Kerry Dooley Young is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. She specializes in health care, writing often for publications owned by WebMD and Sage Publications' CQ Researcher. She earlier covered Medicare and health care politics for CQ Roll Call and covered the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration for Bloomberg News. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) and the National Press Club of Washington.
Medicare Part D is an optional program to help people enrolled in the federal health program pay for prescription drugs. With annual expenses running to about $100 billion last year, it is the dominant insurer in the U.S. pharmaceutical market.
As journalists work to keep communities informed about COVID-19 vaccines, they need to consider questions about safety, distribution and adoption. We address three specific questions, focusing on policies and processes in the U.S.
People in the United States frequently receive unexpectedly high hospital bills even after paying for health insurance, which they counted on to help them to manage their medical costs, several studies show.