Journalists Probe Problems in Providing Care for Foster Kids and Propping Up Addiction Treatment
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KHN senior editor Andy Miller discussed the problems with Georgia’s foster care system on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Lawmakers” on Jan. 26. Click here to watch Miller on “Lawmakers” Read Miller’s “Unmet Needs: Critics Cite Failures in Health Care for Vulnerable Foster Children“ KHN Midwest correspondent Bram Sable-Smith discussed Howard Buffett’s $30 million donation for a recovery center on KMOX’s “Total Information A.M.” on Jan. 25. Click here to hear Sable-Smith on “Total Information A.M“ Read Sable-Smith’s “A $30 Million Gift to Build an Addiction Treatment Center. Then Staffers Had ..read more
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Montana Lawmakers Seek More Information About Governor’s HEART Fund
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by Keely Larson
3d ago
A fund championed by Gov. Greg Gianforte to fill gaps in Montana’s substance use and behavioral health treatment programs has spent $5.2 million since last year as the state waits for an additional $19 million in federal funding. Now, the Republican governor wants to put more state money into the Healing and Ending Addiction Through Recovery and Treatment initiative, but lawmakers and mental health advocates are asking for more accountability and clarity on how the money is spent. Republican Rep. Jennifer Carlson, chair of the Human Services Committee of the Montana House of Representatives, s ..read more
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As Long-Term Care Staffing Crisis Worsens, Immigrants Can Bridge the Gaps
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by Michelle Andrews
3d ago
When Margarette Nerette arrived in the United States from Haiti, she sought safety and a new start. The former human rights activist feared for her life in the political turmoil following the military coup that overthrew President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991. Leaving her two small children with her sister in Port-au-Prince, Nerette, then 29, came to Miami a few years later on a three-month visa and never went back. In time, she was granted political asylum. She eventually studied to become a nursing assistant, passed her certification exam, and got a job in a nursing home. The work was hard ..read more
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Au Revoir, Public Health Emergency
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by Oona Tempest
3d ago
The Host Julie Rovner KHN @jrovner Read Julie's stories. Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent and host of KHN’s weekly health policy news podcast, “What the Health?” A noted expert on health policy issues, Julie is the author of the critically praised reference book “Health Care Politics and Policy A to Z,” now in its third edition. The public health emergency in effect since the start of the covid-19 pandemic will end on May 11, the Biden administration announced this week. The end of the so-called PHE will bring about a raft of policy changes affecting patients, health care provid ..read more
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Millones en riesgo de perder Medicaid, mientras terminan protecciones por la pandemia
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by Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
3d ago
Los estados se están preparando para remover a millones de personas de Medicaid, a medida que expiran las protecciones que se implementaron al comienzo de la pandemia de covid-19. Este cambio abrupto, que comienza en abril, pondrá a millones de estadounidenses en riesgo de perder la cobertura de salud, amenazando su acceso a la atención y potencialmente exponiéndolos a costosas facturas. También pondrá presión en las finanzas de hospitales, doctores y otros que dependen de los pagos de Medicaid, el programa federal de salud gerenciado por los estados que cubre a las personas de bajos ingresos ..read more
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As Pandemic-Era Medicaid Provisions Lapse, Millions Approach a Coverage Cliff
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by Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
4d ago
States are preparing to remove millions of people from Medicaid as protections put in place early in the covid-19 pandemic expire. The upheaval, which begins in April, will put millions of low-income Americans at risk of losing health coverage, threatening their access to care and potentially exposing them to large medical bills. It will also put pressure on the finances of hospitals, doctors, and others relying on payments from Medicaid, a state-federal program that covers lower-income people and people with disabilities. Almost three years ago, as covid sent the economy into free fall, the f ..read more
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Can They Freaking Do That?!? (2023 Update)
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by Dan Weissmann
5d ago
The “An Arm and a Leg” podcast is back. This season, host Dan Weissmann will tell stories about patients finding creative ways to fight back against outrageous bills.  This first episode of Season 9 updates a story from 2019 about a listener who got a $35 bill from a medical testing lab she had never heard of. Soon a follow-up bill arrived demanding $1,300 if she didn’t pay right away. This jump in price left her wondering: Can they freaking do that?!? The answer: They can try. And they often get away with it.  But if patients have the time and moxie, they can propose a fair price an ..read more
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Watch: Covid Increases Risk of Heart Problems, New Data Underlines
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Céline Gounder, KHN’s editor-at-large for public health, discusses new data showing an excess of deaths in 2020 related to heart disease. The deaths — from heart attack and heart failure — show that the virus can affect the heart and that cardiac problems can show up months after an initial covid-19 infection has apparently resolved. Vaccines reduce the risk both of serious infections and subsequent heart problems. KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major opera ..read more
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California Author Uses Dark Humor — And a Bear — To Highlight Flawed Health System
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by Rachel Scheier
6d ago
Mother-to-be Kathleen Founds made a routine doctor’s appointment to discuss the risks of antidepressants in pregnancy. After the visit, Founds, who relies on medication to quell the manic highs and despondent lows of bipolar disorder, learned the physician was out of network. She received a surprise bill for $650, launching her into a maze of claim forms and hours on the phone being routed from one office to the next to dispute the charges — insurance red tape that so many Americans have encountered. A decade later, Founds captured her experience in a graphic novel, “Bipolar Bear and the Terri ..read more
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Listen to the Latest ‘KHN Health Minute’
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Jan. 26 This week’s “KHN Health Minute” nudges listeners to have an antiviral care plan before covid hits, and looks at how medical emergencies like Damar Hamlin’s heart attack can affect NFL players’ mental health. Jan. 19 Tune in to the “KHN Health Minute” this week to learn how your smartphone could become your doctor’s newest diagnostic tool and the importance of taking morning sickness symptoms seriously.   Jan. 12 Tune in to the “KHN Health Minute” this week to hear how noise pollution affects our health and why an optimistic outlook may help you live longer.   The KH ..read more
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