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Readers React: UVA Doctors Outraged Over Their Own Health System’s Billing Practices

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. First Do No Harm: When Financing Health Care Becomes Unethical We attribute the oldest text of ethics in Western medical practice to Hippocrates (460-370 A.D.), …

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Affordable Mental Health Care? It’s Getting Even Tougher to Access

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Eleven years after Congress passed a law mandating that insurers provide equal access for mental and physical health care, Americans are actually finding it harder to obtain affordable treatment for mental illness and substance abuse issues. The barriers to …

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Bruising Labor Battles Put Kaiser Permanente’s Reputation On The Line

Kaiser Permanente, which just narrowly averted one massive strike, is facing another one Monday. The ongoing labor battles have undermined the health giant’s once-golden reputation as a model of cost-effective care that caters to satisfied patients — which it calls “members” — and is exposing it to new scrutiny from …

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Listen: How Skimpy Insurance Led To A $21,634 Hospital Bill

November 8, 2019 Laura Ungar, a Kaiser Health News editor and correspondent, joined Illinois Public Media’s “The 21st” with host Christine Herman and Chicago-area patient Arline Feilen to discuss the challenges that arise when health plans don’t have adequate coverage. Ungar reported on the case of Feilen, who ended up …

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Watch: When Insurance Doesn’t Cover A Mental Health Crisis

November 6, 2019 Arline Feilen of Carol Stream, Ill., spent five days in the hospital undergoing psychiatric care and ended up with a bill of more than $21,000 that her insurance would not pay. CBS This Morning interviewed Feilen and Kaiser Health News Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal about the latest KHN-NPR …

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Grief Grew Into A Mental Health Crisis And A $21,634 Hospital Bill

Arline Feilen lost her husband to suicide in 2013. Three years later, she lost her dad to cancer. And this February, she lost her 89-year-old mom to a cascade of health problems. “We were like glue, and that first Mother’s Day without her was killer. It just dragged me down,” …

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Coordinating Care Of Mind And Body Might Help Medicaid Save Money And Lives

Modern medicine often views the mind and body on separate tracks, both in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But patients with psychological disorders can have a hard time managing their physical health. So some Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low incomes, have tried to …

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Gun Violence And The Politics Of Public Health

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Three mass shootings in eight days have refocused the nation’s attention on the problem of gun violence — and restarted the long-running debate over guns as a public health issue. Although Congress is on its summer break, before lawmakers left …

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Deciphering The Democrats’ Health Debate

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Twenty Democratic candidates for president debated health care at length over two nights in Detroit this week. But countless 30-second charges and countercharges from “Medicare for All” backers and those who want a more gradual approach to universal coverage may …

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