Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

This Week In Public Health: Medical Memberships Fill Some Gaps For Uninsured ... How Sex Ed Changed

Rebecca Smith /KBIA/Side Effects Public Media
Joe Morris had not been to the doctor for more than 40 years, but following a heart attack last Easter, he's now on the hook to pay $103,000 in doctor's bills. He pays $60 a month for access to a doctor, though he doesn't have insurance.

This week - The Netflix of medical care? Some uninsured people are paying a monthly fee for wider access to a doctor. ... Sex ed is evolving in classrooms across the U.S. ... Trump promised to protect coal miners, but Obamacare repeal could make it harder for some to get black lung benefits ... Read on ...

Medical Memberships Fill Some Gaps When People Can't Afford Insurance

Would you pay $60 per month for mostly unfettered access to a doctor? Well, you probably pay monthly for Netflix or Hulu or both, so why should our medical care be any different? For some uninsured people, this membership, called direct primary care, is often the only way they can affordably see a doctor, reports Side Effects' Rebecca Smith.

Sex Ed Changed Under Obama, Here's How

WHYY's Elana Gordon reports: "From flour baby activities, to condom demos on bananas, to lessons equating sex with sin, sex education has long been an awkward experience." Under Obama, money for school-based sex ed was applied to more  comprehensive sexual risk reduction approaches and toward developing evidence-based practices. Will it change under a GOP-controlled Congress and a Republican president?

Repealing Obamacare Could Threaten Some In Coal Country

President Trump has promised to protect coal miners, but repealing the Affordable Care Act could make it harder for about 38,000 former coal workers or their eligible survivors to get black lung benefits. Kara Lofton of West Virginia Public Broadcasting has the story.

In Indiana this week:
Syringe Exchange Bill Draws Passionate Testimony From Top Officials
Indiana Bill Would OK Food Assistance For Former Drug Offenders|
Why do so many babies die in Indiana?

Quick Hits
Officials in Massachusetts are trying to figure out if there's a link between recent amnesia cases and opioid use.

More drug distributors are being penalized for turning a blind eye to the nation's opioid crisis.

Two marches in Washington D.C., two very different takes on abortion.

Levels of lead in the water in Flint, Mich., have fallen below the federal limit.