PBS NewsHour's Phil Moeller's latest Making $ense column discusses the Medicare Part D "donut hole" in prescription drug coverage and reports on a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation which finds that Part D drug plans are not doing a great job of protecting people from out-of-pocket expenses for costly medications. Moeller also examines proposed legislation in Congress that will raise Social Security benefits as well as payroll taxes, but create its own "donut hole" in the payroll tax exempting earnings between $132,900 and $400,000.
Renee Shaw hosts a town hall-style conversation with lawmakers, educators, and students about new legislation addressing school safety in Kentucky public schools.
Dr. Tuckson's guest is Dr. Christian Furman, professor of geriatric and palliative medicine, and interim chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine and Medical Education, University of Louisville. Dr. Furman also serves as medical director of the UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging. WATCH NOW. or read a RECAP of program.
A new study published in Health Affairs on Feb. 4 found that prices for services provided at hospitals rose far more than services provided by physicians during 2007-2014. Inpatient services priced by hospitals rose 42 percent compared with inpatient services priced by physicians at 18 percent, and the split for outpatient services was 25/6 percent. Laura Santhanam reports on the study's findings and implications for the Trump administration's efforts to bring more transparency to hospital pricing.
Renee Shaw and guests discuss medical marijuana. Scheduled guests: Danesh Mazloomdoost, M.D., pain management specialist; State Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville; Ed Shemelya, national coordinator, National Marijuana Initiative; and Jared W. Madden, D.O., family physician, Osteopathic Manipulation.
Dr. Tuckson's guest is Dr. Whitney Jones, a gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology Health Partners, and founder of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project.
Recent research has revealed a significant increase in teens' use of e-cigarettes, as more than one in three high school seniors reported having tried an electronic nicotine vaporizer such as a Juul and more than one in five has vaped nicotine in the last month, according to the 2018 Monitoring the Future survey released in December. Sarah Sparks of PBS NewsHour and Education Week reports.
Dr. Erick Dubuque, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Special Education, UofL College of Education and Human Development, talks about the diagnosis and treatment of autism, including Applied Behavior Analysis.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Dr. Joseph Flynn, chief administrative officer of Norton Medical Group and physician-in-chief at Norton Cancer Institute.
More young Americans are becoming caregivers to elderly or disabled family members, according to a recent study from Genworth Financial, a company that researches long-term care options. That is putting them under considerable stress as they seek to balance their loved ones’ needs with their own work, finances and need to care for their children. A report from PBS NewsHour's Zoe Rohrich.