Phil Galewitz, Senior Correspondent, covers Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care, hospitals, and various state health issues. He has covered the health beat for more than two decades. He is a former board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2004-05, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow and wrote about community solutions for the uninsured. Before coming to KHN, he was at The Palm Beach Post and was a national health industry writer for The Associated Press and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor’s in health planning and administration and a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in health policy from Penn State University.
After tuition, books, and room and board, colleges’ rising health fees hit a nerve
By: Phil Galewitz - December 27, 2022
You’ve compared tuition. Reviewed on-campus housing costs. Even digested student meal plan prices. But have you thought about how much your son’s or daughter’s dream school will charge for health coverage? You might be in for a shock. Hawley Montgomery-Downs was thrilled when daughter Bryn Tronco earned a scholarship that pays half the $63,000 annual […]
Hospitals divert patients to health center ‘look-alikes’ to boost finances
By: Phil Galewitz - September 9, 2022
A growing number of hospitals are outsourcing often-unprofitable outpatient services for their poorest patients by setting up independent, nonprofit organizations to provide primary care. Medicare and Medicaid pay these clinics, known as federally qualified health center look-alikes, significantly more than they would if the sites were owned by hospitals. Like the nearly 1,400 federally qualified […]