The Art and Science of Fitness | The role of exercise in treating depression

When I was growing up, and this would perhaps hold true for the rest of the dinosaurs out here, if we were to say that we were depressed, the treatment we received was…

Journalists Dig In on the Fiscal Health of the Nation and Hospital Closures in Rural Missouri

Thank you for your interest in supporting Kaiser Health News (KHN), the nation’s leading nonprofit newsroom focused on health and health policy. We distribute our journalism for free and without advertising through media…

Listen: Grieving Families Face the Cruelest Bills

NPR’s “Consider This” podcast tells the stories of the Markow, Shickel, and Raspe familes. All had very sick infants who died after needing highly technical, very expensive treatment in neonatal intensive care units….

Pharma-Funded FDA Gets Drugs Out Faster, But Some Work Only ‘Marginally’ and Most Are Pricey

Arthur Allen Dr. Steven-Huy Han, a UCLA liver specialist, has prescribed Ocaliva to a handful of patients, although he’s not sure it helps. As advertised, the drug is lowering levels of an enzyme…

Watch: Their Baby Died. The Medical Bills Haunted Them.

Born with a congenital heart defect and other medical issues, Sterling Raspe lived just eight months. In that time, she needed dozens of medical procedures and often required round-the-clock care in the neonatal…

Sports Programs in States in Northern Climes Face a New Opponent: Scorching Septembers

BIGFORK, Mont. — On a recent afternoon, it was a crisp 70 degrees on the football field at the high school in this northwestern Montana community less than 200 miles south of the…

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: On Government Spending, Congress Decides Not to Decide

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Congress is supposed to complete…

Turned Away From Urgent Care — And Toward a Big ER Bill

Frankie Cook remembers last year’s car crash only in flashes. She was driving a friend home from high school on a winding road outside Rome, Georgia. She saw standing water from a recent…

Environmental Justice Leader Says Proposition 30 Would Help Struggling Areas Clear the Air

Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News RIALTO, Calif. — Ana Gonzalez grew up watching the Inland Empire transform from citrus groves and grapevines into warehouses and retail distribution centers. The booming region east…

Centene Agrees to Pay Massachusetts $14 Million Over Medicaid Prescription Claims

Massachusetts has become the latest state to settle with health insurance giant Centene Corp. over allegations that it overbilled the state’s Medicaid program for pharmacy services, KHN has learned. Centene, the nation’s largest…

Readers and Tweeters Take a Close Look at Eye Care Traps and White Mulberry Leaf

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. Beware cataract surgery price-gouging: Private equity groups are scooping…

‘American Diagnosis’: When Indigenous People Move to Cities, Health Care Funding Doesn’t Follow

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. The transcript for this segment is being processed. We’re working to post it four to five days after the episode airs. Episode 12: Indigenous…

Montana Health Officials Aim to Boost Oversight of Nonprofit Hospitals’ Giving

Montana health officials are proposing to oversee and set standards for the charitable contributions that nonprofit hospitals make in their communities each year to justify their access to millions of dollars in tax…

Few Places Have More Medical Debt Than Dallas-Fort Worth, but Hospitals There Are Thriving

Noam N. Levey PROSPER, Texas — Almost everything about the opening of the 2019 Prosper High School Eagles’ football season was big. The game in this Dallas-Fort Worth suburb began with fireworks and…

$2,700 Ambulance Bill Pulled Back From Collections

Peggy Dula is as surprised as she is relieved. The 55-year-old resident of St. Charles, Illinois, had been fighting a $2,700 ambulance bill for nearly a year. Now, the amount she owes from…

Health Plan Shake-Up Could Disrupt Coverage for Low-Income Californians

Bernard J. Wolfson Almost 2 million of California’s poorest and most medically fragile residents may have to switch health insurers as a result of a new strategy by the state to improve care…