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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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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Medicare Advantage Overbills Taxpayers By Billions A Year As Feds Struggle To Stop It

Health insurers that treat millions of seniors have overcharged Medicare by nearly $30 billion the past three years alone, but federal officials say they are moving ahead with long-delayed plans to recoup at least part of the money. Officials have […]

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Unwieldy TennCare System That Relied Heavily On Hard-Copy Forms Resulted In Thousands Of Kids Dropped From Insurance

The Tennessean looks at the dramatic negative effects the paperwork system — which has now been replaced — had on the state’s children. Medicaid news comes out of Indiana, New York and Montana, as well. The Tennessean: At Least 220,000 […]

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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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With ACA’s Future In Peril, California Reins In Rising Health Insurance Premiums

Premiums on California’s health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 0.8% next year, the lowest increase in the agency’s history, state officials announced Tuesday. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee credited two new statewide initiatives for keeping the […]

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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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Health Care Gets Heated On Night 2 Of The Democratic Presidential Debate

This fact check was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). On Thursday, the second night of the first Democratic primary debate, 10 presidential hopefuls took the stage and health issues became an early flashpoint. […]

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KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Dems Debate Health Care

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Health care played a feature role in the first debate among Democratic presidential candidates Wednesday, with would-be nominees spreading across the spectrum on the question of how quickly to move […]

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Wide-Ranging Package To Lower Health Costs Passes Senate Health Committee With Surprisingly Few Partisan Bumps

The bill, which Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) worked on with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), addresses a sweeping array of health care topics from prescription drugs to surprise medical bills. The package also includes […]

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‘Medicare For All’ Emerges As Early Divide In First Democratic Debate

This fact check was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). During Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate — the first in a two-night event viewed as the de facto launch of the primary season […]

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KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Politics Heading Into 2020: Live From Aspen!

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The cost of health care looms as a major issue going into the 2020 campaign. But even as Democratic presidential candidates debate ways to bring down prices and expand insurance […]

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State Highlights: Homeless Activists Call For L.A. Mayor To Step Down: ‘He Can’t Handle The Crisis’; Connecticut Raises Legal Age To Purchase Tobacco, Vaping Pens to 21

Media outlets report on news from California, Connecticut, Iowa, Tennessee, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Arizona, Minnesota, Georgia, Washington and Missouri. Los Angeles Times: Activists Target Mayor Eric Garcetti With A Recall Campaign, Citing Homelessness CrisisLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is […]

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Sen. Alexander Details His Plan To Fix Surprise Medical Bills

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who are pushing a major legislative package to lower health costs, announced their favored solution to handle disputes about surprise medical […]

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In Debate Over What To Do About Surprise Medical Bills, Alexander Hints At Support For In-Network Guarantee

Although many lawmakers agree that patients need to be protected from surprise medical bills, there are different ways that could go and many stakeholders who have strong opinions on what the solution should be. At a hearing on Wednesday, Senate […]

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Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills

This story is part of a partnership that includes KUT, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Texas is now among more than a dozen states that have cracked down on the practice of […]

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