Month: October 2021

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Journalists Explore Shadow Pandemics of Hospital Violence and Grieving Children

KHN Midwest correspondent Bram Sable-Smith discussed how the pandemic has exacerbated violence in hospitals on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show” on Wednesday. Click here…

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If Congress Adds Dental Coverage to Medicare, Should All Seniors Get It?

William Stork needs a tooth out. That’s what the 71-year-old retired truck driver’s dentist told him during a recent checkup. That kind of extraction requires…

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ERs Are Swamped With Seriously Ill Patients, Although Many Don’t Have Covid

Inside the emergency department at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, staff members are struggling to care for patients showing up much sicker than they’ve ever…

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Texas Abortion Law Gets Speedy High-Court Hearing Monday

The Supreme Court on Nov. 1 will hear oral arguments challenging the constitutionality of a new Texas abortion law — just days after agreeing to…

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What’s Scarier Than Covid? Halloween Health Haikus

Boo that we couldn’t treat all the readers participating in our third annual KHN Halloween Haiku Contest to their moment of gory glory. Your entries…

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Biden Social-Spending ‘Framework’ Pulls Back on Key Health Pledges

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you…

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Medicare Punishes 2,499 Hospitals for High Readmissions

The federal government’s effort to penalize hospitals for excessive patient readmissions is ending its first decade with Medicare cutting payments to nearly half the nation’s…

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Democrats’ Plans to Expand Medicare Benefits Put Pinch on Advantage Plans’ Funding

“Did you think we wouldn’t notice?” an older woman says, speaking into the camera. “You thought you could sneak this through?” an older man later…

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Democrats’ Plans to Expand Medicare Benefits May Pinch Advantage Plans’ Funding

“Did you think we wouldn’t notice?” an older woman says, speaking into the camera. “You thought you could sneak this through?” an older man later…

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Pharma Campaign Cash Delivered to Key Lawmakers With Surgical Precision

The Biden administration and Congress are embroiled in high-stakes haggling over what urgent priorities will make it into the ever-shrinking social spending bill. But for…

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Medicare Plans’ ‘Free’ Dental, Vision, Hearing Benefits Come at a Cost

When Teresa Nolan Barensfeld turned 65 last year, she quickly decided on a private Medicare Advantage plan to cover her health expenses. Barensfeld, a freelance…

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How Billing Turns a Routine Birth Into a High-Cost Emergency

Caitlin Wells Salerno knew that some mammals — like the golden-mantled ground squirrels she studies in the Rocky Mountains — invest an insane amount of…

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Analysis: A Procedure That Cost $1,775 in New York Was $350 in Maryland. Here’s Why.

For the past 18 months, while I was undergoing intensive physical therapy and many neurological tests after a complicated head injury, my friends would point…

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Direct Primary Care, With a Touch of Robin Hood

MODESTO, Calif. — Britta Foster and Minerva Tiznado are in different leagues as far as health care is concerned. Foster, who married into the family…

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Understaffed State Psychiatric Facilities Leave Mental Health Patients in Limbo

Many patients dealing with mental health crises are having to wait several days in an ER until a bed becomes available at one of Georgia’s…

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In Maine, Vaccine Mandate for EMTs Stresses Small-Town Ambulance Crews

On a recent morning, Jerrad Dinsmore and Kevin LeCaptain of Waldoboro EMS in rural Maine drove their ambulance to a secluded house near the ocean,…

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Fresh Faces, Fewer Tools: Meet the New Bosses Fighting Covid

VIRGINIA CITY, Mont. — Emilie Sayler’s roots run deep in southwestern Montana. She serves on a nearby town council and the board of the local…

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3 States Limit Nursing Home Profits in Bid to Improve Care

Nursing homes receive billions of taxpayers’ dollars every year to care for chronically ill frail elders, but until now, there was no guarantee that’s how…

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“Este es el último pañal que me queda”: la ansiedad de ser padres en la pobreza

Para los padres que viven en la pobreza, la “matemática del pañal” es un cálculo diario, apremiante y angustiante, con el que están familiarizados. En…

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Confronting Ageism in Health Care: A Conversation for Patients, Caregivers and Clinicians

Can’t see the video player? View the video here. What does ageism in health care look like? It can be a thoughtless quip that makes…

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‘Down to My Last Diaper’: The Anxiety of Parenting in Poverty

For parents living in poverty, “diaper math” is a familiar and distressingly pressing daily calculation. Babies in the U.S. go through six to 10 disposable…

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Montana Tribes Want to Stop Jailing People for Suicide Attempts but Lack a Safer Alternative

POPLAR, Mont. — When Maria Vega was a senior in high school in 2015, she found the body of one of her closest friends, who…

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‘No Mercy’ Bonus Episodes: More From Fort Scott, Kansas

Searching for the Nuns Who Ghosted Fort Scott Host Sarah Jane Tribble sets out on a mission to learn more about the Sisters of Mercy,…

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Dems Agree to Agree, But Not on What to Agree On

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you…

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Worn-Out Nurses Hit the Road for Better Pay, Stressing Hospital Budgets — and Morale

In parts of the country where covid-19 continues to fill hospitals, a rotating cast of traveling nurses helps keep intensive care units fully staffed. Hospitals…

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DC’s Harllee Harper Is Using Public Health Tools to Prevent Gun Violence. Will It Work?

After four people were murdered in one week in early September — all in the same Washington, D.C., neighborhood — residents made a plea for…

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The Yelp of Covid: Vigilantes Crowdsource Pandemic Safety Tips for Consumers

ATHENS, Ga. — Melissa Lee had more to deal with than funeral planning when her husband, Dan Lee, died by suicide in January. She also…

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Científicos buscan la causa de una misteriosa inflamación en niños relacionada con covid

Como la mayoría de los niños con covid, Dante y Michael DeMaino no parecían tener síntomas graves. Infectados a mediados de febrero, ambos perdieron los…

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‘They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid’: Seniors Decry Health Providers’ Age Bias

Joanne Whitney, 84, a retired associate clinical professor of pharmacy at the University of California-San Francisco, often feels devalued when interacting with health care providers….

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Scientists Search for Cause of Mysterious Covid-Related Inflammation in Children

Like most other kids with covid, Dante and Michael DeMaino seemed to have no serious symptoms. Infected in mid-February, both lost their senses of taste…