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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Ask Us Anything!

KHN Original

In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Joanne Kenen of Politico answer listeners’ questions about health policy and politics.

In Continued Push For Transparency, CMS Takes Steps Toward Developing Price Comparison Tool For Consumers

KHN Morning Briefing

Some experts have already dismissed the tool as unlikely to actually help save costs, though. “Ask any hospital, lab or physician the price of anything and all you ever get back is a question: ‘What insurance do you have?’ ” said Steven Weissman, an attorney and former hospital president. “Each patient’s price depends on how much can be extracted.”

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Opioids, EpiPens And Health Funding

KHN Original

In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Joanne Kenen of Politico discuss Senate action on health funding and opioid legislation, the state of the individual insurance market and consternation over expiration dates on EpiPens, the self-injected allergy remedy. Also, could an otter with asthma signal a potential public health crisis?

Medicaid Officials Target Home Health Aides’ Union Dues

KHN Original

Federal officials are proposing a rule to prohibit home health aides paid directly by Medicaid from having their dues for the powerful Service Employees International Union automatically deducted from their paychecks. The effort would likely mean those workers are far less likely to pay dues and could diminish the union’s influence.