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Journalists Investigate Private Equity, Medical Debt, and Mental Health Care

KHN senior correspondent Sarah Jane Tribble examined how private equity hijacks health care, reporting on rural hospital closures in Missouri, on KBIA’s “All Things Considered” on June 23. KHN senior Colorado correspondent Markian Hawryluk also discussed private equity, along with power wheelchairs and Colorado’s “right to repair” law, on “Texas Standard” on June 22. KHN […]

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Refurbished Walkers and Wheelchairs Fill Gaps Created by Supply Chain Problems

DENVER — Michele Lujan needed a wheelchair for her 52-year-old husband who had been hospitalized with covid-19. But she had lost her job, and money was tight. Insurance wouldn’t cover the cost, and she didn’t see the use in buying something to meet a temporary need. So she turned to a loan closet not far […]

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Journalists Recap Coverage of the Ongoing Pandemic and Lead Risks in Schools’ Drinking Water

KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber discussed how the covid-19 pandemic has affected home health care and those with disabilities on WBEZ’s “Reset With Sasha-Ann Simons” on March 21. KHN Montana correspondent Katheryn Houghton discussed the high levels of lead in drinking water across Montana schools on WBUR’s “Here and Now” on March 18. Dr. Céline […]

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Pandemic Medical Innovations Leave Behind People With Disabilities

Divya Goel, a 35-year-old deaf-blind woman in Orlando, Florida, has had two telemedicine doctors’ appointments during the pandemic. Each time, she was denied an interpreter. Her doctors told her she would have to get insurance to pay for an interpreter, which is incorrect: Under federal law, it is the physician’s responsibility to provide one. Goel’s […]

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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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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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La alta demanda de perros de servicio crea un mercado salvaje y a veces fraudulento

Jenni Mahnaz admite que no le gustan mucho los perros. Es ligeramente alérgica y la única mascota que tuvo de niña fue un cangrejo ermitaño. Pero cuando supo que los entrenados para asistir a las personas podían ayudar a sus hijas con sus necesidades médicas, decidió conseguir uno al precio que fuera. A su hija […]

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A Disabled Activist Speaks Out About Feeling ‘Disposable’

SAN FRANCISCO — In early January, one of the country’s top public health officials went on national television and delivered what she called “really encouraging news” on covid-19: A recent study showed that more than three-fourths of fatalities from the omicron variant of the virus occurred among people with several other medical conditions. “These are […]

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Sin papeles, sin atención: migrantes con discapacidades buscan ayuda a través de demandas y activismo

Hace 13 años, la desesperación llevó a José Luis Hernández a subirse a un tren que iba a alta velocidad en el norte de México con la esperanza de llegar a los Estados Unidos. Pero no lo logró. Resbaló y cayó bajo las ruedas de acero: perdió el brazo y la pierna derechas, y cuatro […]

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Apple, Bose and Others Pump Up the Volume on Hearing Aid Options, Filling Void Left by FDA

Spurred by decades of complaints about the high cost of hearing aids, Congress passed a law in 2017 to allow over-the-counter sales, with hopes it would boost competition and lower prices. Four years later, federal regulators have yet to issue rules to implement the law. But changes in the industry are offering consumers relief. In […]