They Relied on Chinese Vaccines. Now They ’re Battling Outbreaks.
More than 90 countries are using Covid shots from China. Experts say recent infections in those places should serve as a cautionary tale in the global effort to fight the disease. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sui-Lee Wee Tags: China Seychelles Islands Bahrain Mongolia Vaccination and Immunization Disease Rates Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

New Alzheimer ’s Drug Could Cost the Government as Much as It Spends on NASA
The Alzheimer ’s treatment will cost $56,000 per patient, and millions may use it. The result: “crazy numbers” for Medicare. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Josh Katz, Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Aduhelm (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Medicare Federal Budget (US) Biogen Inc Source Type: news

Medicaid Enrollment Surpassed 80 Million, a Record, During the Pandemic
The increase points to the program ’s growing role not just as a safety net, but also as a foundation of U.S. health coverage. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Medicaid Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) State Children ' s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (2020) Source Type: news

Obamacare Is Here to Stay. Brace for New Health Care Battles.
Republicans in Congress have largely abandoned efforts to repeal the law. With the latest Supreme Court ruling, health policy now shifts to new territory. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz and Sarah Kliff Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Law and Legislation Suits and Litigation (Civil) Supreme Court (US) Source Type: news

Covid Proved the C.D.C. Is Broken. Can It Be Fixed?
The pandemic revealed the glaring weaknesses of the world ’s premier public health agency — and just how much work it would take to reform it. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jeneen Interlandi and Brian Rea Tags: Coronavirus Reopenings Contact Tracing (Public Health) Disease Rates Electronic Health Records Masks Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Medicine and Health Quarantines Epidemics United States Politics and Government Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Government Warns Doctors and Insurers: Don ’t Bill for Covid Vaccines
Such billing has been rare, but public concern about it may be contributing to hesitancy about getting the shot. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 9, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Health Insurance and Managed Care Source Type: news

Covid Killed His Father. Then Came $1 Million in Medical Bills.
Insurers and Congress wrote rules to protect coronavirus patients, but the bills came anyway, leaving some mired in debt. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (2020) United States Source Type: news

First They Fought the Virus. Now They Battle the Medical Bills.
Insurers and Congress wrote rules to protect coronavirus patients, but the bills came anyway, leaving some mired in debt. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (2020) United States Source Type: news

Hundreds of Epidemiologists Expected Mask-Wearing in Public for at Least a Year
The C.D.C. said Thursday that vaccinated Americans no longer needed masks in most places. Other disease experts recently had a different message: that masks were necessary in public. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Claire Cain Miller, Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Masks Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States Source Type: news

How U.S. Epidemiologists Are Returning (Carefully!) to Everyday  Life
Vaccinations mean the pandemic is moving to a phase when behavior will depend on people ’s individual tolerance for risk. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 12, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz, Claire Cain Miller and Kevin Quealy Tags: Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Polls and Public Opinion Content Type: Service Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

With Hugs and Haircuts, Epidemiologists Start Returning (Carefully!) to Everyday  Life
Vaccinations mean the pandemic is moving to a phase when behavior will depend on people ’s individual tolerance for risk. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 12, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz, Claire Cain Miller and Kevin Quealy Tags: Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Polls and Public Opinion Content Type: Service Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Biden Administration Restores Rights for Transgender Patients
Officials invited people subject to health care discrimination to file complaints. But formal rule-making will be needed before a Trump-era policy can be fully reversed. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 11, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Michael D. Shear and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Discrimination United States Politics and Government Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Transgender and Transsexuals Homosexuality and Bisexuality Civil Rights and Liberties Health and Human S Source Type: news

Pfizer to Seek Authorization to Give Covid Vaccine to Children in Fall
The company said it also plans to apply this month for full F.D.A. approval — not just emergency authorization — for the vaccine’s use in adults. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 6, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Emily Anthes Tags: internal-essential Pfizer Inc Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccination and Immunization Children and Childhood Food and Drug Administration Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Age, Chronological Source Type: news

Pfizer Will Seek Approval to Give Covid Vaccine to Children
The company said it also plans to apply this month for full F.D.A. approval — not just emergency authorization — for the vaccine’s use in adults. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 5, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Emily Anthes Tags: internal-essential Pfizer Inc Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccination and Immunization Children and Childhood Food and Drug Administration Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Age, Chronological Source Type: news

How Mask Guidelines Have Changed
Officials offered mixed messages about masks in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic before embracing them as a simple but effective tool for slowing the spread of Covid-19. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 28, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Marie Fazio Tags: States (US) Masks Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hygiene and Cleanliness Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization Biden, Joseph R Jr Trump, Donald J Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Source Type: news

How Mask Guidelines Have Evolved in a Pandemic Year
Officials offered mixed messages about masks in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic before embracing them as a simple but effective tool for slowing the spread of Covid-19. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 27, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Marie Fazio Tags: States (US) Masks Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hygiene and Cleanliness Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization Biden, Joseph R Jr Trump, Donald J Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Source Type: news

Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Passports,’ Passes and Apps Around the Globe
A variety of digital and old-fashioned approaches are being used around the globe to confirm Covid-19 vaccination. But the world is still far from a universal standard of proof. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 26, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Heather Murphy Tags: Coronavirus Reopenings Vaccination and Immunization Vaccination Proof and Immunization Records Source Type: news

The Rising Politicization of Covid Vaccines
As shots roll out to growing numbers of Americans, the political picture is getting more chaotic. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 7, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Giovanni Russonello Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Biden, Joseph R Jr Polls and Public Opinion Source Type: news

Remember the Healthcare.gov Debacle? Its Legacy Haunts the Biden Plan.
The stimulus bill spends billions to help more Americans buy Obamacare plans. But getting those dollars will take some work, and some waiting. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz and Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care HealthCare.gov Stimulus (Economic) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) American Rescue Plan (2021) Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions Source Type: news

How Complexity Could Mar Rollout of the New Obamacare Subsidies
The stimulus bill spends billions to help more Americans buy affordable health insurance. But getting those dollars will take some work, and some waiting. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 22, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz and Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care HealthCare.gov Stimulus (Economic) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) American Rescue Plan (2021) Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions Source Type: news

Small Piece of the Stimulus Has Ambitious Aim of Saving Mothers ’ Lives
The expansion of Medicaid is an effort to address the highest maternal death rate among wealthy nations. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Maternal Mortality American Rescue Plan (2021) Stimulus (Economic) Pregnancy and Childbirth Poverty United States Black People Women and Girls Source Type: news

Need Health Insurance? A Guide to New Options Under the Stimulus.
There is more financial assistance for more people seeking coverage. And many people who are already covered can get discounts, too, if they sign up. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 12, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Content Type: Service Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) American Rescue Plan (2021) Medicare Health Insurance and Managed Care Tax Credits, Deductions and Exemptions Stimulus (Economic) Source Type: news

Obamacare ’s About to Get a Lot More Affordable. These Maps Show How.
For this year and next, the stimulus bill boosts subsidies for nearly all those buying their own coverage, making insurance free for more people and giving higher-income people discounts for the first time. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 11, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Content Type: Service Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Source Type: news

A $22,368 Bill That Dodged and Weaved to Find a Gap in America ’s Health System
Bad news for one unlucky patient is also a stark example of how dysfunctional U.S. health coverage can be. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 10, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hospitals Tests (Medical) Medicine and Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Relief Bill Fulfills Biden Promise to Expand Obamacare, for Two Years
With its expanded subsidies for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, the coronavirus relief bill makes plans more affordable, and puts health care on the ballot in 2022. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 9, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sheryl Gay Stolberg Tags: Presidential Election of 2020 United States Politics and Government Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) American Rescue Plan (2021) Biden, Joseph R Jr Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Medicare Source Type: news

The World Needs Syringes. He Jumped In to Make 5,900 Per Minute.
Rajiv Nath ’s family-run Hindustan Syringes bets it can help meet the pandemic need for billions of barrels and needles. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 5, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Karan Deep Singh Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Vaccination and Immunization Factories and Manufacturing United Nations Children ' s Fund India Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices Production International Trade and World M Source Type: news

Private Insurance Wins in Democrats ’ First Try at Expanding Health Coverage
‘Medicare for all’ and the public option were hot topics during primary season, but the politics of passing those “gets tricky really fast.” (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 5, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Law and Legislation Medicare Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Biden, Joseph R Jr Source Type: news

At Last, Democrats Get Chance to Engineer Obamacare 2.0
The Biden administration is trying to make the health care law more generous and closer to its original design, but may disappoint progressive allies hoping for more. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 27, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Law and Legislation Health Insurance and Managed Care Biden, Joseph R Jr Medicare Medicaid Source Type: news

Who Will Be the Next F.D.A. Chief?
Two leading contenders generate wider debate about the leadership needed to restore morale and scientific integrity to an agency battered by the politicized Trump administration. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 20, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Appointments and Executive Changes Research Vaccination and Immunization Cancer Food and Drug Administration your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Biden Administration Moves to End Work Requirements in Medicaid
Reversing the Trump administration ’s policy of allowing states to tether work to health insurance. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 13, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Medicaid Verma, Seema Executive Orders and Memorandums Biden, Joseph R Jr States (US) Source Type: news

Drug Prices by Committee: One Way Biden Could Lower Costs
Many countries use independent review boards to balance innovation and profit. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 11, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Austin Frakt Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Innovation United States Politics and Government Biden, Joseph R Jr Source Type: news

Biden Pushes for Racial Equity in Vaccination, but Data Lags
The administration has race and ethnicity data for just 52 percent of vaccine recipients. Next week, it will begin shipping doses directly to clinics in underserved communities. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 10, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sheryl Gay Stolberg Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Race and Ethnicity Source Type: news

Burned by Low Reimbursements, Some Doctors Stop Testing for Covid
Some insurers pay pediatricians less than the cost of the test itself, jeopardizing a tool to help control the pandemic. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 3, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Tests (Medical) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Children and Childhood Medicaid Health Insurance and Managed Care UnitedHealth Group Inc Source Type: news

