Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. Happy Friday! This week was so busy that I am going to take the unprecedented step and highly recommend you check out our Morning Briefings for …

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Pacientes sin nombre: cuando el personal del hospital tiene que ser detective

Use Nuestro Contenido Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita (detalles). El hombre de 50 años con la cabeza rapada y los ojos marrones no reaccionó cuando los paramédicos lo llevaron a la sala de emergencias. Sus bolsillos estaban vacíos: ni billetera, ni teléfono, ni un solo trozo de papel que pudiera revelar su identidad …

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Listen: After Its Hospital Closes, A Pioneer Kansas Town Searches For What Comes Next

KHN senior correspondent Sarah Jane Tribble is interviewed on NPR’s “Morning Edition” about the challenges faced by rural communities when their hospitals close. She is spending a year following Fort Scott, Kan., as it copes and recovers from the loss. Listen to the conversation here: And read the first installment of the series, “No Mercy,” …

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When A Cold Cheese Sandwich Is Humiliating: Outcry Over ‘Lunch Shaming’ In Schools Gains Traction

Federal lawmakers recently introduced legislation to shield children whose parents haven’t paid for their school lunches. Policies vary across the nation, but in Rhode Island last week there was a backlash against a school when it served some children cheese sandwiches, signaling to others their parents hadn’t paid. Other news on school lunches comes from …

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Wash. Governor Says State Is Leading Nation To Brighter Future With Public Option, But It’s Not Yet Clear If It Will Be A Game-Changer

Even sponsors of the legislation acknowledge the state plans may save consumers only 5-10% on their premiums. Other news on insurance markets in the states comes from North Carolina, Georgia and Houston.

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Eating Chips, Other Ultra-Processed Foods Sets Off ‘Hunger Hormones,’ Rapid Weight Gain, Study Finds

More than half of the calories consumed in Americans’ diets are made up ultra-processed foods, packaged or fast foods that contain added sugars, refined carbohydrates, industrial oils and sodium. Research published Thursday in Cell Metabolism links those eating patterns to the obesity epidemic. In other public health news: measles, birthrates, mental health claims, knitting therapy, …

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Gilead CEO Defends High Price Of HIV Prevention Drug As Necessary For Research, But Lawmakers Aren’t Buying It

“This treatment was developed as a result of investment made by the American taxpayers,” said House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.). “The problem is that Gilead, the company that now sells the drug, charges astronomical prices.” Gilead charged $800 a month for the drug when it was introduced in 2004. The drug now …

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Bipartisan Group Of Senators Proposes Using Outside Arbitrator To Settle Disputes Over Surprise Medical Bills

The senators unveiled the legislation among a broader national push to protect patients from sky-high surprise medical bills. Although most agree that the patient shouldn’t be stuck with the costs, there is some dispute about how to settle any conflicts between the insurers and the hospitals.

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As ER Wait Times Grow, More Patients Leave Against Medical Advice

Emergency room patients increasingly leave California hospitals against medical advice, and experts say crowded ERs are likely to blame. About 352,000 California ER visits in 2017 ended when patients left after seeing a doctor but before their medical care was complete. That’s up by 57%, or 128,000 incidents, from 2012, according to data from the …

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‘Sham’ Sharing Ministries Test Faith Of Patients And Insurance Regulators

Sheri Lewis, 59, of Seattle, needed a hip transplant. Bradley Fuller, 63, of nearby Kirkland, needed chemotherapy and radiation when the pain in his jaw turned out to be throat cancer. And Kim Bruzas, 55, of Waitsburg, hundreds of miles away, needed emergency care to stop sudden —and severe — rectal bleeding. Each of these …

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ States Race To Reverse ‘Roe’

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie’s Stories Anna Edney Bloomberg @annaedney Read Anna’s Stories Alice Miranda Ollstein Politico @AliceOllstein Read Alice’s Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times @sangerkatz Read Margot’s Stories Alabama is the latest in a growing list of states …

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