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Travelers from Beijing , wearing masks, arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, early Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. France's government announced Sunday it will repatriate up to hundreds of French citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly new virus. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Response To Nation’s 1st Coronavirus Case Draws On Lessons From Measles Outbreak

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). When the first U.S. case of a new coronavirus spreading throughout China...
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California Reopens The Single-Payer Debate

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was a single-payer candidate. The Democrat campaigned hard for the creation of one public insurance program for all Californians. And within...
Kaiser Health News

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...
Kaiser Health News

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...
Kaiser Health News

An Attack Ad That Claims Michigan Sen. Gary Peters Supports ‘Medicare For All’ Doesn’t...

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who is running for a second term as Michigan’s junior senator, is the subject of an attack ad that takes...
Examination Room

Medi-Cal Benefits Eliminated A Decade Ago, Such As Foot Care And Eyeglasses, Are Back

San Diego podiatrist Dr. John Chisholm recalls the jolt some of his patients felt in 2009 when Medi-Cal, the government-funded health insurance in California...
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Despite New Doubts, ‘Hotspotting’ Help For Heavy Health Care Users Marches On

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). A highly publicized approach to lowering health costs failed to pass rigorous...
Kaiser Health News

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: SCOTUS Punts On ACA Case — For Now

&lt;br /&gt;<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Supreme Court has declined to take up immediately a case out of...
Smile Club

In-Home Teeth-Straightening Business Is Booming ― But Better Brace Yourself

Though Anna Rosemond, now 33, had braces when she was young, a couple of years ago she noticed her teeth were again starting to...
Kaiser Health News

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy Friday! Where yours truly is a little in awe and a little dazed at the idea of China in the span of six...
Hospital

Patients Want A ‘Good Death’ At Home, But Hospice Care Can Badly Strain Families

<br /> “I’m not anti-hospice at all,” said Joy Johnston, who relocated to New Mexico years ago at age 40 to care for her dying...
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Listen: How Vaping Regulations Are Playing Out In The States

You can listen to the audio from this page: https://khn.org/news/listen-how-vaping-regulations-are-playing-out-in-the-states/ KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber...
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For 2020, California Goes Big On Health Care

California is known for progressive everything, including its health care policies, and, just a few weeks into 2020, state leaders aren’t disappointing. The politicians’ health...
Kaiser Health News

Diagnosed With Dementia, She Documented Her Wishes. They Said No.

Susan Saran was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, a progressive, fatal brain disease. After suffering two brain hemorrhages, Saran signed an advance directive for dementia,...
Kaiser Health News

How Fast Can A New Internet Standard For Sharing Patient Data Catch Fire?

Medical professionals have been storing personal health information in electronic form for more than a decade, but it is cumbersome for patients to gather...
Kaiser Health News

Medi-Cal’s Very Big Decade | Kaiser Health News

Medi-Cal had a big decade. The number of Californians enrolled in the state’s health insurance program for low-income residents swelled by 5.5 million from 2010...
Kaiser Health News

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Trump Takes Credit Where It Isn’t Due

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The final debate for Democratic presidential candidates before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses did...
Kaiser Health News

Listen: How High-Deductible Plans Hurt Rural America

KHN senior correspondent Markian Hawryluk joined Colorado Public Radio’s Avery Lill on “Colorado Matters” to discuss his recent story on how high-deductible health plans are especially...
Tuberculosis Xray

No Shield From X-Rays: How Science Is Rethinking Lead Aprons

CHICAGO — Patients have come to expect a technician to drape their torsos with a heavy lead apron when they get an X-ray, but...
Kaiser Health News

With Fate Of Roe V. Wade Unsure, Abortion Fight Shifts To New Territory

KHN's chief Washington correspondent, Julie Rovner, who has covered health care for more than 30 years, offers insight and analysis of policies and politics...
Elizabeth Warren

Warren and Klobuchar Say They Can Lower Drug Prices Without Congress’ Help

On Tuesday, two Democrats running for president promised to do — each by herself — what Washington has so far proven unable to do:...
Bernie Sanders & Wife

Sanders Targets Health Industry’ Profits. Are His Figures Right?

