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Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along with top health policy reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington.

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Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along with top health policy reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington.

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By mfutah - Dec 26 2019
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Your podcast is terrific. Informative, balanced, and includes historical perspective. Thanks!

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These ladies are at the top of their game!

iTunes Ratings

239 Ratings
Average Ratings
215
11
3
4
6

What the health

By mfutah - Dec 26 2019
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Your podcast is terrific. Informative, balanced, and includes historical perspective. Thanks!

Outstanding

By Davo1466 - Jan 05 2019
Read more
These ladies are at the top of their game!
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What the Health?

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: All About Medicaid

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All About Medicaid by Kaiser Health News

Oct 24 2019

46mins

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Rank #2: “Medicare-For-All” For Dummies

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The “Medicare–for-all” debate is already in full swing, but what does that phrase even mean? Joanne Kenen of Politico, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call join KHN’s Julie Rovner for a beginner’s guide to the next big health policy debate. For “extra credit,” the panelists provide their favorite health policy stories of the week, and as a special Valentine’s Day bonus, their favorite #HealthPolicyValentines.

Feb 14 2019

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Rank #3: All About ‘Medicare for All’

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Need to know more about “Medicare for All?” It’s a top issue in the Democratic presidential primary campaign. This holiday week, we are rerunning our explainer on the subject. But first, KHN’s “What the Health?” host Julie Rovner talks to KHN’s Shefali Luthra about how health played out in the first Democratic candidate debates last week.

Jul 02 2019

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Rank #4: Episode 42: Nothing In Health Care Ever Goes Away

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In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post examine how even after Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the health care debate continues to roil politics. They discuss how Republicans in Congress have shifted their ACA messaging and how the Democrats are looking to Medicare expansion. They also discuss state efforts to expand Medicaid and drug pricing. And they spend a moment talking about Congress’ push to do something about the opioid crisis. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists offer their favorite health policy stories of the week.

Apr 19 2018

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Rank #5: All About Medicare

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Before “Medicare for All,” there was just Medicare, the federal program that provides insurance to 60 million Americans. This week, KHN’s Julie Rovner talks to Tricia Neuman of the Kaiser Family Foundation about how Medicare works and whom it serves. Then, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner join Rovner to talk about some current Medicare issues being debated in Washington, D.C.

Aug 22 2019

42mins

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Rank #6: Episode 2: Why Is This Stuff So Complicated?

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Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times, and Paige Winfield Cunningham of the Washington Post discuss the latest on the Senate’s effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, and why it is so difficult to make popular changes like requiring insurers to cover people with pre-existing health conditions.

Jul 06 2017

29mins

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Rank #7: Episode 3: Senate Health Bill 2.0. Still On Life Support

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, and Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times discuss the changes to the proposed Senate health bill, and whether they can win the 50 votes needed to pass it. Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week.

Jul 14 2017

33mins

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Rank #8: How Do Other Countries Pay For Health Care?

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Every country provides and pays for health care differently. Yet surveys show the U.S. health system covers fewer people and costs more than the systems of most other industrialized countries. Are there international systems that the U.S. could emulate or borrow from? On this special episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” host Julie Rovner interviews international health experts Gerard Anderson of Johns Hopkins and Christopher Pope of the Manhattan Institute.

Jan 02 2020

39mins

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Rank #9: Drug Prices Are Rising Again. Is Someone Going To Do Something About It?

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As drugmakers hike prices, interest to rein them in is growing on Capitol Hill. Next week marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, and both the House, whose leaders back abortion rights, and the Senate, controlled by abortion foes, are holding statement votes. And the government shutdown is still affecting health programs. Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Alice Ollstein of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues.

Jan 17 2019

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Rank #10: Bye-Bye, ACA, And Hello ‘Medicare-For-All’?

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Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Erin Mershon of Stat News join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss the latest in news about the Trump administration’s effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act, a historic hearing on “Medicare-for-all” and the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling that the state constitution protects a woman’s right to abortion. Also, Rovner interviews KHN’s Carmen Heredia Rodriguez about the latest “Bill of the Month” feature.

May 02 2019

42mins

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Rank #11: Episode 43: What Next For The VA?

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In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo discuss the collapse of the nomination of White House physician Ronny Jackson to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. They also discuss new, bipartisan congressional efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists offer their favorite health policy stories of the week.

Apr 26 2018

32mins

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Rank #12: ‘Medicare-For-All’? More? Some?

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“Medicare-for-all” has become the rallying cry for Democrats in the new Congress. But there is a long list of other ways to increase insurance coverage. Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues to chip away at the Medicaid program for the poor, and new rules could mean higher costs for individual health insurance in 2020. Alice Ollstein of Politico, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and, for “extra credit,” provide their favorite health policy stories of the week

Jan 24 2019

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Rank #13: Live From D.C.: A Look Ahead At Health Policy In 2019

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Congress and President Donald Trump are starting to wrestle with health policy issues, and health is already a key debate point in the early run-up to the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Might any major health policy legislation be passed and signed this year? Joanne Kenen of Politico, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Kimberly Leonard of The Washington Examiner, along with special guest Tom Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and take questions from a live studio audience.

Jan 31 2019

46mins

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Rank #14: Episode 55: Drug Prices And Unicorns

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Jul 19 2018

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Rank #15: Episode 13: Zombie Repeal-And-Replace Bill Rises Again

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss Senate Republicans’ last-ditch effort to upend the Affordable Care Act ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline.

Sep 20 2017

34mins

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Rank #16: Episode 12: Health Plans Busting Out All Over

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times, and Stephanie Armour of the Wall Street Journal discuss Democratic, Republican, and bipartisan health proposals all being pursued in Congress, including the latest version of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) “Medicare-for-All” proposal.

Sep 13 2017

33mins

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Rank #17: 'Medicare-For-All' Debate: Who’s Going To Pay

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Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Jen Haberkorn of the Los Angeles Times join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss the new “Medicare-for-all” bill introduced by House Democrats, the grilling of pharmaceutical company CEOs by a Senate committee and new Trump administration rules that take aim at Planned Parenthood. Plus, Rovner interviews KHN’s Julie Appleby about the latest “Bill of the Month" installment.

Feb 28 2019

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Rank #18: Episode 16: Let’s Blow It All Up

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Sarah Kliff of Vox and Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News discuss the Trump administration’s latest efforts to undermine the individual insurance market.
Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week.

Oct 13 2017

29mins

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Rank #19: Episode 57: Let’s Talk Politics

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In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call talk about health care’s emergence as a possible voting issue in the coming midterm elections. Plus, Julie interviews KHN’s Emmarie Huetteman about July’s “Bill of the Month”: a transgender woman’s “bait-and-switch” $92,000 surgery bill.

Jul 31 2018

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Rank #20: Episode 62: Health Policy Goes To Court

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In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Alice Ollstein of Politico talk about the latest court challenge to the Affordable Care Act, nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and news from the reproductive health front. Plus, Julie interviews Chad Terhune about the KHN/NPR “Bill of the Month.”

Sep 06 2018

41mins

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