Month: January 2021

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Journalists Stay on Top of Rocky Vaccine Rollout

California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester discussed California’s rocky covid-19 vaccine rollout with KALW’s “Your Call” on Wednesday. Click here to hear Barry-Jester on KALW KHN data reporter Hannah Recht discussed covid vaccination gaps by race with Newsy’s “Morning Rush” on Thursday. Click here to watch a clip on…

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As Vaccine Rollout Expands, Black Americans Still Left Behind

This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. Black Americans are still receiving covid vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans even as the chaotic rollout reaches more people, according to a new KHN analysis. Almost seven weeks into the vaccine rollout, states have…

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Pandemic Sends a Couple Into Indefinite Long Distance Though Just Miles Apart

Every Sunday afternoon, Suzan Mubarak keeps an eye on her phone. That is when her boyfriend will call to let her know he’s outside her house for their weekly wave. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. Mubarak, 31, and Mitch Domier, 43, live a…

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If This Self-Sufficient Hospital Cannot Stand Alone, Can Any Public Hospital Survive?

In America’s health care system, dominated by hospital chain leviathans, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is an anomaly. It is a publicly owned hospital that boasts good care at lower prices than most and still flourishes financially. This story also ran on Fortune. It can be…

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States Move Ahead With Canada Drug Importation While Awaiting Signal From Biden

Florida, Colorado and several New England states are moving ahead with efforts to import prescription drugs from Canada, a politically popular strategy greenlighted last year by President Donald Trump. This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. But it’s unclear whether the Biden administration will proceed…

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Kids Already Coping With Mental Disorders Spiral as Pandemic Topples Vital Support Systems

This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes NPR, Illinois Public Media and KHN. It can be republished for free. A bag of Doritos, that’s all Princess wanted. Her mom calls her Princess, but her real name is Lindsey. She’s 17 and lives with her mom, Sandra, a…

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Vaccination Chaos in California Fuels Push to Recall Gov. Newsom

This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. Joyce Hanson was thrilled when she heard Gov. Gavin Newsom announce Jan. 13 that Californians age 65 and older would be eligible to get vaccinated against covid-19. Infections and hospitalizations had been surging in California, and Hanson…

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Long Road to Unwinding Trump Health Policies

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Thursday was “health day” in President Joe Biden’s sprint to launch his presidency, and he signed two executive orders addressing health coverage and women’s reproductive rights. The orders will reopen enrollment under the Affordable Care Act from February to May…

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Nuevos casos de Covid caen un 25% o más a medida que cambian conductas

Una docena de estados están reportando caídas del 25% o más en nuevos casos de covid-19, y más de 1,200 condados también observan esta baja, según muestran datos federales publicados esta semana. Expertos dicen que la caída puede estar relacionada con el creciente temor al virus después que alcanzara niveles…

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4 Vital Health Issues — Not Tied to Covid — That Congress Addressed in Massive Spending Bill

This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. Late last month, before President Joe Biden took office and proposed his pandemic relief plan, Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative package that provided some pandemic relief along with its more general allocations to fund the government in 2021. While the $900…

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At Colorado’s Rural Edges, Vaccines Help Assisted Living Homes Crack Open the Doors

This story also ran on The Denver Post. It can be republished for free. Bingo is back in the dining room. In-person visits have returned, too, though with masks and plexiglass. The Haven Assisted Living Facility’s residents are even planning a field trip for a private movie screening once they’ve…

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Huge Gaps in Vaccine Data Make It Next to Impossible to Know Who Got the Shots

As they rush to vaccinate millions of Americans, health officials are struggling to collect critically important information — such as race, ethnicity and occupation — of every person they jab. The data being collected is so scattered that there’s little insight into which health care workers, or first responders, have…

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Baby Blues: First-Time Parents Blindsided by ‘the Birthday Rule’ and a $207,455 NICU Bill

In the nine months leading up to her due date, Kayla Kjelshus and her husband, Mikkel, meticulously planned for their daughter’s arrival. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. Their long to-do list included mapping out their family’s health insurance plan and registering for baby…

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Encuesta: casi la mitad de los adultos ahora quiere vacunarse contra covid lo antes posible

La renuencia de los estadounidenses a vacunarse contra covid-19 está disminuyendo, según una encuesta publicada el miércoles 27 de enero. Casi la mitad de los adultos encuestados en enero dijeron que ya han sido vacunados o que quieren la vacuna tan pronto como puedan, en comparación con aproximadamente un tercio…

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If I Have Cancer, Dementia or MS, Should I Get the Covid Vaccine?

