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Bill of the Month

Olympic Dream Dashed After Bike Crash and Nightmare Medical Bill Over $200K

A bicyclist from California competed in a Pennsylvania race that could have landed him in this month’s Tokyo Olympics. Instead, a crash on the velodrome track landed him in two hospitals where his out-of-state, out-of-network surgeries garnered huge bills.

Facing Recall, Newsom Draws Support from Health Care Allies

California Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall election in September, fueled in part by anger over his pandemic policies. The health care industry has ponied up more than $4.8 million so far to defend the first-term Democrat.

KHN & POLITIFACT HEALTHCHECK

Claims That CDC’s PCR Test Can’t Tell Covid From Flu Are Wrong

Posts circulating on Facebook and Instagram incorrectly claim that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is withdrawing its covid test because it can’t differentiate between that virus and flu viruses. These statements could be an attempt to blur the high cumulative numbers of covid cases.

Diabetes Drug’s New Weight Loss Formula Fuels Cost-Benefit Debate

Health plans’ coverage of the medication, branded as Wegovy — which has a $1,300-a-month price tag — is not a sure thing.

Pfizer Court Fight Could Legalize Medicare Copays and Unleash ‘Gold Rush’ in Sales

Pharmaceutical companies routinely cover the cost of patient copays for expensive drugs under private insurance. A federal judge could make the practice legal for millions on Medicare as well.

Special Coverage

Hospital ‘Trauma Centers’ Charge Enormous Fees to Treat Minor Injuries and Send People Home

Only severely injured patients are supposed to be billed for “trauma team alert” fees that can exceed $50,000.

With a Diagnosis at Last, Black Women with ADHD Start Healing

Black women and girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often remain undiagnosed because their symptoms are mischaracterized by the blinders of sexism and racism.

COVID-19

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Look Up Your Hospital

Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?

Bill of the Month

How ERs Fail Patients With Addiction: One Patient’s Tragic Death

Two intractable failings of the U.S. health care system — addiction treatment and medical costs — come to a head in the ER.

Podcast

Becerra Urges Congress to Expand Medicare, Address Rx Prices

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra spoke with Julie Rovner for KHN’s “What the Health?” podcast.

Which of Trump’s Health Policies Will Biden Reverse?

 

Bill Of The Month

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

After 18 Months, Sutter Antitrust Settlement Finally Poised for Formal Approval

 

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Hot Covid Summer

Daily Cartoon

‘Misinformation – the 11th Plague?’

‘Misinformation – the 11th Plague?’

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