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Epidemic: The Scars of Smallpox

The series finale of 鈥淓pidemic: Eradicating Smallpox鈥 is a visit to the home of Rahima Banu, the last person with a documented case of naturally occurring variola major smallpox. When the virus was declared eradicated, she became a symbol of one of the greatest victories in global public health. What happened to Rahima Banu afterward?

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': For ACA Plans, It鈥檚 Time to Shop Around

It鈥檚 Obamacare open enrollment season, which means that, for people who rely on these plans for coverage, it鈥檚 time to shop around. With enhanced premium subsidies and cost-sharing assistance, consumers may find savings by switching plans. It is especially important for people who lost their coverage because of the Medicaid unwinding to investigate their options. Many qualify for assistance. Meanwhile, the countdown to Election Day is on, and Ohio鈥檚 State Issue 1 is grabbing headlines. The closely watched ballot initiative has become a testing ground for abortion-related messaging, which has been rife with misinformation. This week鈥檚 panelists are Mary Agnes Carey of KFF 国产精品视频 News, Jessie Hellmann of CQ Roll Call, Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public 国产精品视频 and Politico, and Rachana Pradhan of KFF 国产精品视频 News.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': The New Speaker鈥檚 (Limited) Record on 国产精品视频

The House finally has a new speaker: Mike Johnson (R-La). He鈥檚 a relative newcomer who鈥檚 been a lower-level member of the House GOP leadership. And while he鈥檚 an outspoken opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage, his record on other health issues is scant. Meanwhile, the National Institutes of 国产精品视频 appears on track to be getting a new director, and Georgia鈥檚 Medicaid work requirement experiment is off to a very slow start. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico and Rachel Cohrs of Stat join KFF 国产精品视频 News鈥 Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Also this week, Rovner interviews Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': The Open Enrollment Mixing Bowl

Open enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries with private health plans began Oct. 15, to be followed Nov. 1 by open enrollment for Affordable Care Act plans. The selection for both is large 鈥 often too large to be navigated easily alone. And people who choose incorrectly can end up with unaffordable medical bills. Meanwhile, those on both sides of the abortion issue are looking to Ohio鈥檚 November ballot measure on abortion to see whether anti-abortion forces can break their losing streak in statewide ballot questions since the overturn of Roe v. Wade in 2022.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': 国产精品视频 Funding in Question in a Speaker-Less Congress

A bitterly divided Congress managed to keep the federal government running for several more weeks, while House Republicans struggle 鈥 again 鈥 to choose a leader. Meanwhile, many people removed from state Medicaid rolls are not finding their way to Affordable Care Act insurance, and a major investigation by The Washington Post attributes the decline in U.S. life expectancy to more than covid-19 and opioids. Lauren Weber of The Washington Post, Victoria Knight of Axios, and Sarah Karlin-Smith of the Pink Sheet join KFF 国产精品视频 News chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Also this week, Rovner interviews physician-author-playwright Samuel Shem about 鈥淥ur Hospital,鈥 his new novel about the health workforce in the age of covid.

Epidemic: Bodies Remember What Was Done to Them

Trust is hard to build and easy to break. In Episode 6 of the 鈥淓radicating Smallpox鈥 podcast, meet Chandrakant Pandav, a health worker who used laughter and song to try to rebuild trust with communities harmed by India鈥檚 sometimes violent and coercive family planning campaign.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': An Encore: 3 HHS Secretaries Reveal What the Job Is Really Like

In this special encore episode, KFF 国产精品视频 News鈥 鈥淲hat the 国产精品视频?鈥 asks three people who have served as the nation鈥檚 top health official: What does a day in the life of the U.S. secretary of 国产精品视频 and Human Services look like? And how much of their agenda is set by the White House? Taped in June before a live audience at Aspen Ideas: 国产精品视频, part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, in Aspen, Colorado, host and chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner leads a rare conversation with the current and two former HHS secretaries. Secretary Xavier Becerra and former secretaries Kathleen Sebelius and Alex Azar talk candidly about what it takes to run a department with more than 80,000 employees and a budget larger than those of many countries.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': More Medicaid Messiness

