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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Kansas Makes a Statement

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Voters in Kansas told the rest of the country this week that they don’t want their state to ban abortion. In a nearly 60%-40% split, voters turned […]

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Cómo evitar, o deshacerse, de una deuda médica

Lori Mangum tenía 32 años cuando aparecieron tumores del tamaño de manzanas en su cabeza. Ahora, seis años y 10 cirugías después, el cáncer de piel desapareció. Pero su dolor sigue vivo, en la forma de una deuda médica. Incluso con seguro, Mangum pagó $36,000 de su bolsillo, cargos que surgieron del hospital, el cirujano, […]

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Pesa el legado de Trump, mientras Colorado busca zanjar la brecha del seguro de salud hispano

Armando Peniche Rosales tiene un dedo del pie torcido, que durante años ha pronosticado el clima y ​​se vuelve sensible cuando se avecina lluvia o frío. “Nunca se curó bien”, dijo Peniche Rosales, quien se rompió el dedo medio del pie izquierdo hace años cuando era jugador de fútbol en una escuela secundaria de Denver, […]

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Despite Losing Federal Money, California Is Still Testing Uninsured Residents for Covid — For Now

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is still offering free covid testing to uninsured residents even though the federal government ran out of money to pay for it. While Congress debates whether to put more money into free testing, California is leaning on programs it already had in place: special state-based coverage for uninsured Californians, school testing, […]

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ACA Sign-Ups for Low-Income People Roll Out Amid Brokers’ Concerns About Losing Their Cut

Insurance agent Cindy Holtzman was a little surprised by the notice from Bright HealthCare, one of the insurers that offer Affordable Care Act coverage in her area. The company’s February note said its health plan sign-ups saw “extraordinary growth” — passing the “one-million-member mark” in the previous year — and tied that success to the […]

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Death in Dallas: One Family’s Experience in the Medicaid Gap

For years, Millicent McKinnon of Dallas went without health insurance. She was one of roughly 1 million Texans who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid in the state but too little to buy their own insurance. That is, until she died in 2019. She was 64 and had been unable to find consistent care […]

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Lots of Health Insurance Help in Covid Relief Law — But Do Your Homework First

There’s something for everyone with private health insurance in the American Rescue Plan Act, but determining the best way to benefit may be confusing. The $1.9 trillion covid relief law that President Joe Biden signed this month will make coverage significantly more affordable for millions of people who either who have marketplace coverage, are uninsured […]

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In Los Angeles, Latinos Hit Hard By Pandemic’s Economic Storm

This story is part of a partnership that includes KPCC, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Working as a fast-food cashier in Los Angeles, Juan Quezada spends a lot of his time these days telling customers how to wear a mask. “They cover their mouth but not their […]

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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 […]