Note To Readers

As a valued subscriber we would love to hear your thoughts on our KHN newsletters: What do you like? How can we improve? What topics interest you most? Please click here to take a short survey, which should take you less than 10 minutes to complete.

In This Edition:

From Kaiser Health News:

Kaiser Health News Original Stories

1. Busting Myths About Mental Illness

Mental illness is common – and so are misperceptions about it. These too-often-believed myths can be harmful to you and your loved ones. (Barbara Feder Ostrov, 7/11)

2. Sounds Like A Good Idea? Regulating Drug Prices

Presidential candidates from both parties have proposals they say would help lower the cost of prescription drugs. But most experts say that efforts to regulate prices might not end up saving much money. (Julie Rovner, Francis Ying and Thu Nguyen, 7/11)

3. Zika Traveling Tips: Some Issues To Consider

Organizations ranging from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Pan American Health Organization offer a range of resources regarding the Zika virus to help keep travelers safe and informed about risks. (Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, 7/11)

5. Political Cartoon: 'Just Kidding'

Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Political Cartoon: 'Just Kidding'" by John Deering from "Strange Brew".

Here's today's health policy haiku:


Not just surviving
But thriving. You can get well
With mental illness.

If you have a health policy haiku to share, please Contact Us and let us know if you want us to include your name. Keep in mind that we give extra points if you link back to a KHN original story.

Summaries Of The News:

Campaign 2016

6. With Eye On Sanders' Endorsement, Clinton Offers Expanded Health Care Proposal

Hillary Clinton reaffirms her support for a "public option" and proposes doubling funding for "federally qualified" health centers, which serve about 25 million low-income people in the U.S. Meanwhile, Donald Trump will lay out his vision for veterans' health care, and a new video from KHN looks at why the presidential candidates' proposals for regulating drug prices may not be good ideas.

The Associated Press: In Nod To Sanders, Clinton Offers New Health Care Proposals
In another nod to primary rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is proposing to increase federal money for community health centers and outlining steps to expand access to health care across the nation. Clinton's campaign says the proposal is part of her plan to provide universal health care coverage in the United States. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee also is reaffirming her support for a public-option insurance plan and for expanding Medicare by letting people age 55 year and older opt in. (Lucey and Thomas, 7/9)

USA Today: Hillary Clinton Offers Health Care Proposal Sought By Bernie Sanders
The presumptive Democratic nominee's proposal would double funding for primary care services at Federally Qualified Health Centers, which serve populations with limited access to health care. Community health care centers have been a key priority for Sanders, I-Vt., who successfully fought for the inclusion of $11 billion in funding for such centers in the Affordable Care Act of 2010. (Gaudiano, 7/10)

The Fiscal Times: Clinton’s Liberal Health Care Plan Could Clinch Sanders’ Endorsement
And she said she would seek to expand federal funding by $40 billion over the coming decade for community-based centers that provide primary health care services. Under that proposal, funding would be doubled for “federally qualified “ health centers, which serve about 25 million low income people in the U.S., many of whom are minorities and reside in hard to reach rural areas, according to Clinton campaign. Sanders made community health care centers a key priority during his primary challenge to Clinton this year and has long championed increased funding for the program. (Pianin, 7/11)

Los Angeles Times: Hillary Clinton Vows To Expand Funding For Healthcare Centers, Sanders Lauds Effort As Two Move Toward Unity
"We have more work to do to finish our long fight to provide universal, quality, affordable health care to everyone in America," Clinton said. "Already, the Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage to 20 million Americans. As president, I will make sure Republicans never succeed in their attempts to strip away their care and that the remaining uninsured should be able to get the affordable coverage they need to stay healthy." (Lee, 7/9)

Politico Pro: Clinton Outlines Progressive Health Care Agenda
The document itself is largely symbolic, but it's taken on more weight this year as Clinton moves left to appeal to Sanders' supporters. Sanders, who clashed with Clinton during the primary over his support for a single-payer health care system, praised the Clinton plan in a press call Saturday morning. (Cook, 7/9)

The Hill: Clinton Rolls Out Sanders-Like Healthcare Plan
In a press call with reporters Saturday timed to coincide with the plan's release, Sanders applauded the move, calling it an "important step forward." "I congratulate Secretary Clinton for this extraordinary initiative," he said. "It will save lives, it will ease suffering and it will improve healthcare in America and it will cut healthcare costs." (Neidig, 7/9)

The Fiscal Times: Trump And Clinton Heading For Obamacare Showdown
As Hillary Clinton prepares to take another big step toward supporting liberal calls for universal health care coverage, a new study concludes that Donald Trump’s proposals for replacing Obamacare would strip nearly 18 million mostly low-income Americans of their current coverage. The study by the non-partisan Center for Health and Economy provides the first detailed analysis of the presumptive GOP nominee’s scattershot proposals on health care. They include removing barriers to the sale of health insurance across state lines, expanding the use of health savings accounts to mitigate the cost of high-deductible insurance policies and allowing households to deduct premiums from their taxable income. (Pianin, 7/8)

Modern Healthcare: GOP Preview: Major Differences On Medicare
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is nothing like the party's previous nominees, so it isn't surprising that the GOP health policy platform only days ahead of the convention remains largely unknown—very unlike 2012 or 2008. Health policy experts say there is even considerable uncertainty about who will drive the health platform at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland starting July 18. ... The big question is whether the presumptive nominee and his campaign will embrace, as the basis for the platform, all or part of the comprehensive health policy white paper released last month by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top House Republican leaders to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. That 35-page document includes controversial proposals to cap and cut spending on Medicare and Medicaid and tax employer health benefits. (Meyer, 7/9)

The Associated Press: Trump's Speech To Spell Out Veteran Health Care Proposal
Republican Donald Trump will deliver a speech on veterans' health care reform Monday, his latest in a series of prepared remarks aimed at articulating his policy agenda and convincing still-reticent Republicans that he has the discipline and control to mount a credible general election bid against likely rival Hillary Clinton. Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, will be speaking in Virginia Beach, Virginia, not far from the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, where he first unveiled his plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs last October, promising to modernize the system, while minimizing wait times for patients and improving care. (Colvin, 7/11)

Kaiser Health News: Sounds Like A Good Idea? Regulating Drug Prices
This is the second in a series of videos about health care promises from presidential candidates that “sound like a good idea.” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explores why proposals to regulate drug prices may not be such a good idea after all. (Rovner, Ying and Nguyen, 7/11)

Health Law Issues And Implementation

7. Rural Americans Make Greater Insurance Gains Under Health Law Than Urban Residents: HHS

In other ACA news, the medical device tax hits some small businesses.

Kansas Health News: HHS: Rural Americans Benefit ‘Dramatically’ From Health Reform Law
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says rural Americans are gaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act at rates outpacing their urban counterparts. Mark Andes is among those in rural Kansas who have benefited. Andes was living and working in McPherson last year when he began having some pretty scary health symptoms. (Thompson, 7/8)

New Hampshire Union Leader: Medical Device Tax Affects Small Businesses
In 2013, one Affordable Care Act component taking effect — a medical device excise tax — imposed a new financial burden on American Laboratory Products Co. The 2.3 percent tax on revenue took a bite out of the company’s bottom line, “no question about it,” said Sean Conley, president of the family-owned-and-operated Alpco. “This obviously has an impact on where our funds go and makes it a bit more challenging to continue to create new jobs.” (Okun, 7/10)

Meanwhile, some troubled cooperatives may face higher-than-expected risk-adjustment fees —