At least 30 states are reinstating coverage for children wrongly removed from the rolls under Medicaid redetermination, the federal government reported. It鈥檚 just the latest hiccup in the massive effort to review the eligibility of Medicaid beneficiaries now that the program鈥檚 pandemic-era expansion has expired. And federal oversight of the so-called unwinding would be further complicated by an impending government shutdown. Rachel Roubein of The Washington Post, Sandhya Raman of CQ Roll Call, and Sarah Karlin-Smith of Pink Sheet join KFF 国产精品视频 News chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Also this week, Rovner interviews KFF 国产精品视频 News鈥 Samantha Liss, who reported and wrote the latest KFF 国产精品视频 News-NPR 鈥淏ill of the Month鈥 feature, about a hospital bill that followed a deceased patient鈥檚 family for more than a year.

Epidemic: The Tata Way

Episode 5 of the 鈥淓radicating Smallpox鈥 podcast explores how a partnership between public health institutions and a huge, influential private company was key in the campaign to eliminate smallpox.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': Countdown to Shutdown

Congress appears to be careening toward a government shutdown, as a small band of House conservatives vow to block any funding for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 unless they win deeper cuts to health and other domestic programs. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump continues to roil the GOP presidential primary field, this time with comments about abortion. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Rachel Cohrs of Stat, and Tami Luhby of CNN join KFF 国产精品视频 News chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Also, for 鈥渆xtra credit,鈥 the panelists suggest health policy stories they read this week they think you should read, too.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': Underinsured Is the New Uninsured

The percentage of working-age adults with health insurance went up and the uninsured rate dropped last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week. There isn鈥檛 much suspense about which way the uninsured rate is now trending, as states continue efforts to strip ineligible beneficiaries from their Medicaid rolls. But is the focus on the uninsured obscuring the struggles of the underinsured? Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Sarah Karlin-Smith of the Pink Sheet, and Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public 国产精品视频 and Politico join KFF 国产精品视频 News鈥 Emmarie Huetteman to discuss these issues and more.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': Welcome Back, Congress. Now Get to Work.聽

Congress returns from its summer recess with a long list of tasks and only a few work days to get them done. On top of the annual spending bills needed to keep the government operating, on the list are bills to renew the global HIV/AIDS program, PEPFAR, and the community health centers program. Meanwhile, over the recess, the Biden administration released the names of the first 10 drugs selected for the Medicare price negotiation program.

Epidemic: Speedboat Epidemiology

In Bangladesh, smallpox eradication workers went to great lengths to vaccinate even one person, sometimes traveling by speedboat, crossing rickety bamboo bridges or leech-infested paddy fields. Episode 4 of the 鈥淓radicating Smallpox鈥 podcast is about what it takes to bring care directly to people where they are.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': A Not-So-国产精品视频-y GOP Debate

The first Republican presidential debate of the 2024 cycle took place without front-runner Donald Trump 鈥 and with hardly a mention of health issues save for abortion. Meanwhile, in Florida, patients dropped from the Medicaid program are suing the state for not giving them enough notice or a way to contest their being dropped from the program. Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public 国产精品视频 and Politico, and Victoria Knight of Axios join KFF 国产精品视频 News鈥 Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Plus, for 鈥渆xtra credit,鈥 the panelists suggest health policy stories they read this week they think you should read, too.

KFF 国产精品视频 News' 'What the 国产精品视频?': Abortion Pill鈥檚 Legal Limbo Continues

A federal appeals court issued a split decision on whether the abortion pill mifepristone should remain on the market 鈥 rejecting a lower court鈥檚 decision to effectively cancel the drug鈥檚 FDA approval in 2000, while ordering the rollback of more recent rules that made the drug easier to obtain. Nothing changes immediately, however, as the Supreme Court blocked the lower court鈥檚 ruling in the spring. It will be up to the high court to determine whether the pill remains available in the U.S. and under which conditions. Sarah Karlin-Smith of the Pink Sheet, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, and Shefali Luthra of The 19th join KFF 国产精品视频 News鈥 chief Washington correspondent, Julie Rovner, to discuss these issues and more. Plus, for 鈥渆xtra credit,鈥 the panelists suggest health policy stories they read this week they think you should read, too.