient home. ...

13

May

Has agregado a tus hijos a tu plan de salud. ¿Y tu mamá?

By Samantha Young SACRAMENTO – Cuando la madre de Laura Chávez, de 74 años, tuvo que operarse de la vista el mes pasado, Chávez pagó en efectivo por el procedimiento. ¿El costo? $15,000. Y eso fue por un solo ojo. No podía pagar por los dos. Su madre, Esperanza Chávez, no puede tener Medicare debido a su estatus migratorio. Y no puede encontrar un plan médico privado por menos d ...

13

May

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Drug Price Effort Hits a Snag

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The high cost of prescription drugs is a top health issue for the public and politicians, but concerns raised by a group of moderate Democrats threaten to derail a bill being pushed by House Democratic leaders. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of the Pfizer covid-19 vac ...

13

May

You’ve Added Your Kids to Your Health Plan. What About Mom?

By Samantha Young SACRAMENTO — When Laura Chavez’s 74-year-old mom needed eye surgery last month, Chavez paid cash for the procedure. This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. The cost? $15,000 — and that was for just one eye. She couldn’t afford both. Her mom, Esperanza Chavez, doesn’t qualify for Medicare because ...

08

May

From Covid Coverage to ‘Public Option’ Plans, Journalists Delve Into Details

KHN senior correspondent Julie Appleby discussed changes in insurance coverage for covid-19 care on Newsy on Thursday. Click here to watch Appleby on Newsy Read Appleby’s “Time to Say Goodbye to Some Insurers’ Waivers for Covid Treatment Fees” KHN senior correspondent Mary Agnes Carey discussed Connecticut’s legislative efforts to pass a “public option” insurance plan on WNPR ...

07

May

Covid Testing Has Turned Into a Financial Windfall for Hospitals and Other Providers

By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Hannah Norman, Kaiser Health News Pamela Valfer needed multiple covid tests after repeatedly visiting the hospital last fall to see her mother, who was being treated for cancer. Beds there were filling with covid patients. Valfer heard the tests would be free. This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. ...

05

May

Hit by Higher Prices for Gear, Doctors and Dentists Want Insurers to Pay

By Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News SACRAMENTO — Treating patients has become more expensive during the pandemic, and doctors and dentists don’t want to be on the hook for all the new costs. This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. For instance, the box of 100 gloves that cost $2.39 in February 2020 costs $30 now, said Dr. ...

04

May

Covered California dice que el seguro de salud se ha vuelto demasiado barato como para ignorarlo

By Bernard J. Wolfson Una nueva ley federal podría hacer que sea mucho más barato comprar tu propio seguro si no tienes cobertura a través de un empleador o un programa del gobierno como Medicare o Medicaid. La ley proporciona miles de millones de dólares federales para reducir las primas de las personas que compran cobertura a través de los mercados de seguros ...

04

May

Covered California Says Health Insurance Just Got Too Cheap to Ignore

By Bernard J. Wolfson If you are uninsured because health coverage seemed too expensive the last time you looked, it’s time to look again. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. A new federal law could make it a whole lot cheaper to buy your own insurance if you don’t get coverage through an employer or a government insurance program such as Medi ...

29

Apr

What a Difference a Year Makes in Colorado’s Case for a Public Option Plan

By Markian Hawryluk DENVER — Before the pandemic, Colorado looked set to become the second state to pass what’s known as a “public option” health insurance plan, which would have forced hospitals that lawmakers said were raking in obscene profits to accept lower payments. But when covid-19 struck, legislators hit pause. This story also ran on U.S. News & ...

27

Apr

Watch: What Happens When Car and Health Insurance Collide

“CBS This Morning,” in collaboration with KHN and NPR, tells the story of Mark Gottlieb, a marketing consultant in Little Ferry, New Jersey, who faced more than $700,000 in medical bills after surgery on his spine. Gottlieb was injured in a car accident, and, despite having the maximum amount of personal injury protection in his car insurance policy, his medical bills exceeded it. His health ...

26

Apr

Time to Say Goodbye to Some Insurers’ Waivers for Covid Treatment Fees

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Just as other industries are rolling back some consumer-friendly changes made early in the pandemic — think empty middle seats on airplanes — so, too, are health insurers. This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. Many voluntarily waived  all deductibles, copayments and other costs for insured p ...

22

Apr

Tras accidente de auto, paciente se estrella contra factura de $700,000 por cirugía de columna

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News La vida de Mark Gottlieb cambió en un instante cuando otro conductor chocó contra su auto. Se dañó cuatro vértebras de la parte superior de la columna vertebral y se destrozó seis dientes. Durante los meses que siguieron a ese accidente de enero de 2019, a Gottlieb le colocaron coronas dentales y, para el debilitante dolor ...

22

Apr

After Accident, Patient Crashes Into $700,000 Bill for Spine Surgery

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Mark Gottlieb’s life changed in an instant when another driver crashed into his car, damaging four vertebrae in his upper spine and smashing six teeth. In the months following that January 2019 crash, Gottlieb got the teeth crowned and, for debilitating neck pain, tried injections, chiropractic care and physical therapy. The treatments were all covered ...

21

Apr

Strides Against HIV/AIDS Falter, Especially in the South, as Nation Battles Covid

By Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News Facing a yearlong siege from the coronavirus, the defenses in another, older war are faltering. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. For the last two decades, HIV/AIDS has been held at bay by potent antiviral drugs, aggressive testing and inventive public education campaigns. But the COVID-19 pandemic ...

