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HHS Targets Redo Of ‘Inaccurate’ Hospital Payments

KHN Morning Briefing

The current method is flawed, some analysts say, leading to a pay gap between low- and high-wage hospitals. Also, Democrats say older voters will be unhappy with President Donald Trump’s order to end the payroll tax.

Lost on the Frontline

KHN Original

“Lost on the Frontline” is an ongoing project by Kaiser Health News and The Guardian that aims to document the lives of health care workers in the U.S. who died from COVID 19, and to investigate why so many are victims of the disease.

Trump Pledges Preexisting Conditions Action Already Protected By Obamacare

KHN Morning Briefing

In the next two weeks, President Trump says he will sign an executive order requiring health insurers to cover all preexisting conditions. Democrats jumped on the announcement, claiming that the president is trying to run under achievements of the Affordable Care Act that he is also working to overturn.

Trump’s Relief Orders Challenged: Are They Legal, And Will They Help?

KHN Morning Briefing

Trump administration officials are defending President Donald Trump’s executive actions aiming to circumvent Congress with sometimes contradictory messages. Democrats slam the move as unconstitutional, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to say if she will challenge them in court. News outlets take a look at what’s in the orders.

Stimulus Talks Edge Toward Breakdown With Sides Still Far Apart

KHN Morning Briefing

With Democratic lawmakers and White House negotiators both pointing fingers at each other, hours of tense negotiations on overdue coronavirus relief measures end Thursday with little progress and an uncertain path forward.

Federal Government Must Buy Some Drugs From US Makers, Trump Orders

KHN Morning Briefing

President Donald Trump signed a “Buy American” executive order aimed at boosting domestic production of prescription drugs and medical supplies that are vital in an emergency like the current pandemic. Also, the president’s announced action on drug pricing has yet to be released.

First Edition: Aug. 7, 2020

KHN Morning Briefing

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Still Waiting for That Trump Health Plan

KHN Original

President Donald Trump keeps promising a comprehensive plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. And he keeps not delivering. Meanwhile, members of Congress and White House officials seem unable to agree on a new COVID-19 relief bill. And Missouri becomes the sixth state where voters approved a Medicaid expansion ballot measure. Tami Luhby of CNN, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico and Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.