Log in to follow creators, like videos, and view comments.


Create effects

See more
© 2023 TikTok


KFF Health News


Connecting policies to people. We share health care and health policy news.

Several members of Congress are calling on the Social Security Administration to answer for issuing billions of dollars of payments it says beneficiaries weren’t entitled to receive — and then demanding the money back.

Many of the recipients are elderly, poor, or disabled and have already spent the money. They have little or no way of repaying it.

“The government’s got to fix this,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who chairs a Senate panel that oversees Social Security.

“It’s a management problem, and people there should be held accountable,” Brown added.

Rep. Mike Carey of Ohio, the No. 2 Republican on a House panel that oversees Social Security, called for a congressional hearing on the subject.

“We need to have a hearing,” he said. “The general sense from members is … we do have a problem, we’ve got to address it, we’ve got to fix it,” he added.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), a member of the Committee on Aging, questioned how the volume of overpayments was allowed to grow to more than $20 billion. “Is somebody going to be held accountable at the federal level for, you know, messing this up?”

Those lawmakers and others commented in the wake of an investigation by KFF Health News and Cox Media Group (CMG) that found many of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable, including people receiving disability benefits, have been called on to repay the government sums that can reach tens of thousands of dollars or more.

By David Hilzenrath and Jodie Fleischer, Cox Media Group
#RickScott #SherrodBrown #MikeCarey #socialsecurity #socialsecuritybenefits
The opioid settlement funds come from national deals with health care companies like Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen, and CVS, which were accused of fueling the epidemic via prescription painkillers. The companies are paying out more than $50 billion to state and local governments over 18 years.

Much of that money is slated for addiction treatment and efforts to reduce drug trafficking. But some is going to school-based prevention programs to reduce the possibility of addiction before it begins.

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.

For generations of Americans, addiction prevention was synonymous with D.A.R.E., a Drug Abuse Resistance Education curriculum developed in the 1980s and taught by police officers in schools. It “dared” kids to resist drugs and was used in concert with other popular campaigns at the time, like “just say no” and a video of an egg in a frying pan with the narration, “This is your brain on drugs.”

But decades of research found those approaches didn’t work. In some cases, suburban students actually increased their drug use after participating in the D.A.R.E. program.

Article by KFF Health News’ Aneri Pattani and Emily Featherston, InvestigateTV
Video reported by Aneri Pattani, Emily Featherston, Caresse Jackman
#opioidepidemic #opioidcrisis #DARE #opioidsettlement #educationtiktok
The Biden administration announced a major initiative to protect Americans from medical debt on Thursday, outlining plans to develop federal rules barring unpaid medical bills from affecting patients’ credit scores.

The regulations, if enacted, would potentially help tens of millions of people who have medical debt on their credit reports, eliminating information that can depress consumers’ scores and make it harder for many to get a job, rent an apartment, or secure a car loan.

New rules would also represent one of the most significant federal actions to tackle medical debt, a problem that burdens about 100 million people and forces legions to take on extra work, give up their homes, and ration food and other essentials, a KFF Health News-
@npr investigation found.

“No one in this country should have to go into debt to get the quality health care they need,” said Vice President Kamala Harris, who announced the new moves along with Rohit Chopra, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB. The agency will be charged with developing the new rules.

“These measures will improve the credit scores of millions of Americans so that they will better be able to invest in their future,” Harris said.

Enacting new regulations can be a lengthy process. Administration officials said Thursday that the new rules would be developed next year.

Article by Noam Levey. #medicaldebt #cfpb
While announcing his #primarycare legislation in the Senate on Sept. 14, @Bernie Sanders quoted a recent article by KFF Health News’ Elisabeth Rosenthal. Link to full story in bio. #doctorsoftiktok #medicalnews
When her 9-year-old daughter was having trouble breathing, Yvette Hammonds took her to a local emergency room. It quickly became clear that girl needed to be transferred to the children’s hospital about 40 minutes away in Atlanta, so her daughter was loaded into an ambulance.

Months later, Hammonds received a bill for nearly $1,000: the cost of the ground ambulance ride from one in-network hospital to another.

In this installment of
@InvestigateTV and KFF Health News’ “Costly Care” series, Caresse Jackman, InvestigateTV’s national consumer investigative reporter, probes the lack of cost protections for patients who find themselves needing an ambulance ride to care.

Jackman’s story features an interview with Elisabeth Rosenthal, KFF Health News’ senior contributing editor. “When you need an ambulance, you need an ambulance,” Rosenthal said. “And that’s the worst time in your life to be a consumer, when you have no choice.” #surprisemedicalbills #ambulance #medicalnews #healthcarecosts
Paying your #medicalbill won't stop providers from billing you later for more money.

Last summer, Eloise Reynolds paid the bill for her husband’s final stay in the hospital. He’d passed away from #coloncancer , and it said she owed $823. Then a bill came again a year later, charging an additional almost $1,100.

What gives? It appeared the bill represented the coinsurance share of the private room charges. But her husband had already met his out-of-pocket payment maximum for the year. When KFF Health News called, the hospital said the charges were the result of a “clerical error.”

A tip: Don't pay the bill before you've gotten the explanation of benefits, and ask for an itemized breakdown.

This is the latest “Bill of the Month” from KFF Health News and @npr .

Reported by Samantha Liss.
Get TikTok App