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A Proposal To Make It Harder For Kids To Skip Vaccines Gives Powerful Voices Pause

California lawmakers are debating whether to tighten the rules on childhood vaccinations and give the ultimate say to state public health officials. But questions are emerging from unexpected quarters: the state medical board and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

In Combating Surprise Bills, Lawmakers Miss Sky-High Air Ambulance Costs

The median cost of an air ambulance bill is more than $36,000 and seldom covered by insurance, sparking many consumer complaints. Yet none of the proposals introduced or circulating in Congress to fix surprise medical bills address these services.

Readers And Tweeters: No Rush To Judge Patients Who Leave The ER Without OK

Kaiser Health News gives readers a chance to comment on a recent batch of stories.

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KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Who Will Pay To Fix Problem Of Surprise Medical Bills?

Lawmakers and patients want to eliminate “surprise” out-of-network medical bills. Hospitals, doctors and insurers say they want to eliminate them, too, but their opposition to one another’s proposals could complicate legislative efforts. Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this, plus the latest in news about reproductive health and health care sharing ministries.

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health care policy stories each week, so you don't have to.

Trump Administration Rule Would Undo Health Care Protections For LGBTQ Patients

Supporters of the rule say it would strengthen health care professionals’ freedom of conscience, but opponents say it “empowers bad actors to be bad actors.”

Why Some CEOs Figure 'Medicare For All' Is Good For Business

While national business groups fight the single-payer concept, the founder and CEO of a large Pennsylvania picture frame manufacturer tries to convince other employers that it’s the only way to control costs and fix the U.S. health system.

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Diabetic Amputations

A ‘shameful metric’ of inadequate care

Heat And Violence

Twin threats for asylum-seekers waiting at the border

Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

How to Fight ‘Scary’ Superbugs?

Cooperation — and a special soap.

Asking Never Hurts

Asking Never Hurts

The long and winding road to mental health care for your kid

Postcard From Tijuana, Mexico

Destination Limbo

Health suffers among asylum seekers in crowded border shelter

Psychiatric ERs

Hospitals are opening emergency units that calmly cater to patients with mental health needs.

'Medieval Diseases' Flare

Outbreaks of infectious diseases are resurging in California and around the country, particularly among homeless populations.

‘John Doe’ Patients Sometimes Force Hospital Staff To Play Detective

A large public hospital in Los Angeles gets over 1,000 unidentified patients a year.

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Use Of Buprenorphine To Treat Opioid Addiction Proliferates In California

Buprenorphine is becoming an increasingly popular choice among doctors in California for treating opioid addiction. Use of methadone, while still more common, has not gained ground in recent years.

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