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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 part of it, with Democratic candidates pledging their support for “Medicare-for-all” and many of its […]

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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 Empire Becomes Florida’s Deadliest ClinicsJust after dawn, the women arrive. They come in taxis and rental […]

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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 other pharmaceutical news: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and PhRMA, rationing insulin, and Anthem’s 2019 forecast. […]

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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 directed to websites that promote individual health plans that didn’t meet consumer protections of the […]

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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 D. Harris — whose presidential campaign rollout is going extremely well, you have to admit […]

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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 grab headlines and sometimes win Nobel Prizes. But after the breakthroughs and backslapping are over, […]

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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: California Has Mismanaged Its Veterans Home Properties, Audit FindsCalifornia has “mismanaged” properties where its state-run […]

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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. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports only medical exemptions. News on measles comes out of […]

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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 drug prices, as lawmakers on both sides of the U.S. Capitol kicked off investigations sure […]

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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 cold temperatures predicted for Wednesday, Chicago-area hospital systems are making plans to keep people warm […]

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