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Why So Slow? Legislators Take on Insurers' Delays in Approving Prescribed Treatments

Insurers say prior authorization requirements are intended to reduce wasteful and inappropriate health care spending. But they can baffle patients waiting for approval. And doctors say that insurers have yet to follow through on commitments to improve the process.

An person wearing gloves holds a bag of platelet donation at a public blood drive.

As Red Cross Moves to Pricey Blood Treatment Method, Hospitals Call for More Choice

The nation’s largest supplier of platelets is moving to a method it says is easier for hospitals, but one that sharply raises costs, leading some centers to demand more options.

States Have Yet to Spend Hundreds of Millions of Federal Dollars to Tackle Covid Health Disparities

A year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded states and local health departments $2.25 billion to help people of color and other populations at higher risk from covid. But a KHN review shows public health agencies across the country have been slow to spend it.

Johanna and Trenerry are seen sitting next to one another in front of a table, posing for a photo together. The two are dressed for a wedding.

After the Pandemic Hit Nursing Homes Hard, California Lawmakers Push to Tighten Licensing Rules

Legislators are proposing an overhaul of California’s licensing system for nursing homes that would make it the most stringent in the country. They argue that disreputable and unlicensed owners and operators have harmed residents. The industry describes the proposed requirements as excessive.

RaDonda Vaught is seen in a courtroom holding her hands to her face with her eyes closed.

No Prison Time for Tennessee Nurse Convicted of Fatal Drug Error

Hundreds of nurses gathered outside a Nashville courthouse to protest RaDonda Vaught’s prosecution for a medical mistake, and cheered when her probation sentence was announced.

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