Viewpoints: If Patient Voices Could Be As Loud As Lobbyists, Then Surprise Medical Bills Might End; How Is it That Greedy Corporations Get Rich On Insulin?

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. Stat: To Fight Surprise Medical Bills, Create A Powerful United Patient Lobby Physicians are taught to prioritize the interests of their patients, using their knowledge, preferences, and values to guide 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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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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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

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: The Labor Pains Of ‘Medicare For All’

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Labor unions are divided over whether to endorse a Democratic candidate for president in 2020 — and, if so, whom to choose. Some unions are firmly behind the “Medicare for 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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Viewpoints: No Surprise That No One Seriously Plans To Fix Surprise Medical Bills; ‘Medicare For All’ Isn’t What’s Hurting Warren, Other Dems

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others. The New York Times: Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills?Every politician condemns the phenomenon of “surprise” medical bills. This week, two committees in the House are marking up 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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No Quick Fix: Missouri Finds Managing Pain Without Opioids Isn’t Fast Or Easy

This story also ran on HuffPost. This story can be republished for free (details). ST. LOUIS — Missouri began offering chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for Medicaid patients in April, the latest state to try an alternative Read more

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Different Takes: Health Care, Not ‘Medicare For All’, Could Be Main Issue That Turns Around 2020 Elections; Trump Left Out A Key Word About Preexisting Conditions

Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others. Los Angeles Times: In Swing States, Democrats Should Avoid ‘Medicare For All’ To retake the presidency in November, the Democrats will need to win the electoral college. The clearest path to do Read more

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Congressional Democrats Have Limited Options Of Blocking Administration’s Block Grant Medicaid Changes

Any tough measures aimed at halting the Trump administration’s attempt to shift Medicaid funding into a block-grant system could imperil other bipartisan health efforts members want to pass this year. Meanwhile, because the new plan, dubbed “Healthy Adult Opportunity,” is Read more

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Remaking Medicaid — Maybe

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Trump administration is trying to achieve a goal for Republicans that dates to the 1980s — allowing states to obtain at least some of their funding for Medicaid as Read more

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Trump’s Latest Health Care Challenge: Gaining Voters’ Trust

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Far more Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s handling of several high-profile health care issues than give him positive marks, underscoring the challenge the president faces in claiming health Read more

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CMS To Invite States To Apply For Waivers To Transform Medicaid Programs Into Block Grant Model

The letters to state officials are expected to go out on Thursday. Proponents and critics alike expect any changes to face legal challenges. Allowing block grants in Medicaid has been a prime objective for CMS Administrator Seema Verma since she Read more

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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

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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

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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/

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Guidance To Allow States To Request Block Grant Waivers For Medicaid Programs Expected Soon

Approving state waivers to change Medicaid funding to block grants would be among the Trump administration’s most controversial moves to reshape Medicaid. While supporters of block granting say it gives states more flexibility, critics warn that it creates incentives for Read more

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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

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Viewpoints: It Takes Much More Than A SOTU Pledge To End HIV; Lessons On The Shortcomings Of Precision Medicine

Editorial writers focus on these health issues and others. The Washington Post: Trump Says He Wants To End AIDS. His Party’s History Tells A Different Story.For days preceding Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, word was that President Trump Read more

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Utah and Idaho Lawmakers Seek To Scale Back Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansions

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Three months after voters in Utah and Idaho defied their recalcitrant state legislatures to expand Medicaid through ballot initiatives, Republican lawmakers in those states are hitting back. A bill Read more

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