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’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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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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Readers And Tweeters: No Rush To Judge Patients Who Leave The ER Without OK

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. At The ER, It’s Hurry Up And Wait At least the patients mentioned in “As […]

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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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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Fetal Tissue Research Is Latest Flashpoint In Abortion Debate

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Trump administration this week announced efforts to restrict research using fetal tissue from elective abortions. The new policy bars such research by government scientists and creates hurdles for outside […]

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ The State Of The Abortion Debate — A Deep Dive

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Abortion is one of the hottest political issues of 2019. With a newly configured Supreme Court, which many pundits think has the votes to roll back or overturn the landmark […]

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Not Funny: Midwife Slapped With $4,836 Bill For Laughing Gas During Her Labor

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). Nurse-midwife Karli-Rae Kerrschneider wanted the same supportive birth experience she promises her own patients — and that included the use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, […]

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Is ‘Medicare For All’ Losing Steam?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. A second House committee this week held a hearing on proposals for a single-payer health system, such as “Medicare for All,” featuring experts from the Congressional Budget Office. But it […]

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Eric Swalwell’s Tweet About Georgia’s New Abortion Restriction Only Slightly Off-Key

“The so-called ‘heartbeat’ law outlaws abortion before most women even know that they’re pregnant. This is one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in our country.” Eric Swalwell on May 8, 2019, in a tweet. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed […]

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ ‘Conscience’ Rules, Rx Prices and Still More Medicare

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. In a new set of rules, the Trump administration wants to let not just doctors but almost any health care worker or organization decline to provide, participate in or […]

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ The Karma Of Cutting Medicare

Like those of his recent predecessors, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts in October will not be adopted by Congress. Still, a presidential budget plan is an important indicator of the administration’s priorities. The Trump […]

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ ‘Medicare-For-All’ Debate: Who’s Going To Pay

House Democrats, led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), have formally introduced their “Medicare-for-all” legislation. The bill, which would ensure coverage for almost every medical service most people need, did not come with any suggestions for financing. But it will likely […]

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