Promises Kept? On Health Care, Trump’s Claims of ‘Monumental Steps’ Don’t Add Up
by Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News and Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News on September 28, 2020 at 9:00 am
The president entered office seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act, revamp Medicaid and drive down prescription drug prices, among other things. He’s hit some stone walls.
Rural Hospitals Teeter on Financial Cliff as COVID Medicare Loans Come Due
by Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News on September 22, 2020 at 9:00 am
A lack of direction from federal administrators is causing confusion for many hospital administrators. Rural hospitals are among the ones hit hardest.
It’s Not Just Insulin: Lawmakers Focus on Price of One Drug, While Others Rise Too
by Rachana Pradhan on September 22, 2020 at 9:00 am
While insulin is the poster child for outrageous prescription costs, patients are paying ever more to treat depression, asthma, HIV, cholesterol and more. And the pandemic has overtaken efforts to force the issue in Congress.
In Face of COVID Threat, More Dialysis Patients Bring Treatment Home
by Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News on September 18, 2020 at 9:00 am
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, more patients are administering dialysis to themselves at home rather than receiving it in a clinic. Although home dialysis limits exposure to the virus, it comes with its own challenges.
KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: It’s Scandal Week
on September 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm
President Donald Trump this week issued a prescription drug pricing order unlikely to lower drug prices, and he contradicted comments by his director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the need for mask-wearing and predictions for vaccine availability. Meanwhile, scandals erupted at the CDC, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration. And the number of people without health insurance grew in 2019, reported the Census Bureau, even while the economy soared. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Tami Luhby of CNN and Sarah Karlin-Smith of the Pink Sheet join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read, too.
Urban Hospitals of Last Resort Cling to Life in Time of COVID
by Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News and Emmarie Huetteman on September 17, 2020 at 9:00 am
Rural hospitals have been closing at a quickening pace in recent years, but a number of inner-city hospitals now face a similar fate. Experts fear that the economic damage inflicted by the COVID pandemic is helping push some of these urban hospitals over the edge at the very time their services are most needed.
Trump Is Sending Fast, Cheap COVID Tests to Nursing Homes — But There’s a Hitch
by Rachana Pradhan on August 24, 2020 at 9:00 am
Experts say the administration’s approach with antigen tests could add cost and risk for the most vulnerable patients.
KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Democrats in Array (For Now)
on August 20, 2020 at 6:50 pm
In a highly produced, made-for-TV political convention, Democrats papered over their differences on a variety of issues, including health care, to show a unified front to defeat President Donald Trump in November. Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to complicate efforts to get students back to school, and a federal judge blocks the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Shefali Luthra of The 19th join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.
We Put Off Planning, Until My Father-in-Law’s Medical Crisis Took Us by Surprise
by Judith Graham on August 20, 2020 at 9:00 am
Although the family patriarch did not face a life-threatening emergency, the episode was a reminder that you have to prepare for a real crisis.
GOP Senate Ad Misrepresents Montana Governor’s Stance
by Victoria Knight on August 18, 2020 at 9:00 am
The race between Steve Bullock and Steve Daines reflects a trend in campaigns nationwide. Republicans often paint Democrats as left of the general public and health care has often been one of the issues the GOP highlights in that effort. In this case, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is leaping to conclusions with its claims.