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Insurance Focused on Virtual Visits? The Pros and Cons of a New Twist in Health Plans

New, often lower-cost plans capitalize on the convenience of telemedicine — and patients’ growing familiarity with it. But consumers should weigh costs and care options before enrolling in a “virtual-first” plan.

How to Crush Medical Debt: 5 Tips for Using Hospital Charity Care

The law says nonprofit hospitals are supposed to offer low-income patients financial assistance. But the average person doesn’t know about it. Here’s how to get help.

Surprise-Billing Rule ‘Puts a Thumb on the Scale’ to Keep Arbitrated Costs in Check

Patients soon will not have to worry about the prospect of these often-costly unexpected bills, a federal law promises. Some experts say the new policy could also slow the growth of health insurance premiums.

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Politics of Vaccine Mandates

Like almost everything else associated with the covid-19 pandemic, partisans are taking sides over whether vaccines should be mandated. Meanwhile, Democrats on Capitol Hill are still struggling to find compromise in their effort to expand health insurance and other social programs. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Jen Haberkorn of the Los Angeles Times and Mary Ellen McIntire of CQ Roll Call join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Also this week, Rovner interviews best-selling author Beth Macy about her book “Dopesick,” and the new Hulu miniseries based on it.

COVID-19

Covid Testing, Turnaround Times Are Still Uneven This Far Into Pandemic

The availability of covid testing and turnaround times for results still vary widely around the country, some 19 months since the pandemic was declared a national crisis. A jumbled testing system, technician burnout and squirrely spikes in demand are all part of the problem.

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Bill of the Month

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

Solitary Confinement Condemns Many Prisoners to Long-Term Health Issues

An international movement is pushing to limit the form of incarceration due to its damaging physical and psychological effects.

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Hospitals Confront Climate Change as Patients Sick From Floods and Fires Crowd ERs

Some hospitals are building solar panels and cutting waste to reduce their own carbon footprints, with support from a HHS new office. But the industry is moving slowly.

Medi-Cal Makeover

Medi-Cal Makeover

California’s reboot of troubled Medi-Cal puts pressure on health plans.

Biosimilar Drugs Are Cheaper Than Biologics

Are they similar enough to switch?

Which of Trump’s Health Policies Will Biden Reverse?

 

Disabled Migrants Seek Help Through Lawsuit, Activism

A class action lawsuit seeks better care for immigrants with physical disabilities or mental illness who were detained after trying to enter the country. Other disabled immigrants without legal status are also finding it difficult to get care.

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Politics of Vaccine Mandates

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