Jessica Holloway, a vaccine protester, holds a sign at an anti-vaccine rally at the California Capitol in early January.

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COVID-19

Vaccine Wars Ignite in California as Lawmakers Seek Stronger Laws

Anti-vaccination activists say California’s Democratic lawmakers are helping strengthen their movement nationally by pushing for tougher vaccine requirements — without exemptions for religious or personal beliefs. But a new pro-vaccine lobbying force is vowing to fight back.

Bill of the Month

The Doctor Didn’t Show Up, but the Hospital ER Still Charged $1,012

A St. Louis-area toddler burned his hand on the stove, and his mom took him to the ER on the advice of her pediatrician. He wasn’t seen by a doctor, and the dressing on the wound wasn’t changed. The bill was more than a thousand dollars.

Covid-19 at-home rapid test kits are seen on a shelf at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Orlando, Florida.
COVID-19

Why Medicare Doesn’t Pay for Rapid At-Home Covid Tests

The laws governing Medicare don’t provide coverage for self-administered diagnostic tests, which is precisely what the rapid antigen tests are and why they are an important tool for containing the pandemic.

Dr. Christian Ramers speaking with a colleague
COVID-19

Patient, Beware: Some States Still Pushing Ineffective Covid Antibody Treatments

The top 12 states using antibody therapies produced by Regeneron and Lilly — which research shows don’t work against the omicron variant — include several Southern states with some of the nation’s lowest vaccination rates, but also California, which ranks among the top 20 for fully vaccinated residents.

One Year In, How Much of Trump’s Health Agenda Has Biden Undone?

In his campaign, President Joe Biden promised to undo policies, particularly health policies, implemented by former President Donald Trump. Yet, despite immense executive power, reversing four years of action takes time and resources.

Special Coverage

American Diagnosis

“American Diagnosis” is a conversation about some of the biggest public health challenges across the United States, with insights on topics from teen mental health to opioids and gun violence highlighting the voices of experts and people on the ground working for the health of their communities.

Postcard From Montana

‘Heart’ of Little Shell:

Newest federally recognized tribe opens its first clinic.

COVID-19

Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

State Laws Aim to Regulate ‘Troubled Teen Industry'

Even in states that have sought to increase oversight, deaths and controversial tactics such as seclusion still happen.

Bill of the Month

This investigation by KHN and NPR dissects and explains your medical bills every month.

Which of Trump’s Health Policies Will Biden Reverse?

 

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The Last Drugstore

How pharmacy closures impact underserved communities.

Still Cashing In

In December 2020, Congress voted to ban “surprise medical bills,” which can devastate patients and their families. But that ban won’t happen until 2022, and a variety of health care providers are still cashing in.

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Roe v. Wade’s (Possibly Last) Anniversary

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‘Pandemic Pinball’

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