Democrats have hit a snag in their effort to compile a $3.5 trillion social-spending bill this fall — moderates are resisting support for Medicare drug price negotiation provisions that would pay for many of the measure’s health benefit improvements. Meanwhile, the new abortion restrictions in Texas have moved the divisive issue back to the political front burner. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Rachel Cohrs of Stat and Shefali Luthra of The 19th join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Also this week, Rovner interview’s KHN’s Phil Galewitz about the latest KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” installment, about two similar jaw surgeries with very different price tags.
An average of 1,110 people died in the U.S. from COVID-19 each day over the last week, according to the CDC.
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.
Some states have a legal framework allowing “mature minors” to make their own health care decisions — but they apply it in different ways, and some don’t have it at all.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says students returning to school this fall will be required to wear masks for protection against the highly contag…
People who forge their own vaccine cards, or buy forged cards, are already facing legal problems, including criminal charges.
So far, Krispy Kreme says it has given away more than 2.5 million doughnuts through the deal.
While emergency use authorization gets vaccines out to the public more quickly, it doesn’t skip any steps that full approval requires.
As the delta variant continues to spread around the U.S., the Biden administration is taking steps to authorize covid vaccine boosters, require nursing home workers to be vaccinated and protect school officials who want to require masks despite state laws banning those mandates. Meanwhile, the U.S. House is returning from its summer break early to start work on its giant budget bill, which includes a long list of health policy changes. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more.
San Francisco will require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for a number of indoor activities such as visiting restaurants, bars and…