Jordan Rau’s stories have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Politico, and on npr.org and nbcnews.com, among other media outlets. He came to KHN when it was started in 2009 from the Los Angeles Times, where he covered California government and health care politics in Sacramento. He previously reported for Newsday in New York, the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and two newspapers in Vermont. | Contact: JordanR@kff.org
People who are dying currently can’t get Medicare to pay for hospice care if they continue aggressive curative treatment. But the new health overhaul law could lead to a major change in olicy that allows both hospice and curative care.
The Democrats scaled back their ambitions for health overhaul legislation amid a year-long series of turbulent shifts in the political landscape.
The Democrats' health overhaul legislation is in trouble for many reasons, including key policy decisions that led many Americans to wonder whether they would wind up worse off.
The Lemacks got permission for out-of-network care for their son Joshua's heart defect, but the Virginia family still ended up drowning in debt.
Now that the Senate has passed a hotly debated health care bill, Congress is headed to the next step: House-Senate negotiations in January to try to hammer out a final version. Here's where things stand and how you might be affected.
Ads by a liberal activist group and a prominent labor union defend members of Congress who voted for the House health bill. But the ads misleadingly claim the legislation would stop premiums from increasing and make a debatable assertion that Medicare would be "strengthened."
June O'Neill says the national debt would grow and the elderly on Medicare would suffer, but her successors at the Congressional Budget Office disagree. The ad was created by a Washington lobbyist and corporate public relations firm.
The Senate and House health bills differ in important ways. We ask and answer questions consumers might have about the bills.
Dr. Richard "Buz" Cooper doesn't mince words as he challenges highly-respected research asserting that hospitals and doctors waste up to $700 billion a year on unnecessary testing and treatment. He says the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care doesn’t adequately account for the health care needs of poor people.
Some argue the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which found wide geographic differences in how medicine is practiced, overstates the amount of potential waste because its methods don't fully factor in the heavy medical needs of very poor people. Here are some views on the debate.