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KHN: For Older Adults, Smelling the Roses May Be More Difficult
The reports from covid-19 patients are disconcerting. Only a few hours before, they were enjoying a cup of pungent coffee or the fragrance of flowers in a garden. Then, as if a switch had been flipped, those smells disappeared.
Young an... Read more
KHN: As Big Pharma and Hospitals Battle Over Drug Discounts, Patients Miss Out on Millions in Benefits
In early July, as the covid-19 pandemic slammed rural America, the president of a small Kansas hospital sat down on a Friday afternoon and wrote the president of the United States to plead for help.
“I do not intend to add to your burden,” said Brian Williams, a re... Read more
KHN: Medicare Enrollment Blitz Doesn’t Include Options to Move Into Medigap
Medicare’s annual open-enrollment season is here and millions of beneficiaries — prompted by a massive advertising campaign and aided by a detailed federal website — will choose a private Medicare Advantage plan.
But those who have instead opted for traditional Medic... Read more
KHN: Nursing Home Residents Overlooked in Scramble for Covid Antibody Treatments
Of the dozens of patients Dr. Jim Yates has treated for covid-19 at his long-term care center in rural Alabama, this one made him especially nervous.
The 60-year-old man, who had been fully vaccinated, was diagnosed with a breakthrough infection in late September. Almost i... Read more
KHN: ‘They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid’: Seniors Decry Health Providers’ Age Bias
Joanne Whitney, 84, a retired associate clinical professor of pharmacy at the University of California-San Francisco, often feels devalued when interacting with health care providers.
There was the time several years ago when she told an emergency room do... Read more
KHN: The Public Backs Medicare Rx Price Negotiation Even After Hearing Both Sides’ Views
As Congress debates cutting prescription drug costs, a poll released Tuesday found the vast majority of adults — regardless of their political party or age — support letting the federal government negotiate drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries and those in private healt... Read more