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

Becerra Supports ‘Medicare for All,’ and Could Help States Get There
Waivers can expand health care offerings without need for congressional approval, but the challenge will be how to pay for them. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 10, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: States (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Becerra, Xavier Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Medicare Medicaid Biden, Joseph R Jr Source Type: news

Experts Debate How To Prepare For the Next Pandemic
A group of experts gathered to debate vaccines, inequality and repairing the nation ’s battered institutions. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 9, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Corinne Purtill Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization United States Source Type: news

Biden ’s Plan for Seniors Is Not Just a Plan for Seniors
The incoming administration aims to tackle child care, elder care, preschool and more in one ambitious aid program. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 28, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Paula Span Tags: your-feed-science Domestic Service Long-Term Care Insurance Home Health Care Health Insurance and Managed Care Nursing Homes Elderly Family Leaves Child Care your-feed-healthcare National Alliance for Caregiving National Domestic Wor Source Type: news

A Final Try by Trump to Cut Drug Prices May Stumble in Court
A new rule would base the price Medicare pays for certain drugs on the lowest price paid among similar countries. But a rushed process means legal challenges are likely. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 20, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz and Noah Weiland Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Trump, Donald J Azar, Alex M II Source Type: news

Now ’s the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance. Here’s How.
It ’s open enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act. Anyone who needs insurance for next year can pick a plan now. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Content Type: Service Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) HealthCare.gov Source Type: news

These Towns Trusted a Doctor to Set Up Covid Testing. Sample Patient Fee: $1,944.
Patients say a Connecticut physician took advantage of the pandemic with “super Covid tests” and $480 follow-up phone calls. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Tests (Medical) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Murphy, Steven (1976- ) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Health Insurance and Managed Care Doctors Bedford (NY) Connecticut Source Type: news

Covid Infections in Animals Prompt Scientific Concern
Mink in Denmark are not the only animals that could become reservoirs for the coronavirus to spread new mutations to people. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 8, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: James Gorman Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Minks (Animals) Monkeys and Apes Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Reserves Genetics and Heredity Vaccination and Immunization Tufts University University of Calgary University of Wisconsin World Health Organization Source Type: news

Shopping For Health Insurance
If you ’re shopping for health insurance this fall for coverage starting Jan. 1, start early and set aside a full day to learn about your options. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 8, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Joseph Burns Tags: Quarantine (Life and Culture) Health Insurance and Managed Care Unemployment Finances Medicaid Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Medicare Federal-State Relations (US) Labor and Jobs Federal Taxes (US) Coronavirus (2019- Source Type: news

A New Item on Your Medical Bill: The ‘Covid’ Fee
A surprise charge that can take advantage of vulnerable people and possibly violate consumer protection laws. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 5, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Jessica Silver-Greenberg Tags: Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Protective Clothing and Gear Health Insurance and Managed Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Teeth and Dentistry Source Type: news

Dr. Philip Lee Is Dead at 96; Engineered Introduction of Medicare
As a top health official for Lyndon Johnson and a fighter for social justice, he used government money as a cudgel to compel hospitals to desegregate in the ’60s. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 3, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sam Roberts Tags: Lee, Philip Randolph Johnson, Lyndon Baines Deaths (Obituaries) Medicare Elderly Segregation and Desegregation Hospitals Doctors United States Politics and Government Health and Human Services Department University of California, San F Source Type: news

A Chance to Expand Medicaid Rallies Democrats in North Carolina
The legislature in this battleground state could flip to Democratic control, a prospect that is bringing out lower-income voters who stayed home in 2016. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 27, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Abby Goodnough Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Presidential Election of 2020 North Carolina States (US) Voting and Voters Politics and Government Elections, State Legislature Medicaid Source Type: news

A $52,112 Air Ambulance Ride: Coronavirus Patients Battle Surprise Bills
Congress was close to a solution before getting hit with millions of dollars of ads from private-equity firms. Then the pandemic struck. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 14, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Ambulances Air Methods Corp Law and Legislation Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Source Type: news

Can Trump Really Speed Approval of Covid Treatments?
Emergency-use authorizations, a formerly obscure corner of regulatory law, have become a centerpiece of the government ’s response to the pandemic. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 10, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Robert P. Baird Tags: your-feed-science Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Food and Drug Administration Hahn, Stephen M (1960- ) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Clinical Trials Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) your-feed-health your-feed-healthc Source Type: news