How Rich Hospitals Profit From Patients in Car Crashes
Hospitals use century-old lien laws to bypass insurers and charge patients, especially poorer ones, the full amount. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 2, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Jessica Silver-Greenberg Tags: Hospitals Medicaid Emergency Medical Treatment Suits and Litigation (Civil) Compensation for Damages (Law) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Traffic Accidents and Safety Community Health Systems Inc Parkview Health WellStar Health System Source Type: news

Biden Re-Opens Obamacare Enrollment Period in 36 States
Evidence from states that also reopened enrollment suggests it could pull more young, healthy Americans into insurance coverage. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 29, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Biden, Joseph R Jr Executive Orders and Memorandums Advertising and Marketing Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

Fauci on What Working for Trump Was Really Like
From denialism to death threats, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci describes a fraught year as an adviser to President Donald J. Trump on the Covid-19 pandemic. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Fauci, Anthony S Trump, Donald J Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Threats and Threatening Messages Rumors and Misinformation United States Politics and Government your-feed-health your-feed-scie Source Type: news

Biden and Obamacare: One Sentence in Stimulus Plan Reveals Health Care Approach
An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 18, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Biden, Joseph R Jr Law and Legislation Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Federal Aid (US) Source Type: news

One Sentence in Biden Stimulus Plan Reveals His Health Care Approach
An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Biden, Joseph R Jr Law and Legislation Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Federal Aid (US) Source Type: news

Last-Minute Rule Seeks Term Limits on Top Career Health Officials
The Trump administration wants to mandate job reviews for top government scientists and managers every five years, which could lead to reassignment. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Noah Weiland and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Health and Human Services Department Law and Legislation Term Limits (Political Office) Trump, Donald J Food and Drug Administration Source Type: news

Biden to Elevate Science Adviser to His Cabinet
The President-elect will nominate Eric S. Lander to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy, a post left vacant by President Trump for 18 months. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Carl Zimmer Tags: Lander, Eric S Biden, Joseph R Jr Arnold, Frances H (1956- ) United States Politics and Government Presidential Transition (US) Science and Technology Appointments and Executive Changes Broad Institute your-feed-science Nelson, Alondra Source Type: news

An 11th-Hour Approval for Major Changes to Medicaid in Tennessee
The Trump administration ’s move, which Biden could eventually reverse, would loosen program rules and cap the state’s funding as part of a block grant. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 9, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Medicaid Tennessee Health and Human Services Department Verma, Seema Source Type: news

With New Majority, Here ’s What Democrats Can (and Can’t) Do on Health Care
Senate control opens up new possibilities, but the party will still need to contend with arcane rules and the challenges of a narrow majority. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 7, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Law and Legislation Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicare Medicaid United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Obamacare, in Its First Big Test as Safety Net, Is Holding Up So Far
Job losses and the loss of insurance have typically gone hand in hand. This year, more Americans are staying covered. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 29, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz, Sarah Kliff and Quoctrung Bui Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Recession and Depression Layoffs and Job Reductions Medicaid Source Type: news

Why Ambulances Are Exempt From the Surprise-Billing Ban
The welter of providers, layers of state and local regulation, and lack of information about costs made lawmakers hesitant to take up the issue. But that may change. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 22, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Ambulances Law and Legislation Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Health Insurance and Managed Care Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Source Type: news

Surprise Medical Bills Cost Americans Millions. Congress Finally Banned Most of Them.
Efforts to solve the common consumer problem had been stalled by lobbying pressure and legislative squabbles. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 22, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Law and Legislation Emergency Medical Treatment Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Health Insurance and Managed Care House of Representatives Senate United States Politics and Government Consumer Protection Hospitals Source Type: news

Surprise Medical Bills Cost Americans Millions. Congress Is Finally Set to Ban Most of Them.
Efforts to solve the common consumer problem had been stalled by lobbying pressure and legislative squabbles. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 21, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Law and Legislation Emergency Medical Treatment Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Health Insurance and Managed Care House of Representatives Senate Source Type: news

A European Official Reveals a Secret: The U.S. Is Paying More for Coronavirus Vaccines
But the price difference is negligible considering the enormous economic consequences of the pandemic. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 19, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Margot Sanger-Katz and Noah Weiland Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) European Union United States BioNTech SE Pfizer Inc Source Type: news

The Vaccines Are Supposed to Be Free. Surprise Bills Could Happen Anyway.
“It is the American health care system, so there are bound to be loopholes.” (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 17, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (2020) Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Source Type: news

This Is the Health System That Biden Inherits From Trump
With medical spending down for the first time in decades, gains in care for the poor and vulnerable are under threat. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 16, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Hospitals Preventive Medicine Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Biden, Joseph R Jr Trump, Donald J Health Insurance and Managed Care Income Inequality Finances Source Type: news

It ’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard
Most Americans make poor choices. So do most professional insurance brokers, a new study finds. But robots may help. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicare Consumer Behavior Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Research Source Type: news