When the lame-duck Congress returns to Washington after Election Day, it can face an extended listing of well being gadgets needing consideration earlier than the top of the 12 months, together with setting general spending for well being applications and averting a collection of Medicare cost cuts to well being care suppliers.
In the meantime, in California, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a first-in-the-nation invoice aimed toward curbing covid-19 misinformation and disinformation by docs.
This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of KHN; Sandhya Raman of CQ Roll Name; Jessie Hellmann, additionally of CQ Roll Name; and Mary Agnes Carey of KHN.
Among the many takeaways from this week’s episode:
- When congressional lawmakers left city final week for a month of campaigning earlier than the midterm elections, they agreed to fund the federal government — however solely till mid-December. The election outcomes might impression whether or not they attain agreements on funding for the total fiscal 12 months after they come again.
- Key Democratic members of the Home have pledged to jettison the so-called Hyde Modification from any spending payments, however clearly these efforts don’t have sufficient assist to get by means of the Senate. The Hyde Modification, named for Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ailing.), who died in 2007, bans federal funds from getting used for many abortions.
- Among the many funding points nonetheless to be settled by lawmakers is whether or not they’ll proceed sure applications begun through the pandemic, reminiscent of permitting Medicare to cowl telehealth providers and whether or not enhanced Medicaid will proceed for U.S. territories.
- Additionally nonetheless awaiting a call by Congress is a bipartisan effort to enhance psychological well being providers.
- In response to among the uncommon remedies and theories that emerged surrounding covid, California has enacted a legislation that would carry extra self-discipline for docs who knowingly unfold disinformation on to sufferers. They are often reprimanded by the state medical board.
- The problem of abortion is heating up in campaigns across the nation, particularly amongst Democrats operating for Congress, governor, or lawyer common. Republicans, then again, are taking part in down the difficulty whereas they attempt to emphasize financial and immigration points.
- A brand new report from Ohio officers factors to the surprisingly excessive variety of ladies and younger teenagers searching for abortions. The state well being division reported that amongst 538 kids age 17 and youthful who acquired abortions in Ohio final 12 months, 57 had been underneath 15.
Additionally this week, Rovner interviews KHN’s Sam Whitehead, who reported and wrote the most recent KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” episode a couple of household who tried to make use of pressing care to economize however ended up with a giant emergency room invoice, anyway. When you have an outrageous or monumental medical invoice you’d prefer to share with us, you can do that here.
Plus, for additional credit score, the panelists advocate their favourite well being coverage tales of the week they suppose you need to learn, too:
Julie Rovner: NPR’s “The Ice Bucket Challenge Wasn’t Just for Social Media. It Helped Fund a New ALS Drug,” by Wynne Davis
Sandhya Raman: Mountain State Highlight’s “As WV Officials Tout Small Reductions in Drug Overdose Deaths, Epidemic Remains at Crisis Levels,” by Allen Siegler
Jessie Hellmann: KHN’s “Severe Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Panics Reporter Until He Finds a Simple, No-Cost Solution,” by Jay Hancock
Mary Agnes Carey: The Washington Submit’s “Seniors Are Stuck Home Alone as Health Aides Flee for Higher-Paying Jobs,” by Christopher Rowland
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