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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Hurricane Harvey And Health Costs

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss the potential health impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf Coast, and what impact the relief effort in Washington could have on an already jampacked September agenda. Also this week: an interview with Elisabeth Rosenthal about why medical care costs so much.

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Given State Of Affairs Around Health Law, States Stuck Approving Sharp Premium Increases

KHN Morning Briefing

Because of all the uncertainty in D.C., states like Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia are approving average rates for major insurers that are at least 25 percent higher than they were in 2017. Meanwhile, Department of Health and Human Services documents show that outreach efforts under the Obama administration actually were working.

CBO Warns It Won’t Have Time To Give Full Analysis On Graham-Cassidy Bill

KHN Morning Briefing

That could make it difficult for some Republicans to throw support behind the bill, but it will also allow lawmakers to avoid any damaging headlines until after the vote. The Congressional Budget Office’s “preliminary assessment” is expected next week.

Weeding Out The Rhetoric From The Facts On Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Plan

KHN Morning Briefing

The New York Times examines various claims — like that the majority of people are in support of a single-payer system — surrounding the proposal advanced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Meanwhile, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) asks the Congressional Budget Office to score the bill, which could make it an even tougher sell than it already is.