Source: Kaiser Health News

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: All About Medicare

Before “Medicare for All,” there was just Medicare, the federal program that provides insurance to 60 million Americans. This week, KHN’s Julie Rovner talks to Tricia Neuman of the Kaiser Family Foundation about how Medicare works and whom it serves. Then, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner join Rovner to talk about some current Medicare issues being debated in Washington, D.C.


Perspectives: Pros, Cons Of New Policies On Migrant Families; Very Bleak Future Awaits Those Who Stay In Guatemala

Editorial pages focus on health issues impacting illegal and legal migrants.


Viewpoints: Lessons On Why Dems Aren’t Ready To Climb Hill To ‘Medicare For All’; Try Public Health Approach To Eliminating Gun Violence

Opinion writers weigh in on these health topics and others.


State Highlights: New Progressive Use-Of-Force Policy In Camden, N.J., Aims To Reduce Police Shootings; N.Y. Medical Ethicists Cite Invasion Of Privacy In Releasing Info On Fetus Burials

Media outlets report on news from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Louisiana, California, Texas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Missouri and Wyoming.


Research Roundup: Veterans Health Care; Hospital Acquired Infections; And Exchange Enrollment

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.


Patient Privacy Continues To Be A Priority When Working On Increasing Access To Health Data, Federal Official Says

Dr. Donald Rucker, the chief of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said protecting privacy and patients' rights is a "delicate balancing act." In other news at the intersection of health and technology: robotic nurses and artificial intelligence's role in drug development.


Maryland’s Pilot Program To Offer Dental Coverage To Some Medicaid Recipients Brings Smiles To Desperate Patients

The program is aiming to catch dangerous dental problems before they can result in costly emergency room visits for the Medicaid recipients. Experts were muted in their praise. "It’s a very primitive first step for people who don’t have dental care," said Dr. Louis DePaola, the associate dean at the University of Maryland’s School of Dentistry. Medicaid news comes out of Minnesota as well.


Scores Of People Born Through Artificial Insemination Are Finding Out Their Fathers Are The Doctors Who Performed Procedure

With the growing use of consumer DNA tests, many have been left reeling by the news that the sperm donors that their mothers selected are not their fathers. “You build your whole life on your genetic identity, and that’s the foundation,” said one woman. “But when those bottom bricks have been removed or altered, it can be devastating.” In other public health news: Lyme disease, gene editing, a blood test for Alzheimer's, employee wellness programs and more.


Sky-High Insulin Costs Are Forcing Patients To Ration Diabetes Drugs, Ask For Lower-Cost Prescriptions

Stories of the fatal decision to skip or ration insulin have filled headlines in recent months, but new government data shows just how many people are taking those dangerous measures because of high costs. In other pharmaceutical news: Gilead's stand-off with the government over Truvada, tips for shopping abroad for cheaper meds, and more.


Planned Parenthood Braces For Fallout From Title X Decision With Fundraisers, New Fees And Warnings

Clinics across the country are expecting to lose millions in federal funding after Planned Parenthood rejected money that came with a condition the organization deemed a "gag rule." The women's reproductive health care provider plans to lean heavily on donors to make up the funding gap while staff members assess how they’ll cope. Other news on abortion comes out of Ohio and Tennessee, as well.


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