With no legal guardrails for patients, ambulances drive surprise medical billing

Studies show the majority of ambulance rides leave patients saddled with hundreds of dollars in out-of-network medical bills.

How to get a flu shot in the Philadelphia region

Here’s where to get a flu shot in the Philadelphia region, and how much you may have to pay at drug stores, doctors' offices, supermarket pharmacies and more.

How to get a flu shot in the Philadelphia region

Here’s where to get a flu shot in the Philadelphia region, and how much you may have to pay at drug stores, doctors' offices, supermarket pharmacies and more.

Black patients twice as likely as whites to die of treatable health conditions, study finds

“There’s no doubt the pandemic has exacerbated these weaknesses in our health-care system,” David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund, said Thursday.

Black patients twice as likely as whites to die of treatable health conditions, study finds

“There’s no doubt the pandemic has exacerbated these weaknesses in our health-care system,” David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund, said Thursday.

Chadwick Boseman’s colon cancer battle is a reminder that young people are at risk, too

Actor Chadwick Boseman's death at 43 is a somber reminder that colon cancer isn't only a disease of older adults.

Chadwick Boseman’s colon cancer battle is a reminder that young people are at risk, too

Actor Chadwick Boseman's death at 43 is a somber reminder that colon cancer isn't only a disease of older adults.
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Postal Service delays mean some Philadelphia-area residents are waiting for mail-order prescriptions they badly need

Philadelphia-area residents say it's not just bills and Amazon orders being delayed in the mail - they're not getting their mail-order prescription medications, either.

Pa., N.J. took over their health insurance exchanges from D.C., and that could save you money

Pennsylvania and New Jersey are leaving the federal marketplace this fall to save money and will start their own insurance exchanges. Kentucky, New Mexico, Virginia and Maine are looking to join them

A coronavirus ‘baby bust’ could mean a half-million fewer U.S. births, study says

“Tremendous economic loss, uncertainty, and insecurity” brought on by COVID-19 likely will cause a decrease of between 300,000 to 500,000 births, according to a Brookings report.

‘Black owned don’t loot:’ For some business owners, signs show solidarity — and provide protection

“People are targeting property as a way to fight social forces," said Donna Murch, a Rutgers University history professor.

Portrait of a Pandemic: Lao artist mourns sense of community during coronavirus

“To be able to celebrate our holidays in public, it took a long time to get here … Now we’re almost back to Square One," said Catzie Vilayphonh. "The way in which we celebrate traditions is to ourselves again.”

The Philly region won’t suffer its coronavirus summer without beaches as New Jersey opens the sand

The opening of beaches offered one of the first rays of light to a region worried about a shut-in summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, but drew mixed reviews from local officials.

Emotions Are Contagious. But you can control what spreads.

Positive emotions transfer just as easily as negative ones. The spread of positive emotions leads to greater cooperation, less conflict, and improved performance.

When the PLCB first reopened liquor stores, it left out black and brown neighborhoods

The PLCB had chosen to reopen stores in the whitest areas. In black and Hispanic neighborhoods, where most stores are located and where sales are sometimes highest, it opened none.

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Delivery is costly and unpredictable. I still social distance for food. | Craig LaBan

The last trip to the grocery story felt like passive-aggressive shopping cart chicken. Since then, we’ve been riding the roller-coaster of online shopping and deliveries, which can be as unpredictable as they are expensive.

Unemployed and uninsured because of coronavirus? You may be eligible for Medicaid.

Newly uninsured individuals may be eligible for a plan through the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Others may have low enough family incomes to qualify for Medicaid.

Medicare patients can challenge costly ‘observation care’ status, thanks to suit involving Pa. senior

Hundreds of thousands of people will be able to appeal hospitals’ decisions to classify them as “observation care” patients instead of inpatients, under a ruling this week in a class action suit.

Coronavirus testing in Pa.: Despite new CDC guidance, state lab is turning away some patients

How can Pennsylvania know the extent of the epidemic in the state if the health department won't expand testing?

Health-care costs are a major 2020 election issue. These 5 charts show you why.

These five charts show why health care costs are such a hot topic this election season.

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