Elisabeth Rosenthal

The No Surprises Act Comes With Some Surprises

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The No Surprises Act, the landmark law intended to protect patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills, has come with, well, some surprises. A little more than two years after it took effect, there鈥檚 good and bad news about how it鈥檚 working. First, it鈥檚 important to note that the law has successfully protected millions of patients […]

The FTC Escalates Biden鈥檚 Fight Against Drug Prices

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It鈥檚 daggers out at the Federal Trade Commission in its fight against anticompetitive practices in health care. This past year, it has issued more stringent guidelines to block and discourage hospital mergers, and it investigated practices by middlemen in the drug supply chain. Now drug manufacturers themselves are in the agency鈥檚 crosshairs. In November, the FTC challenged the validity of more […]

Denials of Health Insurance Claims Are Rising 鈥 And Getting Weirder

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The Department of Health and Human Services is tasked with monitoring denials both by Obamacare health plans and those offered through employers and insurers. As insurers鈥 denials become more common, they sometimes defy not just medical standards of care but sheer logic. Why hasn鈥檛 the agency fulfilled its assignment?

The Debt Crisis That Sick Americans Can鈥檛 Avoid

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The federal government is stepping in to assist student loan borrowers. But little public attention has been focused on what is 鈥 statistically, at least 鈥 a bigger, broader debt crisis in our country: An estimated 100 million people in the U.S., or 41% of all adults, are saddled with pernicious health care debt.

Will the US Overcome Its Covid Complacency Even as the Threat Returns?

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One million Americans have died from covid-19 鈥 far more per capita than in any other developed country. A new variant is doubling case rates in some states, and more than 300 people are dying a day. But our nation鈥檚 pandemic response has become mild-mannered and performative, backed by neither money, urgency, nor enforcement.