KFF Health News

KFF Health News is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues and is one of the core operating programs at KFF — an independent source of health policy research, polling, and journalism.

A new COVID booster is here. Will those at greatest risk get it?

By: - September 21, 2023

By Amy Maxmen | KFF Health News The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends new COVID-19 booster vaccines for all — but many who need them most won’t get them. About 75% of people in the United States appear to have skipped last year’s bivalent booster, and nothing suggests uptake will be better this […]

A new Medicare proposal would cover training for family caregivers

By: - August 21, 2023

By Judith Graham / KFF Health News Even with extensive caregiving experience, Patti LaFleur was unprepared for the crisis that hit in April 2021, when her mother, Linda LaTurner, fell out of a chair and broke her hip. LaTurner, 71, had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia seven years before. For two years, she’d been living […]

Meet the people deciding how to spend $50 billion in opioid settlement cash

By: - July 25, 2023

By Aneri Pattani / KFF Health News As more than $50 billion makes its way to state and local governments to compensate for the opioid epidemic, people with high hopes for the money are already fighting over a little-known bureaucratic arm of the process: state councils that wield immense power over how the cash is […]

‘We’re not doing that’: Why a Black couple wouldn’t crowdfund to pay off medical debts

By: - July 6, 2023

By Noam N. Levey / KFF Health News SUFFOLK, Va. — When Kristie Fields was undergoing treatment for breast cancer nine years ago, she got some unsolicited advice at the hospital: Share your story on the local news, a nurse told her. Viewers would surely send money. Fields, a Navy veteran and former shipyard worker, […]

Opioid settlement payouts to localities made public for first time

By: - June 20, 2023

Aneri Pattani / KFF Health News Thousands of local governments nationwide are receiving settlement money from companies that made, sold or distributed opioid painkillers, like Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen and Walmart. The companies are shelling out more than $50 billion total in settlements from national lawsuits. But finding out the precise amount each city or […]

Lawyer fees draw scrutiny as Camp Lejeune claims stack up

By: - May 29, 2023

By Michelle Andrews | KFF Health News David and Adair Keller started their married life together in 1977 at Camp Lejeune, a military training base on the Atlantic Coast in Jacksonville, North Carolina. David was a Marine Corps field artillery officer then, and they lived together on the base for about six months. But that […]