Disparities

Skin Cancer Is a Risk No Matter the Skin Tone. But It May Be Overlooked in People With Dark Skin.

Brykyta Shelton found herself standing in a checkout line of a big-box retailer, uncomfortably aware as a woman ahead of her stared at her sandaled feet. Shelton had been taking medication for months for what her doctor said was toenail fungus, but one nail still looked gross. After Shelton completed her purchase, the woman pulled …

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Nurse Midwives Step Up to Provide Prenatal Care After Two Rural Hospitals Shutter Birthing Centers

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Bailee Tordai, who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy, barely made it to the prenatal checkup. Her clunky old Jeep couldn’t complete the 2-mile trip from her house to the University of Iowa’s outreach clinic in her southeastern Iowa hometown. It was a hot June day, and a wiring problem made the …

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: One ER Doctor Grapples With the Inequities of American Health Care

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Click here for a transcript of the episode. Dr. Thomas Fisher, an emergency room physician at a hospital on Chicago’s South Side, has written “The Emergency,” an up-close chronicle of the covid-19 pandemic’s first year. It also tells the story of his journey as a doctor: how his upbringing …

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As California Welcomes Ukrainian Refugees, Counties Fall Short on Interpreters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After the Russian invasion, Katie Nelha and her husband couldn’t safely return to their home in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, so they took their chances as refugees. Flying from Poland, where they were working, to Mexico in early April, they crossed into the U.S. at Tijuana, where they were granted a temporary visa for …

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Vaccine and Testing Delays for Monkeypox Echo Failures in Early Covid Response

Andy Stone is one of the lucky ones. The New York City resident saw a tweet from a local AIDS activist saying that monkeypox vaccines would be available that day at a clinic in Manhattan. Stone, 35, and his husband booked appointments online right away and got their shots last month. “I want to do …

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LA’s First Heat Officer Says Helping Vulnerable Communities Is Key to Achieving Climate Goals

As a child growing up in San Jose, California, Marta Segura heard horrific stories from her parents about women fainting on the factory lines and men overheating in the farm fields. They didn’t know those jobs exposed them to life-threatening conditions. Then, it hit home. “My dad, himself, got really sick one time and almost …

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Journalists Investigate Private Equity, Medical Debt, and Mental Health Care

KHN senior correspondent Sarah Jane Tribble examined how private equity hijacks health care, reporting on rural hospital closures in Missouri, on KBIA’s “All Things Considered” on June 23. Click here to hear Tribble on “All Things Considered” Read Tribble’s “Buy and Bust: When Private Equity Comes for Rural Hospitals“ KHN senior Colorado correspondent Markian Hawryluk …

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Medical Bills Can Shatter Lives. North Carolina May Act to ‘De-Weaponize’ That Debt.

RALEIGH, N.C. — When Erin Williams-Reavis faced a $3,500 surgery bill, the hospital offered to let her pay in $300 monthly installments. It was too much, said Williams-Reavis, 44, who lives in Greensboro, about an hour west of the state capital. Her hours as a personal assistant had been cut, and she and her husband …

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100 Million People in America Are Saddled With Health Care Debt 

Elizabeth Woodruff drained her retirement account and took on three jobs after she and her husband were sued for nearly $10,000 by the New York hospital where his infected leg was amputated. Ariane Buck, a young father in Arizona who sells health insurance, couldn’t make an appointment with his doctor for a dangerous intestinal infection …

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Race Is Often Used as Medical Shorthand for How Bodies Work. Some Doctors Want to Change That.

