health care

Hundreds of U.S. hospitals sue patients or threaten their credit, a KHN investigation finds

BY: - December 29, 2022

This story originally appeared in Kaiser Health News. Despite growing evidence of the harm caused by medical debt, hundreds of U.S. hospitals maintain policies to aggressively pursue patients for unpaid bills, using tactics such as lawsuits, selling patient accounts to debt buyers, and reporting patients to credit rating agencies, a KHN investigation shows. The collection […]

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For patients with sickle cell disease, fertility care is about reproductive justice

BY: - December 13, 2022

This story originally appeared in Kaiser Health News. Teonna Woolford has always wanted six kids. Why six? “I don’t know where that number came from. I just felt like four wasn’t enough,” said Woolford, a Baltimore resident. “Six is a good number.” Woolford, 31, was born with sickle cell disease. The genetic disorder causes blood […]

Severe pregnancy complications are affecting Black women in Ohio the most

BY: - November 28, 2022

Urban centers are seeing the highest rates of pregnancy complications for Ohio women, followed by Appalachia, with Black women being impacted the most, a new report says, pointing to systemic racism, a lack of health care access, and poor community conditions. Not only are there disparities in general maternal health, but also in maternal morbidity: […]

COMMENTARY

Abortion is not influencing most voters as midterms approach – economic issues are predominating

BY: - November 2, 2022

By Matthew A Baum, Harvard Kennedy School; Alauna Safarpour, Harvard Kennedy School; Jonathan Schulman, Northwestern University, and Kristin Lunz Trujillo, Harvard Kennedy School Since the Supreme Court’s June 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion, election observers have raised questions about whether and how the issue of abortion will influence the […]

Millions of workers are dealing with long COVID. Advocates call for expanding social safety net.

BY: - October 26, 2022

Emily Withnall caught COVID-19 from her teenager in July 2020. In the more than two years since, the 40-year-old has suffered from debilitating fatigue, spinal pain and heart palpitations.  In addition to her primary care doctor, she regularly sees a cardiologist and says her acupuncturist and craniosacral therapy help relieve her pain and the trouble […]

‘Shocking’ rise in STIs during COVID alarms health workers

BY: - October 11, 2022

This article originally appeared in Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2019, Columbus, Ohio, had seven reported cases of congenital syphilis, or cases in which a newborn child was infected during pregnancy. Two years later, that number rose to 20. And now? “Year to date, we’ve already seen 28 cases,” said Dr. […]

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Seniors will save on health care and drug costs under Inflation Reduction Act provisions

BY: - October 5, 2022

Rising costs are weighing on everyone’s minds. This couldn’t be more true for seniors, who often live on fixed incomes and have significant health care needs. Meanwhile, health care costs are skyrocketing and seniors are forced to pay thousands of dollars a year on care — leaving less room for rent, groceries, and other basic […]

Akron Children’s Hospital is latest gender-affirming care provider to face online threats

BY: - September 23, 2022

Akron Children’s Hospital is the latest institution to be targeted for providing health care for transgender youth. The hospital provides gender-affirming care, such as hormone blockers and counseling services, to trans youth. But Akron Children’s had to temporarily take down the gender-affirming care section of its website after social media users started flooding the hospital […]

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

BY: - August 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

100 million people in America are saddled with health care debt

BY: - August 15, 2022

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News. Elizabeth Woodruff drained her retirement account and took on three jobs after she and her husband were sued for nearly $10,000 by the New York hospital where his infected leg was amputated. Ariane Buck, a young father in Arizona who sells health insurance, couldn’t make an […]

U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

BY: - August 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […]

Patients and doctors trapped in a gray zone when abortion laws and emergency care mandate conflict

BY: - August 9, 2022

This story first appeared in Kaiser Health News and is republished here under a Creative Commons license. Each week, Dr. Kim Puterbaugh sees several pregnant patients at a Cleveland hospital who are experiencing complications involving bleeding or infection. The OB-GYN has to make quick decisions about how to treat them, including whether to remove the […]