20

Apr

Humana Health Plan Overcharged Medicare by Nearly $200 Million, Federal Audit Finds

By Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News A Humana Inc. health plan for seniors in Florida improperly collected nearly $200 million in 2015 by overstating how sick some patients were, according to a new federal audit, which seeks to claw back the money. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector Gen ...

12

Apr

‘Explained by KHN’: Health Insurance Help in Covid Relief Law

By Emmarie Huetteman The twists and turns of the American health system can sometimes leave people lost, confused and looking for answers. We’ve created a new video series — “Explained by KHN” — in which our correspondents and editors answer common health care and health policy questions.  The $1.9 trillion covid relief package that President Joe Biden signed into law in March inc ...

16

Mar

Impulsan monitores de glucosa aunque no ayudarían a muchos pacientes con diabetes

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News En la batalla de la nación contra la epidemia de diabetes, el arma preferida que se promueve agresivamente entre los pacientes es tan pequeña como una moneda de 25 centavos, y se usa en el abdomen o en el brazo. Es un monitor continuo de glucosa (MCG), un sensor diminuto que se inserta justo debajo de la piel, lo que alivia la necesidad de que los paciente ...

16

Mar

Analysis: The Trump Health Care Policies That Deserve to Stick Around

By Elisabeth Rosenthal President Joe Biden’s goal of providing health care for more Americans advanced this week with his signing of an economic stimulus package that includes subsidies for health insurance premiums and new incentives for states to expand Medicaid, as well as the potential confirmation of Xavier Becerra as secretary of Health and Human Services. T ...

16

Mar

‘Painless’ Glucose Monitors Pushed Despite Little Evidence They Help Most Diabetes Patients

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News In the nation’s battle against the diabetes epidemic, the go-to weapon being aggressively promoted to patients is as small as a quarter and worn on the belly or arm. This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. A continuous glucose monitor holds a tiny sensor that’s inserted just under the skin, all ...

15

Mar

The Boom in Out-of-State Telehealth Threatens In-State Providers

By Matt Volz HELENA, Mont. — When the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation began offering telehealth services in Montana in early February, the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment provider promised quality care for far-flung residents without their even having to leave home. This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. That promise ...

10

Mar

For Covid ‘Long Haulers,’ Battling for Disability Benefits Adds Aggravation to Exhaustion

By David Tuller Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Rickie Andersen took a brief break from work in March after she fell ill. Her cough, fever and chills were typical covid-19 symptoms, but coronavirus tests were so scarce she could not obtain one to confirm the diagnosis. After Andersen returned to her job as an information systems project manager in the San ...

09

Mar

Pandemic Aid Package Includes Relief From High Premiums

By Emmarie Huetteman This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. As President Joe Biden’s pandemic relief package steams through Congress, Democrats have hitched a ride for a top health care priority: strengthening the Affordable Care Act with some of the most significant changes to insurance affordability in more than a decade. The bill would spend $3 ...

02

Mar

Readers and Tweeters Dispense Timely Advice for Difficult Times

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. How to Explain Vaccines to People Who Resist Them Here is an attempt to write something that might convince people who resist getting vaccinations (“Vaccine Hesitancy vs. Vaccine Refusal: Nursing Home Staffers Say There’s a Differen ...

01

Mar

Becerra Has Long Backed Single-Payer. That Doesn’t Mean It Will Happen if He’s HHS Secretary.

By Victoria Knight “Becerra supports Bernie’s government takeover of your health care, eliminating your employer-provided coverage.” — TV ad funded by Cotton for Senate, Feb. 22 This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. It can be republished for free. A digital ad running in Georgia and New Hampshire says Xavier Becerra, Presiden ...

26

Feb

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Staffing Up at HHS

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. More than a month into President Joe Biden’s term, nominees to fill some of the top posts at the Department of Health and Human Services are finally getting confirmation hearings in the Senate, starting with the nominee for secretary, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Barring something unexpect ...

26

Feb

New California Law Makes It Easier to Get Care for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

By Bernard J. Wolfson USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. Karen Bailey’s 20-year-old daughter has struggled with depression and anxiety for years. Since 2017, she’s been in three intensive group therapy programs and, each time, the family’s insurer cut her coverage short, says Bailey. “At a certain point, they would send us a form letter saying: We ...

20

Feb

New Single-Payer Bill Intensifies Newsom’s Political Peril

By Angela Hart and Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News Use Our Content It can be republished for free. SACRAMENTO — A group of Democratic state lawmakers introduced legislation Friday to create a single-payer health care system to cover all Californians, immediately defining the biggest health policy debate of the year and putting enormous political pressure on Gov. Gavin New ...

17

Feb

Why Biden Has a Chance to Cut Deals With Red State Holdouts on Medicaid

By Noam N. Levey This story also ran on USA Today and GateHouse Media. It can be republished for free. President Joe Biden has an unexpected opening to cut deals with red states to expand Medicaid, raising the prospect that the new administration could extend health protections to millions of uninsured Americans and reach a goal that has eluded Democrats for a decade. ...

17

Feb

Los mercados de seguros de salud reabrieron. Esto es lo que necesitas saber

By Michelle Andrews Para quienes han estado sin seguro médico durante la pandemia, el alivio ya está a la vista. En enero, el presidente Joe Biden firmó una orden ejecutiva para abrir el mercado federal de seguros de salud durante tres meses, desde el lunes 15, para que las personas sin seguro puedan comprar un plan y o cambiar de cobertura si ya tienen uno. Defensores de los consumidores ap ...