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.

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Boston-Based Partners In Health Leaps Into Ebola Crisis

September 15, 2014
Members of Partners in Health work with representatives from Liberia and Sierra Leone via conference call to help combat the Ebola outbreak. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — An advance team from Boston-based Partners in Health heads for Ebola-stricken Liberia Monday. They will lay the groundwork for a two-to-three year project that will require over 100 volunteers.

How Mass. Plans To Re-Enroll 450,000 Residents In Health Insurance

September 11, 2014
(Click to enlarge)

BOSTON — All of the estimated 450,000 Massachusetts residents who get health insurance through the Health Connector or MassHealth will soon begin the process of applying for coverage for 2015.

Mass. Study: Limited Health Insurance Networks Save Money, Cause No Harm

September 08, 2014
Jonathan Gruber of MIT

A Massachusetts study finds that limited health insurance networks save money by prompting patients to rely more on primary care and less on specialists — and their care does not appear to suffer.

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.

Mass. Doctor Working In Liberia Diagnosed With Ebola

September 03, 2014
An undated photo of Dr. Rick Sacra (simusa.org)

BOSTON — Dr. Rick Sacra, of Holden, was volunteering at a hospital in Liberia run by a Christian missionary group when he became infected with the virus.

A First-Year Victory In The Mass. Fight To Control Health Costs

September 02, 2014
(Source: Center for Health Information and Analysis)

As Massachusetts strives to cut health costs, a look at the first full year of the effort finds that growth in costs has indeed slowed — but the trend may not last.

Mass. Health Wonks, Start Your Engines! Contest To Guess Rise In Costs

August 29, 2014
Will consumers engage more on cost when health insurance deductibles rise?

Win a hospital cafeteria lunch! How much do you think Massachusetts health costs went up in 2013? WBUR’s Martha Bebinger hosts a contest for health wonks to guess how close the state has come to its 3.6 percent goal.

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.

How Transgender People Are Changing Their Voices

August 19, 2014
Lorelei Erisis tries out the Eva app in her Ayer home. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

BOSTON — “What I often hear is, ‘I pass as a woman until I open my mouth,’” says Kathe Perez, a speech language pathologist.

Mass. Health Insurers Report Losses; Many Premiums To Rise By 3 Percent

August 15, 2014
Health insurance rate changes for the last quarter of 2014  for the small group market in Mass. The Q1 rates also apply to individual coverage for  2015. (Source: Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation)

Mass. health insures are reporting losses in their latest financial statement, and the state says many premiums will rise by an average of 3 percent next year.

Mass. Seeks $80M More From Feds For Health Website

August 14, 2014
Overview from the Health Connector's briefing on Thursday

BOSTON — Massachusetts will ask the federal government for another $80 million to build a new health insurance shopping website.

Mass. Pledges New State-Run Insurance Website Will Work

August 08, 2014

The Patrick administration is no longer building out the option of sending residents shopping for coverage to the federal health insurance site.

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.

‘Moral Injury’: Gaining Traction, But Still Controversial

June 25, 2013

BOSTON — Experts say members of the military have trouble with the idea that the very thing they are trained to do can injure them.

Defining The Deep Pain PTSD Doesn't Capture

June 24, 2013
(AP)

BOSTON — The concept of moral injury — a betrayal of your sense of right and wrong — has helped Marine Corps Capt. Tyler Boudreau understand years of pain that therapy and medications for PTSD didn’t address.

New Think Tank Aims To Solve End Of Life Issues

June 19, 2013

BOSTON — Atul Gawande, renowned writer and surgeon, is opening an innovations lab aimed at improving health care. He says Boston can be the Silicon Valley of health care innovation.

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