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Health & Insurance, Social Services

EPA Updates Superfund National Priorities List to Clean Up Pollution and Address Public Health Risks

September 9, 2022

Via: Waste360

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is adding five sites to the Superfund National Priorities List and is proposing to add another two where releases of contamination pose significant human health and environmental risk. “All people […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Virginia launches dashboards to track public health and equity

May 19, 2021

Via: StateScoop

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday a pair of digital dashboards tracking the commonwealth’s public health equity and COVID-19 pandemic response. The “Equity in Action” dashboard showcases which counties in the Commonwealth have received the most personal protective equipment […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Time to Say Goodbye to Some Insurers’ Waivers for Covid Treatment Fees

April 26, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Just as other industries are rolling back some consumer-friendly changes made early in the pandemic — think empty middle seats on airplanes — so, too, are health insurers. Many voluntarily waived all deductibles, copayments and other costs for insured patients […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

California and Texas Took Different Routes to Vaccination. Who’s Ahead?

April 22, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

California and Texas, the country’s two most populous states, have taken radically different approaches to the pandemic and the vaccination campaign to end it. California has trumpeted its reliance on science and policies it says are aimed at improving social […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Humana Health Plan Overcharged Medicare by Nearly $200 Million, Federal Audit Finds

April 20, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

A Humana Inc. health plan for seniors in Florida improperly collected nearly $200 million in 2015 by overstating how sick some patients were, according to a new federal audit, which seeks to claw back the money. The Health and Human […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Pandemic Highlights Need for Urgent Care Clinics for Women

April 16, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

SAN JOSE — Last spring, only weeks into the pandemic, Christina Garcia was spending her days struggling to help her two young sons adjust to online schooling when she got such a heavy, painful period she could barely stand. After […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

The FDA Seeks a New Way to Review Old Drugs Without Causing Prices to Soar

April 15, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Chuck Peterson of Omaha, Nebraska, recently experienced a swollen, painful knuckle caused by arthritis. He got a prescription for colchicine. Doctors have used the drug for treating gout and other rheumatic conditions for well over two centuries. When Peterson went […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

California Counties a Hodgepodge of Highs and Lows in Vaccinating Vulnerable Seniors

April 7, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Even as California prepares to expand vaccine eligibility on April 15 to all residents age 16 and up, the state has managed to inoculate only about half its senior population — the 65-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Montana Sticks to Its Patchwork Covid Vaccine Rollout as Eligibility Expands

April 5, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana’s covid-19 vaccine distribution is among the most efficient in the nation, but closer examination reveals a patchwork of systems among counties and tribal governments that will be put to the test as the state opens vaccine […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Have vaccine, will travel: Retirees hitting the road should check their Medicare coverage first

April 1, 2021

Via: CNBC

Retired, vaccinated and ready to hit the road? Don’t forget to check whether your Medicare plan will travel with you. While coverage when you’re away from home depends partly on where you’re headed, it also hinges on the specifics of […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap.

March 24, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

When Democrats pushed through a two-year expansion of the Affordable Care Act in the covid-relief bill this month, many people celebrated the part that will make health insurance more affordable for more Americans. But health care researchers consider this move […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Under New Cost-Cutting Medicare Rule, Same Surgery, Same Place, Different Bill

March 23, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

A cost-saving change in Medicare launched in the final days of the Trump administration will cut payments to hospitals for some surgical procedures while potentially raising costs and confusion for patients. For years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

WHO recommends AstraZeneca vaccinations continue, says benefits still outweigh risks

March 17, 2021

Via: CNBC Healthcare

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that coronavirus vaccination rollouts using the AstraZeneca-Oxford University shot should continue while it carries out a safety review. The latest guidance from the global public health body comes after a raft of European countries […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Analysis: The Trump Health Care Policies That Deserve to Stick Around

March 16, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

President Joe Biden’s goal of providing health care for more Americans advanced this week with his signing of an economic stimulus package that includes subsidies for health insurance premiums and new incentives for states to expand Medicaid, as well as […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

In Alabama, South Carolina and Louisiana, CVS Vaccine Appointments Go Unfilled

March 9, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Last week, as covid vaccine appointment slots were snapped up within an hour at CVS stores in 20 states, slots remained open all day at CVS pharmacies in Alabama, South Carolina and Louisiana. The dozens of open appointment slots in […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Pandemic Aid Package Includes Relief From High Premiums

March 9, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

As President Joe Biden’s pandemic relief package steams through Congress, Democrats have hitched a ride for a top health care priority: strengthening the Affordable Care Act with some of the most significant changes to insurance affordability in more than a […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

To Help Farmworkers Get Covid Tests and Vaccine, Build Trust and a Safety Net

March 4, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

With more than 20 million acres of corn and soybeans, Illinois is among the top U.S. producers of those crops. To make it all happen, the state relies on thousands of farmworkers — some of whom travel to the state […]


Health & Insurance, Public Utilities, Social Services, Waste Management

Acting OSHA Administrator Jim Frederick Addresses Waste Industry

February 26, 2021

Via: Waste360

Frontline workers and companies have had to endure a series of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to be at the forefront of industry safety efforts. Waste leaders discussed the lessons they learned while working to keep workers safe […]


Health & Insurance, Social Security, Social Services

With GOP Back at Helm, Montana Renews Push to Sniff Out Welfare Fraud

February 25, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Montana is considering becoming the latest state to intensify its hunt for welfare overpayments and fraud, a move expected to remove more than 1,500 enrollees from low-income health coverage at a time when the pandemic has left more people needing […]


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

‘It Doesn’t Feel Worth It’: Covid Is Pushing New York’s EMTs to the Brink

February 24, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

In his 17 years as an emergency medical provider, Anthony Almojera thought he had seen it all. “Shootings, stabbings, people on fire, you name it,” he said. Then came covid-19. Before the pandemic, Almojera said it was normal to respond […]