Phil Galewitz

Phil Galewitz

Phil Galewitz is senior reporter for Kaiser Health News and 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 to 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, Pa. He has a BA in health planning and administration and a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in health policy from Penn State University.

Medicaid ‘unwinding’ breeds chaos in states as millions lose coverage

By: , , and - November 2, 2023

More than two dozen people lined up outside a state public assistance office in Montana before it opened to ensure they didn’t get cut off from Medicaid. Callers in Missouri and Florida reported waiting on hold for more than two hours on hotlines to renew their Medicaid coverage. The parents of a disabled man in […]

Hearing aids available without a prescription, as 2017 law takes effect

By: - October 18, 2022

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News.  Starting Monday, consumers will be able to buy hearing aids directly off store shelves and at dramatically lower prices as a 2017 federal law finally takes effect. Where for decades it cost thousands of dollars to get a device that could be purchased only with a […]

States have yet to spend hundreds of millions of federal dollars to tackle COVID health disparities

By: , and - May 17, 2022

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News.  The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address COVID health disparities, the largest federal funding initiative designed specifically to help underserved communities hardest hit by the virus. Two months later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded grants to […]

Missouri takes months to process Medicaid applications — longer than law allows

By: and - February 18, 2022

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News.  Aneka French applied for Medicaid in October, not long after Missouri became the 38th state to expand eligibility for the program. But her application sat for months in a backlog with tens of thousands of others. While she waited, French, 45, an uninsured medical technician from […]