Month: June 2020

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Essential Worker Shoulders $1,840 Pandemic Debt Due To COVID Cost Loophole

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). Carmen Quintero works an early shift as a supervisor at a 3M distribution warehouse that ships N95 masks to a nation under siege from the coronavirus. On March 23, she had developed a severe cough, and…

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Hospital Executive Charged In $1.4B Rural Hospital Billing Scheme

Use Our Story This story can be republished for free (details). A Miami entrepreneur who led a rural hospital empire was charged in an indictment unsealed Monday in what federal prosecutors called a $1.4 billion fraudulent lab-billing scheme. In the indictment, prosecutors said Jorge A. Perez, 60, and nine others…

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‘More Than Physical Health’: Gym Helps 91-Year-Old Battle Isolation

MONROVIA, Calif. — Most mornings, like clockwork, you could find Art Ballard pumping iron. At least five days a week, he drove to Foothill Gym, where he beat on the punching bag, rode a stationary bike and worked his abs. After he joined the gym five years ago, he dropped…

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Workers Filed More Than 4,100 Complaints About Protective Gear. Some Still Died.

COVID-19 cases were climbing at Michigan’s McLaren Flint hospital. So Roger Liddell, 64, who procured supplies for the hospital, asked for an N95 respirator for his own protection, since his work brought him into the same room as COVID-positive patients. But the hospital denied his request, said Kelly Indish, president…

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: High Court’s Surprising Abortion Decision

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Supreme Court surprised both sides in the polarized abortion battle Monday by ruling, 5-4, that a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is an unconstitutional infringement of a woman’s…

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Supreme Court, Rejecting Restrictive La. Law, Refuses To Roll Back Abortion Rights

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). In a decision certain to roil the fall elections, a Supreme Court with a majority of anti-abortion justices Monday refused to use its first opportunity to roll back abortion rights. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices said a Louisiana…

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California Prisons Are COVID Hotbeds Despite Billions Spent On Inmate Health

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). From Corcoran and Avenal state prisons in the arid Central Valley to historical San Quentin on the San Francisco Bay, California prisons have emerged as raging COVID-19 hot spots, even as the state annually spends more on inmate health…

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In Arizona Race, McSally Makes Health Care Pledge At Odds With Track Record

“Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always.” — U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, in a campaign ad released June 22 Trailing Democratic challenger Mark Kelly in one of the country’s most hotly contested Senate races, Arizona Sen. Martha McSally is seeking to tie herself to an issue…

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Conflicting COVID Messages Create Cloud Of Confusion Around Public Health And Prevention

Regina Fargis didn’t know what to do. Fargis runs Summit Hills — a health and retirement community in Spartanburg, South Carolina, that offers skilled nursing, activities and communal meals for its residents, most of whom are over 60, the highest-risk category for coronavirus complications. In South Carolina, more than a…

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Watch: Teaching Teens How To Navigate Racism In America

KHN Midwest correspondent Cara Anthony appeared on KSDK’s “Today in St. Louis” television show with host Rene Knott to discuss her recent story about Darnell Hill, a mental health caseworker, who is teaching Black teens in St. Louis how to safely walk through the park, run to the store or…

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Listen: What Counts In Measuring The Full COVID Death Toll? It’s Complicated

https://khn.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/06/20200623185917-CE_062320_FINAL_POD.mp3 Can’t see the audio player? Click here to download. KHN senior correspondent Markian Hawryluk joined KUNC’s Erin O’Toole on “Colorado Edition” to discuss his recent story that detailed the challenges in determining the full death toll from the coronavirus pandemic. He also appeared on WNHN’s “The Attitude with Arnie…

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Seniors In Low-Income Housing Live In Fear Of COVID Infection

This story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). Davetta Brooks, 75, who has heart failure, a fractured hip and macular degeneration, is afraid. Conditions in her low-income senior building on Chicago’s Near West Side — the Congressman George W. Collins Apartments — are “deplorable,”…

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Sweeps Of Homeless Camps Run Counter To COVID Guidance And Pile On Health Risks

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). DENVER — Melody Lewis lives like a nomad in the heart of downtown. Poking her head out of her green tent on a recent June day, the 57-year-old pointed a few blocks away to the place…

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: The Pandemic Shifts; The Politics, Not So Much

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Donald Trump caused a stir when he said at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last weekend that he wanted less testing for COVID-19. While aides denied that, it didn’t help when on Wednesday the administration announced it would cut…

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Nueva ola de contagios de COVID por bares atestados

