Phil’s Recent Stories
Health Nov 19The hidden costs of ‘free’ flu shots
Flu shots are relatively cheap compared with most health services, but considering the tens of millions of Americans who get vaccinated each year, those prices add up.
Health Jan 13Kentucky is first state granted approval for Medicaid work requirements
Thousands of poor adults in Kentucky will have to find jobs and pay monthly premiums to retain their Medicaid coverage as a result of drastic changes to the state’s health insurance program approved Friday by the Trump administration.
Health Jul 29Even without Congress, Trump can still cut Medicaid enrollment
The Trump administration is poised to use its regulatory powers to accomplish what lawmakers could not: shrink Medicaid.
Health Feb 05Indiana, Pence’s home state, seeks federal OK to keep Medicaid expansion
As Congress weighs repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the home state of Vice President Mike Pence seeks to keep its Medicaid expansion under the federal health law.
Nation Nov 28Pence expanded Medicaid coverage as governor, now threatens to take away
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was one of 10 Republican governors to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, but as President-elect Donald Trump’s running mate, Pence is now calling for the health law’s repeal and replacement.
Health Jul 23How a Caribbean island became prime source of U.S. Zika cases
More than 1,400 Americans contracted Zika while traveling outside the U.S. this year and a Caribbean-island nation is one of the top destinations where they caught the virus.
Health Jun 16Florida’s mosquito control forces mobilize against Zika threat
Local mosquito control authorities are preparing a spray-and-trap offensive to halt Zika-carrying mosquitos in damp breeding grounds.
Health Jun 15Study projects health insurance premiums to rise in 2017
Next year’s premiums for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act could rise more than in past years in most markets and declines might be rare, according to a preliminary analysis of insurers' plans.
Health Apr 19UnitedHealthcare to exit all but ‘handful’ of Obamacare markets
UnitedHealthcare will operate only in a “handful” of health insurance exchanges in 2017, down from 34 states this year, company officials said Tuesday.
Health Apr 05Here’s how the IRS could help more uninsured people
The IRS doesn’t tell some tax filers that their low and moderate incomes likely mean their households qualify for Medicaid or subsidies, according to researchers.