Calif. Locks In Plans For Open Enrollment As Congressional Bipartisanship Fades

Almost as fast as a bipartisan deal on restoring key health care subsidies was announced, enthusiasm for it seemed to dim in the nation's capital. Regardless, California has a plan in place to protect most exchange consumers and is preparing a marketing blitz to encourage sign-ups.

Amid For-Profit Surge, Rural Hospice Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

Tiny Washington state hospice accepts no federal funds, relies on community volunteers and donations to serve the dying.

Desperate Quest For Herpes Cure Launched ‘Rogue’ Trial

Patients flocked to researcher who ignored usual patient protections, as university claimed ignorance.

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Podcast: 'What The Health?' Whiplash

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo discuss the bipartisan plan in the Senate to stabilize the individual insurance exchanges, and President Donald Trump’s mixed messages about his support or lack thereof.

Despite GOP Efforts To Corral Medicaid Spending, States Like California Expand Benefits

States are adding a variety of services, including expansions of mental health and substance abuse treatments and dental care, according to a 50-state survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Hospitals Step In To Help House The Homeless. Will It Make A Difference?

They say it will help reduce unnecessary ER visits and ensure better follow-up care. It’s also good P.R., and helps them meet their obligations to provide benefits to the community in exchange for significant tax breaks.

Medicare Vs. Medicare Advantage: How To Choose

Despite Medicare Advantage plans’ increasing popularity, several key features remain poorly understood. Here is what you need to know.

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How Many Californians Depend On Cost-Sharing Subsidies?

About 670,000 Californians insured through Covered California are enrolled in CSR plans, which get federal payments to reduce consumers’ out-of-pocket costs. Click the map to get an interactive view of the geographic distribution by county. Late Thursday, President Donald Trump moved to end the subsidies, calling them illegal bailouts for insurance companies.

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