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Arguing to Undo the ACA. Harming Medicare. Do They Go Hand in Hand?

Arguing to Undo the ACA. Harming Medicare. Do They Go Hand in Hand?

“Trump is pushing to slash Medicare benefits.”— Digital and TV campaign ad, Oct. 9, 2020This story was produced in partnership with .It’s a tried-and-true campaign strategy.Candidates go on the attack, claiming their opponent will do harm to Medicare. After all, people are . These voters are also generally to protect the federal health insurance program for seniors.It’s no surprise, then, that in an ad released this month, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign played the Medicare card.“Donald Trump is lying about Medicare and Social Security,” an ominous, mature, male voice warns...

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Did Trump Confuse the Public Option With ‘Medicare for All’?

Did Trump Confuse the Public Option With ‘Medicare for All’?

“They have 180 million people, families under what he wants to do, which will basically be socialized medicine — you won’t even have a choice — they want to terminate 180 million plans.”President Donald Trump during the presidential debate, Oct. 22, 2020This story also ran on .During the final presidential debate, President Donald Trump claimed that 180 million people would lose their private health insurance to socialized medicine if the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president.“They have 180 million people, families under what he wants to do,...

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Travel on Thanksgiving? Pass the COVID

Travel on Thanksgiving? Pass the COVID

This story also ran on .Molly Wiese was truly stumped. Her parents and siblings live in Southern California, and Wiese, a 35-year-old lawyer, has returned home every Christmas since she moved to Minnesota in 2007.Because of the pandemic, Wiese thought it would be wiser to stay put for once. But in June, Wiese’s father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and they feared this could be his final holiday season.Should she fly with her husband and two young sons to California, putting her immunocompromised father at risk of COVID-19? Or stay home and miss out on making treasured holiday memories...

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Workers Fired, Penalized for Reporting COVID Safety Violations

Workers Fired, Penalized for Reporting COVID Safety Violations

This story also ran on . It can beWhen COVID-19 began making headlines in March, Charles Collins pulled out a protective face mask from the supply at the manufacturing company in Rockaway, New Jersey, where he was the shop foreman and put it on. The dozen or so other workers at the facility followed suit. There was no way to maintain a safe distance from one another on the shop floor, where they made safety mats for machines, and a few of the men had been out sick with flu-like symptoms. Better safe than sorry.Management was not pleased. Collins got a text message from one of his...

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Californians Asked to Pony Up for Stem Cell Research — Again

Californians Asked to Pony Up for Stem Cell Research — Again

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In an election year dominated by a chaotic presidential race and splashy statewide ballot initiative campaigns, Californians are being asked to weigh in on the value of stem cell research — again.Proposition 14 would authorize the state to borrow $5.5 billion to keep financing the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), currently the second-largest funder of stem cell research in the world. Factoring in interest payments, the measure could cost the state roughly $7.8 billion over about 30 years, an estimate from the nonpartisan state Legislative Analyst’s...

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Even With ACA’s Fate in Flux, Open Enrollment Starts Soon. Here’s What’s New.

Even With ACA’s Fate in Flux, Open Enrollment Starts Soon. Here’s What’s New.

This story also ran on .Facing a pandemic, record unemployment and unknown future costs for COVID-19 treatments, health insurers selling Affordable Care Act plans to individuals reacted by lowering rates in some areas and, overall, issuing only modest premium increases for 2021.“What’s been fascinating is that carriers in general are not projecting much impact from the pandemic for their 2021 premium rates,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.Although final rates have yet to be analyzed in all...

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: A Little Good News and Some Bad on COVID-19

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: A Little Good News and Some Bad on COVID-19

October 22, 2020Can’t see the audio player? .For the first time in a long time, there is some good news about the coronavirus pandemic: Although cases continue to climb, fewer people seem to be dying. And there are fewer cases than expected among younger pupils in schools with in-person learning. But the bad news continues as well — including a push for “herd immunity” that could result in the deaths of millions of Americans.Meanwhile, the Trump administration is doubling down on efforts to allow states to require certain people with low incomes to prove they work, go to school or perform...

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KHN on the Air This Week

KHN on the Air This Week

October 23, 2020KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed the impact of the election and the upcoming Supreme Court challenge on the Affordable Care Act with New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange” and WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” on Wednesday. Rovner also spoke with Newsy’s “Morning Rush” on Thursday about the roles of health care and COVID-19 in the presidential campaign.KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber discussed COVID vaccine distribution with “Newsy Reports” on Oct. 16.October 23, 2020KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed the impact of the...

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Trump Says He Saved 2 Million Lives From COVID. Really?

Trump Says He Saved 2 Million Lives From COVID. Really?

“We saved 2 million people” from dying of COVID-19.”President Donald Trump, during the Oct. 15 town hall on NBC NewsThis story was produced in partnership with .President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to have saved 2 million lives from COVID-19 through his actions to combat the disease.Recently, he made the assertion during the that replaced the second presidential debate.“But we were expected to lose, if you look at the original charts from original doctors who are respected by everybody, 2,200,000 people,” Trump said. “We saved 2 million people,” he added.He mentioned the same...

