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Going The Distance By Bus Through A Pandemic

Transit ridership has plummeted because of COVID-19, but millions of Americans still rely on buses and trains to get around, often because they have no other choice.

Must-Reads Of The Week

KHN executive editor Damon Darlin wades through mounds of health care policy stories — so you don’t have to.

COVID-19

Congress Said COVID-19 Tests Should Be Free — But Who's Paying?

Some large employers interpreted themselves as exempt from new federal laws that say tests for the coronavirus should be free to patients. Large academic medical centers are holding back from sending bills to these patients to avoid a backlash over surprise billing.

COVID-19

The 30-Somethings Who Fled Big Cities To Shelter With Mom And Dad

Seeking comfort in the COVID outbreak is a major disruption for everyone that sometimes proves “lovely.”

COVID-19

Coronavirus Tests The Value Of Artificial Intelligence In Medicine

The pandemic offers an opportunity to use artificial intelligence programs to help doctors in COVID-19 diagnosis. But some leading hospital systems have shelved their AI technology because it wasn’t ready to roll.

Podcast

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: When It Comes To COVID-19, States Are On Their Own

Just about every state is lifting some coronavirus-related restrictions, but it’s unclear how things are really going, considering data on the spread of the virus lags and may not be reliable. Meanwhile, the federal government continues to throw more responsibility for dealing with the pandemic to state and local governments. Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider and Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more.

COVID-19

Scientist Has ‘Invisible Enemy’ In Sights With Microscopic Portraits Of Coronavirus

As an electron microscopist at the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana, Elizabeth Fischer has captured stunning images of emerging pathogens such as Ebola, the MERS coronavirus and now SARS-CoV-2.

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Children’s Hospitals Were Healthy Heading Into COVID Pandemic

Children’s hospitals have suffered financially during the Covid-19 crisis, but they were generally in a stronger financial position than adult facilities before the pandemic.

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