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COVID-19

Scientists Search for Cause of Mysterious Covid-Related Inflammation in Children

Scientists treating kids for MIS-C point to rare genes, leaky guts and a “superantigen.”

Navigating Aging

‘They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid’: Seniors Decry Health Providers’ Age Bias

Ageism in health care settings, which can result in inappropriate or dangerous treatment, is getting new attention during the covid pandemic, which has killed more than half a million Americans age 65 and older.

WATCH

California’s Mental Health Crisis: What Went Wrong? And Can We Fix It?

KHN’s Angela Hart leads a lively discussion on the challenges facing California’s mental health care system and potential solutions. The panel was part of a broader symposium on mental health and addiction hosted by the Sacramento-based publication Capitol Weekly.

Postcard From East Hollywood

Children With Disabilities Face Special Back-to-School Challenges

For children with special needs returning to an L.A. classroom, mask-wearing is the least of their troubles.

Watch: Going Beyond the Script of 'Dopesick' and America's Real-Life Opioid Crisis

KHN teamed up with Hulu for a discussion of America's opioid crisis, following the Oct. 13 premiere of the online streaming service’s new series “Dopesick.”

COVID-19

What Will It Take to Boost Vaccinations? The Scene From Kentucky’s Back Roads

With Kentucky in the grip of a covid surge, public health workers are taking their vaccination campaign house to house and church to church, trying to outmaneuver the fantastical tales spread on social media and everyday hurdles of hardship and isolation.

Podcasts

‘An Arm and a Leg’: Hello? We Spend 12 Million Hours a Week on the Phone With Insurers

In this episode, we get our bearings on self-funded insurance plans, and how they affect the average — sometimes burned-out — American worker trying to get answers about insurance.

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Special Coverage

‘Are You Going to Keep Me Safe?’ Hospital Workers Sound Alarm on Rising Violence

Health care workers already bore the brunt of workplace violence in the U.S. Now, tensions from an exhausting pandemic are spilling over into hospitals.

Health Industry Wields Power in California’s High-Stakes Battle to Lower Health Care Costs

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to regulate out-of-control health care spending in California. The effort is being shaped by the very health industry players that would be regulated.

COVID-19

Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

Medi-Cal Makeover

The state is embarking on a massive transformation of the program, which has been slammed for providing subpar care and limited access to specialty treatment. The goal is to improve health care quality and save money. Will it work?

Spotlight

Illuminating the newsmakers and behind-the-scenes players who shape health care in California.

Needle Exchanges Are Targets of Eco-Rooted Lawsuits. A New Law Will Stop That.

 

Asking Never Hurts

Asking Never Hurts

Wildfire smoke is here to stay. Here’s how to clean the air inside your home.

Postcard From East Hollywood

Children With Disabilities Face Special Back-to-School Challenges

For children with special needs returning to an L.A. classroom, mask-wearing is the least of their troubles.

Picture of Health

Home Births Gain Popularity in ‘Baby Bust’ Decade

Over the past decade, California has seen a sustained rise in the proportion of people who opt to give birth at home or in midwife-run birthing centers rather than in a hospital. Covid has further fueled that trend.

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