Their Baby Died in the Hospital. Then Came the $257,000 Hospital Bill.
A New York family had good health insurance. But the bills for their daughter ’s care started showing up and kept coming. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Debt Collection Hospitals Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Mount Sinai Medical Center CIGNA Corporation Lane, Brittany Giroux Lane, Clayton Premature Babies Source Type: news

Their Baby Died in the Hospital. Then Came the $257,000 Bill.
A New York family had good health insurance. But the bills for their daughter ’s care started showing up and kept coming. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 21, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Debt Collection Hospitals Mount Sinai Medical Center Source Type: news

Drug Plan Fails, Signaling Thorny Path for Democrats ’ $3.5 Trillion Bill
Senior Democrats said they could still preserve elements of their plan to lower prescription drug prices, but they have little room for defections, and divisions remain on that and other issues. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Emily Cochrane and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: United States Politics and Government Law and Legislation Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) House Committee on Energy and Commerce House Committee on Ways and Means Rice, Kathleen Sinema, Kyrsten Manchin, Joe III Democratic Party Prices (Fares, Fe Source Type: news

Democrats ’ Stumble on Drug Prices Shows Power of Industry
An attempt in the House to take a bite out of drug companies meets resistance. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) United States Politics and Government Federal Budget (US) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Lobbying and Lobbyists Source Type: news

New Mandate Raises Question: Who ’ll Pay for All the Covid Tests?
The Biden administration announces a rule that workers at large companies must get vaccinations or submit to regular testing. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 9, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Tests (Medical) Coronavirus Reopenings Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Workplace Environment Source Type: news

Biden Administration Goes Bigger on Cutting Drug Prices
The administration endorses a proposal for the government to negotiate on prices for all U.S. purchasers, not just Medicare. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 9, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) United States Politics and Government Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicare Biden, Joseph R Jr Source Type: news

Covid Medical Bills Are About to Get Bigger
As some insurers focus on encouraging vaccination, temporary waivers that kept patient costs low are expiring. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 2, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

Five Decades Later, Medicare Might Cover Dental Care
In the large budget bill now in Congress, supporters of the measure see a rare opportunity to advance a popular policy. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - August 29, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Teeth and Dentistry Health Insurance and Managed Care Medicare Law and Legislation Federal Budget (US) Source Type: news

Will You Have to Pay for a Coronavirus Test? Here's How to Avoid a Surprise Bill
Get tested at a public facility. Question what services are being provided. And know your rights under federal law. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - August 18, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Content Type: Service Tests (Medical) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Source Type: news

New Rule Raises Question: Who ’ll Pay for All the Covid Tests?
With the Delta variant surging, many companies decide that unvaccinated workers will need to get regular testing. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 31, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Tests (Medical) Coronavirus Reopenings Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Workplace Environment Source Type: news

Missouri ’s Medicaid Expansion Is On Again
But the tortuous path it ’s taken highlights the obstacles in expanding the low-income health program in other states where it has not been welcomed. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 23, 2021 Category: American Health Tags: Medicaid Missouri Referendums Decisions and Verdicts Source Type: news

What Is HIPAA and How Does the Law Work?
The measure prohibits health professionals from revealing your medical records, but it is perfectly legal to ask whether someone has been vaccinated. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Aishvarya Kavi Tags: Privacy Vaccination and Immunization Republican Party Rumors and Misinformation Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Greene, Marjorie Taylor (1974- ) Source Type: news

Americans ’ Medical Debts Are Bigger Than Was Known, Totaling $140 Billion
A new study finds that health care has become the country ’s largest source of debt in collections. Those debts are largest where Medicaid wasn’t expanded. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 20, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Medicaid Health Insurance and Managed Care Debt Collection Credit and Debt States (US) Finances United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

For Surprise Medical Bills, It ’s the Beginning of the End
Last winter, Congress banned a much-hated practice. Now regulators have to figure out exactly how to make the law work. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 1, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Law and Legislation Consumer Protection Emergency Medical Treatment Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Hospitals Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Source Type: news

Obamacare ’s Survival Is Now Assured, but It Still Has One Big Problem
Twelve states have refused to expand Medicaid, leaving millions of poor Americans without health coverage and Democrats divided over how to respond. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 28, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff Tags: Medicaid Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) States (US) Health Insurance and Managed Care Democratic Party House of Representatives Source Type: news

Gibraltar Votes to Ease Abortion Restrictions
Voters decided by a wide margin to lift a near-ban on the procedure, which had been one of the strictest such laws in Europe. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 25, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Raphael Minder Tags: Referendums Abortion Gibraltar Europe Great Britain Source Type: news

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