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Apr 24, 2019

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A Tennessee-based chain of pain clinics that abruptly shut down last summer faces five whistleblower lawsuits accusing it of defrauding Medicare and other health insurers by billing for hundreds of unnecessary urine drug tests and other dubious health services, newly unsealed court records show.

The federal suits target Tennessee-based Comprehensive Pain Specialists, also known...

Apr 24, 2019

A federal district judge in Oregon blocked new rules for the federal family planning program issued by the Trump administration and due to take effect May 3. It’s one of several cases out to thwart the changes that would effectively evict Planned Parenthood from the Title X program.

Meanwhile, hospitals are gearing up to fight the various “Medicare-for-all” proposals...

Apr 24, 2019

A federal district judge in Oregon blocked new rules for the federal family planning program issued by the Trump administration and due to take effect May 3. It’s one of several cases out to thwart the changes that would effectively evict Planned Parenthood from the Title X program.

Meanwhile, hospitals are gearing up to fight the various “Medicare-for-all” proposals...

Apr 24, 2019

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Three-quarters of the public — including a majority of Republicans — want the federal government to protect patients from being stuck with surprise medical invoices after they are unwittingly treated by doctors or medical facilities that are out of their insurance network, a poll released Wednesday found.

These unexpected bills, which can be financially crippling, may arise when a...

Apr 23, 2019

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McALLEN, Texas — Edgar carries a red folder bulging with paperwork, bills and medical records. Before his lung cancer diagnosis in September, he had about $11,000, he said, money he was saving to purchase a used truck and to pay an immigration attorney to pursue legal residency.

By February, it was gone, and Edgar was relying on friends and...

Apr 19, 2019
The Friday Breeze

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend.

Happy Friday! This week, I discovered a new, salty Twitter account that really speaks to my soul: @justsayinmice. The creator behind the thing is fed up! with click-baity headlines on stories about research done in mice — you know the ones that make...

Apr 18, 2019

This week, KHN’s “What the Health?” panelists answered questions submitted by listeners.

Among the topics covered were what might happen to parts of the Affordable Care Act if a lawsuit now working its way through the courts succeeds in declaring the health law unconstitutional, and how Medicare and Medicaid deal with surprise medical bills from out-of-network...

Apr 17, 2019

“We got to almost universal coverage in health care in Colorado.”

John Hickenlooper on March 31, 2019, during an interview on MSNBC

Former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is a rare breed in the 2020 presidential race — he’s running as a moderate.

On health care, he supports universal coverage and boasts about Colorado’s record-low uninsured rate. But unlike many of his competitors for the Democratic nomination, he opposes “...

Apr 16, 2019

Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, joined C-SPAN host Bill Scanlan Tuesday morning on “Washington Journal” to discuss how health care is playing out in the current political debate. They talked about the Republican-sponsored lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act and the backing by many Democratic candidates of a “Medicare-for-all” health plan, and took questions from viewers about a wide variety of health issues. The video is available on the C-SPAN website.

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Apr 12, 2019

KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner appeared on two CNN programs to help explain what’s known and what’s still to be figured out about the “Medicare-for-all” plan Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reintroduced this week in the Senate. The plan by Sanders, who is among the front-runners in the Democratic presidential primary race, has drawn a lot of attention on the campaign trail and Capitol Hill.

Watch CNN’s “New Day” with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman.

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