Several months ago, a lab technologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital mixed the blood components of two people: Alphonso Harried, who needed a kidney, and Pat Holterman-Hommes, who hoped to give him one. The goal was to see whether Harried’s body would instantly see Holterman-Hommes’ organ as a major threat and attack it before surgeons could finish …

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Grassroots Groups Lead Way on Closing Colorado’s Infant Mortality Gap

AURORA, Colo. — As Britney Taylor toured the Mama Bird Maternity Wellness Spa during its grand opening this spring, she reflected on the birth of her first child: a confusing and lonely experience that resulted in an unplanned cesarean section and an extended period of postpartum depression. But here in this city abutting Denver, local …

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Long Wait for Justice: People in Jail Face Delays for Mental Health Care Before They Can Stand Trial

Beau Hampton’s long wait for psychiatric treatment began last year, after he was accused of attacking his foster father and charged with a misdemeanor. The 18-year-old Hampton, who has a long history of mental illness, sat in jail east of Atlanta for four months waiting for an expert to evaluate whether he was mentally fit …

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Miles de niños tienen problemas de vista que no se detectan a tiempo

Jessica Oberoi, de 13 años, no puede recordar exactamente cuándo su vista comenzó a ser borrosa. Todo lo que sabe es que tenía que entrecerrar los ojos para ver el pizzarón en la escuela. No fue sino hasta el otoño pasado, cuando su clase de octavo grado en Bloomington, Indiana, se sometió a exámenes de …

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Children’s Vision Problems Often Go Undetected, Despite Calls for Regular Screening

Jessica Oberoi, 13, can’t exactly remember when her eyesight started getting blurry. All she knows is that she had to squint to see the whiteboard at school. It wasn’t until last fall when her eighth grade class in Bloomington, Indiana, got vision screenings that Jessica’s extreme nearsightedness and amblyopia, or lazy eye, were discovered. She’s …

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Addressing the ‘Trust Factor’: South Carolina Researchers Tackle Health Disparities Using Genetics

Quenton Tompkins’ family tree is deeply rooted in rural McCormick County, South Carolina. His grandfather was a sharecropper in McCormick. His mother, who turns 88 this month, grew up as the youngest of 24 children. Branches of aunts, uncles, and cousins now stretch from Florida to Chicago. And although 48-year-old Tompkins has heard plenty of …

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Immigration Bureaucracy Threatens 11-Year-Old’s Spot on Transplant Lists

Nicolas Espinosa’s hopes for his 11-year-old daughter, Julia, are basic and profound: He wants her to stay alive and perhaps be able to eat normally someday. And she might, if she can get three organs transplanted — and if the U.S. immigration system doesn’t get in the way. In a case that reflects the significant …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Washington’s Slow Churn

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In the wake of three high-profile mass shootings in less than a month, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have renewed negotiations over legislation that could stem gun violence. …

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Watch: UVA Doctor Talks About the State of the Pandemic and Health Equity 

Just as covid-19 vaccines were rolling out, Dr. Taison Bell spoke with KHN about why Black Americans were getting vaccinated at lower rates than white Americans were. More than a year later, we checked in with Bell, an assistant professor of medicine and an intensive care unit doctor at the University of Virginia, about the …

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Nueva meta de las escuelas de medicina: médicos que no discriminen a pacientes obesos

Cuando Melissa Boughton se quejó con su gineco-obstetra de un dolor pélvico,  la doctora respondió preguntándole sobre su dieta y sus hábitos de ejercicio. En ese momento, Boughton pensó que la pregunta parecía irrelevante, considerando el tipo de dolor que sentía. Pero no era inusual viniendo de esta médica. “Cada vez que iba, hablaba sobre …

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To Shed Bias, Doctors Get Schooled to Look Beyond Obesity

When Melissa Boughton complained to her OB-GYN about dull pelvic pain, the doctor responded by asking about her diet and exercise habits. The question seemed irrelevant, considering the type of pain she was having, Boughton thought at the time. But it wasn’t unusual coming from this doctor. “Every time I was in there, she’d talk …

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Estados todavía deben usar el dinero federal que recibieron para zanjar disparidades de salud por covid

La administración Biden anunció en marzo de 2021 que invertiría $2,250 millones para hacer frente a las disparidades de salud por covid, la mayor iniciativa de financiación federal diseñada específicamente para ayudar a las comunidades desatendidas más afectadas por el virus. Dos meses después, los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) …

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States Have Yet to Spend Hundreds of Millions of Federal Dollars to Tackle Covid Health Disparities

