Rae Ellen Bichell

Is the Nation’s Primary Care Shortage as Bad as Federal Data Suggest?

KFF Health News Original

Federal policymakers have been trying for a long time to lure more primary care providers to understaffed areas. The Biden administration boosted funding in 2022 to address shortages and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pushed sweeping primary care legislation in 2023. But when KFF Health News set out last year to map where the primary care workforce shortages really are — and where […]

Race Is Often Used as Medical Shorthand for How Bodies Work. Some Doctors Want to Change That.

KFF Health News Original

Physicians have long believed it’s good medicine to consider race in health care. But recently, rather than perpetuate the myth that race governs how bodies function, a more nuanced approach has emerged: acknowledging that racial health disparities often reflect the effects of generations of systemic racism, such as lack of access to stable housing or nutritious food.