Congressional Candidates Go Head-To-Head On Health Care — Again

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The California Democrats who fought to flip Republican congressional seats in 2018 used health care as their crowbar. The Republicans had just voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act Read more

read more →

Hormone Blocker Shocker: Drug Costs 8 Times More When Used For Kids

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). Dr. Sudeep Taksali, an orthopedic surgeon, became worried that his 8-year-old daughter had already grown taller than his 12-year-old son. And sometimes she had an attitude Read more

read more →

Trump’s Medicaid Chief Labels Medicaid ‘Mediocre.’ Is It?

“Yet, for all that spending, health outcomes today on Medicaid are mediocre and many patients have difficulty accessing care.” Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in a speech to the American Medical Association in early Read more

read more →

It’s Not Just Hospitals That Sue Patients Who Can’t Pay

This story is part of a partnership that includes WPLN, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Nashville General Hospital is a safety-net facility funded by the Tennessee capital city. For a patient without Read more

read more →

Obamacare A Disgrace? Biden Highlights Bloomberg’s Negative Remarks About The Affordable Care Act.

“From the moment we passed that signature legislation, Mike called it a disgrace.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden in comments during the February Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas Sparring over health care during the Nevada Democratic presidential primary Read more

read more →

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Live from D.C. With Rep. Donna Shalala

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins in October proposes big cuts to popular programs, including Medicaid and the National Institutes of Health. Although those cuts Read more

read more →

Better Than Other Plans Or Better Than Nothing? Trump’s Claim About ‘Affordable’ Options

“Our new plans are up to 60% less expensive and better.” President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address to Congress, Feb. 4, 2020 In his wide-ranging State of the Union address, President Donald Trump returned to a Read more

read more →

Women Shouldn’t Get A Bill For An IUD … But Sometimes They Do

This story also ran on Vice. This story can be republished for free (details). After a few months on daily contraceptive pills, Erica M. wanted something more reliable. She wanted an intrauterine device, a form of long-acting reversible contraception that Read more

read more →

Pete Buttigieg May Have Said He Wants Pharma To ‘Thrive’ But That Doesn’t Mean They Would Like His Drug Pricing Plan

A closer look at 2020 hopeful and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s plan to curb high drug prices reveals progressive strategies that would be unlikely to go over well with pharma. State takes a deep dive. Meanwhile, will President Donald Read more

read more →

Patients Caught In Crossfire Between Giant Hospital Chain, Large Insurer

After Zoe Friedland became pregnant with her first child, she was picky about choosing a doctor to guide her through delivery. “With so many unpredictable things that can happen with a pregnancy, I wanted someone I could trust,” Friedland said. Read more

read more →

After Home Health Companies Abandon Merger Deal, FTC Drops Investigation Into Consolidation

While the deal between Atlanta-based Aveanna and Maryland-based Maxim won’t go forward, the fact that it drew FTC’s attention shows how closely the agency is watching for consolidation issues in the marketplace. Modern Healthcare: Home Health Companies Drop Merger Amid Read more

read more →

Conceived Through ‘Fertility Fraud,’ She Now Needs Fertility Treatment

When Heather Woock was in her late 20s, she started researching her family history. As part of the project, she spit into a tube and sent it to Ancestry, a consumer DNA testing service. Then, in 2017, she started getting Read more

read more →

Call For FDA To Withdraw Preterm Birth Drug Divides Doctors and Insurers

Doctors fear that the only drug approved to prevent preterm birth, the nation’s leading cause of infant mortality and disability, will no longer be available to expectant mothers. The drug, sold under the brand name Makena, has been in limbo Read more

read more →

Bloomberg On Health Care: Translating His Mayoral Record To The National Stage

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent more than $200 million arguing that he should be the Democratic nominee for president, blanketing the airwaves with advertisements. One of those ads emphasizes health care — leaning into the characterization Read more

read more →

Readers And Tweeters Fired Up Over Employer’s No-Nicotine Policy

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. On Board With Snubbing Smokers? Regarding U-Haul, good for them (“Smokers Need Not Apply: Fairness Read more

read more →

With Budgetary Crisis Looming, N.Y. Governor Aims To Cut Billions From What He Deems As Main Culprit: Medicaid

Medicaid accounted for a third of the state’s projected $6.1 billion budget gap. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to reconvene a task force to find savings within the program. Syndicated from https://khn.org/morning-breakout/with-budgetary-crisis-looming-n-y-governor-aims-to-cut-billions-from-what-he-deems-as-main-culprit-medicaid/

read more →

Fight Brewing In California Over Adding Cancer Warning Label To One Of Most Common Over-The-Counter Drugs

Acetaminophen is found in well-known brands like Tylenol, Excedrin, Sudafed, Robitussin and Theraflu. In other pharmaceutical news: production of some Excedrin products temporarily halted; the effort to fight superbugs continues to be patchy; pharma’s race to partner with tech companies; Read more

read more →

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ A ‘Healthy’ State Of The Union

Health policy played a surprisingly robust role in President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address. The president laid out an ambitious set of health goals in his speech Tuesday to Congress and the nation, including reining in drug Read more

read more →

After Rape Of Comatose Woman, Arizona Governor Requests New Regulations To Protect Disabled Patients

“All Arizonans deserve to be safe — and we have a special responsibility to protect those with disabilities,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement. Arizona in the 1990s created an exemption from state regulation for intermediate care facilities for Read more

read more →

Trump Administration Salutes Parade Of Generic Drug Approvals, But Hundreds Aren’t For Sale

This story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). The Trump administration has been trumpeting a huge increase in FDA generic drug approvals the past two years, the result of its actions to streamline a Read more

read more →