Jenny Gold covers the health care industry, overhaul and disparities for radio and print. Her stories for
KHN have aired on NPR and been printed in USA Today, the Washington Post, McClatchy and MSNBC.
She was previously a Kroc Fellow at NPR, where she covered health and business, and a broadcast
associate at the CBS Evening News. She is a graduate of Brown University. | Contact: JGold@kff.org | @JennyAGold
With states reducing the number of psychiatric beds, mentally ill patients often languish in hospital emergency rooms for several days, sometimes longer. At most, they get drugs but little counseling, and the environment is often harsh.
Analysis by advocacy group NAMI finds cuts of $1.8 billion, or about 8 percent of the states' total budgets, from 2009 through 2011.
Few options are available for the 42,000 people losing coverage.
Nine health policy experts explain what they would like to hear from the president Tuesday.
The House vote to repeal the health law marks the beginning of a new phase of the debate over an issue that both parties hope to turn to their advantage in elections next year.
A new survey of emergency department administrators shows most believe the new health law will drive more patients to their facilities.
The new health law appears to threaten the future of many health insurance brokers, but they say the service they provide is worth the money.
One in six doctors works for a hospital, and the number is quickly growing. Both sides benefit: hospitals get a steady stream of patients and doctors say they can practice medicine without worrying about the hassles of running a private practice.
From medical device makers to pharmacists to labor unions, a host of organizations want to ensure that accountable care organizations expand their business and influence.
The Obama administration has touted ACOs as a key way that the new health law will help providers work more closely together to lower health costs and improve patient care. But doctors and hospitals are worried about inadvertently violating antitrust and anti-fraud laws. Insurers fear the new doctor-hospital entities could boost health care prices. Industry and government officials are meeting Tuesday to deal with the concerns.