Month: January 2019

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Live From D.C.: A Look Ahead At Health Policy In 2019

(From left) Tom Miller, Kimberly Leonard, Anna Edney, Joanne Kenen and Julie Rovner(Lynne Shallcross/KHN) The 2020 presidential campaign has begun and health is a big…

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Viewpoints: Lessons On A.I. And Health Disparities; #ThisIsOurLane Response Continues To Expand With Medical Community

Opinion writers focus on these health care issues and others. The New York Times: A.I. Could Worsen Health DisparitiesThere are many questions about whether A.I….

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Different Takes: Voters With Health Plans Will Run Screaming From Medicare For All; Dems Might Suffer In 2020 By Pushing Medicare For All

Opinion writers express views on health care reform. The Wall Street Journal: ‘Medicare For All’ Will Terrify VotersDemocratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris made her…

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Research Roundup: Long-Term Support For Older Americans; Outpatient Care; And Heart Health

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. Commonwealth Fund: Are Older Americans Getting Long-Term Services Supports They Need? Older…

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State Highlights: 8 Women Died After Operations At Florida Plastic Surgery Centers, Investigation Finds; Nurse Charged In Raping Of Comatose Woman In Arizona Facility

Media outlets report on news from Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Texas, California, Georgia, Colorado and Ohio. USA Today/Naples Daily News: Miami Doctor’s Plastic Surgery…

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Abortion Debate Flares In Virginia After Lawmaker Defends Late-Term Abortion Bill In Viral Video

Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran was asked if her bill would allow abortion up until the moments before birth. The video has sparked backlash that only…

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Drug Prices May Be Going Up, But Thanks To Rebates, Consumers Are Actually Paying Less

Drug companies are offering bigger discounts to the middlemen who manage prescriptions for health plans, which means less of a hit to consumers’ wallets. In…

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This Former Football Star Had It All, It Seemed. Then He Killed Himself.

Jason Hairston suspected he had the degenerative brain disorder CTE. An autopsy confirmed his theory. In other public health news: gene-editing human embryos, diabetes, heart…

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Might Need To Chuck Your Chicken Nuggets: Both Tysons, Perdue Recall Products For Different Reasons

No one has gotten sick from the bits of rubber and the allergen milk finding their way into the popular food, according to the USDA,…

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Amid FDA Crackdown On Vaping, Study Finds E-Cigarettes Nearly Twice As Effective For Smokers Trying To Quit Than Patches, Gum

The success rate was still low — less than 20 percent — but researchers were pleased with the results. “We know that patients are asking…

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Frail Seniors Find Ways To Live Independently

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). DENVER — Pauline Jeffery had let things slide since her husband died. Her bedroom…

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Ads For Short-Term Plans Lacking ACA Protections Swamped Consumers’ Online Searches

Consumers shopping for insurance online last fall — using search terms such as “Obamacare plans,” “ACA enroll” and “cheap health insurance” — were most often…

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New Covered California Sign-Ups Plummet

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). [UPDATED at 3:35 p.m. ET] The number of new enrollees in Covered California health…

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Viewpoints: Does Endorsing Single Payer, Like Kamala Harris Does, Really Go Far Enough?; Lessons From Anesthesiologists On Stemming Opioid Abuse

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care topics and more. The Washington Post: Kamala Harris Doesn’t Waver On Single PayerOn Monday night, Sen. Kamala…

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Perspectives: Trump Makes Strides In Combating High Drug Prices, But The System Is Still Broken

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues. Stat: It’s Time For Drug Prices To Stop Going Up. We Can Achieve ThatTwo years ago this month, President…

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A Third Of Drug Development Costs Comes From Clinical Trials. Can Pharma Make Them Faster And Cheaper?

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing. Bloomberg: Big Pharma’s Drug Studies Are Getting A NASA-Style Makeover Discoveries of new cancer-fighting and antiviral medicines…

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State Highlights: California-Run Veterans Homes ‘Shortchanged, Exploited,’ Audit Finds; N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Gun Control Measures, Including Red Flag Bill

Media outlets report on news from California, New York, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Wyoming, Texas, New Hampshire, Missouri, Massachusetts, Florida and Washington, D.C. Los Angeles Times:…

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Pediatricians Group Warned About ‘Horrific’ Measles Outbreaks In States With Vaccine Exemptions. Now, They Say ‘I Told You So.’

Parents in 18 states can opt out of vaccinations for their children based on to their personal beliefs, making those areas vulnerable to disease outbreaks….

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Witnessing Abuse Carries Same Risk To Children’s Mental Health As If They’d Been Abused Directly

New research is giving scientists more insight into the far-reaching and long-lasting harms of domestic violence to the children who grow up around it. And…

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Emails Between Coca-Cola, CDC Ignite Concerns About Industry’s Influence In Public Health Sphere

Advocates say there needs to be greater transparency over how industry interacts with public health agencies, especially in the midst of the obesity crisis. CNN:…

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With Trump’s Family-Planning Decision Due, Planned Parenthood’s Wen Vows To Protect Reproductive Rights

Lena Wen spoke recently about the impact the changes would have on women, especially disadvantaged women: “I want people to think about what if this…

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CMS Wants To Expand Value-Based Payment Models Beyond Medicare

CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency will develop templates that states can use to implement similar pay models in their own programs. “Not every…

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Boot Camp After 60: 10 Steps To Turn Around Unhealthy Habits

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). It takes moxie to flip an unhealthy lifestyle to a…

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Congress Wades Into Emotional Debate Over High-Cost Prescription Drugs

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Senators railed against pharmaceutical executives Tuesday for declining to testify before Congress about out-of-control…

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California Attorney General And Santa Clara County Face Off Over Sale Of Two Hospitals

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). When U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris approved the sale of six nonprofit California hospitals in…

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Viewpoints: Isn’t It Time To Get Important Input From Other Sources On Gene Editing?; Prevent Another Theranos Debacle By Seeking Peer-Reviewed Work

Opinion writers weigh in on these health topics and others. The New York Times: Should Scientists Toy With The Secret To Life?Scientists quickly condemned the…

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Perspectives: The Health Law Isn’t Meeting The Nation’s Needs. Period; Work Requirements Harm Health Care For Thousands

Editorial writers focus on how to improve health care. The Hill: States Are Moving Forward With ‘Medicare For All’ — More Power To ThemSome cities…

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State Highlights: Hospitals In Chicago Gear Up For Record-Breaking, Sub-Zero Temperatures; Kansas Cuts Back On Costly Services For Children Needing Psychiatric Care

Media outlets report on news from Illinois, Kansas, New Hampshire, Arizona, Georgia, California, and Minnesota. Chicago Tribune: Hospitals Across Chicago Brace For Record Cold With record…

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Transplant Doctor Who Encourages Taking A Gamble On High-Risk Organ Donors Uses Himself As An Example

During a time when there are long wait times for healthy organs, the director of NYU Langone’s Transplant Institute recommends using organs infected with a…

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With The World Facing Multiple Epidemics Of Obesity, Climate Change And Hunger, Experts Suggest Tackling The Three Together

The three problems are so interwoven that the only way to stave off global catastrophe is by addressing at least two of them — and…