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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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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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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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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Viewpoints: Talking About Ending Surprise Medical Bills Is the Easy Part; Lessons On The History Of Southern Women Taking Ill To Their Bed

Editorial writers weigh in on these health care topics and others. Los Angeles Times: Democrats And Republicans Both Want To End Surprise ER Bills. Good Luck With That Lawmakers from both parties and President Trump have talked about their shared desire […]

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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’: 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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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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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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IBM Agrees To $14.8M Settlement Over Botched Rollout Of Maryland’s Health Law Exchanges In 2013

The state’s online marketplace crashed the first day, in a very public black mark against then-Gov. Martin O’Malley. There were similar embarrassments around the country, as many state-run exchange websites failed to work properly. But Maryland’s site was among the […]

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Although Trump Administration Has Fallen Short Of Scrapping Health Law, The Changes It Has Made Reshaped Marketplace

The cumulative effect of the Trump administration’s rules could erode a core principle of the health law: ensuring that people can rely on their health insurance if they get sick, and to spread the costs of illness widely. The most […]

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KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Who Will Pay To Fix Problem Of Surprise Medical Bills?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Congress is finally getting down to real work on legislation to end “surprise” medical bills, which patients get if they inadvertently receive care from an out-of-network health providers or use […]

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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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Even If ‘Medicare For All’ Beats The Long Political Odds Stacked Against It, The Legal Battles Beyond Might Kill It

“I can imagine a situation like the ACA with folks who are ideologically opposed suing just because they don’t want to go into this system — in addition to industry groups,” said Katie Keith, a law professor and researcher with […]

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California Legislature Agrees To Expand Medicaid To Undocumented Young Adults, But Stops Short Of Including Seniors

The decision to offer Medicaid to all young adults under 26 regardless of immigration status is another step toward universal coverage for California. But the deal falls short of what some advocates had hoped for. The Associated Press: California OKs […]

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Are The Days Of Eye-Popping Rate Hikes Over? Health Law Premium Increases Fairly Moderate For 2020

The first batch of proposed 2020 rate filings are in from insurers. The sampling indicates to experts that the marketplace is stabilizing. One big reason why: Insurers are now making lots of money on their Obamacare customers — the vast […]

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California Gov. Newsom Proposes Penalty To Fund Health Insurance Subsidies

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Claire Haas and her husband are at a health insurance crossroads. If they were single, each would qualify for a federal tax credit to help reduce the cost of […]

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Viewpoints: How Quickly We Forget The Good Things Government Does For Health Care; Sen. Warren’s Plan For Ending Opioid Epidemic Comes Up Short

Editorial pages focus on these health issues and others. The Washington Post: We Love To Hate The Government. Then Along Come Measles.Americans love, love, love to hate on government, for all its foibles and failures. But we conveniently forget that […]

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Mired In Medical Debt? Federal Plan Would Update Overdue-Bill Collection Methods

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). Elham Mirshafiei was at the library cramming for final exams during her senior year at California State University-Long Beach when she grew nauseated and started vomiting. […]

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Viewpoints: Trump’s Latest Attack On Transgender People Is The Most Devastating So Far; Lessons On Organ Donations, Saving More Lives

Editorial writers express views about these health issues and others. The Washington Post: This Is The Cruelest Thing The Trump Administration Has Done To Trans People YetThe Trump administration announced a proposal Friday that would essentially allow health-care providers to […]

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