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Martha Bebinger

Reporter, WBUR

Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR. She also created and frequently contributes to HealthCareSavvy, WBUR’s community of patients starting to shop for health care.  She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, class of 2010.

Recent stories

12 Tips For Nurses And Doctors Treating Transgender Patients

November 20, 2014
(Alex E. Proimos/flickr)

Transgender medicine is a concept that is just now taking shape. Two professors offer these tips for nurses and doctors.

New Mass. Health Connector Website Works, But Some Enrollees Have Problems

November 15, 2014

So the new site works and that, by itself is a success, say some people who’ve struggled to enroll or help residents do so for the past year. But lots of people are asking why — when the state has spent $254 million between the old, failed site and this new one — they are still having so much trouble signing up for a health plan.

What You Need To Know For Saturday’s New Health Connector Launch

November 13, 2014
A draft excerpt of what the Connector open enrollment dashboard will look like

Saturday is the first day of open enrollment via the Health Connector.

Boston Nurse Records 'Desperately Sad' Experiences Treating Ebola Patients In Liberia

November 12, 2014
A Ebola health care worker next to the body of a woman suspected of dying from Ebola, before as they off load her at a grave site near the Bomi County Ebola Clinic on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

BOSTON — John Welch, a nurse anesthetist at Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the small, but growing number of doctors, nurses and lab workers from Boston traveling to West Africa to help fight the Ebola crisis.

Judge Appears Skeptical About Partners HealthCare Deal

November 10, 2014
Outgoing Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a key player in the Partners deal. (Steven Senne/AP/File)

Judge Janet Sanders grilled attorneys over whether consumers and the state would benefit from Partners’ expansion deal.

Quincy Medical Center Closing At Year’s End

November 06, 2014

BOSTON — Steward Health Care says it is losing nearly $20 million a year at the hospital — it just doesn’t have enough patients.

After Loss, Coakley’s Political Future Uncertain

November 05, 2014
Martha Coakley speaks to supporters Wednesday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Coakley is not saying what kind of work she’ll pursue when her term as attorney general ends in January. “I want to find a way to continue working for the people of Massachusetts. What form that takes, I don’t know yet,” she told supporters Wednesday morning.

6 Mass. Hospitals Collaborate On Ebola Response Plan

October 31, 2014
An entrance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The hospital is one of six in the state that have formed a collaborative system to handle Ebola patients. (Steven Senne/AP)

Six Massachusetts hospitals have formed a collaborative system to handle Ebola patients, even though there have been no Ebola cases in the state and public health officials say the risk is “extremely low.”

In Hyde Park, Everyone Has A Menino Story To Tell

October 30, 2014
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s imprint is all over Hyde Park, where he grew up and raised his family. Pictured here, Menino's wife Angela applauds as he is introduced at a 2013 ceremony held to name the Hyde Park YMCA after him. (AP)

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s imprint is on dozens of multi-million dollar initiatives around the city. But it’s also everywhere in Readville, the section of Hyde Park where Menino, who passed away Thursday at 71, was born, raised his own children, and was called Tommy as often as he was called mayor.

Where Baker, Coakley Stand On Health Care

October 27, 2014
Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, before a televised debate Tuesday in Boston (Barry Chin/Boston Globe/Pool/AP)

BOSTON — Where do the gubernatorial candidates stand on some of the key concerns in health care? Here’s a summary of Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker’s plans.

No Mandatory Ebola Quarantine In Mass.

October 25, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick says Massachusetts will not follow New York, New Jersey and Illinois in requiring a three-week quarantine for health care workers and others who have had contact with Ebola-stricken patients.

Gottlieb Leaving Partners HealthCare For Partners In Health

October 25, 2014
Partners CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb

Partners HealthCare CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb will leave next summer to lead Partners in Health, the global health organization founded by Dr. Paul Farmer and now active in the battle against Ebola.

What We Know About Menino’s Health

October 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has decided to stop his cancer treatment.

Harvard Gets Largest-Ever Gift: $350M For School Of Public Health

September 08, 2014
Gerald Chan (Courtesy Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University is outlining details of the largest donation in the school’s 378-year history. The $350 million gift, in memory of a Hong Kong businessman, is to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Health Leader Berwick, Now A Candidate, Seeks ‘Compassionate Government’

August 29, 2014
Dr. Donald Berwick at WBUR in January (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s positions are built on a foundation of what he calls progressive values.

Burundi Woman Models Future Of Farming In Lancaster

July 29, 2014
Fabiola (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

LANCASTER, Mass. — A woman from Worcester who fled conflict in Burundi will be honored at the White House Tuesday as a Champion of Change.

New Bill Seeks To Strike Balance Between Safety, Free Speech Rights At Abortion Clinics

July 15, 2014

BOSTON — There’s a replacement in the works for the abortion clinic buffer zone law ruled unconstitutional last month by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Menino Plans To Keep Busy While Receiving Cancer Treatment

March 17, 2014
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

BOSTON — The former Boston mayor went public this weekend with word of his diagnosis.

Deputy, Inmate Injured In Shooting At Mass. Eye And Ear

August 01, 2013

BOSTON — Two Middlesex County deputy sheriffs were escorting an inmate who needed treatment when he managed to get access to one of the deputy’s firearms.

Alleged Bulger Extortion Victim Found Dead

July 19, 2013

BOSTON — There is no word yet on what caused the death of alleged Bulger victim Stephen Rakes.

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