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Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along with top health policy reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington.

What the Health? Kaiser Health News

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    • 4.8, 267 Ratings

Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along with top health policy reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington.

    Protests And Pandemics

    Protests And Pandemics

    The outrage over the death of an African American man, George Floyd, after he was restrained and knelt on by Minneapolis police officers has sparked national protests, including in places where the coronavirus is still spreading. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s attempt to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization could have ramifications for Americans. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Mary Agnes Carey of KHN and Joanne Kenen of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, Rovner interviews Jonathan Oberlander, a University of North Carolina health policy professor and the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, about articles examining the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of health inequity and structural racism.

    • 36 min
    Still Seeking A Federal Coronavirus Strategy

    Still Seeking A Federal Coronavirus Strategy

    Democrats were not impressed with the Trump administration’s COVID-19 national testing strategy document submitted to Congress this week. They say the pandemic requires more direction from the federal government, while the administration wants to give nearly all the responsibility to the states. Meanwhile, in an effort to shore up his base of senior voters, President Donald Trump has unveiled a plan to limit what those on Medicare must pay out-of-pocket for insulin. Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Erin Mershon of STAT News and Joanne Kenen of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, Rovner interviews KHN’s Phil Galewitz, who wrote the latest KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” installment about a patient who thought he might have COVID-19, did everything right and got a big bill, anyway.

    • 38 min
    States And COVID-19: You’re On Your Own

    States And COVID-19: You’re On Your Own

    Just about every state is lifting some coronavirus-related restrictions, but it’s unclear how things are really going, considering data on the spread of the virus lags and may not be reliable. Meanwhile, the federal government continues to throw more responsibility for dealing with the pandemic to state and local governments. Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider and Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite stories of the week they think you should read, too.

    • 34 min
    What’s In The Next Round Of COVID-19 Relief?

    What’s In The Next Round Of COVID-19 Relief?

    House Democrats have unveiled legislation that would effectively double what the federal government has already spent on relief for the COVID-19 pandemic, but Republicans are saying they want to wait before even talking about another bill. Meanwhile, a key Republican senator called the GOP court case challenging the Affordable Care Act “flimsy.” Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call and Joanne Kenen of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite stories of the week they think you should read, too.

    • 32 min
    Blowing The Whistle On Trump Team’s COVID Policies

    Blowing The Whistle On Trump Team’s COVID Policies

    Frustration from inside the Trump administration over the management of the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to become public, as whistleblowers — some anonymous, some named ― tell how the effort is being undermined by favoritism, incompetence and a disdain for science. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court heard a case that could threaten the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Rachana Pradhan of Kaiser Health News join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite stories of the week they think you should read, too.

    • 36 min
    SCOTUS Decides An ACA Case. No, Not THAT Case.

    SCOTUS Decides An ACA Case. No, Not THAT Case.

    The Supreme Court this week, in an 8-1 decision, ruled that insurers are due the roughly $12 billion that Congress several years ago tried to cut off in payments under the Affordable Care Act’s “risk corridors” provision. And while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in many places around the country, states are starting to reopen their economies at the urging of President Donald Trump and over objections of public health officials. Caitlin Owens of Axios and Mary Ellen McIntire of CQ Roll Call join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, Rovner interviews KHN’s Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, who wrote the latest KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” installment about COVID testing that should have been free but was not.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
267 Ratings

267 Ratings

emensch ,

Best podcast there is about health policy

Julie Rovner and team are great! I look forward to her podcast every Thursday where I can nerd out with them about health policy. I’ll even listen to shows twice to better understand the sometimes nuanced discussions!

rabbithutch ,

Worth the listen

I have read many of the comments. There is always bias and this program is no different but there is a lot of factual information about health care policy presented and it’s a very accessible. It’s your obligation as a citizen of this country to find points of view. The topics are current. It’s what is politically going right now. The program leans towards the “progressive” side but there is nothing wrong with that when it comes to one’s health. Whatever your bias is, the program is worth the listen each week to stay informed and current on health care issues.

Laumau46 ,

Just too hard 😭

Medicare for all will never happen! They like to highlight how messed up our dysfunctional health system is but conclude with how hard it would be to change so it won’t. One of them usually has an anecdote for when they went to their doctor blah blah blah...lucky must be nice.

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