How hospitals got richer off Obamacare: Politico

How hospitals got richer off Obamacare: Politico

“A decade after the nation’s top hospitals used all their advertising and lobbying clout to keep their tax-exempt status, pointing to their vast givebacks to their communities, they have seen their revenue soar while cutting back on the very givebacks they were touting, according to a POLITICO analysis,” Dan Diamond writes over at Politico. “Hospitals’ […]

Journalism, trust and our New Orleans partnership

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Journalism, trust and our New Orleans partnership

“Your investigations are extraordinary and a real benefit to the public​.” “Keep up this Awesome Investigative Journalism!!!” “On behalf of everyone, we greatly appreciate your research and attention to this matter.” There’s been a lot of talk lately in the news industry about restoring trust in journalism. The rise of “fake news” and accusations of  clickbait and […]

U.S. number of uninsured up by 2 million: The A.P.

U.S. number of uninsured up by 2 million: The A.P.

“The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode,” Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar writes for The Associated Press. “The new numbers highlight what’s at stake as Congress returns to an unresolved debate over Republican proposals to […]

Cost of health care Is Americans’ top financial concern: Gallup

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Cost of health care Is Americans’ top financial concern: Gallup

“As the U.S. Senate begins considering legislation that could significantly change the nation’s healthcare system, the cost of healthcare leads the list of what Americans consider the most important financial problem facing their family. The 17% who name healthcare costs as their family’s most pressing financial problem is up seven percentage points since 2013 and […]

The hidden subsidy that helps pay for health insurance: The New York Times

The hidden subsidy that helps pay for health insurance: The New York Times

“As Republican senators work to fix their troubled health care bill, there is one giant health insurance subsidy no one is talking about. It is bigger than any offered under the Affordable Care Act — subsidies some Republicans loathe as handouts — and costs the federal government $250 billion in lost tax revenue every year,” […]

The health care system is leaving the Southern Black Belt behind: FiveThirtyEight

The health care system is leaving the Southern Black Belt behind: FiveThirtyEight

“The Black Belt refers to a stretch of land in the U.S. South whose fertile soil drew white colonists and plantation owners centuries ago. After hundreds of thousands of people were forced there as slaves, the region became the center of rural, black America. Today, the name describes predominantly rural counties where a large share […]

Pre-authorization is hell. Here’s why: Kevinmd.com

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Pre-authorization is hell. Here’s why: Kevinmd.com

“This April, my turn to take the medical board exam rolled back around, necessary every ten years for maintenance of certification. I studied diligently for the better part of three months … It was actually pleasurable to go back over details that I had forgotten and to catch up on newer developments in the field. […]

What we learned: ‘Cracking the Code,’ a TV special by FOX 8 Live

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What we learned: ‘Cracking the Code,’ a TV special by FOX 8 Live

Weekend watching: Here’s a special TV wrapup of our work so farwith our award-winning journalist partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 Live and  Jed Lipinski and Manuel Torres at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune,  and their teams. We launched our New Orleans PriceCheck partnership in April 2017, using shoe-leather journalism, data journalism and crowdsourcing […]

How to handle the costs of depression: Money magazine

How to handle the costs of depression: Money magazine

“For five years, Christine Byrd figured her teenage daughter was going through a phase when she became withdrawn from friends and family and brushed off meals at home. It was only when Pepper Snider turned 17 that she was diagnosed with anorexia, triggering five years of intensive treatment, including thrice-weekly therapy, residential care, and hospital […]