Trudy Lieberman

Position: Rural Health News Service

Drug prices still rising; relief for patients unlikely

Consumers hoping a couple of recent policy proposals might lower prices for their prescription drugs may be out of luck, at least for now. Earlier this year the Trump administration had proposed a...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Caregiving costs are not just for the elderly

Is the U.S. ready for a discussion about paying for caregiving, an increasingly vexing and costly problem for a growing number of Americans? The answer may be “yes.” It has become obvious that...

DATE: July 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Government tries again to regulate tobacco products

The Food and Drug Administration just announced it would once again try to regulate tobacco products. This time the target of the agency’s regulatory hand is what it believes is the growing menace...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Resurrecting old insurance model may limit coverage

A new health insurance option awaits consumers this fall. Proponents say it will offer lower premiums and relief from increasingly expensive Obamacare policies sold in the so-called individual...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Patient-centered care shouldn’t be just a slogan

Recently I heard from a woman in rural Nebraska who told me about her 76-year old father, who in late April had a lemon-size cancerous mass removed from his brain. The man chose to have his...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Drug prices keep rising with no end in sight

Recently a tweet from Lauren Sausser, a fine health reporter I know in South Carolina, caught my eye. “Crazy drug prices became personal. My dad will start Keytruda regimen on Friday, $15,000 per...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Hospitals may get accredited even with poor, unsafe care

Earlier this year an Illinois woman sent an email telling me of the poor care her husband received at a large Chicago hospital. After six weeks of fighting for his life, he died. “I wish you could...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Drug proposal is a solution for a non-existing problem

This fall, the House of Representatives is likely to take up legislation passed by the Senate that gives terminally ill patients the right to try unproven, experimental drugs that are not yet on...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Rural people will have fewer insurance choices next year

As Obamacare approaches its fifth sign-up season, policyholders in many parts of the country are facing a marketplace with fewer choices and higher premiums. A New York Times analysis has found...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

‘Breakthrough’ drug might work best for marketers

A story in The Guardian, a British news outlet that has a publishing arm in the U.S., grabbed my attention. The headline read, “Treatments for cancers and Alzheimer’s on the verge of a...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Patient care shouldn’t be just a slogan

Recently I heard from a woman in rural Nebraska who told me about her 76-year old father, who in late April had a lemon-size cancerous mass removed from his brain. The man chose to have his...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Elderly may see drastic cuts in Medicaid, Medicare

Older Americans may be in for a rough ride if the changes Washington politicians are considering come to pass. Because good, explanatory journalism is in short supply and TV shouting matches don’t...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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