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Amazon Adds Behavioral Health To Amazon Care

KHN Morning Briefing

Amazon Care is the medical care service the retail giant sells to employer health plans, and now it will include behavioral health care from specialists. In other news, the general manager of Amazon Care is reportedly taking an extended break.

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: A Big Week for Biden

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Congress is leaving for its annual summer break having accomplished far more than many expected, including, barring unforeseen snags, a bill to address the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries and extend the enhanced subsidies for insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the abortion issue continues to roil the nation as Indiana becomes the first state to ban the procedure in almost all cases since the Supreme Court overruled the constitutional right to abortion in June. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Sarah Karlin-Smith of the Pink Sheet, and Rachel Cohrs of Stat join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more.

Nearly 4 Million People Had Data Exposed In July Health Industry Hacks

KHN Morning Briefing

Health care data breaches compromised information on 3.9 million people in July. About half came from just one payment vendor hack, according to Modern Healthcare. Separately, the Department of Justice says UnitedHealth’s data practices mean its Change Healthcare acquisition should be blocked.

Pharma Industry’s Response Monitored To Drug Pricing Measures

KHN Morning Briefing

Roll Call reports on mixed forecasts on whether drugmakers will shift costs to private markets to offset losses from Medicare negotiations. News outlets explore other ways the bill — which is expected to get a House vote Friday — will impact consumers.

Costs Of Cybersecurity Attack Higher For Health Industry Than Any Other

KHN Morning Briefing

A new IBM report highlights the deep impact that a cybersecurity breach can have on a health care system, with the cost of a breach rising — and it already has a more expensive impact than on any other sector. Also: new Dallas clinics from One Medical, insurers cracking down on unscheduled procedures, and more.

Fewer Than 1 In 3 Insured Patients With Hepatitis C Get Treatment

KHN Morning Briefing

Media outlets report on a new government study that highlights a failure in the medical insurance system: Though many people infected with hepatitis C can be cured by an expensive treatment, fewer than a third of people whose insurance covers the cure are accessing the drugs.

Dems Work To Quickly Push Health, Climate, And Tax Bill Through House

KHN Morning Briefing

With a vote targeted for Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would ask members to approve the Inflation Reduction Act as it was passed in the Senate. Congressional Republicans who are physicians voiced concerns over the included drug pricing measures, while the Hill debate quickly bleeds onto the campaign trail. News outlets also examine the bill’s potential impact for many Americans.

HHS Targets Rural Health Care Gaps With $60M Investment

KHN Morning Briefing

The Department of Health and Human Services will direct $60 million to rural communities with an aim toward increasing the depleted workforce and increasing health care access for people who live far from medical facilities.

US Trauma Care Access Improves, But Remains Patchy

KHN Morning Briefing

Though a national system to care for patients with traumatic injuries hasn’t been created, despite expert calls to the White House years ago, a study found access to care has improved since the 2010s. Unevenly, though. Also: medical bill transparency, hospital marketing on social media, and more.

First Edition: Aug. 9, 2022

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

Biden Is Out Of Covid Isolation After Second Negative Test

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President Joe Biden left his prolonged isolation on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, reports on expectations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changing covid guidelines are mixed, with some expecting no change, others expecting relaxations when it comes to schools.