Atlanta Struggles To Meet MLK’s Legacy On Health Care

Atlanta Struggles To Meet MLK’s Legacy On Health Care

This story also ran on NPR. ATLANTA — While public safety commissioner Bull Connor’s police dogs in 1963 attacked civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., leaders in Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown of Atlanta were burnishing its reputation as “the city too busy...
Without Context Or Cushion, Do Online Medical Results Make Sense?

Without Context Or Cushion, Do Online Medical Results Make Sense?

As she herded her two young sons into bed one evening late last December, Laura Devitt flipped through her phone to check on the routine blood tests that had been performed as part of her annual physical. She logged onto the patient portal link on her electronic...
Patients Overpay For Prescriptions 23% Of The Time, Analysis Shows

Patients Overpay For Prescriptions 23% Of The Time, Analysis Shows

[UPDATED at 12:40 p.m. ET on March 13] As a health economist, Karen Van Nuys had heard that it’s sometimes cheaper to pay cash at the pharmacy counter than to put down your insurance card and pay a copay. So one day, she asked her pharmacist how much her prescription...
Couple Makes Millions Off Medicaid Managed Care As Oversight Lags

Couple Makes Millions Off Medicaid Managed Care As Oversight Lags

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Norma Diaz and her husband, Joseph Garcia, have dedicated their careers to running a nonprofit health insurer that covers some of California’s neediest residents. For three decades, they have worked for a Medicaid managed-care plan, Community...

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