This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. As public demand grows for limited supplies of covid-19 vaccines, questions remain about the vaccines’ appropriateness for older adults with various illnesses. Among them are cancer patients receiving active treatment, dementia patients near the end of their lives…

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Remdesivir, Given to Half of Hospitalized Covid Patients in U.S., Is Big Win for Gilead — Boosted by Taxpayers

It was the end of April — just as the U.S. confirmed its millionth covid-19 case and 50,000 deaths — when White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci announced “highly significant” news about a drug called remdesivir. That was surprising because the antiviral drug, owned by Gilead Sciences and developed with…

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Poll: Nearly Half of American Adults Now Want the Covid Vaccine — ASAP

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Americans’ reluctance to get vaccinated for covid-19 is waning, according to a poll released Wednesday. Nearly half of adults surveyed in January said they have either already been vaccinated or want the vaccine as soon as they can, up from about…

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Por qué ni siquiera la presión presidencial podría acelerar las vacunas contra covid

Miles de estadounidenses están muriendo a causa de covid-19, pero los esfuerzos para aumentar la producción de vacunas que potencialmente salvan vidas están en un callejón sin salida. Moderna y Pfizer-BioNTech, los fabricantes de las dos vacunas disponibles hasta el momento, están operando al máximo, bajo una enorme presión por…

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Readers and Tweeters Fight Stigma and Salute Front-Line Workers

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. In case you need your blood to boil, read this story about a woman’s surprise medical bill for lab tests she never requested and was never…

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California’s Top Hospital Lobbyist Cements Influence in Covid Crisis

SACRAMENTO — As intensive care units filled and coronavirus cases surged over the holidays, Carmela Coyle invoked a World War II-era quote attributed to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to rally her own troops: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Coyle is head of the California Hospital Association, and…

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Activistas antivacunas difunden falsas teorías de que las dosis de covid son letales

Los grupos antivacunas están explotando el sufrimiento y la muerte de las personas que se enferman después de recibir la vacuna contra covid, lo que amenaza con socavar la campaña de vacunación más grande en la historia de los Estados Unidos. En algunos casos, están inventando historias de muertes que…

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Estados permiten contratar profesionales de salud extranjeros por la pandemia

Cuando los hospitales de todo el país luchan contra la nueva ola de la pandemia, no son camas ni ventiladores lo que escasean. Son las personas que cuidan de los enfermos. Pero existe mano de obra altamente calificada de médicos, enfermeras y otros trabajadores de salud, con formación en el…

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Anti-Vaccine Activists Peddle Theories That Covid Shots Are Deadly, Undermining Vaccination

Anti-vaccine groups are exploiting the suffering and death of people who happen to fall ill after receiving a covid shot, threatening to undermine the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history. In some cases, anti-vaccine activists are fabricating stories of deaths that never occurred. “This is exactly what anti-vaccine groups do,”…

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Vaccine Ramp-Up Squeezes Covid Testing and Tracing

This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, under growing pressure to jump-start a faltering covid-19 vaccine rollout, jetted to Los Angeles on Jan. 15 to unveil a massive new vaccination site at Dodger Stadium that is expected eventually to…

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Trump’s Pardons Included Health Care Execs Behind Massive Frauds

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. At the last minute, President Donald Trump granted pardons to several individuals convicted in huge Medicare swindles that prosecutors alleged often harmed or endangered elderly and infirm patients while fleecing taxpayers. “These aren’t just technical financial crimes. These were major, major…

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Health Issues Carried Weight on the Campaign Trail. What Could Biden Do in His First 100 Days?

Joe Biden ran on an expansive health care platform during his 2020 presidential campaign, with a broad array of promises such as adding a government-sponsored health plan to the Affordable Care Act and lowering prescription drug prices. Perhaps most significantly, he pledged to get control of the covid pandemic that…

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Covid Vaccine Rollout Leaves Most Older Adults Confused Where to Get Shots

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Over a month into a massive vaccination program, most older Americans report they don’t know where or when they can get inoculated for covid-19, according to a poll released Friday. Nearly 6 in 10 people 65 and older who have not…

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Biden Health Agenda

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Joe Biden wasted no time getting down to work. Among the raft of executive orders he signed on Inauguration Day were several aimed at curtailing the covid crisis, including one requiring mask-wearing by federal employees and anyone on federal…

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De puerta en puerta para crear confianza en las vacunas contra covid en la Pequeña Habana

La Pequeña Habana es un barrio de Miami que, hasta la pandemia, era conocido por su activa vida en las calles, a lo largo de la Calle Ocho, en donde hay locales de música en vivo, ventanitas que sirven café cubano y un parque histórico donde los hombres se reúnen…

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Carpas, iglús, domos: ¿cuán seguro es comer al aire libre este invierno?

Con la llegada del invierno y el brote de coronavirus en pleno apogeo en el país, la industria de los restaurantes, que espera pérdidas de $235 mil millones en 2020, se aferra a las opciones al aire libre incluso durante los gélidos meses de invierno. Carpas, toldos, invernaderos, hasta iglús…