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Kaiser Health News

Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics and how the health care system — hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurers, governments, consumers — works.

Shattered dreams and bills in the millions: losing a baby in America

By: and - September 29, 2022

The day after his 8-month-old baby died, Kingsley Raspe opened the mail and found he had been sent to collections for her care. That notice involved a paltry sum, $26.50 — absurd really, given he’d previously been told he owed $2.5 million for treatment of his newborn’s congenital heart defect and other disorders. Raspe and […]

Abortion is just the latest dividing line between the twin cities of Bristol and Bristol

By: and - August 16, 2022

BRISTOL, Tenn. and BRISTOL, Va. — The community of Bristol is proud to straddle the border between two states. Tennessee flags fly on the south side of State Street, Virginia flags on the north. A series of plaques down the middle of the main downtown thoroughfare mark the twin cities’ divide. A large sign at […]

Sen. Grassley questions UVA Health on aggressive billing practices

By: - October 18, 2019

In response to a Kaiser Health News investigation into the University of Virginia Health System’s aggressive collection practices, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter Thursday demanding answers to questions about UVA’s billing practices, financial assistance policies and even its prices. Over six years, the state institution filed 36,000 lawsuits against patients […]

VCU will halt lawsuits against patients for unpaid bills

By: - October 10, 2019

VCU Health, the major Richmond medical system that includes the state’s largest teaching hospital, said it will no longer file lawsuits against its patients, ending a practice that has affected tens of thousands of people over the years. VCU’s in-house physician group filed more than 56,000 lawsuits against patients for $81 million over the seven […]