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Behind The Byline: ‘At Least I Got the Shot’

Although the coronavirus pandemic shut down many organizations and businesses across the nation, KHN has never been busier ― and health coverage has never been more vital. We’ve revamped our Behind the Byline YouTube series and brought it to Instagram TV. Journalists and producers from across KHN’s newsrooms take you behind the scenes in these […]

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LA County Authorities Cautious Despite Declining COVID Numbers

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). In Los Angeles County, California’s main COVID-19 hot spot since early in the pandemic, key indicators of the disease have taken an encouraging turn recently. New cases, hospitalizations, deaths and the rate of positive test results have all been dropping. But because of the […]

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California Rx: State May Dive Into Generic Drug Market

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). SACRAMENTO — California is poised to become the first state to develop its own line of generic drugs, targeting soaring drug prices and stepping into a fiercely competitive drug market dominated by deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies. The Democratic-controlled legislature overwhelmingly approved a measure Monday that […]

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For Kids With Special Needs, Online Schooling Divides Haves and Have-Nots

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). ALHAMBRA, Calif. — It’s Tuesday morning, and teacher Tamya Daly has her online class playing an alphabet game. The students are writing quickly and intently, with occasional whoops of excitement, on the little whiteboards she dropped off at their homes the day before along […]

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Wildfires Provide Another Reason to Mask Up

About Asking Never Hurts A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape. Send questions to bwolfson@kff.org. Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). If you have declined to wear a face mask during the COVID-19 crisis, you might want to reconsider, as the smoke from over […]

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California’s Data Failures Stymie Efforts to Curb the Virus

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The failure of California’s infectious disease monitoring system for a stretch of at least 20 days in July and August triggered potentially deadly fallout that continues to reverberate across the state. The fallout has been most severe in heavily populated counties, which rely primarily […]

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COVID Data Failures Create Pressure for Public Health System Overhaul

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). After terrorists slammed a plane into the Pentagon on 9/11, ambulances rushed scores of the injured to community hospitals, but only three of the patients were taken to specialized trauma wards. The reason: The hospitals and ambulances had no real-time […]

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Covered California Announces Record-Low Rate Hike for 2021

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Update: This story was updated at 6:48 pm ET with additional quotes and information. Premiums for health plans sold through Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Act insurance exchange, will rise an average of 0.6% next year — the smallest hike since it started […]

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Avoiding Care During the Pandemic Could Mean Life or Death

These days, Los Angeles acting teacher Deryn Warren balances her pain with her fear. She’s a bladder cancer patient who broke her wrist in November. She still needs physical therapy for her wrist, and she’s months late for a cancer follow-up. But Warren won’t go near a hospital, even though she says her wrist hurts […]

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Don’t Count on Lower Premiums Despite Pandemic-Driven Boon for Insurers

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). When COVID-19 smacked the United States in March and April, health plans feared medical costs could skyrocket, jacking up premiums drastically in 2021, when millions of the newly unemployed might still be out of work. But something else happened: Non-COVID care collapsed as hospitals […]