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Health Wonk Review for August 23, 2018

Waning Days of Summer Edition

The kids are headed back to school and the pool is closed for the summer, but there’s still time for one last edition of Health Wonk Review.

Julie Ferguson has posted the Waning Days of Summer Edition over at Workers’ Comp Insider. So drink it in, like that last piña colada on the pontoon boat.

What’s in the edition?

For starters, you’ll find some great posts to prep you for the coming election debate about the government’s role in health coverage.

  • At Healthcare Economist, Jason Shafrin ponders the question of which services should be covered by government insurance.
  • At InsureBlog, Patrick Paul examines the merits of Medicare4All.
  • And Joe Paduda’s got a single-payer explainer at Managed Care Matters.

If that whole explainer thing appeals to you, Louise Norris explains the Trump administration’s recently finalized rules regarding short-term health insurance plans. It’s right here at (Thanks, Julie!)

Dr. Julie Graves, writing at the Medical Care Blog, looks at a children’s health crisis: the ongoing family separation crisis at the border.

At Healthcare Renewal, Roy Poses laments the emergence of “ill-informed and/or mission-hostile health care leadership” in the White House and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The lamenting continues at Workers Comp Insider, where the blog’s editors are doing their part to alert our readers about the serious matter of the EPA loosening regulations that will expose more workers to asbestos.

And what’s this? Good news??? At Health Business Blog, David Williams has a story with a happy ending for patients with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

Prefer to listen instead of reading health wonkery? Vincent Grippi of the CareCentrix’s Homefront Blog submits this month’s episode of #CareTalk – a discussion about President Trump’s fight with Pfizer over drug pricing (and more).

Next up: Andrew Sprung hosts Health Wonk Review at XPOSTFACTOID on September 20.

Steve Anderson is editor and content manager for, where he’s been writing about health insurance and health reform since 2008. He’s been fortunate to have worked with a talented team of health policy writers.

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