State Highlights: West Virginia Lawmakers Take Steps To Protect Health Law, Preexisting Conditions; Chicago Hospitals, AMA Invest $6M To Improve Health On West Side

Media outlets report on news from West Virginia, Illinois, North Carolina, California, Virginia, Missouri, Georgia, and Massachusetts. Charleston Gazette-Mail: The WV Senate Approved A Safety Net For Possible ACA Repeal. The Supreme Court Doesn’t Hear The Case Until 2021.The West Read more

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Bernie Sanders Embraces A New Study That Lowers ‘Medicare For All’s’ Price Tag, But Skepticism Abounds

“[A recent study] said ‘Medicare for All’ will lower health care costs in this country by $450 billion a year and save the lives of 68,000 people who would otherwise have died.” — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in remarks made Read more

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Viewpoints: Lessons On Physical, Mental Health Dangers Of ‘Stop And Frisk’ Policies; Why Hasn’t The U.S., Unlike Other Countries, Added Graphic Warnings To Cigarette Packs?

Opinion writers weigh in on these health issues and others. Boston Globe: The Hidden Cost Of ‘Stop-And-Frisk’New research by Alyasah Sewell, a professor of sociology at Emory University, shows that stop-and-frisk and related police activity in New York City have Read more

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Cholesterol Drug That Works Differently Than Widely Prescribed Statin Pills Approved By FDA

Esperion’s drug, called Nexletol, lowers low-density lipoprotein, colloquially known as “bad cholesterol,” by 17% over the course of 12 weeks of treatment. “This is a nice alternative” to statins, but those medicines will still be the first choice, said Dr. Read more

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To Understand The Complexities Of Unions’ Feelings Toward ‘Medicare For All’ Look Back To The 1990s

A 6-year strike in the 1990s ended with a health care deal with which other workers were envious. If “Medicare for All” is enacted, does that mean those efforts were for naught? Meanwhile, despite the warning from the powerful Culinary Read more

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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

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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

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Medicare Advantage Is A Fast-Growing, Lucrative Marketplace. But Is It Benefiting Patients Or Insurers More?

The new popularity of Medicare Advantage plans has grown without much public policy debate about the effects of large-scale privatization on patient health and on the costs to both the government and enrollees. Critics are worried about what that could Read more

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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

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Listen: Missouri Efforts Show How Hard It Is To Treat Pain Without Opioids

KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber speaks with KBIA’s Sebastián Martínez Valdivia about the challenges Missouri faces in trying to treat chronic pain without opioids. Weber had reported that only about 500 of Missouri’s roughly 330,000 adult Medicaid beneficiaries used a Read more

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Scalpels Out: Democrats Make Slashing Attacks On Health Care Plans

This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). Top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination torched one another’s proposals to reform the health care system Wednesday, as the contest to unify behind Read more

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Covered California Sign-Ups Skyrocket In Sharp Contrast To Health Exchanges’ National Numbers

California’s leaders attributed the increase to a reinstated state-level individual mandate fine and a longer enrollment period. “This has proven the case that the Affordable Care Act, as designed and not kneecapped, works and works well,” said Covered California Executive Read more

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Appeals Court Shoots Down Arkansas’ Medicaid Work Requirements In Latest Legal Blow For Trump Administration

The ruling, written by a Reagan-appointed judge, upheld a lower court’s stance that Arkansas’ plan to add work requirements to its Medicaid program was “arbitrary and capricious” and failed to show how such rules would help Medicaid to meet its Read more

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State Highlights: LA Mayor Works With Trump Administration To Pave Way For Homeless Beds; Baltimore Mayor Kept Reselling Same ‘Healthy Holly’ Books For Profit In Illegal Scheme

Media outlets report on news from California, Maryland, Alabama, Florida, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Arizona, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington. Los Angeles Times: Trump Officials And Mayor Garcetti Team Up To Fix L.A. HomelessnessTaking the next step in months Read more

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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

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Viewpoints: With America Facing Serious Problems Like Obesity, Why Retreat On Healthy School Lunches?; Lessons On Caring For Elderly During Climate Crisis

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. The Hill: USDA Abandons America’s Schoolchildren In his State of the Union message, President Trump focused on giving all American schoolchildren the chance to succeed. Unfortunately, Sonny Perdue, his secretary Read more

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After Drug Is Granted Orphan Status, Hospitals Can Be Left Paying Millions For Treatment That Was Cheap, Attainable

Drugmakers argue that they’ve pumped millions into research and so they can charge a lot more for drugs that used to be available cheaply. But experts find flaws in their logic. In other pharmaceutical news: the price of insulin and Read more

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Viewpoints: Where Is All The Important Information Health Care Providers Need About Coronavirus?; Suppressing News Is China’s Biggest Medical Mistake

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. Stat: We Need More Data To Prepare For The New Coronavirus Outbreak As of Feb. 9, China has reported 908 deaths from 2019-nCoV, more deaths than were caused by severe Read more

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When Your Doctor Is Also A Lobbyist: Inside The War Over Surprise Medical Bills

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). When Carol Pak-Teng, an emergency room doctor in New Jersey, hosted a fundraiser in December for Democratic freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski, her guests, mostly doctors, were Read more

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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

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