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California’s ACA Rates To Rise 8.7% Next Year

The average increase in California is smaller than the double-digit hikes expected around the nation, due largely to a healthier mix of enrollees and more competition in its marketplace. Still, health insurance prices keep growing faster than wages and general inflation.

After The Hurricane, Enduring Pain

Long Waits To See Doctors In Puerto Rico, Where Medical Needs Are Great Post-Maria

Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Sarah Varney reports on how the island’s mounting physician shortage is making it even more difficult to get care.

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

KHN’s newsletter editor, Brianna Labuskes, wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to.

Neglect Unchecked

‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records

Daily nursing home payroll records just released by the federal government show the number of nurses and aides dips far below average on some days and consistently plummets on weekends. A new California law increases minimum staffing standards at nursing homes, but critics say it doesn't go far enough.

After The Hurricane, Enduring Pain

Hurricane Maria Still Taking A Toll On Puerto Rico’s Seniors

Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Sarah Varney reports on the challenges of providing health care to older people on the island.

Children With Disabilities Endure Long Waits For Life-Changing Medical Equipment

Some California children with serious health care problems wait more than a year for wheelchairs, bath benches, commodes, specialized crutches and other crucial medical equipment. Critics blame the delays on a confusing bureaucratic maze of private insurers and public programs.

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Drug Prices And Unicorns

In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Joanne Kenen of Politico, and Erin Mershon of STAT News discuss a series of health policy court decisions on everything from prescription drug discounts to soda taxes. Plus, Rovner, interviews health care futurist and consultant Jeff Goldsmith.

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