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Phil Galewitz

Phil Galewitz, Senior Correspondent, covers Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, hospitals and various state health issues.

December 2018
Doctor with toddler in medical office.

Number of uninsured children rising for first time in decade

by ,  /  3 December 2018

After years of steady decline, the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose by 276,000 in 2017.

August 2018
Big family and extended family with foster parents.

Foster children on Medicaid may have unmet mental health needs

by ,  /  29 August 2018

Too few doctors accept Medicaid, and foster families also face the challenge of coordinating treatment decisions between government welfare agencies and biological parents.

January 2018
mother and child at the doctor's with a stethoscope

Children’s health insurance program running on fumes in some U.S. states

by ,  /  9 January 2018

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program, despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months.

December 2017
child with contraption over nose and mouth

Alabama to drop thousands of children from health insurance New Year’s Day

by ,  /  20 December 2017

Alabama plans to drop 7,000 children from coverage on New Year’s Day, the first step to shutting down coverage for everyone, as the result of U.S. Congress’ failure to restore federal funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

October 2017
Doctors preparing a patient for an operation

U.S. Congress fails to extend funding for children’s coverage

by ,  /  20 October 2017

Until Congress renews CHIP, states are cut off from additional federal funding that helps lower- and middle-income families.

September 2017
Close up of hand with IV drip

Medicaid still has a bull’s-eye on its back

by ,  /  28 September 2017

Although it started as a plan to cover only the poor, Medicaid now touches tens of millions of Americans who live above the poverty line.

Doctor talking to mom and her daughter, who is holding a teddy bear.

Healthcare program for U.S. children could be in jeopardy

by ,  /  11 September 2017

A U.S. federal-state program that provides healthcare children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal later this month, but many fear it could get lost in the shuffle or that conservative lawmakers will seek to limit its reach.

June 2017

Republican cuts to Medicaid would hit rural America hardest

by ,  /  9 June 2017

Medicaid covered 45 percent of children and 16 percent of adults in small towns and rural areas in 2015, according to a new report.