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Health & Insurance, Social Services

Hospitals’ Rocky Rollout of Covid Vaccine Sparks Questions of Fairness

January 13, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Last week, after finishing inoculations of some front-line hospital staff, Jupiter Medical Center was left with 40 doses of precious covid vaccine. So, officials offered shots to the South Florida hospital’s board of directors and their spouses over age 65. […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

One Ambulance Ride Leads to Another When Packed Hospitals Cannot Handle Non-Covid Patients

January 11, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Keely Connolly thought she would be safe once the ambulance arrived at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Kansas. She was having difficulty breathing because she’d had to miss a kidney dialysis treatment a few days earlier for lack of child […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Lacking statewide vaccine plan, Florida counties turn to Eventbrite

January 4, 2021

Via: StateScoop

With every state left to manage its own distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, public health agencies across the country are taking individual approaches to rolling out the injections. But in states where vaccinations are even further decentralized, like Florida, some counties […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Surprise! Congress Takes Steps to Curb Unexpected Medical Bills

December 22, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Most Americans tell pollsters they’re worried about being able to afford an unexpected medical bill. Late Monday, Congress passed a bill to allay some of those fears. The measure is included in a nearly 5,600-page package providing coronavirus economic relief […]


Basic Services, Civil Service, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Montana’s Mask Mandate in Doubt With Incoming Governor

December 21, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Incoming Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signaled he won’t continue a statewide mask mandate in place since July, though he said he plans to wear a mask himself and get vaccinated against COVID-19. If Gianforte, a Republican, reverses outgoing Democratic Gov. […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Many US Health Experts Underestimated the Coronavirus … Until It Was Too Late

December 21, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

A year ago, while many Americans were finishing their holiday shopping and finalizing travel plans, doctors in Wuhan, China, were battling a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia with no known cause. Chinese doctors began to fear they were witnessing the return […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Hospitals Scramble to Prioritize Which Workers Are First for COVID Shots

December 14, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

If there’s such a thing as a date with destiny, it’s marked on Dr. Taison Bell’s calendar. At noon Tuesday, Bell, a critical care physician, is scheduled to be one of the first health care workers at the University of […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

FDA chief says agency will quickly approve Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for emergency use

December 11, 2020

Via: CNBC Healthcare

The Food and Drug Administration is “rapidly” working toward clearing Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use after a key panel overwhelmingly endorsed the shots Thursday evening, Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement Friday. “Following yesterday’s positive advisory committee meeting […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Demand for COVID Vaccines Expected to Get Heated — And Fast

December 7, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Americans have made no secret of their skepticism of COVID-19 vaccines this year, with fears of political interference and a “warp speed” timeline blunting confidence in the shots. As recently as September, nearly half of U.S. adults said they didn’t […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

As LA County Sets New Infection Record, State Leaders’ Behavior Sends Mixed Messages

December 3, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

California, like the rest of the nation, is seeing a dramatic rise in COVID infections and deaths — and Los Angeles County has some of the most dire statistics. Health officials reported more than 7,500 new cases in the county […]