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The Demise of Single-Payer in California Trips Up Efforts in Other States

SACRAMENTO — Single-payer health care didn’t stand a chance in California this year. Even in this deep-blue bastion, Democratic lawmakers shied away from legislation that would have put state government in charge of health care and taxed Californians heavily to do so — a massive transformation that would have forced them to take on the […]

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Journalists Discuss the Cost of Service Dogs and Medicaid Coverage for People With HIV

KHN senior Colorado correspondent Markian Hawryluk discussed the high cost of service dogs on iHeartRadio’s “The Daily Dive” on Feb. 22. KHN interim Southern Bureau editor Andy Miller discussed Medicaid coverage for people living with HIV in Georgia on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Lawmakers” on Feb. 22. Related Topics Contact Us Submit a Story Tip Source

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Por qué las embarazadas fueron rezagadas mientras se aceleraban las vacunas para la mayoría de la población

Cuando su hijo vino al mundo, el pasado mes de mayo, Kia Slade estaba embarazada de siete meses, no vacunada, y luchaba por respirar mientras sus niveles de oxígeno caían en picada. Un caso grave de neumonía por covid había dejado a Slade delirando. Recordó que cuando el equipo de terapia intensiva trató de colocarle […]

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Plan to Fix Postal Service Shifts New Retirees to Medicare — Along With Billions in Costs

A congressional effort to fix the nation’s deteriorating mail service may come at the expense of an even bigger and more complicated problem: Medicare solvency. The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 would help shore up post office finances by ending the unusual and onerous legal requirement to fund 75 years of retirement health benefits […]

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Backlogs in California’s Medicaid Drug Program Ease, but Problems Persist

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The contractor running California’s new Medicaid prescription drug program has addressed shortfalls that earlier this year left thousands of enrollees without critical medications, some languishing on hold for hours as they sought help, state officials told lawmakers Thursday.  But doctors and health care clinics say that some patients are still suffering and that […]

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An $80,000 Tab for Newborns Lays Out a Loophole in the New Law to Curb Surprise Bills

When Greg and Sugar Bull were ready to start a family, health challenges necessitated that they work with a gestational surrogate. The woman who carried and gave birth to their twins lived two states away. The pregnancy went well until the surrogate experienced high blood pressure and other symptoms of preeclampsia, which could have harmed […]

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Para las personas con sistemas inmunes frágiles no hay retorno a la “normalidad”

Iesha White está tan harta de la respuesta de Estados Unidos a covid-19 que ha pensado en mudarse a Europa. “Estoy indignada. La falta de consideración hacia los demás, para mí, es demasiado”, dijo White, de 30 años, que vive en Los Angeles. Padece esclerosis múltiple y toma un medicamento que suprime su sistema inmunitario. […]

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Journalists Review Hospital Penalties and Problems Riddling Medicaid Rx Program

Samantha Young, a political correspondent for California Healthline, on Feb. 15 discussed how Medi-Cal patients struggle to get their prescription drugs on KCRW’s “Press Play.” Interim Southern bureau editor Andy Miller discussed Medicare penalties for hospitals in Georgia on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Lawmakers” on Feb. 10. Related Topics Contact Us Submit a Story Tip Source

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Inmates Who Died Asked for Release Before Falling Ill With Covid

Rory Adams did not know that Christmas in a small rural hospital in West Virginia would be the last time he saw his wife alive. She’d entered prison in early January 2021 to serve a 42-month sentence for failure to collect payroll taxes. She was supposed to return to North Carolina, their two adult children, […]

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‘I Just Want to Stay in One Spot’: From Homeless to Housed in Rugged Del Norte

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — On a rainy winter morning, Jamie Hayden stopped in to visit with Diane Timothio. A case manager in Del Norte County on California’s remote northern coast, Hayden comes by often, sometimes staying for hours, to work with Timothio. Work can mean different things: going to doctor’s appointments, building her comfort level […]