Too Massive To Fail? Now It’s ‘Too Massive To Hack’

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By Calvin S. Nelson

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Mary Agnes Carey
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Lawmakers in Washington this week held the primary congressional listening to on the Change Healthcare cyberattack, a breach that despatched shock waves by the well being care system as funds for care floor to a halt and left some suppliers in monetary hassle. Republicans and Democrats alike zeroed in on how huge well being care conglomerations — like Change’s father or mother firm, UnitedHealth Group — are leaving sufferers susceptible.

And almost 1 in 4 adults who misplaced Medicaid protection previously 12 months at the moment are uninsured, in line with a brand new KFF survey probing the results of what’s referred to as the “unwinding” of enrollments within the authorities insurance coverage program for low-income individuals since pandemic-era protections expired.

This week’s panelists are Mary Agnes Carey of KFF Well being Information, Jessie Hellmann of CQ Roll Name, Sarah Karlin-Smith of the Pink Sheet, and Lauren Weber of The Washington Submit.


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Lauren Weber
The Washington Submit


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Among the many takeaways from this week’s episode:

  • Although the Change Healthcare listening to on Capitol Hill illuminated bipartisan settlement on the perils of vertical integration in well being care, lawmakers didn’t agree on potential options. Addressing consolidation, nonetheless, may treatment points in well being care past cybersecurity.
  • The KFF survey on the unwinding discovered that just about half of those that misplaced protection signed again up for Medicaid weeks or months later, a sign that these enrollees ought to by no means have been dropped within the first place. Even a brief loss in well being protection can have severe, lingering penalties.
  • Republicans in Arizona are grappling with the fallout from the state’s newly reinstated, Civil Warfare-era abortion legislation — echoing latest issues for Alabama Republicans after a state Supreme Courtroom ruling upended entry to in vitro fertilization there. Softened stances from conservative hard-liners like Senate candidate Kari Lake level to the potential detrimental penalties for the occasion in a vital election 12 months.
  • And the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention launched new details about the present measles outbreak, revealing that a lot of these sickened are kids, in addition to adults who’re unvaccinated or whose vaccination standing is unknown.

Additionally this week, Julie Rovner, KFF Well being Information’ chief Washington correspondent, interviews Caroline Pearson of the Peterson Well being Expertise Institute.

Plus, for “additional credit score,” the panelists counsel well being coverage tales they learn this week that they assume you need to learn, too:

Mary Agnes Carey: KFF Well being Information’ “When Rogue Brokers Swap Individuals’s ACA Insurance policies, Tax Surprises Can Comply with,” by Julie Appleby. 

Jessie Hellmann: Tampa Bay Occasions’ “Susceptible Florida Sufferers Scramble After Abrupt Medicaid Termination,” by Teghan Simonton. 

Sarah Karlin-Smith: Stat’s “Grocers Are Pushing Laws They Declare Would Improve Meals Security. Advocates Say It Would Intestine FDA Guidelines,” by Nicholas Florko. 

Lauren Weber: The New York Occasions’ “Chinese language Firm Underneath Congressional Scrutiny Makes Key U.S. Medicine,” by Christina Jewett. 

Additionally talked about on this week’s podcast:


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