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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 move in health care to value-based payments has not solved racial health disparities. In some cases, it's even made them worse.
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The Inflation Reduction Act permits Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Here's why the legislation is such a big deal for seniors.
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A bill expected to pass would prevent price gouging and limit how much older Americans must pay for medicine.
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The goal is to shift calls away from police. But as the launch begins, most communities are not prepared.
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Why the media needs to cover what’s happening to the program with the same intensity reporters once covered the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
By Shefali Luthra
It’s tempting to focus on the political battles. But at heart, the new reality of abortion access is about medical care and health equity.
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The push towards privatizing Medicare continues at the federal level, with the role of middlemen getting larger.
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In the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, there’s more at stake than the right to abortion.
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For undocumented immigrants like Ericka Rosas Aranda, California's May 1 expansion of Medicaid can prove life-saving.

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