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Contraception Is Free to Women, Except When It’s Not

Article by KHN on Jul 23, 2021

Michelle Andrews For Stephanie Force, finding a birth control method that she likes and can get without paying out-of-pocket has been a struggle, despite the Affordable Care Act’s promise of free contraceptives for women and adolescent girls in most health plans.

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Facing Headwinds on New Alzheimer’s Drug, Biogen Launches Controversial Campaign

Article by KHN on Jul 23, 2021

Michelle Andrews Do you sometimes lose your train of thought or feel a bit more anxious than is typical for you?

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After 18 Months, Sutter Antitrust Settlement Finally Poised for Formal Approval

Article by KHN on Jul 23, 2021

Michelle Andrews More than 18 months after Sutter Health agreed to a tentative settlement in a closely watched antitrust case joined by the California Attorney General’s Office, the judge presiding over the case indicated she would sign off on the terms, pending agreement on attorney fees. The nonprofit health care giant, based in Sacramento, stood accused of violating California’s antitrust laws by using its market dominance to drive up prices. 

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After 18 Months, Sutter Antitrust Settlement Finally Poised for Formal Approval

Article by KHN on Jul 23, 2021

Michelle Andrews More than 18 months after Sutter Health agreed to a tentative settlement in a closely watched antitrust case joined by the California Attorney General’s Office, the judge presiding over the case indicated she would sign off on the terms, pending agreement on attorney fees. The nonprofit health care giant, based in Sacramento, stood accused of violating California’s antitrust laws by using its market dominance to drive up prices. 

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Big Leagues Balk at Endorsing Vaccination

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews Santa Clara County, where the San Francisco 49ers train and play their NFL home games, has one of the highest covid vaccination rates in California. As of July 11, more than 76% of its vaccine-eligible residents were fully vaccinated, partly because the county and the 49ers franchise turned Levi’s Stadium into a mass inoculation site where more than 350,000 doses were administered over four months.

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Wildfire Smoke Drives People in Low-Vaccinated Areas Indoors, Raising Outbreak Fears

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews MISSOULA, Mont. — Missoula’s new downtown library was teeming with people who might typically spend a Saturday afternoon hiking, biking or otherwise making the most of Montana’s abundant outdoor recreation. One look at the soupy haze blanketing the city and it was clear why.

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A Chilling Cure: Facing Killer Heat, ERs Use Body Bags to Save Lives

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews As a deadly heat wave scorched the Pacific Northwest last month, overwhelming hospital emergency rooms in a region unaccustomed to triple-digit temperatures, doctors resorted to a grim but practical tool to save lives: human body bags filled with ice and water.

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Big Leagues Balk at Endorsing Vaccination

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews Santa Clara County, where the San Francisco 49ers train and play their NFL home games, has one of the highest covid vaccination rates in California. As of July 11, more than 76% of its vaccine-eligible residents were fully vaccinated, partly because the county and the 49ers franchise turned Levi’s Stadium into a mass inoculation site where more than 350,000 doses were administered over four months.

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Wildfire Smoke Drives People in Low-Vaccinated Areas Indoors, Raising Outbreak Fears

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews MISSOULA, Mont. — Missoula’s new downtown library was teeming with people who might typically spend a Saturday afternoon hiking, biking or otherwise making the most of Montana’s abundant outdoor recreation. One look at the soupy haze blanketing the city and it was clear why.

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A Chilling Cure: Facing Killer Heat, ERs Use Body Bags to Save Lives

Article by KHN on Jul 22, 2021

Michelle Andrews As a deadly heat wave scorched the Pacific Northwest last month, overwhelming hospital emergency rooms in a region unaccustomed to triple-digit temperatures, doctors resorted to a grim but practical tool to save lives: human body bags filled with ice and water.

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Analysis: Necessary or Not, Covid Booster Shots Are Probably on the Horizon

Article by KHN on Jul 21, 2021

Michelle Andrews The drugmaker Pfizer recently announced that vaccinated people are likely to need a booster shot to be effectively protected against new variants of covid-19 and that the company would apply for Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for the shot. Top government health officials immediately and emphatically announced that the booster isn’t needed right now — and held firm to that position even after Pfizer’s top scientist made his case and shared preliminary data with them last week.

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The Delta Variant Thrives in a State of Political and Public Health Discord

Article by KHN on Jul 21, 2021

Michelle Andrews ST. LOUIS — The day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson finished his bicentennial bus tour to drum up tourism to the state in mid-July, Chicago issued a travel advisory warning about visiting Missouri.

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Analysis: Necessary or Not, Covid Booster Shots Are Probably on the Horizon

Article by KHN on Jul 21, 2021

Michelle Andrews The drugmaker Pfizer recently announced that vaccinated people are likely to need a booster shot to be effectively protected against new variants of covid-19 and that the company would apply for Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for the shot. Top government health officials immediately and emphatically announced that the booster isn’t needed right now — and held firm to that position even after Pfizer’s top scientist made his case and shared preliminary data with them last week.

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The Delta Variant Thrives in a State of Political and Public Health Discord

Article by KHN on Jul 21, 2021

Michelle Andrews ST. LOUIS — The day after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson finished his bicentennial bus tour to drum up tourism to the state in mid-July, Chicago issued a travel advisory warning about visiting Missouri.

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With a Diagnosis at Last, Black Women with ADHD Start Healing

Article by KHN on Jul 20, 2021

Michelle Andrews Miché Aaron has always been a high achiever. The 29-year-old is in her third year of a planetary sciences doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University, where she researches minerals found on Mars. She’s a former NASA space grant scholar and hopes to become an astronaut one day.

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Sen. Wyden: $3.5T Budget May Have to Trim but It Can Set a Path to ‘Ambitious Goals’

Article by KHN on Jul 20, 2021

Michelle Andrews Exactly what American health care will look like if Democrats can pass their $3.5 trillion spending plan is unclear, but the senator negotiating its health-related provisions hopes what emerges will be dramatic: the first complete health care system for older Americans and significantly reduced costs for everyone else.

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With a Diagnosis at Last, Black Women with ADHD Start Healing

Article by KHN on Jul 20, 2021

Michelle Andrews Miché Aaron has always been a high achiever. The 29-year-old is in her third year of a planetary sciences doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University, where she researches minerals found on Mars. She’s a former NASA space grant scholar and hopes to become an astronaut one day.

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Thousands of Young Children Lost Parents to Covid. Where’s Help for Them?

Article by KHN on Jun 23, 2021

JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News Five months after her husband died of covid-19, Valerie Villegas can see how grief has wounded her children.

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