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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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: Lessons On Tackling Chronic Mental Health Challenges On Campuses; Food Injustice Is Major Reason Behind Illness In Poor Communities

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. Los Angeles Times: There’s A Loneliness Crisis On College CampusesAccording to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, the increase in utilization rates for counseling centers across the country over […]

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

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 […]

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‘Leaner, More Focused’: Purdue Pharma Shifts Focus To Opioid Litigation As Revenues Drop To Record Lows, Workforce Declines

Purde Pharma, which is considering filing for bankruptcy, had been earning $3 billion a year and employed nearly 2,000 employees. Sales have declined and last year the company eliminated its sales force as 1,800 lawsuits against the OxyContin-maker allege it […]

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Pelosi Aims For Feds To Negotiate Drug Prices, Even For Private Insurers

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). As House Democrats hash out a proposal empowering the federal government’s top health official to negotiate lower drug prices, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking it a step further […]

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Trump Has Blessed States’ Exploration Of Importing Drugs. Will It Catch On?

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). Seeking a solution to the soaring costs of drugs, Colorado, Florida and Vermont are making plans to import medications from Canada, where prescriptions are cheaper. […]

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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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Disappointment Surrounding Alzheimer’s Treatment Has Reached Almost Mythical Heights. But Is There A ‘Cabal’ Behind All Those Failures?

For some experts it is increasingly apparent that there is another, more disturbing reason for the tragic lack of progress being made in Alzheimer’s research. A group of researchers had been so determined that one approach would work, few tried […]

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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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Conservative Lawyer’s Warnings About Surprise Medical Bill Laws Dismissed By Experts, But Foreshadow Larger Battle

While experts say a prominent legal expert’s warnings over the constitutionality of legislation address surprise medical bills are weak, it is still unlikely that any new regulations will skate through without being challenged in court. Modern Healthcare: Conservative Legal Expert […]

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Drugmaker Accuses FDA Of ‘Arbitrarily And Capriciously’ Approving A Rival’s Treatment That’s Priced Significantly Lower

There’s been an unusual and heated war being waged between Catalyst Pharmaceuticals and small, family-run Jacobus Pharmaceutical over their rare drug. The battle is being closely watched to see if incentives for developing such drugs may be jeopardized. Other pharmaceutical […]

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Hundreds Of Doctors, Nurses And Other ‘Medicare For All’ Advocates Rally In Front Of American Medical Association Meeting

The American Medical Association has not publicly gotten on board with “Medicare for All” plans. “The AMA is violating one of its most ethical principles: ‘Do No Harm,’ by being on the wrong side of history,” said Talisa Hardin of […]

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‘Troubling Situation’: Doctors Wrestle With How To Help Patients With Pain During Opioid Epidemic

A Washington doctor cut a patient’s oxycontin prescription by a third fearing he’d overdose. Later, she felt compelled to increase the prescription. In Tennessee, a pain clinic closed, leaving patients without pain prescriptions and unable to find new doctors to […]

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Pfizer’s Previously Secret Deliberations Offer Rare Glimpse Into Frustrating World Of Alzheimer’s Research

Despite billions spent on research, Alzheimer’s remains a stubbornly prevalent disease with no effective prevention or treatment. But documents obtained by The Washington Post reveal a discovery by Pfizer researchers that its blockbuster arthritis drug may have potential against dementia. […]

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