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After 18 Months, Sutter Antitrust Settlement Finally Poised for Formal Approval

A year and a half after Sutter Health agreed to a tentative settlement in a closely watched antitrust case, the San Francisco judge presiding over the case indicated she would sign off on the terms, pending agreement on another contentious issue: attorney fees.

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Journalists Dig in on Delta Variant Risks and Opioid Overdose Deaths

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.

Biogen headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Facing Headwinds on New Alzheimer’s Drug, Biogen Launches Controversial Campaign

The makers of Aduhelm, a drug approved last month despite concerns raised by experts about its effectiveness, have launched a website and ads designed to urge people who are worried about their memory to ask doctors about testing. But some health advocates say it is misleading because some memory loss with aging is normal.

Contraception Is Free to Women, Except When It’s Not

The landmark federal health law required most commercial health plans to cover a comprehensive list of birth control methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration free of charge to female patients. But health plans don’t have to cover every option, and newer methods are not included in the federal list of covered services.

Readers and Tweeters Connect the Dots on Topics From Vaccine Development to Long Covid

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

A Chilling Cure: Facing Killer Heat, ERs Use Body Bags to Save Lives

Doctors in Washington state used human body bags filled with ice and water to rapidly cool the sickest patients affected by record heat last month.

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Delta Changes the Covid Conversation

With covid cases on the upswing again around the country, partisan division remains over how to address the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Biden administration proposes bigger penalties for hospitals that fail to make their prices public as required. Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico and Tami Luhby of CNN join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Also, for “extra credit,” the panelists suggest their favorite stories of the week they think you should read, too.

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Special Coverage

Hospital ‘Trauma Centers’ Charge Enormous Fees to Treat Minor Injuries and Send People Home

Only severely injured patients are supposed to be billed for “trauma team alert” fees that can exceed $50,000.

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Big Leagues Balk at Endorsing Vaccination

The major sports leagues are struggling to vaccinate enough of their players to protect the clubhouse and locker room, and few stars have stepped forward to pitch vaccination to teammates or fans. WNBA players are an exception, with a 99% vaccination rate and high-profile ads urging the public to get vaccinated.

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Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

After 18 Months, Sutter Antitrust Settlement Finally Poised for Formal Approval

 

COVID-19

Thousands of Young Children Lost Parents to Covid

Where's help for them?

Can Biden’s Plan to Remove Urban Highways Improve the Health of American Cities?

 

COVID-19

A Break From Breathlessness

How singing helped me through long covid.

Postcard From Tijuana

‘It’s a Mission’

Volunteers treat refugees massing at the border.

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California’s Highest Covid Infection Rates Shift to Rural Counties

As vaccination rates rise across the state, the overall numbers of covid cases and deaths have plunged. But health officials are still reporting nearly 1,000 new cases and more than two dozen deaths a day. So, where does covid continue to simmer in California? And why?

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