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Bad Bedside Manna: Bank Loans Signed In The Hospital Leave Patients Vulnerable

Hospitals increasingly team up with lending institutions to offer low- or no-interest loans to patients to make sure their bills get paid. But critics say the complexity of hospital pricing means consumers should be cautious.

Trump Administration Proposes Rule To Loosen Curbs On Short-Term Health Plans

The policy change is likely to entice younger and healthier people from the general insurance pool by allowing a range of lower-cost options that don’t include all the benefits required by the federal health law.

Reducing Red Tape For Traveling Nurses

A multistate nursing agreement allows nurses to work in numerous states without the hassle and expense of obtaining licenses in each one. More than half of states have signed onto an upgraded version of the agreement — but not California.

Insuring Your Health

Anthem Calls On Eye Surgeons To Monitor Anesthesia During Cataract Surgery

The insurer says it is not usually medically necessary to have an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist on hand during the common surgery.


‘Bill Of The Month’ Launches With ‘Outrageous’ Drug Test

Kaiser Health News, in collaboration with NPR, kicks off a series that will examine and decode your perplexing medical bills.

Special Coverage


Liquid Gold

Pain doctors soak up profits by screening urine for drugs.

Medicaid Nation

Medicaid Nation: No Car, No Care?

For more than 50 years, the program for the poor and sick has been required to ferry certain clients to and from medical appointments. But now that's at risk in some states.

Meet The Medicaid Nation

Those relying on the federal government’s safety net are grandmothers, the kid next door, your supermarket cashier — maybe even you.

Her Sister’s Keeper

Caring for a sibling with mental illness.

Neglect Unchecked

Neglect Unchecked

Infection lapses are rampant in nursing homes but punishment is rare, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

Is Your Hospital On The List?

Medicare is penalizing these 751 hospitals for patient injuries.

Navigating Aging

Judith Graham's column focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care.

The Orphan Drug Machine

Drugmakers rush into the marketplace with rare disease treatments. What's the impact on prescription costs?


Baltimore's Other Divide

Months of reporting and rich hospital data portray life in the worst asthma hot spot in one of the worst asthma cities: Baltimore.

Weekly Podcast

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ What Do The Budget, Idaho And FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb Have In Common?

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‘Going For Gold?’

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