Jessica Marcy, a web reporter and photographer at Kaiser Health News, reports on health care overhaul and work force issues. Her KHN stories and photos have appeared on NPR, The Washington Post, MSNBC and McClatchy. She previously worked as a reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia and Latinamerica Press/Noticias Aliadas in Peru. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, where she worked on a variety of health and water sanitation projects. She has a BA in Latin American Studies from Barnard College and a master's degree in Journalism from
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The new system will move many state residents into a publicly financed insurance program and pay hospitals and doctors a set fee to care for patients.
Experts warn of a shortage of qualified workers especially because of low wages, high turnover and a lack of training.
Within a few weeks of a shutdown of Medicare and Medicaid money, health care providers could be in financial trouble. No one knows how to plan for it.
Dan Hawkins, senior vice president of the centers' national association, says influx of federal funding is helping them to reach out to more people.
Study suggests that areas with low rates of primary care physicians, such as the South and Mountain West, could struggle as they see a surge in Medicaid enrollments and federal incentives for doctors may not be much help.
N.C. Republican, with 20 years of health care experience, says Democrats' health law is "overstepping, unconstitutional and extremely costly."
A sampling of Medicaid changes some state chief executives would advance if they were given more flexibility from the federal government. This issue is likely to be a hot topic this weekend as the governors convene in Washington, D.C. for their winter meeting.
Republicans are eager to repeal the requirement in the health care law. Public support for the mandate is shaky, and even some Democrats have signaled a willingness to look at alternatives. Some — but not all — health policy experts say the mandate is essential. KHN interviewed several to get their views.
KHN interviews Dr. Arthur Garson, Jr., on health care sound bites and myths. He says that the massive amount of confusion plaguing reform efforts confirms just how pervasive such myths can be.
Officials at CMS say they're streamlining Medicare Part D - including eliminating some plans they call duplicative. But as the open enrollment period nears, some Republicans are criticizing the move as "frightening."