HEALTH

How Do Medigap Plans Work? Here’s a Tutorial

PBS NewsHour

How Do Medigap Plans Work? Here’s a Tutorial

In his latest question-and-answer column on aging and retirement for PBS NewsHour, journalist Philip Moeller discusses Medigap insurance packages that cover the cost of medical care not covered by Medicare A and B policies.

Challenges Facing Kentucky’s Children

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Challenges Facing Kentucky’s Children

Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, talks about data trends in the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book concerning the well-being of Kentucky kids.

In Oregon, Adult Foster Care Offers Support for the Elderly

In Oregon, Adult Foster Care Offers Support for the Elderly

In a bid to meet the demand for long-term care in the U.S., which is expected to grow in the coming years, some states are turning to adult foster care to offer aging adults physical assistance and emotional support. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings reports from Oregon, where adult foster care has existed for more than 40 years, as part of an ongoing series of reports called “Chasing the Dream,” which reports on poverty and opportunity in America.

Funding Cuts, Premium Increases and the Future of Obamacare

PBS NewsHour

Funding Cuts, Premium Increases and the Future of Obamacare

President Trump’s effort to eliminate the Affordable Care Act was stymied by the Senate last year, but he hasn't stopped trying to undermine it. On PBS NewsHour, William Brangham asks New York Times health care correspondent Margot Sanger-Katz about recent funding reductions for enrollment navigators, whether coverage for preexisting conditions is in jeopardy, and the future of the ACA.

Legislators Create Task Force on Opioid Abuse

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Legislators Create Task Force on Opioid Abuse

Renee speaks with State Representatives McKenzie Cantrell and Joni Jenkins of South Louisville about convening a task force of professionals and community members to study and address the opioid abuse epidemic in their district.

The Age Plateau: New Study Suggests, at Certain Age, Risk of Death No Longer Increases

PBS NewsHour

The Age Plateau: New Study Suggests, at Certain Age, Risk of Death No Longer Increases

A new study in Science suggests that humans haven’t yet hit their limit on longevity and that a person's risk of dying actually decreases after they reach the age of 80 until age 105. These findings, based on demographic research of elderly Italians, add to an ongoing debatea about longevity among medical scientists. A report from STAT News published by PBS NewsHour.

Shining a Spotlight on Epilepsy

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Shining a Spotlight on Epilepsy

Renee speaks with filmmaker Tiffany Webb, whose latest documentary, Voice of the Epilepsies airing on KET, chronicles the story of a young girl living with epilepsy and her family's determination to treat the seizure disorder. Webb also discusses her own experience of being diagnosed with epilepsy.

DV8 Kitchen: A Restaurant Providing Second Chances

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DV8 Kitchen: A Restaurant Providing Second Chances

Renee visits DV8 Kitchen, a restaurant and bakery in Lexington that provides second chance employment opportunities for people in substance abuse recovery who are trying to redirect their lives. She speaks with Rob and Diane Perez about their vision for the restaurant and its support from the community. Renee also talks with employees at the eatery to hear their stories of recovery and how DV8 Kitchen helps them.

FDA Increasingly Approves Drugs Without Conclusive Proof They Work

PBS NewsHour

FDA Increasingly Approves Drugs Without Conclusive Proof They Work

Once widely assailed for moving slowly, today the Food and Drug Administration reviews and approves drugs faster than any other regulatory agency in the world. Between 2011 and 2015, the FDA reviewed new drug applications more than 60 days faster on average than did the European Medicines Agency. According to this report from ProPublica and PBS NewsHour, the FDA is increasingly green-lighting expensive drugs despite dangerous or little-known side effects and inconclusive evidence that they curb or cure disease.

Will San Francisco’s Ban on Flavored Tobacco Spark a National Trend?

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Will San Francisco’s Ban on Flavored Tobacco Spark a National Trend?

San Francisco will soon implement the most comprehensive restrictions on e-cigarettes in the country, including all flavored tobacco products from vaping liquids to menthol cigarettes to flavored hookah. Lesley McGlurg of KQED reports on how the ban, which should take effect sometime in July, may influence similar restrictions in cities and states in the future.