Expect big changes to the health insurance market in the coming months, including how health plans treat you and what they charge you for coverage. One big one to look for: Obamacare will require health plans to cover everyone regardless of their medical history. Ask Emily explores some of the changes.
The transparency movement in health care looks unstoppable now.
The latest exhibit was a big one -- Wednesday’s release of national hospital data showing prices for 100 common procedures. The wildly different numbers were stunning.
In one often-quoted example, the average charge for a joint replacement in a hospital not far from our center ($223,000) was 40 times that of a hospital in rural Oklahoma ($5,300).
African-American women have consistently had the nation’s highest rates of infant mortality, more than two times the rate of white women. And in a haunting intergenerational and international measure, the daughters of African immigrants appear to have “caught up” in a key category that leads to infant death.
Second-generation African women often have children with the same low birth weights as African American women.
Details of California’s new health insurance exchange were announced on Thursday. Thirteen insurance agencies will offer a variety of plans, with about five million people eligible for coverage. Senior writer Emily Bazar appeared on KCRW's All Things Considered program to explain what it will mean for Californians.
Professional chaplains today are trained to serve all faiths, providing spiritual and emotional care to critically ill patients and their families.