Erin Mershon covers the politics and policy of health care for STAT in Washington.
Erin’s Recent Stories
Health Jan 18How a government shutdown could affect your health
A government shutdown of the FDA, CDC and NIH will likely have widespread and long-lasting consequences for public health.
Nation Oct 14An old-school pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congress, a little-known perk for the powerful
WASHINGTON — If House Speaker Paul Ryan comes down with the flu this winter, he and his security detail won’t be screeching off toward the closest CVS for his Tamiflu. Instead, he can just walk downstairs and pick up the…
Health Sep 23HHS hints at major changes to Medicare that could mean higher costs for patients
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is signaling it will pursue significant changes to Medicare that could put beneficiaries on the hook for higher costs. In an informal proposal on Wednesday, federal health officials hinted at several new pilot programs it…
Health Aug 25Aetna potentially exposed the HIV statuses of thousands of customers
Thousands of people with HIV received mailed letters from Aetna last month that may have disclosed their HIV status on the envelope.
Health Aug 10These states declared an emergency over the opioid crisis. Here’s what happened
Most national emergency declarations, which grant the government temporary new powers with little in the way of oversight, have come in response to natural disasters or the spread of infectious diseases like the H1N1 virus. They allow the federal government…
Health Jul 29Get ready for the next big health care fight. This one’s all about kids
CHIP, which health insurance for millions of kids, will run out of federal funds in weeks unless Congress acts. Another partisan fight may loom.
Nation Jul 21Uber and the gig economy used to publicly support Obamacare. What happened?
Uber, Lyft, and other tech companies behind the "gig economy" once rallied behind Obamacare for their freelance workforces. Since President Trump was elected and congressional Republicans began in earnest their efforts to reform the health system, the industry titans have…
Health Jul 16The Trump administration says a new plan will cut drug prices. It’s not that simple
When the Trump administration unveiled a new Medicare proposal this week to cut payments to hospitals as part of a drug reimbursement program, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price called the plan a “significant step toward fulfilling President Trump’s…