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Must-Reads of the Week

The Friday Breeze Want to read the best and most provocative stories from the week? Welcome to the Friday Breeze, where we compile them all — so you’re set with your weekend reading. Hi, I’m back with a revamped Friday Breeze, tackling a few hot health care topics of the week and some news you […]

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Missouri Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion Despite GOP Resistance

This story is part of a partnership that includes KCUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Despite strong opposition from Republicans and rural voters, Missouri on Tuesday joined 37 states and the District of Columbia in expanding its Medicaid program. Voters in Missouri approved creating a state constitutional […]

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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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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 […]

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Where Mask-Wearing Isn’t Gospel: Colorado Churches Grapple With Reopening

This story also ran on NBC News. This story can be republished for free (details). COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The lights dimmed. Guitars thrummed. And a nine-piece band kicked off what amounted to a rock concert inside an amphitheater of a church. “Shout for joy to the Lord,” one musician called out, quoting Scripture. Any […]

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In Texas, More People Are Losing Their Health Insurance as COVID Cases Climb

This story is part of a partnership that includes KUT, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Steve Alvarez started feeling sick around Father’s Day weekend this year. His symptoms started as mild, but developed into a fever, chills and shortness of breath he couldn’t shake. “Just when I started to get […]

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Must-Reads of the Week From Lauren Olsen

The Friday Breeze Want to read the best and most provocative stories from the week? Welcome to the Friday Breeze, where we compile them all — so you’re set with your weekend reading. Hiya! I’m Lauren Olsen, your new Newsletter Editor. That’s right — the totally official, no more fill-ins, always-here-for-you Newsletter Editor. As the […]

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Less-Lethal Weapons Blind, Maim and Kill. Victims Say Enough Is Enough.

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). There’s a gap in Scott Olsen’s memory for the night of Oct. 25, 2011. The Iraq War vet remembers leaving his tech job in the San Francisco Bay Area and taking a BART train to join an Occupy Oakland protest […]

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COVID Runs Amok in 3 Detroit-Area Jails, Killing At Least 2 Doctors

When Diana Trueblood visited the Wayne County Jail’s medical unit in Detroit in early March, she encountered a gentle and kind physician, Dr. Angelo Patsalis. Lost On The Frontline This story is part of Lost On The Frontline, a project from The Guardian and Kaiser Health News that aims to document the life of every […]