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Providence-KP Team Up to Attract Patients in California’s Growing High Desert Region

Article by KHN on Aug 05, 2021

Bernard J. Wolfson A plan by Providence and Kaiser Permanente to build a new medical center in the High Desert region of California is the latest example of leading hospital chains seeking market advantage.

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Feds to Nix Work Requirements in Montana Medicaid Expansion Program

Article by KHN on Aug 05, 2021

Bernard J. Wolfson Federal health officials will likely reject Montana’s request to include work requirements for beneficiaries of its Medicaid expansion program, which insures 100,000 low-income Montana adults, state officials said.

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2+2=? Senate Uses Murky Math as It Shelves Drug Pricing Rule to Fund Infrastructure

Article by KHN on Aug 05, 2021

Bernard J. Wolfson The Senate’s release of its bipartisan infrastructure plan signals that lawmakers are poised to throw former President Donald Trump’s belated bid to lower Medicare drug prices under the bus — not to mention trains, bridges, tunnels and broadband connections.

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‘Wisdom and Fear’ Lead 90% of U.S. Seniors to Covid Vaccines

Article by KHN on Aug 04, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Amid the latest surge in covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, the United States on Tuesday hit a milestone that some thought was unattainable: 90% of people 65 and older are at least partly vaccinated against the disease.

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Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance.

Article by KHN on Aug 04, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News America’s covid-19 vaccination rate is around 60% for ages 12 and up. That’s not enough to reach so-called herd immunity, and in states like Missouri — where a number of counties have vaccination rates under 25% — hospitals are overwhelmed by serious outbreaks of the more contagious delta variant.

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New Moms Latched On to Remote Breastfeeding Help. Will Demand Wane as Pandemic Fades?

Article by KHN on Aug 03, 2021

Kate Ruder Madison Cano knew she wanted to breastfeed her son, Theo. But breastfeeding was painful for her. The skin on her breasts was chafed and blistered last July when she returned home from the hospital. And Theo sometimes screamed during feedings.

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Long Drives, Air Travel, Exhausting Waits: What Abortion Requires in the South

Article by KHN on Aug 03, 2021

Kate Ruder MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Just a quick walk through the parking lot of Choices-Memphis Center for Reproductive Health in this legendary music mecca speaks volumes about access to abortion in the American South. Parked alongside the polished SUVs and weathered sedans with Tennessee license plates are cars from Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida and, on many days, Alabama, Georgia and Texas.

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A Health Care Giant Sold Off Dozens of Hospitals — But Continued Suing Patients

Article by KHN on Aug 03, 2021

Kate Ruder Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon doesn’t exist anymore as a hospital. But it still sued Hope Cantwell.

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At Urgent Care, He Got 5 Stitches and a Big Surprise: A Plastic Surgeon’s Bill for $1,040

Article by KHN on Aug 02, 2021

Rachana Pradhan It was a Sunday morning in late November when Bryan Keller hopped on a bike for a routine ride to pick up his groceries, cruising with ease in a relatively empty New York City.

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Restoring a Sense of Belonging: The Unsung Importance of Casual Relationships for Older Adults

Article by KHN on Aug 02, 2021

Rachana Pradhan In May, Vincent Keenan traveled from Chicago to Charlottesville, Virginia, for a wedding — his first trip out of town since the start of the pandemic.

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12,000 Square Miles Without Obstetrics? It’s a Possibility in West Texas

Article by KHN on Aug 02, 2021

Rachana Pradhan The message from Big Bend Regional Medical Center was stark: The only hospital in a sparsely populated region of far West Texas notified local physicians last month that because of a nursing shortage its labor and delivery unit needed to temporarily close its doors and that women in labor should instead be sent to the next closest hospital — an hour’s drive away.

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Why is the South the Epicenter of Anti-Abortion Fervor?

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News Not so long ago, laws governing abortion in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were far more restrictive than those in the Deep South, as state legislators throughout New England regularly banned the procedure, no matter the circumstances, during the 1960s and ’70s.

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Claims That CDC’s PCR Test Can’t Tell Covid From Flu Are Wrong

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Victoria Knight Claim: “CDC has just announced they will revoke the emergency use authorization of the RT-PCR tests first introduced in 2/20. … Translation: They’ve been adding flu cases to Covid cases when using that test.”

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Facing Recall, Newsom Draws Support from Health Care Allies

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Victoria Knight SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians upset with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic rules — which shuttered businesses, kept schoolkids at home and mandated masks — helped fuel the September recall election that could spell the end of his political career.

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Diabetes Drug’s New Weight Loss Formula Fuels Cost-Benefit Debate

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News The long list of side effects that follow ads for the newer expensive drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes sometimes include an unusual warning: They might cause weight loss. That side effect is one that many people — especially those with Type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity — may desperately want.

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Bus Stop by Bus Stop, Denver-Area Officials Microtarget Vaccine Hesitancy

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News AURORA, Colo. — John Letson had seen too many apocalyptic movies to feel comfortable getting a covid-19 vaccine initially.

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Amid Covid Booster Debate, West Virginia to Check Immunity of Vaccinated Nursing Home Residents

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News West Virginia raced ahead of the country last winter to get people in nursing homes vaccinated against covid-19, but with cases and hospitalizations on the rise again, state officials want to know whether immunity levels are falling for residents who had their shots.

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Olympic Dream Dashed After Bike Crash and Nightmare Medical Bill Over $200K

Article by KHN on Jul 29, 2021

Samantha Young It was a race in Pennsylvania that could have sent cyclist Phil Gaimon to the Tokyo Olympics; instead, a serious crash landed the Californian in two hospitals on the East Coast.

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Pfizer Court Fight Could Legalize Medicare Copays and Unleash ‘Gold Rush’ in Sales

Article by KHN on Jul 29, 2021

Samantha Young Three years ago, pharma giant Pfizer paid $24 million to settle federal allegations that it was paying kickbacks and inflating sales by reimbursing Medicare patients for out-of-pocket medication costs.

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