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Covid Testing Has Turned Into a Financial Windfall for Hospitals and Other Providers

Because there are no caps on cost, consumers and insurers often get billed hundreds of dollars for the most reliable PCR covid test. Prices are rising and they can’t fight back.

KHN On Air

From Covid Coverage to 'Public Option' Plans, Journalists Delve Into Details

KHN and California Healthline staff made the rounds on national and local media this week to discuss their stories. Here’s a collection of their appearances.

'I Just Feel Like Myself': A Nonbinary Child in Their Own Words

When they were 6, Hallel told their parents they are a boy-girl. At 9, they are helping their parents, grandparents and friends understand what it means to be nonbinary.

This Small Canadian Drugmaker Wants to Make J&J Vaccines for Poor Nations. It Needs More Than a Patent Waiver.

All agree that covid vaccines are urgently needed to stop the pandemic, but simply waiving patents fails to provide technological know-how and address supply chain challenges.


How Newsom’s Reliance on Big Tech in Pandemic Undermines Public Health System

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has outsourced his way through the covid-19 pandemic, tasking his private-sector allies in Silicon Valley and the health care industry with fundamental public health duties such as testing, tracing and vaccination. Among the losers: the state’s weakened public health system.


KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Sharing Vaccines With the World

The Biden administration is bucking the drug industry and backing a waiver of covid-19 vaccine patent protections to help the rest of the world vaccinate its populations. Here at home, the Food and Drug Administration wants to ban menthol flavorings for cigarettes, setting off a fight with the tobacco industry. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Tami Luhby of CNN and Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read, too.


For Kurdish Americans in Nashville, a Beloved Leader's Death Prompts Vaccine Push

Some immigrant groups are closing the ethnic gap on COVID-19 shots. For many Kurdish Americans, their fears about vaccination are entangled with their experiences in refugee camps after fleeing Iraq.

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‘We’re Coming for You’

For public health officials, a year of threats and menace.

Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?


Colorful and revealing missives from the health care trenches in Sacramento and across California.


Some County Jail Inmates See Vaccination as Ticket to a Better Life — In the State Pen


What Other Places Can Learn From Santa Rosa’s Tent City

As cities across California wrestle with a crisis of homelessness that has drawn international condemnation, Santa Rosa’s bold experiment with a city-sanctioned encampment suggests a way forward.

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A Push for Safety Over Speed

Lawmakers in California and other states are rethinking how they set and enforce speed limits.

Two Unmatched-Doctor Advocacy Groups Are Tied to Anti-Immigrant Organizations


Asking Never Hurts

Covered California Says Health Insurance Just Got Too Cheap to Ignore

Californians who passed up health coverage in the past may be pleasantly surprised by the lower prices available thanks to the new federal relief act.

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As Vaccine Demand Slows, Political Differences Go on Display in California Counties

California officials are optimistic they can vaccinate millions more before hitting a hard wall of vaccine resistance.

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