Senators Say Health Worker Shortages Ripe for Bipartisan Compromise

Senators are eying the growing shortage of health care workers in the United States as one of the few problems where there is room for bipartisan solutions, even in a deeply divided Congress gearing up for a presidential election cycle. The shortage that’s only worsened since the pandemic is a prescription for skyrocketing costs, suffering, … Read more

As US Bumps Against Debt Ceiling, Medicare Becomes a Bargaining Chip

The Host Julie Rovner KHN @jrovner Read Julie’s stories. Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent and host of KHN’s weekly health policy news podcast, “What the Health?” A noted expert on health policy issues, Julie is the author of the critically praised reference book “Health Care Politics and Policy A to Z,” now in its … Read more

Telehealth Brings Expert Sexual Assault Exams to Rural Patients

Amanda Shelley was sitting in her dentist’s waiting room when she received a call from the police. A local teenage girl had been sexually assaulted and needed an exam. Shelley, a nurse in rural Eagle County, Colorado, went to her car and called a telehealth company to arrange an appointment with a sexual assault nurse … Read more

Readers and Tweeters Chime In on Disability Rights and Drug Discounts

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. Coming Full Circle on Protections for Those With Disabilities As a retired special education teacher, I’m wondering why our elderly in retirement homes aren’t covered by the American with Disabilities Act … Read more