June 7, 2018, The Clarion-Ledger, Anna Wolfe- Gus Mohamed, a nurse in St. Dominic’s emergency department, got his last dose of chemotherapy in April, putting him in remission. “It was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life,” he said. Instead, he was trying to figure out what to do about his $42,036 medical bill. His insurer, the hospital, had denied payment for one of his six doses of treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. St. Dominic’s pharmacy had run out of the medication and even though Mohamed’s own doctor had the drugs in stock, the hospital wanted Mohamed to wait until it got a new shipment. So when he disobeyed, it stuck him with the bill. Since the Clarion Ledger’s interviews with Mohamed, his doctor and the hospital, the hospital began processing payment on the bill - but not before delaying patient care.
June 12, 2018, The New York Times, Robert Pear- Democratic senators blistered President Trump’s health secretary on Tuesday, telling him that the Trump administration’s efforts to undo health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions made a mockery of the president’s campaign to rein in prescription drug prices. The secretary of health and human services, Alex M. Azar II, told Congress that he would be glad to work with lawmakers on legislation - “alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, modifications of the Affordable Care Act” - to provide access to insurance for people with pre-existing conditions. The decision regarding pre-existing conditions is “a constitutional and legal position, not a policy position,” Mr. Azar told the committee.