By Julie Rovner and Francis Ying This is the second in a series of videos about health care promises from presidential candidates that “sound like a good idea.” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explores why proposals to regulate drug prices may not be such a good idea after all. For more information, see: Earlier […]
By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News In a span of 13 months, a relatively unknown virus morphed into a global health emergency thanks to a pest less than four millimeters wide. The Pan American Health Organization reports more than 50,000 people in the Western Hemisphere are infected with the Zika virus. The primary mode […]
By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News Provider directories for some health plans sold through Covered California and in the private market are so inaccurate that they create an “awful” situation for consumers trying to find doctors, according to the lead author of a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. In the study, “secret shoppers” […]
A federal judge on Thursday held Washington state’s mental health services agency in contempt for failing to comply with her order to provide competency services to mentally ill defendants in a timely fashion. Source: Judge: Washington in contempt in mental health case | The News Tribune
From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Finding out you are being laid off is stressful, and in addition to that, you have to make important decisions about health insurance that can save you—or cost you—thousands of dollars at a critical time. It’s important, therefore, to consider all your options when deciding between COBRA or […]
According to a report by the Department of Veterans Affairs released 8 July, an average of 20 Veterans a day commit suicide. The final report will be publicly released later this month. Key findings of the analysis will include: 65% of all Veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or […]
By Michael Ollove Stateline ROCHESTER, Minn. — Pay close attention to Tara Nelson as she chitchats with clients about their families, their pets, their hairstyles, their air conditioning, and you’ll detect the string of questions she slips in. Have you managed to get outside for walks? Did you eat lunch today? You missed a doctor’s […]
By Susan Jaffe Kaiser Health News A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to continue $52 million in funding for a program that helps seniors understand the complexities of their Medicare coverage. Two weeks ago, a Senate committee voted to eliminate it.
By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Doctors cling to comfortable, widely used medical practices, even if they’re no longer particularly effective, right? A new study disputes that popular perception. In the case of a particular breast cancer treatment at least, many physicians quickly abandoned it after a clinical trial showed it was ineffective.
By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News A new study takes a fresh measure of generic drugs’ price advantages, revealing how much more Medicare Part D patients shelled out in copayments for two popular brand-name drugs in 2013. The result: 10.5 times more. Copayments averaged $42 for both Crestor, a cholesterol medication, and Nexium, taken for […]