Phil Galewitz covers Medicaid, Medicare, long‐term care, hospitals and various state health issues. He has covered the health beat for nearly two decades. He is a board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2004‐05, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow and wrote about community solutions to the uninsured. Before coming to KHN, he was at The Palm Beach Post and was a national health industry writer for the Associated Press and The Patriot‐ News in Harrisburg, Pa. He has a BA in health planning and administration and a master's in public administration with an emphasis in health policy. | Contact: PGalewitz@kff.org | @PhilGalewitz
But it's unlike the online marketplace required by the federal health law and draws only tepid support from health plans and insurance agents.
Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports that the biggest cut to Medicare requires pharmaceutical companies to lower the rates for low-income beneficiaries.
Data from a federal website show that denial rates routinely exceed 20 percent and often are much higher.
The program – part of the stimulus package – helped the unemployed keep their work-sponsored health benefits.
With their budgets squeezed, states are trying to reduce unnecessary ER visits by patients in Medicaid. But officials complain that their efforts are sometimes hampered by hospitals' aggressive marketing of ERs to increase admissions and profits.
Landmark study shows annual scans reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent, but expert groups are not yet recommending such discounted testing because of concerns over complications and overall health costs.
A guide to how the congressional "super" committee's deliberations could influence Medicare and Medicaid.
New estimates from Medicare's actuaries find the nation's health spending will grow by 5.8 percent a year through 2020, compared to 5.7 percent without the overhaul.
Medicare payments soon will partly reflect patient satisfaction, so hospitals are seeking advice from the entertainment kingdom.
Cigna and other insurers are upset coverage for Americans living abroad is not exempted from health law.