Trudy Lieberman, chicagotribune.com

Trudy Lieberman

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New York, NY, United States

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Past:
  • chicagotribune.com
  • jamestownsun
  • Northwest Herald
  • Columbia Journalism Review
  • BillMoyers.com
  • MansfieldNewsJournal
  • Lancaster E-G
  • NewarkAdvocate.com
  • Zanesville News

Past articles by Trudy:

Guest column: The continuing battle over a drug for Alzheimer’s disease

In April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should decide whether it will cover the new and costly Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm for those on Medicare.What may be just as crucial as its high price tag is that the drug may not benefit Alzheimer’s patients. Furthermore, it wasn’t tested in large numbers of people of color. Fewer than 1% of black people participated in the clinical trials —… → Read More

Guest column: Why the U.S. is losing the war on diabetes

The U.S. had been making a lot of progress on diabetes treatment until around 2010-2011 when complications from the disease seem to have rounded a corner in middle-aged adults.We also know some patients ration their diabetes medications and skip doctor’s appointments because they don’t have the money to pay the large deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. Ironically, it was the insurance… → Read More

Guest column: The battle in Congress to lower prescription drug prices

Despite the public popularity for prescription drug price negotiations, passing a bill both houses in Congress to authorize price negotiations is hardly a cake walk. → Read More

Guest column: The backstory behind the Medicare Advantage ads

People are enticed by cheaper premiums and extra benefits of Medicare Advantage plans, but they don’t often go beyond the premiums to understand how the plans’ cost-sharing and provider networks really work. They can make a change and find themselves without a doctor especially if they have a serious, unforeseen illness. → Read More

Guest column: Pandemic has taken its toll on Americans’ mental health

It’s fair to say that mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts have crept into the thinking of thousands of Americans this past year. → Read More

Guest column: What is and isn’t telehealth care?

Telehealth visits increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, but according to experts, it's not just a phone call; a telehealth visit is “the assessment and diagnosis of health from a distance” using some sort of diagnostic equipment such as a scale, glucometer, a pulse oximeter, or a blood pressure cuff. → Read More

Guest column: Congress puts an end to some surprise medical bills

Too often patients find they owed hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars, after they had thought insurance payments along with their cost-sharing obligations — deductibles, copays, and coinsurance — had taken care of the bill, but a part the Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act as 2020 may put an end for some of those bills. → Read More

Guest column: Will the new stimulus legislation lower your insurance bill?

As part of the stimulus, Congress opted for the low-hanging fruit, a small expansion of Obamacare subsidies. Essentially the stimulus law won’t substantially reduce the 29 million Americans who still are uninsured. They will simply make insurance cheaper for some people already insured. → Read More

Guest column: Why don’t nursing homes ever get better?

A series by the Indianapolis Star revealed that nursing home residents have suffered disproportionately, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all COVID-19 deaths nationwide and 50 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Indiana nursing facilities. → Read More

Guest column: The picture of health in America is not so rosy

The COVID-19 pandemic dominated health news in 2020, and its spread showed that America, contrary to its self-image, does not have the most effective and efficient health care system in the world. That’s a bitter pill for many Americans to swallow. → Read More

Guest column: No relief from high drug prices in the near future

Despite President Trump's executive orders aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, all of the proposals are pretty much empty promises until there is a concrete legislative or regulatory framework for implementing them. They are, in effect, symbolic political gestures. → Read More

Guest column: What you need to know about Coronavirus testing

Many citizens are undoubtedly confused about the kinds of COVID-19 tests available, wonder about the delays in getting results, and worry about the tests’ reliability. → Read More

Guest column: Health insurance law under siege again

Amid moves by the Trump administration to strike down the Affordable Care Act, a new group of Americans may also find it impossible to get coverage. Those who have recovered from COVID-19 may face long-lasting health challenges resulting from their illness. → Read More

Column: Losing a job often means losing insurance

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the deficiencies in America’s main vehicle for providing health insurance. → Read More

Column: Low-value medical tests are costly, can lead to harm

There is one thing patients can do that would contribute to eliminating some wasteful health care spending and at the same time get better care for themselves. They can try to avoid what health researchers call “low-value” care. → Read More

Column: Congress leaves promising health care cost reforms in limbo

Two important pieces of legislation for patients didn’t make it to the finish line this year, and passage of either measure next year is a crapshoot since it’s an election year. → Read More

Column: Meal programs struggle as funding dwindles

There are waiting lists all over the country for needy seniors who are food insecure, but this year’s congressional budgets are, at least, beginning to address that horrifying statistic. → Read More

Column: Congress may move to lower drug prices later this year or next

Maybe — just maybe — Americans will get some relief from the relentlessly rising prices of pharmaceuticals. → Read More

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