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Remaking Health Care

This column explores how health reform is changing the ways in which we pay for and deliver health care in the U.S. It also highlights the ways in which our current system is falling short on measures of coverage, access and affordability. On any given week, that could mean a look at how Republican plans to repeal Obamacare could reshape the individual insurance market, how the safety net system is adapting to new financial pressures, or how the trend of doctors and hospitals merging into ever-larger entities is driving up costs. We also explore health care costs and whether the Affordable Care Act or its successor plans can live up to the promise to rein them in. Throughout, we keep watch on how the goals of health reform intersect with the shaping power of markets and human behavior. Contributors include veteran health journalist Trudy Lieberman and independent health journalist Kellie Schmitt, with occasional contributions from independent journalists such as Susan Abram and Sara Stewart.

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The backlash goes in the face of decades of research that has found syringe exchanges reduce the transmission of disease and help get people off drugs.
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The media, the medical community, and academic drug experts all quickly questioned the FDA’s approval process — a rare occurrence.
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Plans for adding a public option to the Affordable Care Act have stalled as the president punts the issue to Congress.
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Holdout states are turning to some surprising tactics to keep voter-led pushes for Medicaid expansion off the table.
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State legislators in a dozen states continue to oppose expansion, with their talking points echoing across state lines.
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We're spending a ton of money to prop up our private insurance system, our columnist argues.
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A new program takes aim at traditional fee-for-service Medicare. But will it reduce health care spending or boost private profits?
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The drop in the number of new recipients for disability benefits comes in the midst of a devastating public health crisis that has led to massive unmet needs.
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With depression, anxiety, and suicides on the rise, Biden must quickly deliver on his campaign pledge to improve access to treatment.
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From expanding Medicaid to making telehealth changes permanent, here's what a diverse group of health policy experts would prioritize in 2021.

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