Month: February 2021

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Counselor / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Milwaukee, WIUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s (UWM) University Counseling Services (UCS) seeks to fill a counselor position in our counseling center. The successful candidate will be an experienced counselor or soc…

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Counselor Latinx Specialist / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Milwaukee, WIUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s (UWM) University Counseling Services (UCS) seeks to fill a Latinx Specialist/Spanish-speaking position in our counseling center. The successful candidate will be an exp…

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After Billions of Dollars and Dozens of Wartime Declarations, Why Are Vaccines Still in Short Supply?

This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. The U.S. government has invested billions of dollars in manufacturing, used a wartime act dozens of times to boost supplies and yet there’s still not enough covid vaccine on the way to meet demand — or even the…

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Calling All Vaccinators: Closing the Next Gap in Covid Supply and Demand

This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. Beating back covid right now comes down to balancing supply and demand. With hopes pinned to vaccines, demand has far outstripped the supply of doses. But, as an increasing number of vaccine vials are shipped in coming…

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It’s Time to Get Back to Normal? Not According to Science.

The science says “open the schools, stop wearing masks outside, and everyone at low risk should start living normal lives.” — Blog post by conservative talk show host Buck Sexton posted on Facebook, Feb. 8. This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact.  It can be republished for free. A popular…

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Covid Strikes Clergy as They Comfort Pandemic’s Sick and Dying

This story also ran on The Washington Post. It can be republished for free. The Rev. Jose Luis Garayoa survived typhoid fever, malaria, a kidnapping and the Ebola crisis as a missionary in Sierra Leone, only to die of covid-19 after tending to the people of his Texas church who…

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Paciente de transplante muere después de recibir pulmones infectados con covid

Médicos dicen que una mujer en Michigan desarrolló covid-19 y murió el otoño pasado, dos meses después de recibir un trasplante doble de pulmón de un donante que portaba el coronavirus que causa la enfermedad, a pesar de que no mostró signos de la enfermedad y que inicialmente dio negativo….

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Countless Homebound Patients Still Wait for Covid Vaccine Despite Seniors’ Priority

This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. Opening another front in the nation’s response to the pandemic, medical centers and other health organizations have begun sending doctors and nurses to apartment buildings and private homes to vaccinate homebound seniors. Boston Medical Center, which runs the…

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The Do’s and Don’ts on Social Media for Vaccine Haves and Have-Nots

This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. Posting about their day is a regular practice for Generations Y and Z, especially when they have something novel or exclusive to share. So, in the thick of a global pandemic, and with the shaky rollout of…

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Organ Transplant Patient Dies After Receiving Covid-Infected Lungs

This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. Doctors say a woman in Michigan contracted covid-19 and died last fall two months after receiving a tainted double-lung transplant from a donor who turned out to harbor the virus that causes the disease — despite showing…

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New Single-Payer Bill Intensifies Newsom’s Political Peril

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. SACRAMENTO — A group of Democratic state lawmakers introduced legislation Friday to create a single-payer health care system to cover all Californians, immediately defining the biggest health policy debate of the year and putting enormous political pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom….

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Feds OK’d Export of Millions of N95 Masks as U.S. Workers Cried for More

This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. In the midst of a national shortage of N95 masks, the U.S. government quietly granted an exception to its export ban on protective gear, allowing as many as 5 million of the masks per month to be shipped…

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Journalists Field Questions on Covid Coverage

KHN Montana correspondent Katheryn Houghton discussed Thursday on Newsy how covid’s impact on disabled group housing isn’t tracked. Click here to watch Houghton on Newsy Read Houghton’s “Lack of Covid Data on People With Intellectual Disabilities ‘Comes With a Body Count’“ California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester shared updates…

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To Vaccinate Veterans, Health Care Workers Must Cross Mountains, Plains and Tundra

This story also ran on Time. It can be republished for free. A Learjet 31 took off before daybreak from Helena Regional Airport in Montana, carrying six Veterans Affairs medical providers and 250 doses of historic cargo cradled in a plug-in cooler designed to minimize breakage. Even in a state…

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Companies Pan for Marketing Gold in Vaccines

This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. For a decade, Jennifer Crow has taken care of her elderly parents, who have multiple sclerosis. After her father had a stroke in December, the family got serious in its conversations with a retirement community — and…

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Medicare Cuts Payment to 774 Hospitals Over Patient Complications

