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COVID-19

Pharmacies Are Turning Away Immunocompromised Patients Seeking 4th Covid Shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly changed its guidance to allow an extra shot in certain cases, but some pharmacy personnel are confused about who is eligible.

A sign shows the name of Frontier Health & Rehabilitation, a nursing home in St. Charles, Missouri.
COVID-19

With a Vaccine Mandate Looming, Nursing Homes Face More Staffing Problems

Missouri has the worst covid-19 vaccination rate for nursing home health care workers in the nation. There, the federal mandate for workers to get vaccinated — upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — reveals the problems that operators have hiring staff, keeping them, and providing decent care.

I Write About America’s Absurd Health Care System. Then I Got Caught Up in It.

A KHN reporter had written for years about the people left behind by the absurdly complex and expensive U.S. health care system. Then he found himself navigating that maze as he tried to get his insulin prescription filled.

Jessica Holloway, a vaccine protester, holds a sign at an anti-vaccine rally at the California Capitol in early January.
COVID-19

Vaccine Wars Ignite in California as Lawmakers Seek Stronger Laws

Anti-vaccination activists say California’s Democratic lawmakers are helping strengthen their movement nationally by pushing for tougher vaccine requirements — without exemptions for religious or personal beliefs. But a new pro-vaccine lobbying force is vowing to fight back.

Bill of the Month

The Doctor Didn’t Show Up, but the Hospital ER Still Charged $1,012

A St. Louis-area toddler burned his hand on the stove, and his mom took him to the ER on the advice of her pediatrician. He wasn’t seen by a doctor, and the dressing on the wound wasn’t changed. The bill was more than a thousand dollars.

Special Coverage

American Diagnosis

“American Diagnosis” is a conversation about some of the biggest public health challenges across the United States, with insights on topics from teen mental health to opioids and gun violence highlighting the voices of experts and people on the ground working for the health of their communities.

Postcard From Montana

‘Heart’ of Little Shell:

Newest federally recognized tribe opens its first clinic.

COVID-19

Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

State Laws Aim to Regulate ‘Troubled Teen Industry'

Even in states that have sought to increase oversight, deaths and controversial tactics such as seclusion still happen.

Bill of the Month

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

Which of Trump’s Health Policies Will Biden Reverse?

 

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The Last Drugstore

How pharmacy closures impact underserved communities.

Still Cashing In

In December 2020, Congress voted to ban “surprise medical bills,” which can devastate patients and their families. But that ban won’t happen until 2022, and a variety of health care providers are still cashing in.

Weekly Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Roe v. Wade’s (Possibly Last) Anniversary

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‘Pandemic Pinball’

Pandemic Pinball

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