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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Year-End Bill Holds Big Health Changes


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Julie Rovner


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Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent and host of KHN’s weekly health policy news podcast, “What the Health?” A noted expert on health policy issues, Julie is the author of the critically praised reference book “Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z,” now in its third edition.

The year-end spending bill for federal health programs includes changes to Medicare payments, and some structure to allow states to start to disenroll Medicaid recipients whose eligibility was maintained by the pandemic.

Separately the Biden administration took steps to expand access to the abortion pill. It can be combined with another drug to terminate a pregnancy within 10 weeks. The campaign against abortion has been launched by anti-abortion forces to limit the availability of the abortion pills.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of KHN, Rachel Cohrs of Stat, Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Politico, and Rachel Roubein of The Washington Post.


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