WBUR Staff

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

‘Can’t Imagine Life Without It’: 10 Years After Mass. Health Reform, Residents Speak About Law’s Impact

April 12, 2016

We hear from Massachusetts residents on the how the state’s landmark health care law has affected their lives, including several who did not have insurance before the law’s passage.

On Mass. Health Law’s 10th Anniversary, Here Are 12 Things To Know

April 12, 2016
Then-Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with other political leaders at Faneuil Hall in Boston after signing into law the state's landmark health reform bill on April 12, 2006. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The uninsured rate and emergency room visits are down, but health care spending is up. Here are 12 facts and figures.

Should Docs Ask Patients About Guns? AG Healey, Mass. Medical Society Take Up Issue

April 06, 2016
“For God’s sake, you mean, physicians should be precluded from asking about the most lethal consumer product out there: a gun? That’s just wrong," Attorney General Maura Healey, seen here in a file photo, said at a forum Tuesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Medical Society plan to craft uniform questions doctors would ask patients about guns. But the answers may create new problems for doctors.

Colonoscopies, Mammograms And Childbirth Are Americans’ Most-Shopped Health Services

April 04, 2016
In this file photo, a radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes/AP/File)

But overall, only about 3 percent of those who had access to Aetna’s “payment estimator” used the tool.

‘Not Unlike A Mortgage’: Health Care Loans Proposed For Pricey Treatments

March 31, 2016
Robert Deckman, at his home in Gloucester (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The loans would be available for drugs or treatment that would cure a disease or improve a patient’s health over the length of the loan.

Mass. Small Business Owners Dropping Health Coverage That’s Become Unaffordable

March 11, 2016

“The one that everyone is choking on is the cost of health care,” said Ryan Cook, a Raynham real estate president.

Ballot Initiative Seeks To Limit Cost Ranges For Medical Care At Mass. Hospitals

March 09, 2016

It can cost you or your insurance company two or three times more to deliver a baby at one of the big Boston teaching hospitals than at smaller facilities outside the city.

Compromise Opioid Bill Caps First-Time Prescriptions At 7 Days

March 08, 2016

The compromise bill released by a House and Senate conference committee rejects stricter controls proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Eva Gets A Mammogram: A Primer On Finding Quality In Mammography

March 07, 2016
Eva Kennedy gets a mammogram at Best Israel Deaconess Clinic in Lexington. Ethel Waite, a radiologic technologist, is at her side. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Most women assume a mammogram’s a mammogram — you just get through it. But in fact the quality — as with most things in medicine — does vary.

6 Ways For You To Start Comparing The Quality And Cost Of Mammograms

March 07, 2016

You may assume that the experience and results will be more or less the same at every hospital. But quality and costs do vary.

After South Carolina, Gov. Kasich Moves North To Massachusetts

February 21, 2016

With just 7.6 percent of the vote in South Carolina, Kasich finished in fifth place.

With Homeless Shelters Already Full, Boston And State Collaborate On Winter Plan

January 12, 2016
Men prepare to sleep on 25-inch-wide mats in the lobby of Boston's Pine Street Inn. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

At Pine Street Inn in Boston, for instance, winter demand is up more than 20 percent in two years.

Head Of JFK Library Foundation Resigns

December 02, 2015

CEO Heather Campion’s departure comes after months of turmoil at the library and the foundation.

Dell Buys EMC In One Of The Biggest Tech Deals In U.S. History

October 13, 2015
Dell is buying data storage company EMC in a deal valued at approximately $67 billion, the companies announced Monday. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

Dell, known for personal computers, is buying Hopkinton-based EMC in a sale valued at $67 billion.

In Visit To Boston, Clinton Pushes For Stronger Federal Regulation Of Opioids

October 02, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, is joined by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at the Boston Community Forum on Substance Abuse on Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Hillary Clinton says the federal government must do a better job of regulating opiate painkillers during a forum on substance abuse in Boston Thursday.

Tensions Build Amid Resignations At Kennedy Library

September 16, 2015
The resignation of Thomas Putnam, pictured here demonstrating the JFK Digital Archive in 2011, is the latest in a string of departures that coincide with the tenure of Heather Campion, the CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The library’s long-time and widely respected director, Tom Putnam, is the latest in a string of departures that coincide with the tenure of Heather Campion, the CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Where It Began: Mass. Reacts To Supreme Court’s Landmark Gay Marriage Ruling

June 26, 2015
State Attorney General Maura Healey, who is gay, lauds the Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, at a news conference at her Boston office Friday. Former AG Martha Coakley is behind Healey's right shoulder. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“Now we’ll be able to take our marriage with us,” said David Wilson, one of the couples whose lawsuit led to Massachusetts’ gay marriage law.

Bombing Survivors Share Mixed, Emotional Reactions To Tsarnaev Death Penalty

May 15, 2015
Liz Norden, whose two sons each lost a leg in the attack, speaks to media outside the courthouse and receives support from first responder Mike Ward. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

support wbur today BOSTON Death, “that’s the easy way out for him,” says Carol Downing. “I was hoping that he would go away and never be heard from again,” continues Downing, “and suffer the rest of his life like everybody is going to suffer that’s been involved in this.” Downing’s two daughters spent months in […]

Community Rocked By ‘Unprovoked’ Shooting Leaving Boston Cop In Coma

March 29, 2015

Officer John Moynihan, 34, is in a medically induced coma after being shot in the face by a suspect getting out of his car. The suspect was later killed in a police shootout.

Pine Street Inn Transitions To Permanent Housing

March 09, 2015
Mark Mack, 36, had been homeless, on and off, for 26 years. Here he is in his new apartment in Dorchester -- the first lease he'd ever signed. (Courtesy of Laura Hajar via Pine Street Inn)

With the opening of new apartments, Pine Street Inn — a roof of last resort for more than 40 years — now manages more permanent than temporary beds.

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