Month: June 2021

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Desperate for Home Care, Seniors Often Wait Months With Workers in Short Supply

CASTINE, Maine — For years, Louise Shackett has had trouble walking or standing for long periods, making it difficult for her to clean her house in southeastern Maine or do laundry. Shackett, 80, no longer drives, which makes it hard to get to the grocery store or doctor. Her low…

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States Step Up Push to Regulate Pharmacy Drug Brokers

Under pressure to rein in skyrocketing prescription drug costs, states are targeting companies that serve as conduits for drug manufacturers, health insurers and pharmacies. More than 100 separate bills regulating those companies, known as pharmacy benefit managers, have been introduced in 42 states this year, according to the National Academy…

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Analysis: Why We’ll Likely Never Know Whether a Covid Lab Leak Happened in China

Early in this century, post-SARS, and in a period when China started allowing more students and scientists to study abroad, collaboration and exchange between American and Chinese scientists blossomed. Many of China’s top scientists today were educated in the West. These include George Gao, the head of China’s Center for…

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Without Enough Boots on the Ground, California’s Vaccination Efforts Falter

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom routinely boasts that California has “one of the highest vaccination rates in the United States of America.” But Newsom, facing a recall election this fall, rarely mentions that the state’s covid vaccine uptake has largely stagnated in Black and Latino neighborhoods hardest hit by the…

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Covid’s Lingering Effects Can Put the Brakes on Elective Surgeries

The week before Brian Colvin was scheduled for shoulder surgery in November, he tested positive for covid-19. What he thought at first was a head cold had morphed into shortness of breath and chest congestion coupled with profound fatigue and loss of balance. Now, seven months have passed and Colvin,…

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Doctors’ Lobby Scores ‘Major Victory’ on Bill to Hold Physicians Accountable

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The board that licenses and disciplines doctors in California is failing to hold bad actors accountable, endangering patients in the process. That’s the verdict of state lawmakers and patient advocates who have been working for years to reform the Medical Board of California. But an attempt this…

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A Hospital Charged $722.50 to Push Medicine Through an IV. Twice.

Claire Lang-Ree was in a lab coat taking a college chemistry class remotely in the kitchen of her Colorado Springs, Colorado, home when a profound pain twisted into her lower abdomen. She called her mom, Jen Lang-Ree, a nurse practitioner who worried it was appendicitis and found a nearby hospital…

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Children and Covid: Journalists Explore Grief and Vaccine Side Effects

KHN senior correspondent JoNel Aleccia discussed grief among the estimated 46,000 children in the U.S. who lost a parent to covid-19 on NBC News NOW on Tuesday. Click here to watch Aleccia on NBC News NOW Read Aleccia’s “Thousands of Young Children Lost Parents to Covid. Where’s Help for Them?“…

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A Break From Breathlessness: How Singing Helped Me Through Long Covid

Listen to this story: (If you can’t see the audio player, click here to listen on SoundCloud.) Singing was the only time I felt in control of my lungs and, paradoxically, able to forget about them. It was October and my shortness of breath had worsened after weeks of teasing…

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No Vacancy: How a Shortage of Mental Health Beds Keeps Kids Trapped Inside ERs

One evening in late March, a mom called 911. Her daughter, she said, was threatening to kill herself. EMTs arrived at the home north of Boston, helped calm the 13-year-old, and took her to an emergency room. Melinda, like a growing number of children during the covid-19 pandemic, had become…

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The WHO Didn’t Reverse Its Position on Kids and Covid Vaccines

“The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION recently reversed its stance on children getting the Covid vaccine.” Instagram post, June 22, 2021 A social media post circulating on Facebook and Instagram claims that the World Health Organization recently flipped its policy recommendation about children receiving a covid-19 vaccine. “The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION recently…

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Discretamente, Biden está transformando la red de seguridad de Medicaid

La administración Biden está diseñando en silencio una serie de expansiones de Medicaid que pueden reforzar las protecciones para millones de estadounidenses de bajos ingresos y sumar más personas al programa. Los esfuerzos de Biden, que han sido eclipsados ​​en gran medida por otras iniciativas económicas y de salud, representan…

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La esperanza de vida de los hispanos y afroamericanos ha sufrido la peor baja desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial

Aunque James Toussaint nunca ha tenido covid, la pandemia está afectando profundamente su salud. Primero, en la primavera de 2020, el hombre de 57 años perdió su trabajo entregando repuestos para una concesionaria de automóviles de Nueva Orleans, cuando la economía local se congeló. Luego, se atrasó en el pago…

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: How to Expand Health Coverage

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Democrats in Congress and several states are making it a priority to try to boost health insurance coverage, but they have very…

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Black and Hispanic Americans Suffer Most in Biggest US Decline in Life Expectancy Since WWII

Although James Toussaint has never had covid, the pandemic is taking a profound toll on his health. First, the 57-year-old lost his job delivering parts for a New Orleans auto dealership in spring 2020, when the local economy shut down. Then, he fell behind on his rent. Last month, Toussaint…

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Calming Computer Jitters: Help for Seniors Who Aren’t Tech-Savvy

Six months ago, Cindy Sanders, 68, bought a computer so she could learn how to email and have Zoom chats with her great-grandchildren. It’s still sitting in a box, unopened. “I didn’t know how to set it up or how to get help,” said Sanders, who lives in Philadelphia and…

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Biden Quietly Transforms Medicaid Safety Net

The Biden administration is quietly engineering a series of expansions to Medicaid that may bolster protections for millions of low-income Americans and bring more people into the program. Biden’s efforts — which have been largely overshadowed by other economic and health initiatives — represent an abrupt reversal of the Trump…

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Miles de niños perdieron a sus padres por covid. ¿Adónde está la ayuda?