Even as the Economy Grew, More Children Lost Health Insurance
A new analysis shows that coverage levels fell for a third straight year. And that was before the pandemic struck. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 9, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz and Abby Goodnough Tags: State Children ' s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) Medicaid Children and Childhood Immigration and Emigration Health Insurance and Managed Care Hispanic-Americans Source Type: news

How Much Would Trump ’s Coronavirus Treatment Cost Most Americans?
Even for those with insurance, surprise bills for things not covered can add up fast. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 7, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Trump, Donald J Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) White House Coronavirus Outbreak (2020) Source Type: news

Pointers From Portugal on Addiction and the Drug War
Decriminalization involves trade-offs, but treating addiction as a disease yields a clear gain, research suggests. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 5, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Austin Frakt Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Portugal Law and Legislation Marijuana Opioids and Opiates Source Type: news

How Trump Voters View His Position on Pre-existing Conditions
He has pursued policies to weaken insurance protections, but that ’s not reflected in polling of Republicans. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 1, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Presidential Election of 2020 Health Insurance and Managed Care Polls and Public Opinion Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Debates (Political) Source Type: news

Trump Announces Plan to Ship 150 Million Rapid Coronavirus Tests
Governors of both parties welcomed the plan, but some health experts noted limitations of the kits made by Abbott Laboratories. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 29, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Katherine J. Wu Tags: Tests (Medical) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) United States Politics and Government Laboratories and Scientific Equipment Shortages Abbott Laboratories Trump, Donald J Education (K-12) Source Type: news

Trump Promises Drug Discount Cards as an Expensive Pre-election Gift
The $200 cards for prescription drugs, intended for 33 million older Americans, are part of a $6.6 billion promise offered to a key constituency. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 25, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Trump, Donald J Health Insurance and Managed Care Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Federal Budget (US) Executive Orders and Memorandums Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Elderly Health and Human Servic Source Type: news

How Trump Hasn't Protected Those With Pre-Existing Conditions
The president ’s promises on health care stand in stark contrast with his legislative, regulatory and legal record. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 24, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Presidential Election of 2020 Trump, Donald J Health Insurance and Managed Care Executive Orders and Memorandums Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Source Type: news

Without Ginsburg, Supreme Court Could Rule Three Ways on Obamacare
Why the Affordable Care Act may still be safe. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 22, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Supreme Court (US) Law and Legislation Health Insurance and Managed Care Source Type: news

Republicans Killed the Obamacare Mandate. New Data Shows It Didn ’t Really Matter.
Many experts now view the individual mandate as a policy that did little to increase health coverage — but did a lot to invite political backlash. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 18, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Economy Fines (Penalties) United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Coronavirus Vaccine: Moderna and Pfizer Reveal Secret Blueprints Trials
The companies hope to earn the trust of the public and of scientists who have clamored for details of the studies. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 18, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Denise Grady and Katie Thomas Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Clinical Trials Moderna Inc Source Type: news

Moderna Shares the Blueprint for Its Coronavirus Vaccine Trial
The company hopes to earn the trust of the public and of scientists who have clamored for details of its study. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 17, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Denise Grady and Katie Thomas Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Clinical Trials Moderna Inc Source Type: news

Even With 190,000 Dead, There ’s a Lot That Voters Don’t Know
People often engage in “projection,” assuming a preferred candidate shares their view, even on a key issue like masks during a pandemic. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 11, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Eric Guntermann, Gabriel Lenz and Alexander Agadjanian Tags: Masks Presidential Election of 2020 Polls and Public Opinion Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Biden, Joseph R Jr Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Why Coronavirus Tests Come With Surprise Bills
Congress sought to ensure that patients would not face costs connected to the virus. But rules are not always being followed. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 9, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Tests (Medical) Health Insurance and Managed Care Consumer Protection Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Source Type: news

A Word Not Uttered by Republican Officials at the Convention: Obamacare
A longtime refrain, promise and rallying cry is gone. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - August 29, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Republican National Convention Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Democratic National Convention Presidential Election of 2020 United States Politics and Government Health Insurance and Managed Care Republican Party Source Type: news