In The News

  1. Judge Rules Against Strict Texas Abortion Law

    A U.S. District judge ruled that the law's provision requiring abortion facilities to meet certain surgical standards was unconstitutional.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  2. Consumers Will Owe Uncle Sam If They Got Health Insurance Subsidies Mistakenly

    The Treasury Department has clarified its rules as a deadline looms for people asked to confirm their citizenship or immigration status.

    (Story) Aug 29

  3. Washington State Exchange Confronts Persistent Technical Problems

    Officials for the state's online health marketplace also ask lawmakers to increase the cap on general fund money they can use for marketing.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  4. Pennsylvania's Corbett Becomes 9th GOP Governor To Expand Medicaid

    Gov. Tom Corbett reached a deal with the Obama administration to use federal funds to put about 500,000 low-income residents into managed care plans already used by the state.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  5. CBO Chief Says Obamacare Is Reducing Deficit

    News outlets also look at a looming court decision on the health law's subsidies and the potential impact of big data on health outcomes.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  6. State Highlights: States Seek Health Care Autonomy; L.A. Nursing Home Audit; Promoting Overdose-Reversal Drug

    News outlets look at health care issues in California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Texas and Washington, D.C.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  7. Viewpoints: GOP's 2015 Obamacare Plan; The Need For Community Health Workers

    A selection of opinions and editorials from around the country.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  8. Research Roundup: Benefits Of Hip Surgery; Preventing Surgical Infections

    Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  9. NIH To Begin Trials For Experimental Ebola Vaccine

    The announcement about the testing comes as the outbreak in West Africa grows. The World Health Organizations says it could have infected more than 20,000 people.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  10. FDA Plan To Diversify Clinical Trials Raises Some Concerns

    Women's advocacy groups complain that the plan doesn't have "teeth" needed to make a change, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  11. Texas Hospitals Complain Insured Patients Moving To Urgent Care Centers

    The hospitals complain that the shift is a problem because they are getting less funding for the uninsured.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  12. Political Cartoon: 'End-of-Summer Bummer?'

    Take a look at KHN's lighter side, featuring today's cartoon and health policy haiku.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  13. Low-Income Patients Face Hurdles To Care At Public Hospital In Miami

    Jackson Health System offers free and reduced-cost treatment for those who qualify, but advocacy groups complain it fails to meet requirements for charity care.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  14. Capsules: In Texas, New Doctor-Restrictive Abortion Law Could Kick In Monday

    Check out what else is on the blog.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  15. Calif. Bill Would Protect Estates Of Many Who Received Medicaid

    Federal law allows states to seize assets, such as homes, after a Medicaid enrollee has died to help cover the costs of the program’s spending on basic health services for people 55 years and older.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  16. Beware Of Higher Charges If You Go To An Out-Of-Network Emergency Room

    The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from charging more for out-of-network emergency care, but your bill could be higher if you’re admitted to the hospital.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  17. First Edition: August 29, 2014

    Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about the Obama administration and Pennsylvania reaching an agreement to expand Medicaid in that state.

    (Daily Report) Aug 29

  18. Beware Of Higher Charges If You Go To An Out-Of-Network Emergency Room

    The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from charging more for out-of-network emergency care, but your bill could be higher if you’re admitted to the hospital.

    (Story) Aug 29

  19. Pennsylvania, CMS Agree On 'Healthy PA' Medicaid Exansion Plan

    The Keystone State becomes the 27th state, plus the District of Columbia, to expand the health insurance program for low-income Americans.

    (Daily Report) Aug 28

  20. Calif. Bill Would Protect Estates Of Many Who Received Medicaid

    Federal law allows states to seize assets, such as homes, after a Medicaid enrollee has died to help cover the costs of the program’s spending on basic health services for people 55 years and older.

    (Story) Aug 28

  21. Low-Income Patients Face Hurdles To Care At Public Hospital In Miami

    Jackson Health System offers free and reduced-cost treatment for those who qualify, but advocacy groups complain it fails to meet requirements for charity care.

    (Story) Aug 28

  22. Health Law May Benefit More Small Businesses In The Fall

    Special online markets weren't widely available in Obamacare's first year.

    (Story) Aug 28

  23. Health Law Provision Seeks To Rein In Executive Compensation At Insurance Companies

    News outlets report that this little-noticed provision puts in place stricter limits regarding the amount companies can deduct from their federal tax bills. Also in the news, The Associated Press reports on ways health plans discourage sick people from enrolling and The New York Times examines the health law's efforts to expand mental health coverage.

    (Daily Report) Aug 28

  24. Consumers Unable To Update Healthcare.gov Data With Deadline Looming

    Hundreds of thousands of people risk losing subsidized health insurance if they don't resubmit immigration information by the end of next week, but many have been unable to comply because of glitches with healthcare.gov. Other stories look at the millions spent on healthcare.gov and at exchange developments in Connecticut, Oregon and Washington.

    (Daily Report) Aug 28

  25. Political Cartoon: 'Cootie Catcher?'

    Take a look at KHN's lighter side, featuring today's cartoon and health policy haiku.

    (Daily Report) Aug 28

  26. CBO: Smaller Deficits Projected As Medicare And Medicaid Spending Declines Slightly

    In the Congressional Budget Office's latest forecast, reduced costs for medical services and labor have trimmed the 10-year projected cost of Medicare and Medicaid by $89 billion.

    (Daily Report) Aug 28

  27. State Highlights: Heroin Deaths Rise In N.Y.; TennCare Computer System Delay; Colo. Races To Win $87M To Integrate Care;

    A selection of health policy stories from Colorado, Minnesota, Georgia, Virginia, California, New York, Michigan and Tennessee.

    (Daily Report) Aug 28

  28. Pennsylvania Officials Say Medicaid Expansion Talks Are In Final Stage

    But the state offered few details about where the negotiations with the federal government are heading. Also in news about changes from the health law in the states, the Arizona Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a case that could unravel that state's Medicaid expansion.

    (Daily Report) Aug 28

  29. Obama's Plans For Vets Include Development Of Computer Chips To Stop Pain

    The novel effort will be spearheaded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Also, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tells an American Legion convention that Congress will continue to revamp the VA.

    (Daily Report) Aug 28

  30. Viewpoints: Medicare No Longer 'Busting' The Budget; A 'Nightmare' Trying To Get Coverage In D.C.

    A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.

    (Daily Report) Aug 28