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. The federal government has penalized 774 hospitals for having the highest rates of patient infections or other potentially avoidable medical complications. Those hospitals, which include some of the nation’s marquee medical centers, will lose 1% of their Medicare payments over 12…

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Spurred by Pandemic, Little Shell Tribe Fast-Tracks Its Health Service Debut

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Linda Watson draped a sweater with the words “Little Shell Chippewa Tribe” over her as she received the newly recognized tribal nation’s first dose of covid-19 vaccine. “I wanted to show my pride in being a Little Shell member,” Watson, 72,…

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Open Enrollment, One More Time

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. An estimated 9 million Americans eligible for free or reduced premium health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have a second chance to sign up for 2021 coverage, since the Biden administration reopened enrollment on healthcare.gov and states that run…

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California Aims to Address the ‘Urgent’ Needs of Older Residents. But Will Its Plan Work?

USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. Even as the pandemic derailed some of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s biggest health care proposals, such as lowering prescription drug costs, it crystallized another: the pressing need to address California’s rapidly aging population. Already nine months into their work when Newsom issued…

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‘I Wanted to Go in There and Help’: Nursing Schools See Enrollment Bump Amid Pandemic

This story also ran on USA Today. It can be republished for free. Last December, Mirande Gross graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. But Gross has changed her mind and is heading back to school in May for a one-year accelerated nursing degree…

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Montana’s Health Policy MVP Takes Her Playbook on the Road

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Marilyn Bartlett might be the closest thing health policy has to a folk hero. A certified public accountant who barely tops 5 feet, Bartlett bears zero resemblance to Paul Bunyan. But she did take an ax to Montana’s hospital prices in…

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Prominent Scientists Call on CDC to Better Protect Workers From Covid

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. A prominent group of academics is pressing the Biden administration to move faster and take stronger action to protect high-risk workers from airborne exposure to the coronavirus, urging enforceable standards to help safeguard risky workplaces including health care, food processing and…

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Bay Area Cities Go to War Over Gas Stoves in Homes and Restaurants

This story also ran on U.S. News & World Report. It can be republished for free. San Francisco restaurant owners, already simmering over covid-19 restrictions, are ready to boil over because of a city ban on natural gas stoves in new buildings that takes effect in June. The ban, which…

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Why Biden Has a Chance to Cut Deals With Red State Holdouts on Medicaid

President Joe Biden has an unexpected opening to cut deals with red states to expand Medicaid, raising the prospect that the new administration could extend health protections to millions of uninsured Americans and reach a goal that has eluded Democrats for a decade. The opportunity emerges as the covid-19 pandemic…

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Rural Hospital Remains Entrenched in Covid ‘War’ Even Amid Vaccine Rollout

Editor’s note: KHN wrote about St. James Parish Hospital in April, when it was experiencing its first surge of covid-19 patients. Ten months later, we checked in to see how the hospital and its staff were faring. This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free….

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Los mercados de seguros de salud reabrieron. Esto es lo que necesitas saber

Para quienes han estado sin seguro médico durante la pandemia, el alivio ya está a la vista. En enero, el presidente Joe Biden firmó una orden ejecutiva para abrir el mercado federal de seguros de salud durante tres meses, desde el lunes 15, para que las personas sin seguro puedan…

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El discurso anti inmigrante complica la vacunación contra covid en estados del sur

En el este de Tennessee, los médicos han visto de primera mano cómo una política de inmigración dura puede afectar la salud y el bienestar de una comunidad. En 2018, agentes federales allanaron una planta empacadora de carne en Morristown, en el Valle de Tennessee, y detuvieron a unos 100…

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Family Caregivers, Routinely Left Off Vaccine Lists, Worry What Would Happen ‘If I Get Sick’

Robin Davidson entered the lobby of Houston Methodist Hospital, where her 89-year-old father, Joe, was being treated for a flare-up of congestive heart failure. This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. Before her stretched a line of people waiting to get covid-19 vaccines. “It was…

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Anti-Immigrant Vitriol Complicates Vaccine Rollout in Southern States

This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. In eastern Tennessee, doctors have seen firsthand how a hard-line immigration policy can affect the health and well-being of a community. In 2018, federal agents raided a meatpacking plant in Morristown, a manufacturing hub in the Tennessee…

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: Viral TikTok Video Serves Up Recipe to ‘Crush’ Medical Debt

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Jared Walker, who runs a nonprofit that helps people pay medical bills, posted a TikTok video explaining the recipe to “crush” hospital bills via charity care policies. “What that means is that if you make under a certain amount of money, the…