The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address covid health disparities, the largest federal funding initiative designed specifically to help underserved communities hardest hit by the virus. Two months later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded grants to every state health department and 58 large city and …

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Is Paxlovid, the Covid Pill, Reaching Those Who Most Need It? The Government Won’t Say

As the nation largely abandons mask mandates, physical distancing, and other covid-19 prevention strategies, elected officials and health departments alike are now championing antiviral pills. But the federal government isn’t saying how many people have received these potentially lifesaving drugs or whether they’re being distributed equitably. Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill, along with Merck’s molnupiravir, are aimed …

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Census Undercount Threatens Federal Food and Health Programs on Reservations

The 2020 census missed nearly 1 of every 17 Native Americans who live on reservations, an undercount that could very well lead to insufficient federal funding for essential health, nutrition, and social programs in remote communities with high poverty rates and scarce access to services. The census counted 9.7 million people who identified as a …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Leaked Abortion Opinion Rocks Washington’s World

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. People who pay attention to the Supreme Court have been expecting the justices to scale back the right to abortion when they issue their ruling on a …

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As Overdoses Soar, More States Decriminalize Fentanyl Testing Strips

With time running out in the 2022 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers took up a bill to regulate raw milk. An amendment suddenly got tacked onto the House version of the bill, although the new wording had nothing to do with dairy. The language called for legalizing the use of strips that test drugs for fentanyl, …

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California Opens Medicaid to Older Unauthorized Immigrants

On May 1, California opened Medi-Cal to older immigrants residing in the state without legal permission. Unauthorized immigrants over age 49 who fall below certain income thresholds are now eligible for full coverage by Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid, the federal-state partnership that provides health insurance to low-income people. Unauthorized immigrants of all ages account …

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Battle Lines Are Drawn Over California Deal With Kaiser Permanente

[Editor’s note: KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.] California counties, health insurance plans, community clinics, and a major national health care labor union are lining up against a controversial deal to grant HMO giant Kaiser Permanente a no-bid statewide Medicaid contract as the bill heads for its first legislative hearing Tuesday. The deal, hammered out …

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Readers and Tweeters Sound Alarm Over Nurse’s Homicide Trial

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Nursing on Trial It’s about time that nurses are held accountable for their jobs (“As a Nurse Faces Prison for a Deadly Error, Her Colleagues Worry: Could I Be Next?” March …

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How a Former Catholic Priest Is Navigating a California Medicaid Plan Through Big Changes 

ORANGE, Calif. — For Michael Hunn, the path from priesthood to health care was seamless. Hunn, a native of St. Louis, counseled hospitalized patients as a Catholic priest in the 1980s before leaving the clergy and shifting to health care administration. Over the next three decades, he was CEO of nine different hospitals — in …

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Refurbished Walkers and Wheelchairs Fill Gaps Created by Supply Chain Problems

DENVER — Michele Lujan needed a wheelchair for her 52-year-old husband who had been hospitalized with covid-19. But she had lost her job, and money was tight. Insurance wouldn’t cover the cost, and she didn’t see the use in buying something to meet a temporary need. So she turned to a loan closet not far …

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Por qué adultos mayores de minorías no reciben la vacuna de alta dosis contra la gripe

En Whitman-Walker Health, el doctor David Fessler y su personal administran dosis altas de vacunas contra la influenza a todos los pacientes VIH positivos y adultos mayores. Aunque la vacuna es cerca de tres veces más cara que la vacuna estándar contra la gripe, parece proteger más a las personas con sistemas inmunes debilitados, algo …

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Why Black and Hispanic Seniors Are Left With a Less Powerful Flu Vaccine

At Whitman-Walker Health, Dr. David Fessler and his staff administer high-dose influenza vaccine to all HIV-positive and senior patients. Although the vaccine is roughly three times as expensive as standard flu vaccine, it seems to do a better job at protecting those with weakened immune systems — a major focus of the nonprofit’s Washington, D.C., …

