KFF Health News
Emmarie Huetteman was previously an associate Washington Editor who spent more than 10 years reporting on federal governments. Most recently, she covered the surprise medical bill, drug pricing reform and health policy debates on both the campaign trails and in Washington.
This week’s annual U.S. Census Bureau reported revealed a decrease in the rate of uninsured people last year, as more workers aged 18-64 obtained coverage through their employers. However, this year’s end of pandemic-era protections — which allowed many people to stay on Medicaid — is likely to have changed that picture quite a bit since. Even those with health insurance struggle to pay for their costs. Some providers encourage patients to borrow money to cover their medical debt.
A mystery is also unfolding within the federal budget. Why have recent Medicare expenditures per beneficiary remained flat? The CDC also recommends that anyone over 6 months of age get the new covid booster.
This week’s panelists are Emmarie Huetteman of KFF Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Sarah Karlin-Smith of the Pink…