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Biden’s Big Health Agenda Won’t Be Easy to Achieve

Biden’s Big Health Agenda Won’t Be Easy to Achieve

KHN's chief Washington correspondent, Julie Rovner, who has covered health care for more than 30 years, offers insight and analysis of policies and politics in her regular HealthBent columns.Send questions to .This story also ran on .If Joe Biden wins the presidency in November, health is likely to play a high-profile role in his agenda. Just probably not in the way he or anyone else might have predicted.Barring something truly unforeseen, it’s fairly certain that on Jan. 20 the U.S. will still be in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic — and the economic dislocation it has caused....

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Analysis: Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here’s How to Save Them. And Us.

Analysis: Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here’s How to Save Them. And Us.

October 22, 2020If we really want to stem the spread of the coronavirus as winter looms and we wait for a vaccine, here’s an idea: The government should pay bars, many restaurants and event venues to close for some months.That may sound radical, but it makes scientific sense and even has a political precedent. We (in theory, at least, to protect the environment), so why not compensate owners to shut their indoor venues (to protect public health)?In the past nine months, we’ve learned a lot about this particular coronavirus and how it’s most likely to spread. Drinking establishments and...

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Bridging the Miles — And the Pandemic — Teledentistry Makes Some Dentists Wince

Bridging the Miles — And the Pandemic — Teledentistry Makes Some Dentists Wince

This story also ran on .Donella Pogue has trouble finding dentists in her rural area willing to accommodate her 21-year-old son, Justin, who is 6 feet, 8 inches tall, is on the autism spectrum and has difficulty sitting still when touched.And this summer, he had a cavity and his face swelled. Pogue, of Bristol, New York, reached out to the in Rochester, which offers teledentistry.Dr. Adela Planerova looked into his mouth from 28 miles away as Pogue pointed her laptop’s camera into her son’s mouth. Planerova determined they did not need to make an emergency one-hour drive to her clinic....

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Despite Pandemic Threat, Gubernatorial Hopefuls Avoid COVID Nitty-Gritty

Despite Pandemic Threat, Gubernatorial Hopefuls Avoid COVID Nitty-Gritty

This story also ran on .Just 15 days ahead of the election, Montana Lt. Gov. laid out his ideas on how he’d handle the COVID-19 pandemic if elected governor. Details were few, but the Democrat’s plan became one of only a handful being offered by candidates in the 11 U.S. governor’s races about how they’ll approach what’s certain to be the dominant issue of their terms, should they win.While much of the nation’s focus is on who will be president come January, voters who are deciding the next occupant of their governor’s mansion are also effectively choosing the next leader of their state’s...

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Older COVID Patients Battle ‘Brain Fog,’ Weakness and Emotional Turmoil

Older COVID Patients Battle ‘Brain Fog,’ Weakness and Emotional Turmoil

This story also ran on .“Lord, give me back my memory.” focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .For months, as Marilyn Walters has struggled to recover from COVID-19, she has repeated this prayer day and night.Like other older adults who’ve become critically ill from the coronavirus, Walters, 65, describes what she calls “brain fog” — difficulty putting thoughts together, problems with concentration,...

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‘No Mercy’ Chapter 4: So, 2 Nuns Step Off a Train in Kansas … A Hospital’s Origin Story

‘No Mercy’ Chapter 4: So, 2 Nuns Step Off a Train in Kansas … A Hospital’s Origin Story

October 20, 2020Can’t see the audio player? Ever since Mercy Hospital went “corporate,” things just haven’t been the same — that’s what lots of locals in Fort Scott, Kansas, said when the Mercy health system shuttered the only hospital in town.It’s been years since Catholic nuns led Mercy Hospital Fort Scott, but town historian Fred Campbell is wistful for his boyhood in the 1940s when sisters in habits walked the hallways.“Well, I had never, ever been in a hospital. And here came these ladies in flowing robes and white bands around their faces. And I was scared to death. But it wasn’t long...

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‘All You Want Is to Be Believed’: The Impacts of Unconscious Bias in Health Care

‘All You Want Is to Be Believed’: The Impacts of Unconscious Bias in Health Care

This story is part of a partnership that includes , and KHN.In mid-March, Karla Monterroso flew home to Alameda, California, after a hiking trip in Utah’s Zion National Park. Four days later, she began to develop a bad, dry cough. Her lungs felt sticky.The fevers that persisted for the next nine weeks grew so high — 100.4, 101.2, 101.7, 102.3 — that, on the worst night, she was in the shower on all fours, ice-cold water running down her back, willing her temperature to go down.“That night I had written down in a journal, letters to everyone I’m close to, the things I wanted them to know in...

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¿Pueden los pacientes de COVID tener el tratamiento de Trump? Está bien preguntar

¿Pueden los pacientes de COVID tener el tratamiento de Trump? Está bien preguntar

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().Cuando Terry Mutter se despertó con dolor de cabeza y músculos adoloridos, el levantador de pesas amateur lo atribuyó a un entrenamiento duro.Sin embargo, ese miércoles a la noche tuvo 101 grados de fiebre y estaba claramente enfermo. “Me sentía como si me hubiera atropellado un camión”, recuerda Mutter, que vive...

