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What the Health?

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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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These ladies are at the top of their game!

Informative and often funny too,

By klcmd - Aug 08 2018
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Love this podcast — I learn and often laugh

iTunes Ratings

197 Ratings
Average Ratings
177
10
3
4
3

Outstanding

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

Informative and often funny too,

By klcmd - Aug 08 2018
Read more
Love this podcast — I learn and often laugh
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What the Health?

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 32: There’s a Really Big Health Bill in that Budget Deal

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In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss health policy changes in the just-concluded bipartisan budget deal on Capitol Hill. The panelists talk about the final enrollment numbers for individual insurance purchased under the Affordable Care Act, and possible drug price proposals in President Trump’s upcoming budget. Plus Julie interviews Andy Slavitt, who this week launched a health care advocacy group called "The United States of Care."
Feb 09 2018
44 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 29: Our First Live Show: What The Health Will Happen In 2018?

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In this episode of “What the Health?” -- taped in front of a live audience -- Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post discuss the potential government shutdown and what may be in store for health in 2018. They are joined by former Medicare and Medicaid head Tom Scully.
Jan 18 2018
54 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 25: Farewell Individual Mandate

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss health issues in the emerging tax bill, including the likely repeal of fines for those who fail to obtain health insurance. They also talk about the end of “open enrollment” for 2018 individual health insurance coverage. Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week.
Dec 15 2017
40 mins
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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
55 mins
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Rank #5: Cue The Drug Price Debate

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Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee unveiled their long-awaited proposal to try to rein in prescription drug costs, even as bipartisan leaders of the other Senate committee that oversees health announced it would not bring its drug price bill to the Senate floor until fall. Meanwhile, Congress passed and sent to President Donald Trump legislation to replenish the fund that pays for 9/11 first responders who got sick from exposure to toxic substances. Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call and Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this, plus court actions on health issues. Also, Rovner interviews KHN’s Jenny Gold about the latest “Bill of the Month” installment, on the high cost of kidney dialysis.
Jul 25 2019
40 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 55: Drug Prices And Unicorns

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Jul 19 2018
50 mins
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Rank #7: “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
37 mins
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Rank #8: 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
35 mins
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Rank #9: 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
32 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 60: Opioids, EpiPens And Health Funding

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In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Joanne Kenen of Politico talk about Senate action on health funding and opioid legislation, the state of the individual insurance market and the news about the allergy remedy EpiPen. Also, how an otter with asthma could signal a potential public health crisis. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week.
Aug 23 2018
40 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 23: Taxes, Medicare And The Year-End Mess

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post discuss the possible impact of the tax bill on the Medicare program, confirmation hearings for a new secretary of Health and Human Services and the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week.
Nov 30 2017
28 mins
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Rank #12: 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
41 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 64: Health On The Hill

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In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Joanne Kenen of Politico talk about a spate of health-related legislative action on Capitol Hill, including Senate passage of a bill to address the opioid epidemic. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week.
Sep 20 2018
34 mins
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Rank #14: 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
41 mins
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Rank #15: 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
29 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 22: Meanwhile, In Other Health News…

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In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News discuss some of the under-covered health stories of the past several weeks, including drug price issues, the opioid epidemic and women’s reproductive health.
Nov 21 2017
33 mins
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Rank #17: Deciphering The Democrats’ Health Debate

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Health care was a major topic at the Democratic presidential candidate debates in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the focus on plan minutiae may have left viewers more confused than edified. Alice Ollstein of Politico, Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner and Caitlin Owens of Axios join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss the points made by the candidates, plus a series of Trump administration health initiatives on drug prices and hospital shopping. In addition, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week.
Aug 01 2019
30 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 35: The ACA Heads Back To Court. Again.

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In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Sarah Kliff of Vox discuss the latest lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. They also explore how your health care system increasingly depends on the state you live in. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists offer their favorite health policy stories of the week.
Mar 01 2018
38 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 41: It’s Nerd Week

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In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post discuss the Trump administration’s latest effort to revise rules for next year’s Affordable Care Act marketplaces. They also discuss state efforts to stabilize their own individual markets in light of some of the changes being made at the federal level.
Apr 12 2018
37 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 40: Alive And Limping: ACA In The Age Of Trump

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In this special episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo take a deep dive into the state of the federal health law, what happened in 2017 and the Affordable Care Act's viability going forward.
Apr 05 2018
50 mins
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