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Pandemic rules for Medicaid enrollment are ending soon. Here’s what that means
WASHINGTON (NewsHour) — The nation’s uninsured rate reached an all-time low during the pandemic, largely because Congress temporarily blocked states from kicking people off Medicaid even if they were no… Read More
A ‘medical cost-sharing’ plan left this minister to pay most of his $160,000 bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Kareen King calls it “the ultimate paradox”: The hospital that saved her husband Jeff’s heart also broke it. What Happened Jeff King, of Lawrence, Kan., needed… Read More
Hidden audits reveal millions in overcharges by Medicare Advantage plans
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Newly released federal audits reveal widespread overcharges and other errors in payments to Medicare Advantage health plans, with some plans overbilling the government more than $1,000… Read More
How banks and hospitals are cashing in when patients can’t pay for health care
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Patients at North Carolina-based Atrium Health get what looks like an enticing pitch when they go to the nonprofit hospital system’s website: a payment plan from… Read More
Supreme Court ruling on Abortion leaves a lot of uncertainty
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – Some medical students are worried about how the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion rights will affect their training and their relationship with patients. “As a medical… Read More
Cancer screenings like colonoscopies are supposed to be free. Hers cost $2,185
SUNAPEE, New Hampshire (NPR) — Elizabeth Melville and her husband are gradually hiking all 48 mountain peaks that top 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. “I want to do everything I… Read More
Democratic Ohio lawmaker planning for bill to protect nurses from being attacked at work
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 pandemic brought an escalation of attacks against medical professionals, including nurses, at work. The American Nurses Association reports a quarter of nurses… Read More
Drug plan prices touted during Medicare open enrollment can rise within a month
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Something strange happened between the time Linda Griffith signed up for a new Medicare prescription drug plan during last fall’s enrollment period and when she tried… Read More
Advocates worry new law could lead to vulnerable Ohioans being kicked off Medicaid
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency that the federal government declared in January 2020 is set to expire on Saturday. That’s likely to be extended… Read More
What would Ohio get out of the Build Back Better Act?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passing a few days ago, backers of President Biden’s Build Back Better ACT have hit the ground to… Read More
COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Off To A Slow Start — But Not In Some Rural Areas
Some rural areas, where healthcare is usually harder to get, appear to be leading the nation in delivery of coronavirus vaccine. But health leaders are cautioning there are caveats.
Legislature Passes Legislation To Prevent Costly Surprise Medical Bills
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Late Tuesday night, the Ohio Senate passed a plan that would stop Ohioans from receiving surprise medical bills from out of network providers. The… Read More
U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown Says Affordable Health Care Act Is In Jeopardy
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is blasting most of his colleagues in the Senate and President Trump for proceeding ahead with appointment of a U.S…. Read More
About 1 In 5 Households In U.S. Cities Miss Needed Medical Care During Pandemic
Some people have skipped care because of finances or fear of the virus, doctors say. Others find medical practices closed to new patients. Many are suffering health consequences, an NPR poll finds.
Ohio Considering Statewide Protocols for Nurses, Doctors
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton says the state could be looking at issuing protocols for all hospital staff in order to… Read More
Survey: Americans Agree Health Care System Needs Fixing
Americans are divided on lots of issues. But a new national survey finds that people across the political spectrum agree on at least one thing: Our health care system needs… Read More
Ohio Medicaid Seeks Ideas for Improving Patient Experiences
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s Medicaid department is asking for input from companies and organizations familiar with the program on how to improve the experience of patients. A formal request… Read More
Judge Scraps ‘Conscience’ Rule Protecting Doctors Who Deny Care For Religious Reasons
The U.S. judge found that the Trump administration’s rule violates the law in “numerous, fundamental, and far-reaching” ways. Critics said the rule prioritized providers over patients.
Targeting ‘Medicare For All’ Proposals, Trump Lays Out His Vision For Medicare
Speaking from a retirement community in Florida, the President gave seniors a pep talk about what he wants to do for Medicare, contrasting it with plans of his Democratic rivals.
Beshear Puts Health Care at Forefront in New Ad
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Andy Beshear is trying to nudge health care to the forefront of Kentucky’s race for governor with a new TV ad. In the ad, Beshear… Read More
Feds Announce $17M Settlement with Health Care Firm in W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say they’ve reached a $17 million settlement with a health care company accused of Medicaid fraud in West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced… Read More
Employees Start To Feel The Squeeze Of High-Deductible Health Plans
The average deductible for employer-sponsored health insurance has quadrupled in the last 12 years. A Los Angeles Times investigation finds even insured workers are going without needed medical care.
Google Searches For Ways To Put Artificial Intelligence To Use In Health Care
The search giant’s push into artificial intelligence as a tool for health improvement is a natural evolution for a company that has developed algorithms that reach deep into our lives through the Web.
Trump Backs Off Obamacare Replacement After Top GOP Leader Nixes The Idea
The president still promises “a great health care package” — but not until after the next election. His comments come after a phone call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Montana Joins Ohio Attorney General in Support of Health Law
HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Montana’s attorney general has joined his Ohio counterpart in opposing a Texas judge’s ruling to strike down the Affordable Care Act. The court filing Monday by… Read More