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Black Students Experiencing Racism on Campus Lack Mental Health Support

Three years ago, Lauren Bryant was walking across Appalachian State University’s campus with several other Black students when they were verbally assaulted with a racist tirade. “This guy in a pickup truck stopped at the light, rolled down his window, and just started calling us a bunch of N-words,” she recalled. It wasn’t the only …

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Senators Ask GAO to Examine Medicaid’s Low Covid Vaccination Rates

Two prominent Democratic senators have requested a Government Accountability Office study of why covid vaccination rates remain far lower among Medicaid enrollees than the general population and what barriers are impeding state efforts to increase immunizations among program beneficiaries, low-income people who have been disproportionately affected by the virus. Sens. Robert Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania …

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Black Therapists Fight to Be Seen on TikTok. When They Are, They Find Solidarity.

From a well-lighted room, the plants blurred in the background, their face framed by closed captioning, Shahem Mclaurin speaks directly into the camera. The lesson: “Ten ways to start healing.” But this is not a classroom, nor is it a therapist’s office. This is TikTok. “We all have our own things to carry, and those …

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Readers and Tweeters Remain Vigilant on Masking and Billing

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Can’t Mask the Worry I am a nursing student writing in response to a recent article by Colleen DeGuzman about new guidelines on masking from the Centers for Disease Control and …

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Pandemic Medical Innovations Leave Behind People With Disabilities

Divya Goel, a 35-year-old deaf-blind woman in Orlando, Florida, has had two telemedicine doctors’ appointments during the pandemic. Each time, she was denied an interpreter. Her doctors told her she would have to get insurance to pay for an interpreter, which is incorrect: Under federal law, it is the physician’s responsibility to provide one. Goel’s …

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Charts Paint a Grim Picture 2 Years Into the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is now stretching into its third year, a grim milestone that calls for another look at the human toll of covid-19, and the unsteady progress in containing it. The charts below tell various aspects of the story, from the deadly force of the disease and its disparate impact to the signs of …

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Watch: California’s Top Health Adviser on Learning to Live With Covid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dr. Mark Ghaly, head of California’s massive Health and Human Services Agency, continues to wear a mask in grocery stores and will dine outside — but not indoors ­— at restaurants even as California, like much of the nation, has lifted its mask mandate and many other pandemic restrictions. This was among …

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From Alabama to Utah, Efforts to Vaccinate Medicaid Enrollees Against Covid Run Into Obstacles

Medicaid enrollees continue to get vaccinated against covid at far lower rates than the general population despite vigorous outreach efforts by government officials and private organizations to get low-income people inoculated, according to data from several states. That leaves many Medicaid enrollees — who tend to be sicker than those with private insurance — at …

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Health Care Firms Were Pushed to Confront Racism. Now Some Are Investing in Black Startups.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Whitney stands out in Nashville’s $95 billion health care sector as an investor in startups. In addition to co-founding a venture capital firm, he’s organized an annual health tech conference and co-founded the city’s professional soccer club. And, often, he’s the only Black man in the room. So in summer 2020, …

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Para las personas con sistemas inmunes frágiles no hay retorno a la “normalidad”

Iesha White está tan harta de la respuesta de Estados Unidos a covid-19 que ha pensado en mudarse a Europa. “Estoy indignada. La falta de consideración hacia los demás, para mí, es demasiado”, dijo White, de 30 años, que vive en Los Angeles. Padece esclerosis múltiple y toma un medicamento que suprime su sistema inmunitario. …

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Covid Still Threatens Millions of Americans. Why Are We So Eager to Move On?

