Elana Gordon

Elana Gordon covers the health beat at KCUR. She was previously a production assistant for KCURâ

Some young people seeking to buy health insurance are finding themselves falling into a subsidy gap that leaves them ineligible for financial assistance that was heavily advertised. Subsidies in the health law were designed to lower insurance costs for people who make around $11,000 to $46,000 a year. But for young people earning toward the higher end of that range, it's more complicated than that. A new study shows that in major cities, some young people fall in that salary range but don't...

One of the nation's largest and oldest children's hospitals is cracking down on parents who bring their kids herbs, extracts or other dietary supplements. In what it describes as a break from other hospitals, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, last month removed most dietary supplements from its list of approved medicines, and established new policies for administering them. Dr. Paul Offit , chief of infectious diseases at CHOP, tells The Salt the move comes after a "growing...

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett may have been watching fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio who bypassed the Republican Legislature in his state this week to expand Medicaid. As part of the Affordable Care Act, states have the option to make coverage available to low-income adults, with the federal government picking up the entire tab for the first three years. Only about half the states so far have planned to do that, starting Jan. 1, and Pennsylvania has, so far, not been among them....

This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And they're not just any data — they're extremely sensitive data. The U.S. health system is undergoing a fundamental technological shift right now. Doctors and hospitals are finally moving to electronic health records, and it's not easy . A company called Cerner , based in Kansas City, Mo., has grown into one of the nation's biggest players in health information technology. Its headquarters seems like a college campus, peppered with trees and...