Different Takes: Lessons On The Differences, If Any, Between Biden, Sanders On Health Care; Medicaid’s Future Needs To Be Front And Center In The Ongoing Discussions

Editorial pages focus on the debate about the future of health care. The Wall Street Journal: Biden Goes Half Way To BernieCareJoe Biden’s new health-care plan is supposed to show his moderation, not that this is a virtue to progressives. […]

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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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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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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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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: 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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Viewpoints: Health Care Needs To Be Top Focus Of Dems In 2020; Trump’s Plan For Transparency Is No Cure-All, But Can Help Lower Hospital Costs

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. USA Today: 2020 Democrats Must Focus On Health Care To Beat TrumpThe firing pistol went off on the 2020 election and the incumbent President Donald Trump aimed it in […]

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Parsing Policy: Trump’s Focus On Hospital Costs Doesn’t Go Far Enough; States That Don’t Expand Medicaid Promote Misery

Opinion writers weigh in on health care policies. Bloomberg: Trump Hospital Price Transparency Executive Order Has LimitsThe Trump administration believes in the power of transparency, at least when it comes to health care. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday […]

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Rollout Of New Complex Medicaid Plan In Nebraska Keeps Many From Getting Medical Care, Advocates Say

“They’re grudgingly implementing the policy — and I think ‘grudgingly’ is the operative word,” said state Sen. John McCollister. News on Medicaid is also from Georgia. The Associated Press: Nebraska Slowly Rolls Out Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion Marti Poll knows she should […]

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State Highlights: Many States Grapple With Finding Homes-Not Group Homes-For Foster Teens; Ohio House Passes $11M Bill Aimed At Reducing Infant Mortality

Media outlets report on news from Idaho, Ohio, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, Connecticut, Maryland, California, Illinois and Florida. Stateline: Finding Foster Families For Teens Is A Challenge In Many StatesLevi Zwick-Tapley first entered foster care when he was 3, […]

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Revised Number Of Poor Elderly Or Disabled Georgians About To Be Dropped From Medicaid Climbs To 30,000

Lawyers for patients who are fighting the cutoff are skeptical that renewal notices really went out to 99% of the people as state officials said. Medicaid news comes out of Oklahoma and Montana, as well. Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 13,000 More Georgians […]

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A Top Virginia Republican Survives Primary Challenge That Was Provoked By His Support For Expanding Medicaid

Republicans who supported Medicaid expansion efforts were targeted by conservatives for primary challenges, but Republican state Sen. Emmett Hanger, one of the state’s most powerful senators, fended off the challenge. A lesser-known lawmaker who supported Medicaid was defeated by his […]

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Different Takes: Roe Was Crippled A While Back, But It’s Standing Firm For Now; Trump Has Figured Out Who Can Reelect Him By Making His Stance On Abortion

Opinion writers weigh in on abortion issues. Los Angeles Times: The Sky Isn’t Falling On Abortion Rights. At Least Not CompletelyAbortion will remain available in the United States, and that’s true even if the new conservative justices — think of […]

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South Carolina Applies For Medicaid Work Requirements Waiver Despite Other States’ Ongoing Court Battles

Both Arkansas’ and Kentucky’s work requirements have been blocked by federal judges. But unlike those states, South Carolina won’t completely end Medicaid benefits for people who don’t comply. Other Medicaid news comes out of New Hampshire and Vermont. The Hill: […]

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Different Takes: Voters Will Remember Biden’s Unfortunate Flip-Flop On Abortion; There’s No Such Place Anymore As Being In the Middle Of The Road On Abortion

Editorial writers weigh in on abortion issues. The Wall Street Journal: Biden Flips Over Abortion FundingJoe Biden’s best claim to the Democratic presidential nomination is that he’s a moderate liberal who can pull centrist votes from Donald Trump. That reputation […]

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Viewpoints: Trump’s Decision To Restrict Fetal Tissue Research Is Wrong; Detention Centers For Immigrants Are Really Concentration Camps

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care topics and others. Bloomberg: The Case Against Trump’s Fetal-Tissue Research RestrictionsAfter years of attacks from abortion opponents, scientists who conduct fetal-tissue research tend to keep a low profile. When the journal Nature […]

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