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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Health Plans Busting Out All Over

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal discuss Democratic, Republican and bipartisan health proposals all being pursued in Congress, including the latest version of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) “Medicare-for-All” proposal. Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Welcome Back, Congress. Now Get To Work.

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News discuss the return of Congress and bipartisan efforts to shore up the individual health insurance market for 2018, as well as renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Hurricane Harvey And Health Costs

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss the potential health impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf Coast, and what impact the relief effort in Washington could have on an already jampacked September agenda. Also this week: an interview with Elisabeth Rosenthal about why medical care costs so much.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Counties Coping With Scant Insurance Coverage

In this episode of “What the Health?” Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Karlin-Smith of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News discuss the problems some consumers will face with a lack of exchange-based insurance coverage in their regions. They also talk about the state of play on Capitol Hill and in the states concerning initiatives to lower prescription drug costs.

Donation Decisions Laden With History Of Racism

African Americans have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia than whites, but they are wary of donating their brains for research. Senior Correspondent Anna Gorman recently discussed this dynamic on KPCC radio’s Take Two.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ No Vacation For Insurers

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss the state of the individual health insurance markets and the challenging decisions facing many insurers in the wake of the failure (for now) of Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Podcast: What The Health? What A Week!

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com and Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News deconstruct the drama leading to the middle-of-the-night collapse of Senate Republicans’ last-ditch effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.