At the January Democratic debate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders zeroed in on the question of profits in the health care industry. Under “Medicare for All,”...
Kaiser Health News

Trump’s Claim That He ‘Saved’ Preex Conditions ‘Part Fantasy, Part Delusion’

President Donald Trump attempted to take credit for one of the most popular elements of the Affordable Care Act: Its protection for people who...
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Loopholes Limit New California Law To Guard Against Lofty Air Ambulance Bills

Kathleen Hoechlin lost control as she crested a small jump on her final ski run of the day at California’s Mammoth Mountain two years...
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Homeless Californians Adapt To Homeless Camp Sweeps And ‘The Caltrans Shuffle’

Every other week, Norm Ciha and his homeless neighbors temporarily relocate their camp from land alongside a freeway off-ramp in Oakland, Calif., to a...
Kaiser Health News

Smokers Need Not Apply: Fairness Of No-Nicotine Hiring Policies Questioned

<br /> When U-Haul recently announced it will no longer hire people who use nicotine in any form in the 21 states where such hiring...
Kaiser Health News

Kaiser Health News Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy Friday! In things I’ve learned today that I can’t stop thinking about: We apparently carry fat in our tongues? And you can lose...
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Family Doctors In Rural America Tackle Crisis Of Addiction And Pain

Dr. Angela Gatzke-Plamann didn’t fully grasp her community’s opioid crisis until one desperate patient called on a Friday afternoon in 2016. “He was in complete...
Kaiser Health News

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Democrats Roll Dice On SCOTUS And The ACA

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Democratic state attorneys general are asking the Supreme Court to intervene this term in...
Kaiser Health News

Team Trump Says Administration’s Action On Health Care ‘Is Working.’ Is It?

With the 2020 election months away, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is touting his health care record as a key reason voters should grant...
Hospital

High-Deductible Plans Jeopardize Financial Health Of Patients And Rural Hospitals

Kristie Flowers had been sick with the flu for four or five days in July before the 52-year-old registered nurse from Genoa, Colo., acknowledged...
Kaiser Health News

‘An Arm And A Leg’: Watch Your Back — And Your Wallet

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. In 2008, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin was an investigative journalist whose back was killing her. She was considering...

Reduce Health Costs By Nurturing The Sickest? A Much-Touted Idea Disappoints

Improving health and lowering costs for the sickest and most expensive patients in America is a dream harder to realize than many health care...
Grand Parents

5 Things To Know As California Starts Screening Children For Toxic Stress

Starting this year, routine pediatric visits for millions of California children could involve questions about touchy family topics, such as divorce, unstable housing or...
Kaiser Health News

Democrats Press High Court To Make Call On ACA. How It Could Play Out...

You’re forgiven if in the holiday rush you missed the news last month that a federal appeals court in New Orleans once again put...
Homeless Camp - Los Angeles

Fecal Bacteria In California’s Waterways Increases With Homeless Crisis

President Donald Trump, a self-described germophobe, has made no secret of his disgust with California’s growing homeless problem, which he has called a “disgrace”...
Kaiser Health News

In Massachusetts, Minors Need Permission For Abortion, But That Could Change

She was 15 and recovering from rape, when she realized she was pregnant. She knew right away that she wanted to terminate the pregnancy....

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Hospital Known For Glamorous Patients, Opens New Doors To Its Neediest

<br /> LOS ANGELES — With its deluxe suites, A-list patients and world-class art collection that includes works by Picasso and Chagall, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s...
Grand Parents

One-On-One With Trump’s Medicare And Medicaid Chief: Seema Verma

Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sat down for a rare one-on-one interview with Kaiser Health News senior correspondent...
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Effort To Control Opioids In An ER Leaves Some Sickle Cell Patients In Pain

<br /> This story is part of a partnership that includes WABE, NPR and Kaiser Health News.  India Hardy has lived with pain since she was...
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‘Grade A’ All-American Pot: The Next Big Export? Yikes!

