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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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Disney Measles Outbreak Set Off Public Alarm

Feb. 20, 2015

It took the magic of Disney to get the public truly alarmed about an uptick in measles, which had already been a worry for infectious-disease specialists, said Paul Offit, an author and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

As Debate Over Measles Vaccine Takes Center Stage, Lawmakers, Health Experts Experience Deja Vu

Feb. 20, 2015

The challenges for Congress in confronting a renewed domestic threat of measles seem like an unfortunate case of déjà vu to a former lawmaker who had great influence on the American health care system in recent decades.

BARDA Finds Ways to Help Boost Vaccine Production

Dec. 8, 2014

Far less famous than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health is a program at the heart of the fight against diseases such as the flu and Ebola — the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA.

Congress Targeting the Flu With Investments, Technology

Dec. 8, 2014

Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has a ready answer when asked to name a biological threat he especially dreads: the flu.

Pallone Brings Health Policy Chops to Energy Panel Post

Nov. 19, 2014

By choosing Frank Pallone Jr. to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee for the 114th Congress, House Democrats tapped a lawmaker with a track record for helping some of the poorest Americans gain access to medical care.

Medical Data Use Broadened by Human Genome

Sept. 8, 2014

The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 did more than unlock many of the secrets of man’s DNA. It also fundamentally broadened the collaborative use of medical data, according to a top National Institutes of Health researcher.

Tech Firms Ask Congress to Redefine Medical Privacy Rules

Sept. 8, 2014

Tech firms, including Inc., are asking Congress to redefine the rules on medical privacy, saying the risks of potential disclosure should be weighed again against the anticipated benefits of wider sharing and easier access to crucial health data.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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