Source: Kaiser Health News

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health care policy stories each week, so you don't have to.


Pacientes sin nombre: cuando el personal del hospital tiene que ser detective

El personal del hospital debe investigar cuando un paciente sin identificación llega para recibir atención. Un periplo que puede llevar a revelaciones sorprendentes.


Listen: After Its Hospital Closes, A Pioneer Kansas Town Searches For What Comes Next

Deep questions underlie what is happening in Fort Scott, Kan.: Do small communities like this one need a traditional hospital at all? And, if not, what health care do they need?


Viewpoints: Patients Need To Know They Can Fight Those Denied Medical Bills; Get A Grip On The Doomsday Issues Surrounding ‘Medicare For All’

Editorial pages focus on these health care issues and others.


Perspectives: How Long Will It Take Before GOP Sees Abortion Bans As Political Disaster?; Hmm, So Abortion Is Bad And Executions Are Good?

Opinion writers weigh on abortion issues and other women's health news.


State Highlights: Johns Hopkins Filed Suits Against 2,400 Maryland Patients For Unpaid Bills; Conn. House Passes Bill Raising Age Of E-Cig Sales To 21

Media outlets report on news from Maryland, Connecticut, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Missouri, Maryland, California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Iowa.


Longer Looks: The Threat To Abortion, Trump And Drug Prices & What CBD Can Do

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.


When A Cold Cheese Sandwich Is Humiliating: Outcry Over ‘Lunch Shaming’ In Schools Gains Traction

Federal lawmakers recently introduced legislation to shield children whose parents haven't paid for their school lunches. Policies vary across the nation, but in Rhode Island last week there was a backlash against a school when it served some children cheese sandwiches, signaling to others their parents hadn't paid. Other news on school lunches comes from Oregon.


Wash. Governor Says State Is Leading Nation To Brighter Future With Public Option, But It’s Not Yet Clear How Much Patients Will Save

Even sponsors of the legislation acknowledge the state plans may save consumers only 5-10% on their premiums. Other news on insurance markets in the states comes from North Carolina, Georgia and Houston.


Eating Chips, Other Ultra-Processed Foods Sets Off ‘Hunger Hormones,’ Rapid Weight Gain, Study Finds

More than half of the calories consumed in Americans' diets are made up ultra-processed foods, packaged or fast foods that contain added sugars, refined carbohydrates, industrial oils and sodium. Research published Thursday in Cell Metabolism links those eating patterns to the obesity epidemic. In other public health news: measles, birthrates, mental health claims, knitting therapy, cancer apps, crowded ERs and cystic fibrosis.


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