Iesha White is so fed up with the U.S. response to covid-19 that she’s seriously considering moving to Europe. “I’m that disgusted. The lack of care for each other, to me, it’s too much,” said White, 30, of Los Angeles. She has multiple sclerosis and takes a medicine that suppresses her immune system. “As a …

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Inmates Who Died Asked for Release Before Falling Ill With Covid

Rory Adams did not know that Christmas in a small rural hospital in West Virginia would be the last time he saw his wife alive. She’d entered prison in early January 2021 to serve a 42-month sentence for failure to collect payroll taxes. She was supposed to return to North Carolina, their two adult children, …

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State Constitutions Vex Conservatives’ Strategies for a Post-Roe World

Republican lawmakers in a handful of conservative states have stumbled on a roadblock to what they thought would be a clear path to setting new restrictions on abortion if the Supreme Court upends the landmark Roe v. Wade decision: right-to-privacy protections enshrined in their own state constitutions. In states where courts have ruled that their …

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What Does It Say About Your Neighborhood If the Supermarket Isn’t So Super?

Though I grew up in Roxbury, “the heart of Black culture in Boston,” I now live in Los Angeles, where I typically shop for groceries at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s. Their produce is fresh, green, abundant. Organic options beckon as you walk in the door. So it gnawed at me, a Black woman, …

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El plan de Biden para entregar pruebas gratis para covid no llega fácilmente a los más vulnerables

La administración Biden acaba de lanzar dos programas que tienen como objetivo poner pruebas rápidas de covid en manos de todos los estadounidenses. Pero el diseño de ambos esfuerzos pone en desventaja a las personas que ya enfrentan las mayores barreras para obtenerlas. Desde el límite establecido en los pedidos de prueba hasta los idiomas …

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Biden Administration’s Rapid-Test Rollout Doesn’t Easily Reach Those Who Need It Most

In the past week, the Biden administration launched two programs that aim to get rapid covid tests into the hands of every American. But the design of both efforts disadvantages people who already face the greatest barriers to testing. From the limit placed on test orders to the languages available on websites, the programs stand …

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‘Heart’ of Little Shell: Newest Federally Recognized Tribe to Open First Clinic

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Louella Fredrickson has long created workarounds to fill gaps in the spotty medical care available to her as a member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. The 86-year-old uses dollar-store reading glasses to improve her blurry vision because she’s worried about the cost of an eye appointment. …

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‘American Diagnosis’ Episode 1: On the Navajo Nation, Root Causes Complicated the Covid Fight

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SimpleCast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts. Episode 1: It’s Up to You — T’áá hwó’ ají t’éego Travel to the forests outside the Grand Canyon to follow Dr. Sophina Calderon and other Navajo Nation leaders as covid-19 …

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Deep Roots Help This Chicago Pharmacist Avoid Creating Another Drugstore Desert

CHICAGO — Del-Kar Pharmacy in the North Lawndale neighborhood has had a front-row seat to history. Martin Luther King Jr. bought his daily newspaper there when he lived in Chicago in the late 1960s. The Black Panthers’ local headquarters was a block away, and the pharmacy shared a building with the Conservative Vice Lords, a …

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Rural Communities Left Hurting Without a Hospital, Ambulance or Doctors Nearby

STATENVILLE, Ga. — Georgia’s Echols County, which borders Florida, could be called a health care desert. It has no hospital, no local ambulances. A medical provider comes to treat patients at a migrant farmworker clinic but, other than a small public health department with two full-time employees, that’s about the extent of the medical care …

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Con más muertes por sobredosis, defensores claman por una naloxona de venta libre

GREENSBORO, Carolina del Norte.- Louise Vincent cree que el grupo que lidera, North Carolina Survivors Union, salva al menos 1,690 vidas al año. El programa de servicios de jeringas y reducción de daños distribuye naloxona, el medicamento que revierte las sobredosis por opioides. La investigación sugiere que este enfoque es eficaz, ya que las personas …

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With Overdose Deaths Surging, Advocates on the Ground Push for Over-the-Counter Naloxone

Treatment for addiction is available. For help, call the free and confidential treatment referral hotline (1-800-662-HELP), or visit findtreatment.gov. GREENSBORO, N.C. — Louise Vincent figures her group, the North Carolina Survivors Union, saves at least 1,690 lives a year. The harm-reduction and syringe service program distributes the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone to people who …

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Journalists Discuss Omicron, Public Health, Culturally Competent Care

