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Listen: The Hidden Cost Of Health Systems Gobbling Up Rural Hospitals

Corporate health systems have been purchasing community hospitals, and that can have both positive and negative implications for patients in rural areas.

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health care policy stories each week, so you don't have to.

Something Far Deadlier Than The Wuhan Virus Lurks Near You

There is a virus that has already sickened at least 13 million Americans this winter, hospitalizing 120,000 and killing 6,600 people. You may even know of it.

Viewpoints: U.S. Isn’t Ready For An Outbreak, But How Worried Should We Be About Coronavirus?; There’s No Such Thing As A ‘Moderate’ Public Option

Opinion writers tackle these and other health issues.

Longer Looks: Psychology And Western Cultures; Food Deserts; The Gun Show; And More

Each week, KHN finds interesting reads from around the Web.

State Highlights: LA Mayor Optimistic About Working With Trump Administration On Homelessness; Proposed Cuts To Ga. Health Spending Will Lead To More Suicides, Advocates Warn

Media outlets report on news from California, Georgia, Iowa, Florida, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Oregon, North Carolina, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Missouri.

California AG Leading ACA Defense Tries To Soothe Worries: ‘We Will Not Accept Anything Less Than Victory’

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said supporters of the health law should not panic over the delayed timeline as the cases marches slowly toward the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, in California, the number of new enrollees on the state's exchange surges past last year's numbers.

Kentucky Bill Requiring Health Professionals To Care For Infants After Failed Abortions Moves Forward

Critics of the legislation say that it perpetuates myths about abortions and that there are already safeguards in place for protecting infants. News on abortion laws comes out of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, as well.

Ban On Using Campaign Funds For Health Insurance Hurts Working-Class Americans, House Candidate Says

Nabilah Islam, a progressive Democrat from Georgia, says that the ban on using fund for health insurance and other living expenses makes running for Congress cost prohibitive and keeps working-class Americans from running.

Insys Founder Sentenced To 5.5 Years In Prison For Scheme That Involved Bribing Doctors To Prescribe Opioids

Federal prosecutors have said that Insys, based in Arizona, embarked on an intensive marketing plan — including paying doctors for sham educational talks and luring others with lap dances — to sell its under-the-tongue fentanyl spray, Subsys, which was federally approved to treat patients with cancer. Meanwhile, McKesson has reached a settlement with its investors over allegations it missed suspicious opioid shipments.
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