Month: November 2020

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OSHA Let Employers Decide Whether to Report Health Care Worker Deaths. Many Didn’t.

As Walter Veal cared for residents at the Ludeman Developmental Center in suburban Chicago, he saw the potential future of his grandson, who has autism….

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: How to Avoid a Big Bill for Your COVID Test

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. About This Podcast Health care — and how much it costs — is scary. But you’re not…

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Thousands of Doctors’ Offices Buckle Under Financial Stress of COVID

This story also ran on NBC News. This story can be republished for free (details). Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives…

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How Pharma Money Colors Operation Warp Speed’s Quest to Defeat COVID

April 16 was a big day for Moderna, a Massachusetts biotech company on the verge of becoming a front-runner in the U.S. government’s race for…

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After Kid’s Minor Bike Accident, Major Bill Sets Legal Wheels in Motion

Adam Woodrum was out for a bike ride with his wife and kids on July 19 when his then 9-year-old son, Robert, crashed. “He cut…

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Why Employers Find It So Hard to Test for COVID

Brandon Hudgins works the main floor at Fleet Feet, a running-shoe store chain, for more than 30 hours a week. He chats with customers, measuring…

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California Businesses Go From Simmer to Boil Over Newsom’s Fine Dining

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s maskless dinner with medical industry lobbyists and others at a Napa County restaurant where meals cost a minimum of $350 per…

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Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to Cities, Straining Hospitals

This story is part of a partnership that includes KCUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has…

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For Nurses Feeling the Strain of the Pandemic, Virus Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’

For Christina Nester, the pandemic lull in Massachusetts lasted about three months through summer into early fall. In late June, St. Vincent Hospital had resumed…

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New Legal Push Aims to Speed Magic Mushrooms to Dying Patients

Back in March, just as anxiety over COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., Erinn Baldeschwiler of La Conner, Washington, found herself facing her own private…

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Medicare Open Enrollment Is Complicated. Here’s How to Get Good Advice.

About Asking Never Hurts A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape. Send questions to [email protected] Use Our Content This…

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Need a COVID-19 Nurse? That’ll Be $8,000 a Week

This story also ran on NBC News. This story can be republished for free (details). DENVER — In March, Claire Tripeny was watching her dream…

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Consejos para inscribirse bien en Medicare durante la complicada inscripción abierta

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…

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California Law Banning Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics Will Transform Industry

A toxic chemical ban signed into law in California will change the composition of cosmetics, shampoos, hair straighteners and other personal care products used by…

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Parents Complain That Pediatricians, Wary of COVID, Shift Sick Kids to Urgent Care

A mom of eight boys, Kim Gudgeon was at her wits’ end when she called her family doctor in suburban Chicago to schedule a sick…

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Were You Notified About Missing Tax Forms for Your ACA Subsidy? Blame COVID.

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The notice from the federal health insurance marketplace grabbed Andrew Schenker’s attention: ACT NOW:…

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Surging LA

March 2020 (Heidi de Marco/KHN) November 2020: Cars wait at the corner of Hollywood and Highland, a bustling intersection that was deserted in March. Some…

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What Biden Can Do to Combat COVID Right Now

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, the country was in the midst of a dire economic crisis. Twelve years later, his vice president,…

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Transition Troubles Mount as COVID Spreads

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President-elect Joe Biden is still being blocked from launching his official transition while President Donald…

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Trump’s Lame-Duck Status Leaves Governors to Wing It on COVID

Not long after the world learned that President Donald Trump had lost his reelection bid, states began issuing a new round of crackdowns and emergency…

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Fear of Flying Is a COVID-Era Conundrum

The holidays are approaching just as COVID-19 case rates nationwide are increasing at a record-breaking pace, leading to dire warnings from public health experts. The…

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Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion

With its choice of a new leader, the Florida Hospital Association has signaled that seeking legislative approval to expand Medicaid to nearly 850,000 uninsured adults…

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These Front-Line Workers Could Have Retired. They Risked Their Lives Instead.

Sonia Brown’s husband died on June 10. Two weeks later, the 65-year-old registered nurse was back at work. Her husband’s medical bills and a car…

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Voz de un experto: los niveles de seguridad que propone Fauci durante 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…

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Take It From an Expert: Fauci’s Hierarchy of Safety During COVID

As a health journalist, a physician and a former foreign correspondent who lived through SARS in Beijing, I often get questions from friends, colleagues and…

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: What Would Dr. Fauci Do?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Since the mid-1980s, whenever there’s been a public health crisis, America — and six U.S….

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Family Mourns Man With Mental Illness Killed by Police and Calls for Change

This story comes from a reporting partnership with WITF, NPR and KHN. This story can be republished for free (details). Rulennis Muñoz remembers the phone ringing on…

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People Proving to Be Weakest Link for Apps Tracking COVID Exposure

The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about…

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States’ Face-Covering Mandates Leave Gaps in Protection

BOULDER, Colo. — Brady Bowman, a 19-year-old student at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and two friends strolled down 11th Street, all sporting matching neck gaiters…

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Surprise Federal Drug Rule Directs Insurers to Reveal What They Pay for Prescription Drugs

Health insurance companies will have to give their customers estimated out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and disclose to the public the negotiated prices they pay…