In The News

  1. A Single Insurer Holds Obamacare Fate In Two States

    Where did the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act struggle the most? The answer lies in commerce, not politics.

    (Story) 5:04AM ET

  2. Too Many People Die In Hospital Instead Of Home. Here’s Why.

    Surveys show Americans would prefer not to die in a hospital. Yet, in New York City, the majority of people do. But the “why” is not simple - a variety of of factors create this culture.

    (Story) 5:04AM ET

  3. 7.3 Million Who Picked Exchange Plans Paid Their Premiums

    That number, which reflects the tally of people who obtained insurance via the health law, fell slightly from the estimated 8 million mark that was released in the spring. It means that at least 700,000 consumers who initially signed up for a health plan let it go.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  4. Will Illinois Build State Exchange? Calif. Exchange Neutral On Prop 45

    Time is running out for deadlocked Illinois lawmakers to build a state-based exchange. Meanwhile, California exchange officials stay neutral on a ballot initiative to allow the state insurance commissioner to regulate rates, and MNsure is back in the political fray.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  5. Miami-Dade County, Like Many Employers, Denied Tools To Trim Health Costs

    As the Florida county negotiates health insurance changes with labor unions, it isn't allowed to know the prices its own insurance plan administrator negotiates with providers, even though it's self-insured and the claims are paid with taxpayer dollars.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  6. When It Comes To Health Prices, Getting Information Is Difficult

    New Hampshire is one of a handful of states that requires disclosure of health care prices. Also, The Miami Herald continues its coverage of the problems Miami-Dade County has in trying to get details about what it spends on health care for workers.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  7. Obama Orders Plan To Reduce Peril Of Antibiotic Resistance

    The measures include incentives to develop new drugs, tighter control of existing ones and better tracking of resistant microbes. "Super bugs" are thought to cause 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses in the U.S. every year and $20 billion in spending.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  8. Miami-Dade County, Like Many Employers, Denied Tools To Trim Health Costs

    As the Florida county negotiates health insurance changes with labor unions, it isn't allowed to know the prices its own insurance plan administrator negotiates with providers, even though it's self-insured and the claims are paid with taxpayer dollars.

    (Story) Sep 19

  9. Demand For $84,000 Hepatitis C Drug Slows

    Health care providers may be waiting for other, soon-to-be-released drugs to treat hepatitis C. Also, an Indian pharmaceutical company faces Justice Department questions on pricing data for Medicaid.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  10. In A Change, VA Auditor Says Wait Times May Have Played A Role In Deaths

    In testimony before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin says that delays in getting treatment at some VA centers may have been a factor in the deaths of some veterans.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  11. Some Doctors Could Face Stiff Fines Because Of Shifting CMS Rules

    The physicians, who have already spent millions of dollars to set up electronic health record systems, could now face penalties because of a timing glitch in federal rules.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  12. State Highlights: Kan. Employment Support For Those With Mental Illness

    A selection of health policy stories from California, Kansas, Washington state and Maryland.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  13. Health Law, Medicare Remain Hot Topics In Campaign Commercials

    Politico reports that, although the health law and other related issues may not be the flashpoints they were in other recent election years, they still have muscle on the campaign trail. For instance, Kentucky's Senate candidates both are running Medicare ads. In Georgia's Senate race, rural health care is part of the buzz.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  14. Va. Legislators Return To Bitter Medicaid Expansion Debate, Kill Plan Without Formal Vote

    Elsewhere, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert may be gaining ground in Washington with the state's alternative Medicaid expansion plan, but the concept still faces opposition at home.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  15. Viewpoints: Ezekiel Emanuel's Choice Of An Age To Die; New Enrollment Numbers Still Confusing

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

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  16. Research Roundup: Home Health Nurses' Workloads; Readmissions At The VA

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

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  17. Political Cartoon: 'I'm Referring You To An Arrrrrthopedist?'

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

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  18. For Autistic Adults, Coverage Options Are Scarce

    Although efforts by the federal and state governments are forcing insurers to cover costly treatments, patients who turn 21 “fall off a cliff.”

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  19. How Much Does That X-Ray Cost? You Can Find Out In New Hampshire

    Price transparency efforts in the Granite State help consumers and employers ask smarter question

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  20. First Edition: September 19, 2014

    Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports from a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform where the Obama administration provided its latest number -- 7.3 million -- of people who bought private insurance through the health law.

    (Daily Report) Sep 19

  21. For Autistic Adults, Coverage Options Are Scarce

    Although efforts by the federal and state governments are forcing insurers to cover costly treatments, patients who turn 21 “fall off a cliff.”

    (Story) Sep 19

  22. How Much Does That X-Ray Cost? You Can Find Out In New Hampshire

    Price transparency efforts in the Granite State help consumers and employers ask smarter questions.

    (Story) Sep 18

  23. Expert Panel: End-Of-Life Care In U.S. Needs Improvement

    The 21-member Institute of Medicine panel concluded in its new report that incentives exist within the health system that often run contrary to dying patients' wishes. More conversations and planning are among the recommendations.

    (Daily Report) Sep 18

  24. Competition Among Health Exchange Plans Curbing Prices, Says Humana Exec

    Also in the news, data from Connecticut's exchange shows who purchased new coverage and if they have used it, and more on the staggered launch planned for Maryland's online marketplace.

    (Daily Report) Sep 18

  25. FTC Wary Of Growing Number Of Hospital Mergers

    The agency is "raising a lonely but powerful voice" against the trend, The New York Times reports. Also in the news are reports about a big insurer and seven hospital groups creating a new health system in the Los Angeles area and the shift from doctors' offices to retail outlets for vaccinations.

    (Daily Report) Sep 18

  26. Medi-Cal Patients, Advocates Sue Calif. Over Application Wait

    The lawsuit alleges that hundreds of thousands of people are going without health care as a result.

    (Daily Report) Sep 18

  27. After Health Stock Scandal, Lawmakers Plan Bill Regulating 'Political Intelligence'

    Elsewhere, advocates for the Children's Health Insurance Program express optimism that the program will be renewed, and scrutiny of the VA continues.

    (Daily Report) Sep 18

  28. Census Shows Health Insurance Coverage Winners, Losers

    Among the 25 biggest cities, uninsured rates last year ranged from almost 25 percent in Miami and 23 percent in Houston to just more than 4 percent in Boston and 7.5 percent in Pittsburgh, according to Census data.

    (Daily Report) Sep 18

  29. Virginia Lawmakers Expected To Return To Debate Over Medicaid Expansion

    The topic will come up during a special session of the Virginia House of Delegates, which is dominated by Republican lawmakers who are on record opposing the approach. A poll released Wednesday, however, found the majority of Virginians support the expansion.

    (Daily Report) Sep 18

  30. Viewpoints: Many Beneficiaries Of Health Law Don't Vote; Reboot For Healthcare.gov

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

    (Daily Report) Sep 18