Phil Galewitz is a senior correspondent at KHN covering 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.
Community health centers around the country paid $410 million from 2018 to 2021 in 485 settlements or judgments over malpractice suits. The centers and their employees have immunity from medical malpractice lawsuits, meaning the federal government pays any settlements or court judgments.