Cinco meses después de que su esposo muriera por covid-19, Valerie Villegas puede ver cómo el duelo ha marcado a sus hijos. Nicholas, el bebé, que tenía 1 año cuando murió su padre y casi desteta, ahora quiere tomar la teta a toda hora, y llama a cada hombre alto…

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Thousands of Young Children Lost Parents to Covid. Where’s Help for Them?

Five months after her husband died of covid-19, Valerie Villegas can see how grief has wounded her children. Nicholas, the baby, who was 1 and almost weaned when his father died, now wants to nurse at all hours and calls every tall, dark-haired man “Dada,” the only word he knows….

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At Texas Border, Pandemic’s High Toll Lays Bare Gaps in Health and Insurance

EL PASO, Texas — Alfredo “Freddy” Valles was an accomplished trumpeter and a beloved music teacher for nearly four decades at one of the city’s poorest middle schools. He was known for buying his students shoes and bow ties for their band concerts, his effortlessly positive demeanor and a suave…

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In a Murky Sea of Mental Health Apps, Consumers Left Adrift

In the eyes of the tech industry, mental health treatment is an area ripe for disruption. In any given year, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience a form of mental illness, according to federal estimates. And research indicates only about half of them receive treatment in a system…

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Hospitals, Insurers Invest Big Dollars to Tackle Patients’ Social Needs

PHILADELPHIA — When doctors at a primary care clinic here noticed many of its poorest patients were failing to show up for appointments, they hoped giving out free rides would help. But the one-time complimentary ride didn’t reduce these patients’ 36% no-show rate at the University of Pennsylvania Health System…

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Hemmed In at Home, Nonprofit Hospitals Look for Profits Abroad

Across the street from the Buckingham Palace Garden and an ocean away from its Ohio headquarters, Cleveland Clinic is making a nearly $1 billion bet that Europeans will embrace a hospital run by one of America’s marquee health systems. Cleveland Clinic London, scheduled to open for outpatient visits later this…

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Is Rand Paul Mixing Up the Vaccine Message for Covid Survivors?

Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) posted a Twitter thread asserting that people who have survived a covid-19 infection were unlikely to be reinfected and have better immunity against variants than those who have been vaccinated against — but not infected by — SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid. The…

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Una misión: voluntarios ofrecen atención médica a refugiados hacinados en la frontera

TIJUANA, México.- El Chaparral Plaza alguna vez estuvo repleto de turistas, vendedores ambulantes y taxis esperando clientes. Pero este lugar en las afueras de San Ysidro, el punto de entrada fronterizo del lado mexicano, ahora es un campo de refugiados en expansión donde los migrantes de México, Centroamérica y Haití…

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What It Means When Celebrities Stay Coy About Their Vaccine Status

When two St. Louis Blues hockey players were sidelined because of covid-19 just days before this year’s NHL playoffs, the team said young defenseman Jake Walman had been vaccinated against the deadly illness. But it was mum about the vaccination status of a more well-known player: star forward David Perron….

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‘It’s a Mission’: Volunteers Treat Refugees Massing at the Border

TIJUANA, Mexico — El Chaparral Plaza once teemed with tourists, street vendors and idling taxis. But the plaza, just outside the San Ysidro port of entry on the Mexican side of the border, now serves as a sprawling refugee camp where migrants from Mexico, Central America and Haiti wait in…

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Montana Tribe Welcomes Back Tourists After Risky Shutdown Pays Off

Millions of people will flock to Montana’s Glacier National Park this summer after last year’s pandemic-caused tourism skid, and they will once more be able sightsee and camp nearby on the recently reopened Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The tourists’ return is a relief to the owners of the restaurants, campgrounds and…

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Nurses and Docs at Long Beach Center ‘Consider It an Honor’ to Care for Migrant Children

The 5-year-old had nodded off while waiting for her 10-year-old brother to be treated for scabies at the clinic in the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, which she currently calls home. Nurse Chai-Chih Huang asked if she wanted to be taken back to her dormitory to sleep. “She looked…

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Journalists Follow Up on Unused Vaccines and For-Profit Medical Schools

KHN correspondent Rachana Pradhan discussed the politics of unused Johnson & Johnson covid vaccines and the FDA’s potential announcement that their shelf life can be extended on Newsy on June 11. Click here to watch Pradhan on Newsy Read Pradhan’s “Unused Johnson & Johnson Covid Doses Are Piling Up as…