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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Covid and Kids

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Nearly a year into the pandemic, many public schools are still closed to in-person instruction. But while there is increasing evidence that schools are not a major source of infection, teachers and staffers remain concerned about going back to class before they are vaccinated. Meanwhile, […]

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Health Issues Carried Weight on the Campaign Trail. What Could Biden Do in His First 100 Days?

Joe Biden ran on an expansive health care platform during his 2020 presidential campaign, with a broad array of promises such as adding a government-sponsored health plan to the Affordable Care Act and lowering prescription drug prices. Perhaps most significantly, he pledged to get control of the covid pandemic that claimed more than 400,000 American lives […]

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Biden’s First Order of Business May Be to Undo Trump’s Policies, but It Won’t Be Easy

The party split in Congress is so slim that, even with Democrats technically in the majority, passing major health care legislation will be extremely difficult. So speculation about President-elect Joe Biden’s health agenda has focused on the things he can accomplish using executive authority. Although there is a long list of things he could do, […]

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Think Your Health Care Is Covered? Beware of the ‘Junk’ Insurance Plan

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). Looking back, Sam Bloechl knows that when the health insurance broker who was helping him find a plan asked whether he’d ever been diagnosed with a major illness, that should have been a red flag. Preexisting medical conditions don’t matter when […]

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Workers Who Lost Jobs Due to COVID May Need Help Getting Coverage This Fall

This story also ran on Fortune. This story can be republished for free (details). Michelina Moen lost her job and health insurance in April. Only weeks earlier she had begun to feel ill and not her usual energetic self — in what she describes as a textbook case of “really bad timing.” The Orlando, Florida, […]

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If They Sweep on Election Day, Dems Still Face a Challenge Meeting Health Promises

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Democrats are favored to win both chambers of Congress after years of campaign-trail promises about health care. But with a pandemic, a more conservative Supreme Court and lingering disagreements between progressives and moderates, it could be difficult for Democrats to turn those promises into […]

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Did Trump Confuse the Public Option With ‘Medicare for All’?

“They have 180 million people, families under what he wants to do, which will basically be socialized medicine — you won’t even have a choice — they want to terminate 180 million plans.” President Donald Trump during the presidential debate, Oct. 22, 2020 During the final presidential debate, President Donald Trump claimed that 180 million […]

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Biden’s in the Ballpark on How Many People Have Preexisting Conditions

“There’s 100 million people that have pre-existing conditions.” — Former Vice President Joe Biden, during the Sept. 29 presidential debate This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). The first minutes of Tuesday’s presidential debate immediately turned to how President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice […]

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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 […]