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COVID-19 privacy protection bill introduced with bipartisan support

COVID-19 privacy protection bill introduced with bipartisan support

Enlarge / A global pandemic is no excuse for sticking your nose in other people's private data. A group of lawmakers from both parties is putting forth legislation that aims to protect Americans' privacy and personal data while advancing public health initiatives in the face of COVID-19. Well over 100,000 people in the United States…
Let Your Kid See Paper Variations of Your Costs

Let Your Kid See Paper Variations of Your Costs

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Photo: Getty Images Monopoly is going cashless—a new edition of the board game features a voice assistant that manages the buying and selling. This is weird. Doesn’t the joy come from basking in all the paper bills you’ve collected like you’re Scrooge McDuck? But the change may also be an indicator of a larger issue.…
Why Air Ambulance Costs Are Still Sky-High

Why Air Ambulance Costs Are Still Sky-High

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In many rural areas, helicopters are the only speedy way to get patients to a trauma center or hospital burn unit. As more than 100 rural hospitals have closed around the U.S. since 2010, the need for air transport has only increased. Ollo/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ollo/Getty Images In many rural areas, helicopters…
How High Medical Costs Can Take A Toll On Both Clients And The Nurses Who Take Care Of Them

How High Medical Costs Can Take A Toll On Both Clients...

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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Hilary Valdez, a nurse who wrote in after our last Bill of the Month story. She tells us about how high medical bills can affect nurses' relationships with patients.
Federal Governments Battle To Discover A Method To Pay Retirement Pension Expenses

Federal Governments Battle To Discover A Method To Pay Retirement Pension...

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There's a growing fiscal crisis hitting cities, counties and states across the U.S. It's all about generous retiree health benefits that historically haven't been fully funded. MICHELE MARTIN, HOST: Across the United States, there is a growing problem for current and retired government employees. It has to do with retiree packages known as other postemployment…
Feline Bites The Hand That Feeds; Healthcare Facility Costs $48,512

Feline Bites The Hand That Feeds; Healthcare Facility Costs $48,512

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Jeannette Parker, an animal-loving biologist, stopped to feed a stray cat in a rural area outside Florida's Everglades National Park. Instead of showing appreciation, the cat bit her. Courtesy of Angel Valentín hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Angel Valentín Jeannette Parker, an animal-loving biologist, stopped to feed a stray cat in a rural area…
Bipartisan Assistance Develops For Limitations On Surprise Medical Expenses

Bipartisan Assistance Develops For Limitations On Surprise Medical Expenses

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"There does seem to be across-the-board understanding that what's happening to patients right now isn't right or fair," Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said about surprise medical bills. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images "There does seem to be across-the-board understanding that what's happening to patients right now isn't right…
Trump Seeks Action To Stop Surprise Medical Expenses

Trump Seeks Action To Stop Surprise Medical Expenses

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Dr. Paul Davis, whose daughter, Elizabeth Moreno, was billed $17,850 for a urine test and featured in KHN-NPR's Bill of the Month series, was among the guests invited to the White House on Wednesday to discuss surprise medical bills with President Trump. Julia Robinson for KHN hide caption toggle caption Julia Robinson for KHN Dr.…
Federal Shutdown Has Meant Steep Health Costs For Some Households

Federal Shutdown Has Meant Steep Health Costs For Some Households

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Demonstrators affiliated with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association protested the federal shutdown at a Capitol Hill rally earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg/Getty Images Demonstrators affiliated with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association protested the federal shutdown at a Capitol Hill rally earlier this month…
Guaranteed, However Indebted: Couple Functions 5 Jobs To Settle Medical Expenses

Guaranteed, However Indebted: Couple Functions 5 Jobs To Settle Medical Expenses

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Robert and Tiffany Cano of San Tan Valley, Ariz., have a new marriage, a new house and a 10-month-old son, Brody. Since Brody was born, the Canos have racked up nearly $12,000 in medical debt. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption toggle caption Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News Robert and Tiffany Cano of San…

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