More From The Mountain States DENVER — In a large warehouse, LivWell Enlightened Health feeds its cloned cannabis plants a custom blend of nutrients,...
Hospital

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: How Do Other Countries Pay For Health Care?

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Many proponents of creating a “Medicare for All” system in the United States say...
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Extending ‘Healthspan’: Brain Scientists Tap Into The Secrets Of Living Well Longer

AUSTIN, Texas — Retired state employees Vickey Benford, 63, and Joan Caldwell, 61, are Golden Rollers, a group of the over-50 set that gets...
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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy Friday and Happy New Year! As we’re only just back from holidays, I have a very breezy Breeze to get you off on...

Watch: Woman Hit With $28K Bill For A Throat Swab

January 2, 2020 A routine doctor’s visit for a sore throat brought more than $28,000 in charges for one New York City woman in our...
Hospital

A Reality Check On Artificial Intelligence: Are Health Care Claims Overblown?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8Dmek-7FKo Health products powered by artificial intelligence, or AI, are streaming into our lives, from virtual doctor apps to wearable sensors and drugstore chatbots. IBM boasted...
Hospital

Hospital Group Mum As Members Pursue Patients With Lawsuits And Debt Collectors

The American Hospital Association, the biggest hospital trade group, says it promotes “best practices” among medical systems to treat patients more effectively and improve...
Examination Room

‘An Arm And A Leg’: Tradition Grows Into $1 Million Gift For People In...

Dan Weissmann Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Every year — for decades — the Buehler family and friends have organized a softball tournament...
Hospital

Coping With Loss Of Hospital, Rural Town Realizes: We Don’t Need A Hospital

Eliza Oliver helps her daughter, Taelyn, step down from the exam table after her wellness check at Community Health Center. The child’s doctor, who...
Examination Room

Reports Of Patients’ Deaths Linked To Heart Devices Lurk Below Radar

Christina JewettThe Food and Drug Administration continues to file thousands of reports of patients’ deaths related to medical devices through a reporting system that...

Readers And Tweeters: More Than Two Sides To Every Story

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...
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Texas Law Highlights Dilemma Over Care For Patients With No Hope Of Survival

FORT WORTH, Texas ― Critically ill Tinslee Lewis ― a Fort Worth baby embroiled in a dispute between her family and a hospital over...
Examination Room

For Her Head Cold, Insurer Coughed Up $25,865

Richard Harris, NPR News Alexa Kasdan had a cold and a sore throat. The 40-year-old public policy consultant from Brooklyn, N.Y., didn’t want her upcoming vacation...
Examination Room

California AG Details ‘Historic’ Settlement Agreement In Sutter Health Antitrust Case

Sutter Health will pay $575 million to settle a closely watched antitrust case filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose office had accused...
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California Attempts To Revive Compassionate Cannabis Programs

For years, Richard Manning knew what he needed to cope with his physical pain, rage and PTSD — much of which he traced to...

A Veteran Started Vaping THC To Cope With Chronic Pain. Then He Got Very...

Marlene Harris-Taylor, Ideastream As vaping has grown more popular in recent years, the trend has been fueled by the habit’s pleasurable allure: Compared with smoking...
Doctor Stethoscope

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: ACA Still Under A Cloud After Court Ruling

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The fate of the Affordable Care Act continues to be in doubt after a...

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy Friday, at last! A quick programming note: This is the last Breeze of the month (year/decade!). I’ll see you guys back here in...
Doctor Stethoscope

Government-Funded Day Care Helps Keep Seniors Out Of Nursing Homes And Hospitals

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Two mornings a week, a van arrives at the Escondido, Calif., home of Mario Perez and takes him to a...
Hospital

Paying It Forward: ‘Bill Of The Month’ Series, A Vital Toolkit For Patients, Wraps...

