Chris Weaver has covered hospital billing practices, insurers' strategies, and states' struggles with health spending for the news service. Before joining KHN, he wrote for the Part B News
, ProPublica and various print and online publications. Before stumbling into journalism (he has a master's degree in journalism from the Univ. of Maryland), Weaver worked on health care projects in post-Katrina New Orleans. | Contact: ChrisW@kff.org
Friday's unemployment report revealed that since Dec. 2007 the health sector added 631,000 jobs, even as the economy tanked.
Tax agency would be responsible for checking whether individuals get required insurance, distributing billions of dollars in subsidies and collecting new taxes and penalties.
Physicians' lobby says fixing the 12-year-old formula that sets Medicare payments would prove lawmakers' commitment to reform health care.
It was early summer. A senior federal health official wrote a memo suggesting that living wills -- documents that can convey patients' wishes about when to end life support -- could help curb health-care costs.
Successful demonstration projects are often derailed by objections from hospitals, doctors and other providers -- or caught up in political fights as control of Congress shifted.
Legislation to 'fix' Medicare's formula for physician payments is stalled in the Senate with opposition mounting to the fact that the bill comes with a hefty cost, but no plan to pay its price tag.
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, joined the Finance Committee's Democrats in a vote today on the proposed health care overhaul. The committee reported the bill out of committee in a historic, 14-9 vote.
Despite TV portrayals of best medicine, health reform proponents says patients could get good treatment -- and cheaper care -- if high tech tests were used more judiciously.
When a claim is denied, an out-of-network fee is too costly, or an uninsured patient confronts an unclear or towering bill, an advocate may be able to help.