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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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Stories by Kerry Young:

Eliminating Health Agency May Take Financial Toll

Oct. 28, 2015

House GOP appropriators’ attempt to shut down a little-known federal medical agency in fiscal 2016 likely will fail, but their consistent criticism of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality may still have repercussions.

Government Payments for End-of-Life Counseling Draw More Support Than Criticism

Sept. 30, 2015

Medicare officials received more support than criticism for a plan to pay health care providers for time spent counseling people about their medical options in case of terminal illness or failing health, an approach that was derided in the past as a path toward so-called death panels.

Maker of Costly Drug Spent Heavily on Hospitality for Doctors

July 10, 2015

Gilead Sciences Inc., the maker of the costly Sovaldi hepatitis C pill that has attracted congressional scrutiny, bought doctors about $3.6 million worth of food and drink last year, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of a federal database that tracks how much drug and medical device companies spend on physicians and hospitals.

Medical Billing System Rollout Date Is Elusive

April 24, 2015

The American Hospital Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans have pushed to stick with the current plan for implementing the ICD-10 billing system. Many organizations began working toward the conversion of codes years ago. An initial target date for ICD-10 was October 2011, which was then pushed to October 2013. The date was delayed to October 2014, which was most recently kicked to October 2015.

Lawmakers May Let October Medical-Code Deadline Stick

April 24, 2015

The United States appears poised to join much of the developed world in switching over to a system of medical billing codes that was adopted in France, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany more than a decade ago.

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.

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.

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.

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