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Massive Kaiser Permanente Strike Looms as Talks Head to the Wire

Both sides, still at loggerheads over pay and staffing, agreed to keep bargaining after unions announced a possible strike Oct. 4-7. If no deal is reached, a walkout by about 75,000 KP workers in five states could disrupt care.

Payback: Tracking Opioid Cash

Officials Agree: Use Settlement Funds to Curb Youth Addiction. But the ‘How’ Gets Hairy.

Parents, educators, and elected officials agree that investing in school-based prevention efforts could help curb the rising rate of youth drug overdoses. The well-known D.A.R.E. program is one likely choice, but its effectiveness is in question.

Pot Boom Wakes Sleepy Dinosaur, Colorado

A small town close to the Colorado-Utah state line strikes it rich with marijuana sales.

Diagnosis: Debt

Biden Administration to Ban Medical Debt From Americans’ Credit Scores

The White House said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will develop new regulations that would prevent unpaid medical bills from being counted on credit reports.

KFF Health News On Air

Journalist Assesses Federal Push to Remove Medical Debt From Credit Reports

In two radio appearances this week, KFF Health News senior correspondent Noam N. Levey discussed medical debt in the U.S. and contextualized a new federal push to keep unpaid medical bills from affecting patients' credit scores.

Weekly Podcast

KFF Health News' 'What the Health?': Countdown to Shutdown

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‘Dr. “Doesn’t-Miss-A-Beat?’

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