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Hollowed-Out Public Health System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus

July 1, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

California Prisons Are COVID Hotbeds Despite Billions Spent On Inmate Health

June 29, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

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 care […]


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

June 26, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

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,” she said. Residents are […]


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California Lawmakers Block Health Care Cuts

June 23, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic state lawmakers agreed Monday on a state budget plan that would avoid the deep cuts to essential health care services that the governor had initially proposed. Even though the state faces a massive […]


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Pandemic Upends The Lives Of People With Disabilities — And Of Their Caregivers

June 17, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Stacy Ellingen, 34, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, lost two of the three caregivers she depends on to dress, shower, eat and use the bathroom. The caregivers — both University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh students — returned to their […]


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Federal Help Falters As Nursing Homes Run Short Of Protective Equipment

June 11, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Around the country, nursing homes trying to protect their residents from the coronavirus eagerly await boxes of masks, eyewear and gowns promised by the federal government. But all too often the packages deliver disappointment — if they arrive at all. […]


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At-Home Care Designed For COVID Likely Here To Stay At Cleveland Hospital

June 10, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In late March, Andrea Laquatra began to feel sick. At first, it was an overwhelming fatigue, and the 32-year-old Cleveland mother of two tried to push through it. A fever, headaches and body aches soon followed. Then […]


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Rapid Changes To Health System Spurred By COVID Might Be Here To Stay

June 8, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

The U.S. health care system is famously resistant to government-imposed change. It took decades to create Medicare and Medicaid, mostly due to opposition from the medical-industrial complex. Then it was nearly another half-century before the passage of the Affordable Care […]


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New York City is working on how to reopen bars and restaurants, Mayor de Blasio says

May 27, 2020

Via: CNBC

New York City is in the process of figuring out when and how to reopen restaurants and bars safely with public health measures, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. While the city has yet to meet all the requirements to […]


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Chinese city’s health-tracking surveillance tech set to outlast the pandemic

May 26, 2020

Via: TNW

A Chinese city plans to turn its contact-tracing app into a permanent health tracker, deepening fears that surveillance tech introduced to fight COVID-19 will outlast the pandemic. Authorities in the eastern city of Hangzhou have proposed combining medical records, physical […]