About Jay @JayHancock1
Jay Hancock is a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News. Before joining Kaiser Health News in 2012 he wrote about economics, business and international diplomacy for The Baltimore Sun for nearly two decades.
Jay’s Recent Stories
Health Dec 19Here’s where the nation’s biggest drug lobby spent money in 2016
Threats seemed especially dire last year. Storms of bad publicity hit the industry in the form of stories about arrogant executives and thousand-dollar pills.
Health Feb 03Employers fret job-based coverage is vulnerable to fallout from GOP health overhaul
Business dislikes many parts of the ACA. But large companies in particular say a poorly thought-out replacement might turn out to be worse for their workers.
Health Dec 06Signed out of prison but not signed up for insurance, inmates fall prey to ills
INDIANAPOLIS — Before he went to prison, Ernest killed his 2-year-old daughter in the grip of a psychotic delusion. When the Indiana Department of Correction released him in 2015, he was terrified something awful might happen again.
Health Nov 10Under President-elect Trump, these policies could replace Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act transformed the medical system, expanding coverage to millions, injecting billions in tax revenue, changing insurance rules and launching ambitious experiments in quality and efficiency.
Health Aug 31Baltimore unveils its plan to cut health disparities by 50 percent in a decade
Violence last year following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after being injured in police custody, exposed Baltimore’s health divide as well as its criminal justice differences, officials said. Gray’s family had won a settlement for…
Health Apr 25One year after Freddie Gray’s death, thousands leave Maryland prisons with risky health problems, no coverage
Maryland’s prisons and jails release thousands of inmates each year without helping them enroll in Medicaid, jeopardizing their health and putting communities at greater risk.
Health Feb 15A tale of two Baltimores plays out in devastating medical care disparities
Baltimore residents have little more confidence in the medical system intended to heal them than in the criminal justice system intended to protect them.
Health Jan 25Some cost-conscious employers exclude outpatient surgeries in health plans
Libbi Stovall couldn’t believe it last month when she looked at the fine print in her company’s 2016 health plan. The insurance paid for inpatient hospital care, office visits and diagnostic imaging. But it provided no coverage for outpatient surgery,…
Health Sep 30Is your private health data safe in your workplace wellness program?
“The privacy issues are profound,” said Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, an advocacy group. “If people are being asked to wear a biometric electronic device, or use a mobile app or work within a wellness program,…
Health Sep 10When the hospital is boss, that’s where doctors’ patients go
Why did hospitals binge-buy doctor practices in recent years? To improve care coordination, lower costs and upgrade patient experiences, say hospitals. To raise costs, gain pricing power and steer patient referrals, say skeptics. Researchers at Stanford University tested those opposing…