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Family Doctors In Rural America Tackle Crisis Of Addiction And Pain

Dr. Angela Gatzke-Plamann didn’t fully grasp her community’s opioid crisis until one desperate patient called on a Friday afternoon in 2016. “He was in complete crisis because he was admitting to me that he had lost control of his use of opioids,” recalled Gatzke-Plamann. The patient had used opioids for …

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Readers And Tweeters: More Than Two Sides To Every Story

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. Dispensing The Facts — Or Dispensing With The Facts? Kaiser Health News and PolitiFact HealthCheck’s rating of our advertisement on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug …

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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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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Biden Doubles Down On Obamacare

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Former Vice President Joe Biden has said if he’s elected president he would build on the Affordable Care Act rather than move to a whole new health care system, such as the “Medicare for All” plan supported by some of …

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