UnitedHealth Reverses Course, Approves Coverage For $2.1 Million Gene Therapy For Family Racing Against Clock

Lauren Sullivan had been trying to appeal UnitedHealth’s initial refusal of the drug for her 21-month-old daughter, Daryn. The girl was running out of time to receive the treatment before her second birthday in October, when the drug has to […]

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

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 […]

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State Highlights: Lead Paint Suppliers Settle Decades-Long Battle With California For $305M; Lawmakers Call For Increased Scrutiny Over Puerto Rico’s Medicaid Program

Media outlets report on news from California, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Illinois, Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. Reuters: California Settles Decades-Long Lawsuit Over Lead Paint, But Outcome Is BittersweetWhen Californian counties and […]

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KHN Investigation On Opioid Prescribers Pains Some Readers And Tweeters

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. In Defense Of Opioid Prescribers Articles such as this one are leaving elderly patients with […]

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

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). 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 […]

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A ‘No-Brainer’? Calls Grow For Medicare To Cover Anti-Rejection Drugs After Kidney Transplant

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). On Wednesday, Alexis Conell will mark seven years since she received the kidney transplant that saved her life, but the 53-year-old Chicago woman isn’t exactly celebrating. […]

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Viewpoints: Biden’s Health Care Ideas Could Take U.S. One Step Closer To Single Payer; Health Care Is A Market Failure

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. The Washington Post: Joe Biden Proposes Radical Leftist Health-Care PlanThe 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign is in many ways an argument between liberals and moderates over the path the […]

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State Highlights: Rhode Island’s Laws On 911 Calls Hide Important Facts From Public; Hundreds Of Colorado Child Neglect Cases Sent To Wrong Email Account

Media outlets report on news from Rhode Island, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Georgia, Connecticut, Nevada, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and California. ProPublica: Going Quiet: More States Are Hiding 911 Recordings From Families, Lawyers And The General PublicRhode […]

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State Highlights: Maryland Cites ‘Dickensian’ Abuse Conditions In Suit Against For-Profit Group Homes; Researchers Grapple With Problems Of Diagnosing Rat Lungworm Disease In Hawaii

Media outlets focus on news from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Hawaii, Tennessee, Virginia, Connecticut, California, North Carolina, District of Columbia, New Hampshire, Missouri, Georgia, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, Colorado, Ohio, Florida and West Virginia. ProPublica: Maryland Sues Notorious For-Profit Group Homes. […]

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Viewpoints: Failure To Take Care Of Children In Detention Centers Is A National Disgrace; Opioid Epidemic Requires Effective Addiction Treatment Not Just Temporary Fixes

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. USA Today: Donald Trump Earns Place In History With How USA Treats Migrant KidsOn a subject as fraught as immigration, there’s plenty of room for disagreement about border security, […]

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State Highlights: Barriers Slow Investigation Of Deaths At St. Louis County Jail; Health Insurance Scam Impacts Dozens In Massachusetts

Media outlets report on news from Missouri, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Florida, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, California, Virginia, Colorado, New Hampshire, Texas, Michigan, Mississippi and Nebraska. St. Louis Post Dispatch: Why Are People Dying At The St. Louis County Jail? Even […]

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Hospitals Block ‘Surprise Billing’ Measure In California

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Citing fierce pushback from hospitals, California lawmakers sidelined a bill Wednesday that would have protected some patients from surprise medical bills by limiting how much hospitals could charge them […]

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Viewpoints: Trump’s Proposal For Kidney Disease Treatment Deserves Everyone’s Support; Alexa Isn’t Ready To Go Mainstream During Medical Emergencies

Opinion writers weigh in on these health issues and others. The Washington Post: The Trump Administration Is Actually Doing Something Great On Health CareThe Trump administration’s latest proposal to reduce the cost of treating kidney disease by encouraging earlier, more […]

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State Highlights: Parents File Lawsuit Over New York’s Ban On Religious Exemptions For Vaccinations; Publisher Cuts Off Online Subscription Access To UC Researchers

Media outlets report on news from New York, California, Maryland, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa, Oregon, Illinois, Virginia, Wisconsin and Florida. The Wall Street Journal: Parents Sue Over Ban On Religious Exemptions For VaccinationsThe first of several anticipated lawsuits challenging […]

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California Expands Medi-Cal To Cover Young Adults Living In Country Illegally As Issue Gains Traction In 2020 Race

California already covers low-income children regardless of immigration status, but now has become the first state in the country do go further to young adults. Meanwhile, the Democratic debate thrust the issue into the national spotlight after the candidates showed […]

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New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Plans To Sign Bill Enshrining Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Republican Governor Chris Sununu’s announcement came on the same day that lawyers in a federal case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act hold oral arguments. New Hampshire Public Radio: Sununu To Sign Bill To Protect Health Coverage For Those […]

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Viewpoints: On Obamacare, Appeals Court Needs To Let Policy Created In Congress Stand; Stop Frightening Everyday People About Health Care Change

Opinion writers focus on these health care topics and others. The Washington Post: It’s Time For An Appeals Court To Right The Ship On ObamacareThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit will consider on Tuesday one of the […]

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Recent Antitrust Actions Against Hospitals, Insurers Purchasing Physician Practices Hint Of Obstacles To Come

Recent decisions in court cases come as concerns mount over the growing consolidation of hospitals and physician practices and the impact on prices and total health spending. In other health industry news: jobs, blood pressure devices, and artificial intelligence. Modern […]

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New Hampshire Pumps Brakes On Medicaid Work Requirements After 17,000 Found To Be Non-Compliant In First Month

Gov. Chris Sununu is delaying the penalties tied into the legislation for 120 days as the state continues its outreach efforts to make people aware of the requirements. “Making sure we get this right is just absolutely paramount,” said Sununu. […]

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

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. Special Reports But first, KHN’s […]

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Viewpoints: Is This Leftward Lurch On Health Insurance Going To Benefit Trump?; Health Care Might Give Dems An Advantage Again But Some Of These Ideas Would Backfire

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care topics and others. The Wall Street Journal: Bernie Sanders Won The Debate President Trump is a lucky man. Typically a re-election campaign is a referendum on the incumbent, and Mr. Trump is losing […]

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State Highlights: Utah Family Sues After School Bars Diabetic Son From Attending; Attorney General Declares Public Safety Emergency In Rural Alaska

Media outlets report on news from Utah, Alaska, Michigan, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Kansas, Louisiana, California, Colorado and Minnesota. The New York Times: Utah Family Sues After Son With Diabetes Is Kept From SchoolThe 8-year-old son of Caly and […]

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Viewpoints: Will All These Health Care Ideas Make Dems Winners Or Losers In 2020 Election?; Stop Treating Doctors Like Criminals, Let Them Prescribe Opioids

Editorial pages focus on these health care topics and others. The New York Times: This Democratic Debate Issue Has Tremendous Promise — And Peril It would be an exaggeration to say that the Democratic primary race is entirely about health care, but […]

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