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Why You Can’t Find Cheap At-Home Covid Tests

You probably won’t be testing everyone at your Thanksgiving table for covid because the tests are expensive and hard to find. Why? The federal government is partly to blame.

COVID-19

Patients Went Into the Hospital for Care. After Testing Positive There for Covid, Some Never Came Out.

About 21% of patients diagnosed with covid during a hospital stay died, according to data analyzed for KHN. In-hospital rates of spread varied widely and patients had no way of checking them.

The Last Drugstore

How Rural Communities Are Losing Their Pharmacies

More than 1,000 independent rural pharmacies have closed since 2003, leaving 630 communities with no retail drugstore. As 41 million people stuck in pharmacy deserts make do, the remaining drugstores struggle to survive.

As Big Pharma and Hospitals Battle Over Drug Discounts, Patients Miss Out on Millions in Benefits

The number of pharmacies dispensing 340B discounted drugs soared to more than 31,000 this year. Drugmakers struck back by halting some discounts. Hospitals say they are losing millions of dollars — and cutting back services to patients — as a result.

California Plans for a Post-Roe World as Abortion Access Shrinks Elsewhere

While other states dramatically restrict abortion and the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court weighs Roe v. Wade, California is preparing to absorb the country’s abortion patients.

Special Coverage

Bill of the Month

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

Postcard From Southern California

Etching the Pain of Covid Into the Flesh of Survivors

Memorial tattoos have grown more popular in recent years. Since parlors reopened after the lockdown, inkers have found that many people are eager to memorialize relatives and friends lost to covid.

COVID-19

Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

The Last Drugstore

How pharmacy closures impact underserved communities.

What Happens After a Campus Suicide Is a Form of Prevention, Too

The scientific term is “postvention,” and it informs how to navigate the emotional challenges that follow such a tragedy.

Which of Trump’s Health Policies Will Biden Reverse?

 

baby laying on floor with diaper

‘Down to My Last Diaper'

The anxiety of parenting in poverty.

Pharma Cash to Congress

Pharma Campaign Cash Delivered to Key Lawmakers With Surgical Precision

Drug companies and their lobbying groups gave roughly $1.6 million in the first six months of 2021, with Democrats edging closer than they have in a decade to Republicans’ total haul.

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Big Biden Budget Bill Passes the House

Daily Cartoon

‘A Digital Pardon?’

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