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Walter Reed Medical Center to Close, After Over 100 Years of Care

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center will close its doors, after more than a century of care. The historic medical center first opened it's doors to offer care to soldiers and their families in 1909. The hospital treated Presidents Nixon and Eisenhower. and housed a number of other Washington notables. But it also had its share of scandals. In 2007, a Washington Post investigation uncovered appalling conditions there, including neglected patients, unsanitary living facilities, and what the paper described as "a messy bureaucratic battlefield."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Preparing to Die

Friday, July 22, 2011

Peter Waldman, reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses his investigation of for-profit hospice care.

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The Takeaway

Study: Medicaid Families Have Reduced Access to Specialty Care

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Millions of children in the U.S. are covered by Medicaid and should receive the same access to health care as families with private insurance. But a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests those families are finding it harder to make appointments with doctors and are waiting longer for care. The study carried out by the University of Pennsylvania is the first of its kind and looked at the experiences of parents making appointments at specialty clinics in Cook County, Ill. With Medicaid facing a reduction in funding the question of access to care is more important than ever.

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One Week Out: What's On Albany's Agenda?

Monday, June 13, 2011

[Gay marriage is] clearly not going to pass without Republican assistance because there are only 30 Democrats, one of whom will never in a million years vote for gay marriage, and that's Ruben Diaz. There's going to be a Republican deciding vote no matter how you slice it.

Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Exchange Deadline

Friday, June 10, 2011

To qualify for federal grants, New York has to set up its health insurance exchange before the legislative term ends this month.  Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, talks about the state's late start and what is left to be done.

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When it Doesn't Pay to Stay on Your Parents' Health Plan

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Private health plans got at least 600,000 new customers in the past year: under-26-year olds suddenly allowed back on their parents’ plan. If a goal of reform was to expand coverage, then by that estimate, it’s a partial success. We’ve improved access to the product. Has the product improved?

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The Takeaway

Vermont Governor to Sign Single-Payer Health Care Bill

Thursday, May 26, 2011

On Thursday, Vermont will become the first state to boast a single-payer health care system. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will sign the bill that would enlist a panel to figure out how to pay for a new system — and reduce rising health care costs. The goal is to offer a health care solution for the state's 65,000 uninsured.

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The Takeaway

How Medicare Will Define 2012 Campaign

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a vote on Representative Paul Ryan's Medicare plan Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to take sides on what has become a defining issue for the 2012 campaign. The vote comes one day after Democrat Kathy Hochul's upset victory in New York's heavily Republican 26th Congressional District. The vote was seen as a chance to test the air on Medicare reform, and Hochul's victory made one thing clear: the winds have changed. Jennifer Steinhauer, congressional correspondent for The New York Times, says that with an election year on the horizon, Democrats are using the opportunity to puff up their sails — while some Republicans are scrambling to change tack.

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This Week's Agenda: Obama in Europe, Economy and Oprah

Monday, May 23, 2011

President Barack Obama arrives in Ireland today, as he begins is week long trip to Europe. His stops include the UK, France, and Poland. Jason Stallman, editor for the national desk at The New York Times, looks at what we can expect in the week ahead on this trip. 

As the president journeys through Europe, a number of key economic indicators is set to be released, including GDP figures. Charlie Herman, economics and business editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, crunches the numbers for us and tells us if good things are ahead for our economy.

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Romney's Health Care Dilemma

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here you have [Romney] in many quarters described as the front runner, even though some polls are all over the map, and yet at the same time his comments in that speech last week in Michigan were just derided by a lot of the people you would think were natural supporters. The Wall Street Journal ripped him both the day that he delivered the speech and the day afterward, and so then you get something like what he said and something like what Newt Gingrich said on Meet the Press...and you could take a video of both of those appearances...and you almost have a 30 second spot in the presidential race right there.

Glen Johnson, politics editor at Boston.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Albany and Health Care Providers Ponder Federal Reforms

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The State Senate held a panel discussion with major health care stakeholders, on how New York will implement the federal health care reforms proposed by President Obama and passed by Congress.

The federal health care reform act requires states to set up health care exchanges to give the uninsured access to the health care that they will be required to buy when the new law takes effect in 2014.

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The Takeaway

Should Pharmaceutical Reps Have the Right to Doctors' Prescription Histories?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How do you define the right to free speech? Some would argue it means being allowed to say what you believe, even when it's not popular. Others would say it means getting a good look at what kind of prescriptions that your doctor has given you. At least, that's the argument being made in a Supreme Court case today, in which company IMS Health will make a case for allowing pharmaceutical companies to get a gander at just what kind of prescriptions you're picking up at the pharmacy for marketing purposes. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hippocratic Myth

Thursday, April 07, 2011

M. Gregg Bloche, a health policy expert with a background in medicine, law and journalism, looks at the ways society is pushing physicians to ration care and to use their skills on behalf of insurance companies, hospital bureaucrats, government officials, and the courts―putting patient trust at risk. In The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise Their Promise to Heal, he looks at the tensions between doctors and patients and examines how doctors have double agendas as caregivers and arbiters of cost, which compromises their ability to prioritize patient needs, and why there’s a need for doctors to forge a new compact with patients and society.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Glossary for the GOP's Medicare and Medicaid Overhaul

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Jonathan Weisman, reporter at The Wall Street Journal, explains Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan's plan, just unveiled this morning on Capitol Hill.

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Cuomo's Medicaid Medicine Going Down Pretty Well

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Folks in healthcare in New York recognized also that outside of New York there is also a conservative extreme in American politics that really wants to dismantle our governmental  programs, so candidly, while there were big cuts in New York, if you look at the glass half full, this was Democrats, Republicans, Governor and legislature coming together essentially to affirm a modified, a reduced but nonetheless a very comprehensive fifty billion dollar Medicaid program in New York.

 Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Care One Year In

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rima Cohen, counselor for health policy to Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, discusses the one-year anniversary of the Obama health care law.

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One Year Later: The Health Care Overhaul's Impact

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One year ago today, President Obama signed the federal health care legislation into law. “Today we are affirming that essential truth, a truth every generation is called to rediscover for itself, that we are not a nation that scales back its aspirations,” Obama said at the bill signing.

But in the twelve months after its passage, "scale back" has been the name of the game in the rhetoric around the new law, whether in GOP-led efforts to the bill, in two pivotal court decisions, or in the president's own support for giving states more flexibility. But through it all, the health insurance overhaul remains intact and continues to incrementally roll out into the lives of Americans.

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The Takeaway

How Risky Are Live Organ Donations?

Friday, March 18, 2011

The New York state health department released a report this week saying that an organ transplant recipient contracted HIV from a kidney donation at a New York hospital. It’s the nation’s first documented case of HIV transmission via a living donor transplant since the 1980s. How did this happen? And what are the repercussions? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany Scandal: The Hospital Connection

Monday, March 14, 2011

Barbara Benson, covers the health care industry as the editor of Crain's New York Business "Health Pulse".  She joins us today to discuss the corruption charges against Carl Kruger and William Boyland Jr. that stem from alleged bribes from a healthcare industry executive.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: A New Plan for St. Vincent's Hospital

Thursday, March 10, 2011

St. Vincent's Hospital will re-open a medical facility, while selling most of the property for apartments.

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