In 2018, KHN and NPR launched “Bill of the Month,” a crowdsourced investigation in which we dissect, investigate and explain medical bills you send...
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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Portion Of Obamacare

A federal appeals court panel in New Orleans has dealt another blow to the Affordable Care Act, agreeing with a lower-court judge that the...
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Border Fight: Trump’s Plan To Import Cheaper Drugs From Canada Faces Hurdles

In a historic shift, the federal government Wednesday proposed allowing states to import drugs from Canada. Officials said they believe it can be done...
Bernie Sanders & Wife

Yang And Sanders Use Maternal Mortality Stats To Talk About Race

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News and Victoria Knight In an exchange about racial inequality at December’s Democratic presidential primary debate, businessman Andrew Yang  highlighted jaw-droppingly...
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Warren’s Argument That Millions Can’t Afford Their Rx Drugs Holds Up

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News During a heated exchange over health reform during the December Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren turned to...
Doctor Stethoscope

Democrats Debate Whether Medicare for All Is ‘Realistic’

In the end, literally, the candidates returned to health care. The sixth Democratic presidential debate on Thursday is likely to be best remembered for its...

Electronic Health Records Creating A ‘New Era’ Of Health Care Fraud, Officials Say

The federal government funneled billions in subsidies to software vendors who overstated or deceived the government about what their products could do, according to...
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Don’t Toss That E-Cig: Vaping Waste Is A Whole New Headache For Schools And...

<br /> In her office at Boulder High School, the assistant principal has a large cardboard box where she can toss the spoils of her ongoing...
Doctor Stethoscope

Loophole Averted After Surprise-Bill Brouhaha In Texas

It appears Texas will get one of the strongest laws in the nation against surprise medical bills after all. The law, which takes effect Jan....
Doctor Stethoscope

Valley Fever Cases Climb In California’s Central Valley — And Beyond

<br /> Valley fever cases are on the rise in California and across the arid Southwest, and scientists point to climate change and population shifts...
Hospital

Despite Quick Fixes, Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Care Still Lags

Editor’s note: Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. OAKLAND, Calif. —...
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From Clinic To Courtroom, Fighting For Immigrant Health Care

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jane Garcia started as an intern at La Clínica de La Raza in the late 1970s, attracted by its mission to...

‘An Arm And A Leg’: Reporter Says ‘Shame’ Spurred Hospital To Cancel Debt For...

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Multiple journalists have spotlighted huge medical bills that have left patients swimming in medical debt. After...
Medical Law

Surprising Swings In Momentum For Legislation On Surprise Medical Bills

Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News After months of hearings and negotiations, millions of dollars in attack ads, full-court press lobbying efforts and countless rounds of...
Money

Analysis: In Medical Billing, Fraudulent Charges Weirdly Pass As Legal

Much of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector. I have been circling around this...
Examination Room

What Would Happen If The ACA Went Away?

Any day now, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could rule the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. At least it seemed that...
Hospital

Promising Greater Safety, A Tiny Widget Creates Chaos For Tube Feeders

Rachel Glenn loves to puree food and put it in her 4-year-old’s feeding tube. The Arkansas mom said her thick concoctions of fruit, vegetables,...

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy Friday! If you’ve been able to tear your attention away from the soap opera that is the ever-escalating (and public and messy!) feud...
Doctor Stethoscope

Californians Without Health Insurance Will Pay A Penalty — Or Not

Californians, be warned: A new state law could make you liable for a hefty tax penalty if you do not have health insurance next...
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San Francisco Hopes To Improve Care For People With Mental Illness Living On Streets

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has promised to tackle her city’s homelessness crisis, a vexing situation involving drug abuse and mental illness that is...
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In The Fight For Money For The Opioid Crisis, Will The Youngest Victims Be...

Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio Babies born to mothers who used opioids during pregnancy represent one of the most distressing legacies of an opioid epidemic...
Examination Room

Some Rejoice Over New California Health Insurance Subsidies. Others Get Shut Out.

