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.
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.
The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s positions are built on a foundation of what he calls progressive values.
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 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.
BOSTON — Massachusetts will ask the federal government for another $80 million to build a new health insurance shopping website.
The Patrick administration is no longer building out the option of sending residents shopping for coverage to the federal health insurance site.
As the marijuana industry continues to grow, some doctors and onlookers worry it will follow the path of Big Tobacco. But industry representatives say they have embraced stricter regulations.
The bill would expand supports for autism.
BOSTON — The measure, among several major bills passed just after midnight Friday, requires insurers pay for any care a doctor decides is medically necessary. Insurers say this and other requirements included in the bill are a mistake.
LANCASTER, Mass. — A woman from Worcester who fled conflict in Burundi will be honored at the White House Tuesday as a Champion of Change.
Public comments on the proposed deal allowing Partners healthcare to expand — but imposing some constraints, including price caps — include praise and protest from an array of Massachusetts figures, companies and groups.
Those who praise its benefits say you should be prepared for a period of trial and error.
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.
BOSTON — The former Boston mayor went public this weekend with word of his diagnosis.
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.
BOSTON — There is no word yet on what caused the death of alleged Bulger victim Stephen Rakes.
BOSTON — Experts say members of the military have trouble with the idea that the very thing they are trained to do can injure them.
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.
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.
BOSTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci died Saturday, at home, from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was surrounded by friends and family. Cellucci, a Republican, was 65.