SOBRE NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos. Use Nuestro Contenido Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita…

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Watch: Fauci, Other Health Officials Weigh California’s COVID Response

Samantha Young, California Healthline’s California politics correspondent, helped moderate a discussion hosted by the Sacramento Press Club about California’s response to the coronavirus crisis. The discussion touched on the reopening of the economy, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order requiring Californians to wear face coverings and whether hospitals are ready to handle…

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Packed Bars Serve Up New Rounds Of COVID Contagion

This story also ran on HuffPost. This story can be republished for free (details). As states ease their lockdowns, bars are emerging as fertile breeding grounds for the coronavirus. They create a risky cocktail of tight quarters, young adults unbowed by the fear of illness and, in some instances, proprietors…

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Officials Seek To Shift Resources Away From Policing To Address Black ‘Public Health Crisis’

This story also ran on USA Today and GateHouse Media. This story can be republished for free (details). From Boston to San Bernardino, California, communities across the U.S. are declaring racism a public health crisis. Fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color, as well as the…

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Fearing The Deadly Combo Of COVID-19 And Cancer

Three Tuesdays each month, Katherine O’Brien straps on her face mask and journeys about half an hour by Metra rail to Northwestern University’s Lurie Cancer Center. What were once packed train cars rolling into Chicago are now eerily empty, as those usually commuting to towering skyscrapers weather the pandemic from…

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As COVID Cases Spike, California Shifts Its Strategy

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Coronavirus infections are rising so fast in Fresno County that California public health officials have identified it as one of nearly a dozen counties entering dangerous territory as economies reopen. Cases there have more than doubled over the past…

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Cities Brace For ‘Collision Course’ Of Heat Waves And COVID-19

Aaron McCullough brought his 3-year-old daughter, Ariana, to a playground in a leafy neighborhood of Rochester, New York, on a day in mid-June when the temperature topped out at 94 degrees. The playground is one of seven spray parks in the city that offer cooling water whenever temperatures exceed 85…

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Airlines Want Flyers To Feel Safe, But Grab Bag Of COVID Policies Adds Turbulence

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). Tony Scott boarded an American Airlines flight May 25 from Los Angeles to Dallas. It was a trip he felt he had to take despite concerns about the coronavirus. His son, who lives in Texas,…

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Durante la pandemia se está bebiendo más que nunca, ¿conoces las señales de alcoholismo?

SOBRE NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos. Use Nuestro Contenido Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita…

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Drinking Surged During The Pandemic. Do You Know The Signs Of Addiction?

This story is part of a partnership that includes KCUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Despite the lack of dine-in customers for nearly 2½ long months during the coronavirus shutdown, Darrell Loo of Waldo Thai stayed busy. Loo is the bar manager…

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COVID Pandemic Jeopardizes Vote On Oklahoma Medicaid Expansion

Oklahoma residents going to the polls June 30 have the chance to override state leaders’ decadelong refusal to expand Medicaid, which would cover more than 200,000 low-income adults and bring billions of federal dollars into the state. But advocates are concerned that turnout for the summer primary election could be…

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For A Black Social Media Manager In The George Floyd Age, Each Click Holds Trauma

Recently, as I scrolled the more than 1 million tweets connected to the hashtag #Black_Lives_Matter, this is what flashed before my eyes: the black-and-white dashcam video of Philando Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, in handcuffs crying, her 4-year-old daughter trying to comfort her; protesters in Berlin standing in solidarity with the…

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Ghost Bill: UVA Siphons Couple’s Tax Refund To Pay 20-Year-Old Medical Debt

The notice from the Virginia tax department puzzled a Charlottesville couple last October. It said their state income tax refund had been reduced because of an outstanding medical debt to the University of Virginia Medical Center. Instead of $220, they got $110. Mystified, they contacted UVA for details about the…

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Listen: Threats, Pressure Prompt Some California Public Health Officials To Leave Office

https://khn.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/06/TCRAM20200623_AMBJ.mp3 Can’t see the audio player? Click here to download. California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester joined KQED’s Lily Jamali on “The California Report” to discuss her recent story with The Associated Press on the threats that local public health officials face amid a backlash about pandemic restrictions. Angry…

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Las muertes ocultas de la pandemia de COVID

SOBRE NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos. Use Nuestro Contenido Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita…

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Is A Second Wave Of Coronavirus Coming?

This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). As Americans continue to grapple with the novel coronavirus, one question is on a lot of people’s minds: Are we already seeing, or will we eventually see, a second wave of the virus? On…