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Health & Insurance, Social Services

Promises Kept? On Health Care, Trump’s Claims of ‘Monumental Steps’ Don’t Add Up

September 28, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

When it comes to health care, President Donald Trump has promised far more than he has delivered. But that doesn’t mean his administration has had no impact on health issues — including the operation of the Affordable Care Act, prescription […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Colleges’ Opening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say

September 23, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Reopening colleges drove a coronavirus surge of about 3,000 new cases a day in the United States, according to a draft study released Tuesday. The study, done jointly by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, the University […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Rural Hospitals Teeter on Financial Cliff as COVID Medicare Loans Come Due

September 22, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

David Usher is sitting on $1.7 million he’s scared to spend. The money lent from the federal government is meant to help hospitals and other health care providers weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet some hospital administrators have called it a […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Hospitals, Nursing Homes Fail to Separate COVID Patients, Putting Others at Risk

September 10, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center were on edge as early as March when patients with COVID-19 began to show up in areas of the hospital that were not set aside to care for them. The Centers for Disease […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Trump Is Sending Fast, Cheap COVID Tests to Nursing Homes — But There’s a Hitch

August 24, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

The Trump administration’s latest effort to use COVID-19 rapid tests — touted by one senior official as a “turning point” in arresting the coronavirus’s spread within nursing homes — is running into roadblocks likely to limit how widely they’ll be […]


Health & Insurance, Social Security, Social Services

Here’s what your Medicare costs could look like in retirement

August 19, 2020

Via: CNBC

You may already know that your payroll taxes help fund Medicare, which you’re generally eligible for at age 65. That doesn’t let you off the hook for further outlays once you sign up, however. Depending on the particulars of your […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Politics Slows Flow of US Pandemic Relief Funds to Public Health Agencies

August 17, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

As the coronavirus began to spread through Minneapolis this spring, Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant tore up her budget to find funds to combat the crisis. Money for test kits. Money to administer tests. Money to hire contact tracers. Yet even […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Amid COVID Chaos, California Legislators Fight for Major Health Care Bills

August 11, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

California lawmakers are barreling toward an end-of-month deadline to pass or kill bills amid the biggest public health crisis the state has faced in a century. Yet even in a year consumed by sickness, they’re considering significant — sometimes controversial […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Hospital Merger in Washington State Stokes Fears About Catholic Limits on Care

August 3, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

The proposed merger of a well-regarded secular hospital system and a larger Roman Catholic system in Washington state has triggered new alarms about religious restrictions on patients’ access to care. Virginia Mason Health System and CHI Franciscan announced plans in […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

WHO says there’s no ‘silver bullet’ to defeat coronavirus and ‘there might never be’

August 3, 2020

Via: CNBC

The World Health Organization said Monday there may never be a magical cure for the coronavirus even as scientists and drugmakers across the globe race to find a safe and effective vaccine. Scientists have made progress in identifying treatments that […]