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Kerry Young


Kerry Young covers appropriations for CQ Roll Call. She joined CQ in 2007 as co-editor of Budget Tracker, an electronic newsletter and Web site on the budget and appropriations, keeping track of efforts to reduce waste in government and control deficit spending and the debt. She’s a veteran of Bloomberg News, where from 1995 to 2006 she covered energy and health, including the FDA and Medicare. A graduate of Tulane University, Kerry worked for several small newspapers in New Jersey at the start of her career in the early 1990s.

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Some Insurance Plans Still Charge for Required Services for Private Health Plans

May 19, 2014

In theory, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has great clout in deciding which treatments and services private health plans must provide to their customers without imposing copayments.

Lung Screening Proposal Renews Scrutiny of Preventative Services Task Force

May 19, 2014

Once fairly obscure, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has gotten headlines in recent years by questioning the value of mammograms for women in their 40s and recommending that men not have the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test unless they have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Hunger for Nonprofit Health Insurance May Aid Co-Ops

April 28, 2014

A political scientist who participated in the startup of one of the nation’s new nonprofit health cooperatives has an explanation for seemingly quick uptick in enrollment.

Health Cooperatives Work to Gain Foothold Against Insurance Giants, Emphasize Local Ties

April 28, 2014

Some of the underdogs in the market to sell health coverage to uninsured Americans have scored unexpected early wins as they compete with industry giants for customers.

Costly Pills Put Financial Burden on Health Systems

Jan. 13, 2014

The new Sovaldi hepatitis C drug, which has a wholesale cost of $1,000 a pill, will pose a challenge to Medicare, Medicaid and prison systems during a time of austere budgets.

What Is a Hepatitis C Drug Worth?

Jan. 13, 2014

The founder of the company that discovered the Sovaldi hepatitis C drug, which has been listed with a cost of $1,000 for a single pill, says that it’s fairly cheap to make the basic ingredients for this well-regarded new medicine. It may cost only about $1,400 to manufacture a 12-week supply, or 84 pills, of the key ingredient in Sovaldi, excluding the costs of manufacturing plants, solvents, formulation, encapsulating and marketing.

Spending Standoff Keeps NIH Chimps in Lockdown

Oct. 25, 2013

About 60 chimpanzees housed at research facilities in Louisiana for the National Institutes of Health are due to move to a special sanctuary, a kind of retirement they’ve been granted after a grim lifetime as laboratory test subjects.

For Appropriators, Olmsted Project Is No Anomaly

Oct. 25, 2013

The same provision that ignited a backlash this month against the Senate’s top Republican for a so-called “Kentucky kickback” went unnoticed in July, when lawmakers had the opportunity to freely offer amendments to a regular spending bill.

Once the Deciders on Spending, Appropriators Now Follow the Leaders

Oct. 4, 2013

There’s little doubt that if the two lawmakers who share control of the budgets of most federal programs had their way, fiscal 2014 would have started Oct. 1 with the federal government operating on a normal basis.

For Spending Bills, It's About Time

Oct. 4, 2013

A single date tucked into a continuing resolution aimed at ending the government shutdown may well determine whether Congress passes any more fiscal 2014 spending bills.

Lawmakers Offer Appropriations Directions, but Don't Call Them Earmarks

Sept. 6, 2013

Appropriators who have been hamstrung by a moratorium on earmarks in Congress still have tools they can use to favor particular programs, and they are working against strong headwinds to make sure they can continue to use them this year.

Spending Oversight Thrown Overboard in Stopgaps

Sept. 6, 2013

While lawmakers are struggling to find ways to affect specific spending directions in continuing resolutions, experts say the use of stopgap bills leaves them losing ground in one major area of responsibility.

House Republicans Start Discussions on Fiscal 2014 Continuing Resolution

July 23, 2013

Republican appropriators in the House are starting to discuss potential terms for a stopgap funding bill to keep the government operating after September, even as both chambers gear up for a flurry of action this week on competing spending measures.

For Veterans, Claims Rulings Long Time Coming

July 5, 2013

The population of veterans waiting for verdicts on their disability claims, about 816,839 people, is larger than that of four states — Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming — as well as of the District of Columbia.

Grim Echoes of Iraq, Afghanistan in Veterans Policies

July 5, 2013

The late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, who lost an arm fighting in World War II, once observed that advances in transportation and medicine were allowing soldiers to survive battlefield wounds that would have been a death sentence during his time in combat.

Will McConnell Appear at Spending Markup Next Week?

June 14, 2013

Next week, we’ll be watching to see whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell makes a rare appearance in his seat at the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Isakson: 'Perfect Storm' Could Flip Senate Seat #GASEN

June 12, 2013

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said the mixture of a trending-purple state and a bloody GOP primary could hinder the party’s ability next year to hold the Georgia Senate seat of his retiring colleague.

House Republicans Set to Break Budget Cap, Senate Democrats to Follow

June 11, 2013

Congressional Republicans and Democrats are pushing forward on separate legislative tracks for appropriations measures over coming days that break with current budget law to advance what will amount to little more than negotiating tactics for a larger budget deal.

For a Fiscal Conservative, Spending at Home Passes the Test

June 7, 2013

Tim Huelskamp of Kansas has been one of the most vocal tea-party-backed conservatives in the House, but his calls to shrink the size of government didn’t apply when it came to bringing a new Department of Homeland Security lab to his district.

Diagnosis Goes Beyond Sequester for Cancer Patients

May 10, 2013

Dr. Jeffery C. Ward, a cancer specialist, has not yet faced the painful task many of his colleagues have this year: closing the door to patients because of federal budget cuts. But that’s only because Ward already made the hard choice of switching from running a private practice to serving on staff at a large hospital.

Odds Are Against Congress Restoring Cancer Drug Funding

May 10, 2013

Lawmakers and outside coalitions supported by doctors and drug companies face an uphill battle in their bid to reverse sequester cuts that have hit cancer drugs.

Labor Cost Management Is Key to Coping With Sequester at Agencies

April 24, 2013

This may be small solace to airline passengers waiting out delays at airports in Los Angeles and New York, but the general consensus in Washington is that the real pain from budget cuts under the sequester may not be felt until the end of the summer or even next year. That’s because managers of federal agencies are using whatever flexibility they can, according to officials at agencies and unions representing workers, to cut down on furloughs to minimize disruptions in services.

Futures Trading Regulators Planned for the Future

April 24, 2013

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the federal agency that regulates trade in goods based on their projected value, will be able to avoid furloughs during this fiscal year in part because it did a good job of preparing for the future.

Appropriators Must Bridge Budget Gap

April 16, 2013

Democrats and Republicans will need to bridge a $91 billion gap on budget plans before they can clear any new spending laws. But for now, neither side is suggesting a compromise — even as both contend they want a more orderly appropriations process.

Clouds on Horizon for Weather Service Budget

April 5, 2013

For Cliff Mass, a University of Washington professor and the author of a popular meteorology blog, the title of the 2012 federal report “Weather Service for the Nation: Becoming Second to None” summed up his growing concerns.

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