Julie Appleby, NPR

Julie Appleby

NPR

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  • NPR
  • Kaiser Health News
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  • Salt Lake Tribune
  • Times-Standard
  • LakeCountyRecordBee
  • Truthout
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  • GovExec
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • Quartz
  • Philly Inquirer
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Recent articles by Julie:

NPR

Shopping for ACA health insurance? Here's what's new this year

There's finally been a fix to the "family glitch" that made marketplace health plans sometimes unaffordable. And although premiums are rising, subsidies are too, and more people are eligible. → Read More

Open Enrollment for Marketplace Health Plans Is Soon. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Consumers may find relief in some key changes made by Congress and the Biden administration, although other issues remain unsettled. → Read More

Climate change magnifies health impacts of wildfire smoke in areas lacking health care

Air quality is getting worse in the western United States, thanks to wildfires and climate change. → Read More

Climate change magnifies health impacts of wildfire smoke in care deserts

Smoke- and ash-filled air can trigger or exacerbate severe respiratory conditions. But the medical specialists who treat these illnesses are often scarce where they are most in need. → Read More

Climate change magnifies health impacts of wildfire smoke in care deserts

Smoke- and ash-filled air can trigger or exacerbate severe respiratory conditions. But the medical specialists who treat these illnesses are often scarce where they are most in need. → Read More

New Generation of Weight Loss Medications Offer Promise — But at a Price

People now have at their disposal more medicines that are effective at reducing weight, but none can counter obesity alone. One big problem: Insurance coverage remains spotty, and the costly drugs … → Read More

Climate Change Magnifies Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke in Care Deserts

Smoke- and ash-filled air can trigger or exacerbate severe respiratory conditions. But the medical specialists who treat these illnesses are often scarce where they are most in need. → Read More

BMI: The Mismeasure of Weight and the Mistreatment of Obesity

The human body mass index — a simple mathematical equation — is tied to a measure of obesity invented almost 200 years ago. On the downside, it can stand between patients and treatment for weight i… → Read More

Texas Court Decision Threatens ACA Coverage of Preventive Medical Services

Millions of insured Americans could lose no-cost coverage for preventative services such as cancer screenings. → Read More

Rapper Fat Joe Says No One Is Making Sure Hospitals Post Their Prices

A TV and social media ad offers a reason to check on the enforcement of a sweeping rule that requires hospitals to post information about what they charge insurers and cash-paying patients. → Read More

NPR

Health insurance prices for care are now out there, but finding them is an ordeal

A dump of tens of thousands of colossal digital files from a single insurer is not unusual, and it'll be weeks before data firms can put the information in a usable format for employers and patients. → Read More

Health Insurance Price Data: It’s Out There, but It’s Not for the Faint of Heart

Health insurers and self-insured employer plans are now required to post their negotiated rates for almost every type of medical service. But navigating through the trove of information is no easy … → Read More

Will "Aid and Abet" Abortion Laws Be Used to Target Insurers Too?

Here are three important things to know about insurance coverage for abortion — and some open questions. → Read More

NPR

Three things to know about health insurance coverage for abortion

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, whether a health plan paid for abortion varied widely. Now it's become even more complex, with conflicts and court challenges on the horizon. → Read More

Three Things to Know About Insurance Coverage for Abortion

Even before the Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion, insurance coverage for the service varied widely. Now it’s become even more complex, with additional changes and cour… → Read More

‘Free’ Screening? Know Your Rights to Get No-Cost Care

Even a decade in, the Affordable Care Act’s recommendations to simply cover preventive screening and care without cost sharing remain confusing and complex. → Read More

NPR

How much health insurers pay for almost everything is about to go public

New government rules are forcing insurers to post on websites what they pay for care or be fined, allowing consumers and employers to comparison shop for health services or negotiate better rates. → Read More

How Much Health Insurers Pay for Almost Everything Is About to Go Public

New government rules force health insurers to publicly disclose what they pay for just about every service. That information could help consumers and employers know whether they’re getting a fair d… → Read More

New Weight Loss Treatment Is Marked by Heavy Marketing and Modest Results

Approved as a device, not a drug, Plenity contains a plant-based gel that swells to fill 25% of a person’s stomach, to help people eat less. Results vary widely but are modest on average. → Read More

As Red Cross Moves to Pricey Blood Treatment Method, Hospitals Call for More Choice

The nation’s largest supplier of platelets is moving to a method it says is easier for hospitals, but one that sharply raises costs, leading some centers to demand more options. → Read More