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Bill of the Month

A Year After Spinal Surgery, A $94,031 Bill Feels Like A Back-Breaker

A service called neuromonitoring can cut the risk of nerve damage during delicate surgery. But some patients are receiving unexpected and large bills for the service.

Federal Grants ‘A Lifesaver’ In Opioid Fight, But States Still Struggle To Curb Meth

The federal government has doled out at least $2.4 billion in state grants since 2017 to address the opioid epidemic, which killed 47,600 people in the U.S. that year alone. But local officials note that drug abuse problems seldom involve only one substance.

In Combating Surprise Bills, Lawmakers Miss Sky-High Air Ambulance Costs

The median cost of an air ambulance bill is more than $36,000 and seldom covered by insurance, sparking many consumer complaints. Yet none of the proposals introduced or circulating in Congress to fix surprise medical bills address these services.

A Proposal To Make It Harder For Kids To Skip Vaccines Gives Powerful Voices Pause

California lawmakers are debating whether to tighten the rules on childhood vaccinations and give the ultimate say to state public health officials. But questions are emerging from unexpected quarters: the state medical board and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Readers And Tweeters: No Rush To Judge Patients Who Leave The ER Without OK

Kaiser Health News gives readers a chance to comment on a recent batch of stories.

Special Coverage

A Final Comfort

‘Palliative transport’ brings dying children home.

Bill Of The Month

This investigation by KHN and NPR dissects and explains your medical bills every month in order to shed light on U.S. health care prices and to help patients learn how to be more active in managing costs.

Botched Operation

Death By 1,000 Clicks

Where electronic health records went wrong.

Heat And Violence

Twin threats for asylum-seekers waiting at border.

No Mercy

No Mercy

Dealing with hospital closure, pioneer Kansas town asks: What comes next?

'Living Their Values'

A palliative care power couple faces cancer at home.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?

Lethal Plans

When seniors turn to suicide in long-term care.

Churches Wipe Out Millions In Medical Debt For Others

 

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Who Will Pay To Fix Problem Of Surprise Medical Bills?

Daily Cartoon

‘Jab Well Done?’

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