Syd Winlock bought one of the cheapest health insurance policies he could find for himself and his wife, Lisa, this year: a high-deductible plan...

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Legislate-A-Palooza

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The House overwhelmingly passed a 2020 National Defense Authorization that included a provision that would...
Examination Room

Battling The Bullets From The Operating Room To The Community

Dr. Laurie Punch (center), a trauma surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, shows Melissa Woeppel (left) and Stan Schloesser how to apply a tourniquet during...
Hospital

‘An Arm And A Leg’: Can They Freaking Do That?!?

<br /> Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. A woman gets a bill from a medical testing...

When Teens Abuse Parents, Shame And Secrecy Make It Hard To Seek Help

<br /> Nothing Jenn and Jason learned in parenting class prepared them for the challenges they’ve faced raising a child prone to violent outbursts. The couple...

Among U.S. States, New York’s Suicide Rate Is The Lowest. How’s That?

“I just snapped” is how Jessica Lioy describes her attempt in April to kill herself. After a tough year in which she’d moved back to...

Books, Binders, Bleed-Control Kits: How School Shootings Are Changing Classroom Basics

When a student recently opened fire at a California high school, staff members did what they were trained to do. They shepherded students to...
Hospital

Supreme Court Seems Sympathetic To Insurers In Obamacare Case

No clear split between conservative and liberal Supreme Court justices emerged Tuesday as justices heard arguments over whether the federal government could renege on...
Food Bank

‘Food Pharmacies’ In Clinics: When The Diagnosis Is Chronic Hunger

<br /> There’s a new question that anti-hunger advocates want doctors and nurses to ask patients: Do you have enough food? Public health officials say the...
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In Campaign To Stop Teen Vaping, States Turn To Tried-And-True Remedy: Taxes

Kathleen Hambleton once used to spend $100 a week on Marlboro Reds. The 43-year-old nurse from Saxtons River, Vt., paid a high price for her...
Hospital

Obamacare Back At The High Court — With Billions For Insurers On The Line

More than $12 billion is at stake for the nation’s health insurers Tuesday when the Supreme Court hears another Affordable Care Act case. For the...
Doctor Stethoscope

It’s Not Just You: Picking Health Insurance Is Hard. Here’s How To Be Smart...

Dan Weissmann Science has proved, no kidding around: Picking health insurance is extremely hard. It’s open enrollment — time to pick next year’s insurance — for...
Examination Room

‘Warm’ Hotlines Deliver Help Before Mental Health Crisis Heats Up

This story also ran on USA Today. A lonely and anxious Rebecca Massie first called the Mental Health Association of San Francisco “warmline” during the...
Examination Room

Black Mothers Get Less Treatment For Postpartum Depression Than Other Moms

Portia Smith’s most vivid memories of her daughter’s first year are of tears. Not the baby’s. Her own. “I would just hold her and cry...
Medical Law

Website Errors Raise Calls For Medicare To Be Flexible With Seniors’ Enrollment

This story can be republished for free (details). Saturday is the deadline for most people with Medicare coverage to sign up for private drug...

Analysis: Choosing A Plan From The Impossible Health Care Maze

In this highly partisan political moment, there’s one issue that nearly every American can agree on: Our health care system is a mess and...
Hospital

Patient-Induced Trauma: Hospitals Learn To Defuse Violence

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). SAN DIEGO — When Mary Prehoden gets dressed for work every morning, her eyes lock...

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: We Spend HOW MUCH On Health Care?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Health spending in the U.S. grew to $3.6 trillion in 2018, according to a new...

‘An Arm And A Leg’: How Much For Stitches In The ER? Hard To...

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Sarah Macsalka had heard the stories about how expensive an emergency room visit can be, even for...

Pharma’s Take On The Pelosi Drug-Pricing Bill: Fair Warning Or Fearmongering?

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s flagship proposal to curb prescription drug prices, the “Lower Drug Costs Now Act” ― H.R. 3...

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