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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ See You In Court!

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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 Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner talk about a spate of lawsuits involving the Affordable Care Act, as well as the latest in state and federal efforts regarding the Medicaid program for the poor.

Shortage Of Insurance Fraud Cops Sparks Campaign Debate

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About a quarter of fraud investigator positions at the state Department of Insurance are open, and Steve Poizner has made the vacancies a focus of his campaign for insurance commissioner. His opponent, Ricardo Lara, says chasing criminals isn’t the only solution to rising health care costs.

Listen: Why Young Doctors Appear To Be Embracing Single-Payer

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KHN’s Shefali Luthra talks about how the American Medical Association’s student caucus managed to push the overall organization to begin reviewing and possibly — eventually — reconsider its decades-long opposition to single-payer health care.

Voters To Settle Dispute Over Ambulance Employee Break Times

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Unlike most other workers, private-ambulance employees are frequently called away from their meals and rest breaks to respond to emergency calls, but there’s no law explicitly allowing that practice. Proposition 11 would change that, but some say its real purpose is to get California’s largest ambulance company out of costly litigation.

Feds Urge States To Encourage Cheaper Plans Off The Exchanges

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Many insurers added surcharges to policies they sold to individuals last year to make up for a cut in federal funding. Now, federal officials suggest that states encourage insurers to sell policies without those surcharges outside of the marketplace to help people who don’t get a premium subsidy.

Listen: The Latest On Workplace Wellness Programs

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Ohio’s Republican gubernatorial candidate has proposed using a wellness program inspired by the Cleveland Clinic for the state’s Medicaid population. But these types of plans are not new — they have a list of pros and cons, as well as regulatory issues.

Medicaid Officials Target Home Health Aides’ Union Dues

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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.