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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Nothing In Health Care Ever Goes Away

In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post examine how even after Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the health care debate continues to roil politics. They discuss how Republicans in Congress have shifted their ACA messaging and how the Democrats are looking to Medicare expansion. They also discuss state efforts to expand Medicaid and drug pricing. And they spend a moment talking about Congress’ push to do something about the opioid crisis.

Viewpoints: Anti-Vaxxers’ Misperceptions Deny Children’s Rights; Expand Sorely Needed Research on Women’s Brains, Alzheimer’s

Editorial pages focus on these and other health topics.

Longer Looks: Silent Gun Slaughter In D.C.; Reducing Heroin Overdoses; And Drinking And Breast Cancer

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

State Highlights: D.C. Enlists Nurses in 911 Call Centers To Reduce Non-Emergency Load; Enacting Single-Payer ‘Will Take Years,’ Calif. Candidate Says

Media outlets report on news from D.C., California, Texas, Iowa, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Ohio, Arizona, Minnesota and Illinois.

Biomedical Tattoos Hold Possibility Of Alerting Patients To Early Signs Of Cancer

Scientists have figured out a way to make cells turn dark like a tattoo when calcium levels in the blood is too high. In other public health news: gene therapy, concussions, categorizing sounds, homeopathic remedies, and autism.

Keeping Livers ‘Warm And Happy’ Instead Of On Ice While Transporting The Organs May Improve Success Rates

Touted as a "breakthrough" discovery, a new paper challenges the traditional belief that keeping the liver cool while transporting it from donor to recipient will slow the dying process.

Some Good News About Marriage: Melanoma Patients Have Improved Survival Rates

Early detection is key, researchers say, and spouses play an important role by spotting unusual looking moles and encouraging visits to dermatologists.

Disruptions To Medicaid Coverage When Recipients Are In Jail Creates Vicious Cycle Upon Release

The lag it takes to get back on Medicaid can mean relapses or other serious problems for prisoners struggling with addiction or mental health issues. "On the outside, if they didn't get their treatment, they'd come right back through the front door again," New Hampshire Department of Corrections Superintendent David Dionne says.

Cigna Confirms That Deal With Express Scripts Will Undergo Review By Justice Department

The Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, has taken a tough stand against similar types of deals in the past.

The New Weapon In Ongoing Battle Between Drug Companies And Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Drugmakers are expecting to take a financial hit from the copay accumulator programs that PBMs have begun marketing. And the Supreme Court may review a whistleblower case that could have implications across the pharmaceutical industry.
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