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Despite Quick Fixes, Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Care Still Lags

Editor’s note: Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. OAKLAND, Calif. — After years of state sanctions and fines, Kaiser Permanente claims it has gone a long way toward improving its mental health care. The national managed-care …

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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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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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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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