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Mar 12, 2019

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — It was a sleepy Saturday in mid-February. But Virginia Sanders was speaking, and the audience was rapt.

“One might not have the power. But a thousand has the power,” she said. “Don’t let anybody fool you that you don’t.”

Sanders, 76, has been an organizer and activist all her life. She marched in the civil rights...

Mar 08, 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! Headline writers across the world (read: yours truly) breathed a sigh of relief this week when the venture formally known as “the health initiative founded by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase” finally picked a name. After...

Mar 07, 2019

The resignation of Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration caught many FDA watchers by surprise. Gottlieb has been an active regulator in a very anti-regulatory Trump administration. Unlike many Trump officials, Gottlieb’s work on e-cigarettes, nutrition, opioids and generic drugs has won him praise from both Democrats and Republicans.

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Mar 04, 2019

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When it comes to having a baby, that bundle of joy may bring an unexpected price tag that can affect parents’ future health care choices.

At least that was the finding of a study published Monday in Health Affairs. It examined how consumers respond to surprise medical bills in elective — or non-emergency — situations.

Specifically, researchers used a large national sample...

Mar 01, 2019

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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers announced plans to address surprise medical bills in a way that would take the “burden” off Texans.

During a press conference Thursday, state Sen. Kelly Hancock, a Republican from suburban Fort Worth, announced he had filed a bill aimed at...

Mar 01, 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 first day of March! Yours truly could barely keep up with all the news coming off Capitol Hill this week (yes, there were other things going on besides a certain high-profile hearing, as hard as that is to believe). So let’s get right to it!...

Mar 01, 2019

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How To Pay For ‘Medicare-For-All’

I would like to know why, in all of the stories about the notion of “Medicare-for-all” and its potential bankrupting costs (“Beyond Beltway’s ‘Medicare-For-All’ Talk, Democrats In States Push New Health Laws,” Feb. 14), no one is introducing the fact that this sort of a program would...

Feb 27, 2019

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Members of the House on Wednesday offered their version of a “Medicare-for-all” bill that is broader than what’s been put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose 2016 presidential run pushed the issue into the political mainstream.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) unveiled the “Medicare for All Act of 2019,” which redefines what the change in...

Feb 27, 2019

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Compassion for a hungry stray cat led to a nip on the finger — and also took a bite out of Jeannette Parker’s wallet.


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Do you have an exorbitant or baffling medical bill? Join the KHN and NPR’s Bill-of-the-Month Club and tell us about your experience. We’ll...

Feb 27, 2019

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Carol Marley wants everyone to know what a life-threatening cancer diagnosis looks like in America today.

Yes, it’s the chemotherapy that leaves you weak and unable to walk across the room. Yes, it’s the litany of tests and treatments — the CT scans and MRIs and biopsies and endoscopies and surgeries and blood draws and radiation and doctor...

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