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The Cruelest Bills

Shattered Dreams and Bills in the Millions: Losing a Baby in America

On top of fearing for their children’s lives, new parents of very fragile, very sick infants can face exorbitant hospital bills — even if they have insurance. Medical bills don’t go away if a child dies.

KHN On Air

Journalists Dissect Medical Coding and Parse the President's Words

KHN and California Healthline staff made the rounds on national and local media this week to discuss their stories. Here’s a collection of their appearances.

Hemp-Derived Delta-8 Skirts Marijuana Laws and Raises Health Concerns

A cannabis product called delta-8 was made legal when the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp. But unlike its cousin CBD, delta-8 has psychoactive properties. And the FDA warns it has “serious health risks.” The agency has received more than 100 reports of bad reactions among people who consumed it.

Postcard From Mississippi

In Jackson, the Water Is Back, but the Crisis Remains

Unsafe water and all that comes with it — constant vigilance, extra expenses, and hassle — complicate every aspect of daily life for residents of Jackson, Mississippi. Health advocates say stress exacerbates underlying health problems. That is why a free clinic in one of Jackson’s poorest neighborhoods has been organizing water giveaways for the past year and a half.

Shift in Child Hospice Care Is a Lifeline for Parents Seeking a Measure of Comfort and Hope

Terminally ill children, unlike adults, can get hospice services while continuing to receive life-extending or curative care. More than a decade after the inception of the federal policy, it is widely credited with improving the quality of life for ailing children and their families, even as some parents find themselves in a painful stasis.

Special Coverage

Medical Coding Creates Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients

The codes used by U.S. medical providers to bill insurers haven’t caught up to the needs of trans patients or even international standards.

A Disability Program Promised to Lift People From Poverty

Instead, it left many homeless.

COVID-19

Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

Patients for Profit

How private equity hijacked health care.

Doctors Rush to Use Supreme Court Ruling to Escape Opioid Charges

After a unanimous ruling from the high court, doctors who are accused of writing irresponsible prescriptions can go to trial with a new defense: It wasn’t on purpose.

Bill of the Month

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

Patient Satisfaction Surveys Earn a Zero on Tracking Whether Hospitals Deliver Culturally Competent Care

 

Postcard From Sonoma

Postcard from Sonoma

Children in northern California learn to cope with wildfire trauma.

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Biden Declares the Pandemic ‘Over’

Daily Cartoon

‘Overnight Stay’

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