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Can Ordinary COVID Patients Get the Trump Treatment? It’s OK to Ask

Can Ordinary COVID Patients Get the Trump Treatment? It’s OK to Ask

This story also ran on .When Terry Mutter woke up with a headache and sore muscles on a recent Wednesday, the competitive weightlifter chalked it up to a hard workout.By that evening, though, he had a fever of 101 degrees and was clearly ill. “I felt like I had been hit by a truck,” recalled Mutter, who lives near Seattle.The next day he was diagnosed with COVID-19. By Saturday, the 58-year-old was enrolled in a clinical trial for the same antibody cocktail that President Donald Trump claimed was responsible for his“I had heard a little bit about it because of the news,” said Mutter, who...

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Health Care Groups Dive Into Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

Health Care Groups Dive Into Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

October 19, 2020SACRAMENTO — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders.They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically struggling to respond to the worst public health crisis in more than a century. The initiative would change California’s property tax system to tax some commercial properties higher than residential properties, which backers say could generate billions to help local governments pay for critical public health...

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Progressive Group Highlights Trump, Tillis Weakness on Insulin Price Tags

Progressive Group Highlights Trump, Tillis Weakness on Insulin Price Tags

“Donald Trump and Thom Tillis opposed legislation that would lower the price of insulin and other prescription drugs.”— Political ad by the Change Now PAC that first aired Sept. 30, 2020  This story was produced in partnership with .During the first presidential debate of 2020, President Donald Trump touted his efforts to curb skyrocketing drug prices and declared that insulin is now “so cheap, it’s like water.” The response on social media was swift, and divided, with some people showing thousands of dollars they’d spent on insulin, while others boasted of newfound savings.The next day, a...

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UVA Health Still Squeezing Money From Patients — By Seizing Their Home Equity

UVA Health Still Squeezing Money From Patients — By Seizing Their Home Equity

October 19, 2020Doris Hutchinson wanted to use money from the sale of her late mother’s house to help her grandchildren go to college.Then she learned the University of Virginia Health System was taking $38,000 of the proceeds because a 13-year-old medical bill owed by her deceased brother had somehow turned into a lien on the property.“It was a mess,” she said. “There are bills I could pay with that money. I could pay off my car, for one thing.”Property liens are the hidden icebergs of patient medical debt, legal experts say, lying unseen, often for decades, before they surface to claim...

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: Vetting TikTok Mom’s Advice for Dealing With Debt Collectors

‘An Arm and a Leg’: Vetting TikTok Mom’s Advice for Dealing With Debt Collectors

October 19, 2020Can’t see the audio player? TikTok mom Shaunna Burns used to be a debt collector, so she knows a few things about what’s legal and what’s not when a company contacts you to settle a debt. We fact-checked her advice with a legal expert: Jenifer Bosco, an attorney with the .Bosco said most of Burns’ advice totally checks out.A recent from ProPublica shows that debt collectors have thrived during the pandemic; they’re out in force to get people to pay up. But we have rights. Scroll down for some consumer protection resources.You don’t need to have heard ; you can start right...

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Al sopesar los temas de salud, la mayoría de los votantes se inclinan hacia Biden

Al sopesar los temas de salud, la mayoría de los votantes se inclinan hacia Biden

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().Al menos la mitad de los votantes prefiere el enfoque de la atención médica del ex vicepresidente Joe Biden al del presidente Donald Trump, lo que sugiere que la preocupación por reducir los costos y manejar la pandemia podría influir en el resultado de esta elección, según revela una nueva encuesta.Forma parte...

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No, the WHO Didn’t Change Its Lockdown Stance or ‘Admit’ Trump Was Right

No, the WHO Didn’t Change Its Lockdown Stance or ‘Admit’ Trump Was Right

“The World Health Organization just admitted that I was right. Lockdowns are killing countries all over the world. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself.”President Donald Trump, in a tweet, Oct. 12This story was produced in partnership with .On Monday, President Donald Trump claimed that the World Health Organization (WHO) “admitted” he was correct that using lockdowns to control the spread of COVID-19 was more damaging than the illness.In a , Trump wrote: “The World Health Organization just admitted that I was right. Lockdowns are killing countries all over the world. The cure...

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Most Home Health Aides ‘Can’t Afford Not to Work’ — Even When Lacking PPE

Most Home Health Aides ‘Can’t Afford Not to Work’ — Even When Lacking PPE

This story also ran on .In March, Sue Williams-Ward took a new job, with a $1-an-hour raise.The employer, a home health care agency called Together We Can, was paying a premium — $13 an hour — after it started losing aides when COVID-19 safety concerns mounted.Williams-Ward, a 68-year-old Indianapolis native, was a devoted caregiver who bathed, dressed and fed clients as if they were family. She was known to entertain clients with some of her own 26 grandchildren, even inviting her clients along on charitable deliveries of Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas hams.KHN and The Guardian are...

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