KHN Midwest correspondent Cara Anthony discussed how Black tech entrepreneurs are trying to solve neglected health care issues on the America’s Heroes Group podcast Dec. 4. She talked about health technology and culturally competent care on KTVU on Dec. 1. Click here to hear Anthony on America’s Heroes Group Click here to watch Anthony on …

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Data Science Proved What Pittsburgh’s Black Leaders Knew: Racial Disparities Compound Covid Risk

The ferocity of the covid-19 pandemic did what Black Pittsburgh — communities that make up a quarter of the city’s population — thought impossible. It shook the norms. Black researchers, medical professionals and allies knew that people of color, even before covid, experienced bias in public health policy. As the deadly virus emerged, data analysts …

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California Plans for a Post-Roe World as Abortion Access Shrinks Elsewhere

SACRAMENTO — With access to abortion at stake across America, California is preparing to become the nation’s abortion provider. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders have asked a group of reproductive health experts to propose policies to bolster the state’s abortion infrastructure and ready it for more patients. Lawmakers plan to begin debating the …

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‘Covid Hit Us Over the Head With a Two-by-Four’: Addressing Ageism With Urgency

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization announced a global campaign to combat ageism — discrimination against older adults that is pervasive and harmful but often unrecognized. “We must change the narrative around age and ageing” and “adopt strategies to counter” ageist attitudes and behaviors, WHO concluded in a major report accompanying the campaign. Several …

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‘They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid’: Seniors Decry Health Providers’ Age Bias

Joanne Whitney, 84, a retired associate clinical professor of pharmacy at the University of California-San Francisco, often feels devalued when interacting with health care providers. There was the time several years ago when she told an emergency room doctor that the antibiotic he wanted to prescribe wouldn’t counteract the kind of urinary tract infection she …

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Covid Is Killing Rural Americans at Twice the Rate of Urbanites

Rural Americans are dying of covid at more than twice the rate of their urban counterparts — a divide that health experts say is likely to widen as access to medical care shrinks for a population that tends to be older, sicker, heavier, poorer and less vaccinated. While the initial surge of covid-19 deaths skipped …

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From the FDA’s Empty Seat to Chock-Full ICUs, Journalists Recap the Week’s Stories

KHN correspondent Rachana Pradhan discussed why President Joe Biden hasn’t yet nominated a permanent leader for the Food and Drug Administration on Newsy’s “Morning Rush” on Thursday. Click here to hear Pradhan on “Morning Rush“ Read Pradhan’s “Public Health Experts ‘Flabbergasted’ That Biden Still Hasn’t Picked an FDA Chief” KHN freelancer Nick Ehli discussed Montana’s …

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Low Wages and Pandemic Gut Staffing Support for Those With Disabilities

Ernestine “Erma” Bryant likes her job, but the pay is a problem. She works in a caregiver role as a “direct support professional” in Tifton, Georgia, helping people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities with basic functions such as dressing, bathing and eating. Bryant said it’s fulfilling work. “You can help people be successful — …

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The Solution to Au Pairs’ Health Coverage Gaps May Be Simple: ACA Plans

In 2016, Isis Mabel, of Mexico, wanted to improve her English. On advice from an aunt, she enrolled with an au pair agency to come to the United States to live with a family and care for the children. The job typically pays about $200 a week on top of lodging and meals. She said …

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ECMO Life Support Is a Last Resort for Covid, and in Short Supply in South

Hospital discharge day for Phoua Yang was more like a pep rally. On her way rolling out of TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, she teared up as streamers and confetti rained down on her. Nurses chanted her name as they wheeled her out of the hospital for the first time since she arrived …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Future of Public Health

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. Click here for a transcript of the episode. The covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on public health, a key part of the health care system that …

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Telemedicine Abortions Offer Cheaper Options but May Also Undermine Critical Clinics

Allison Hansen had just gone through a breakup with her boyfriend last year when she discovered she was pregnant. She already had an 8-year-old son and did not want another child. Hansen called the Planned Parenthood facility near her home in Savannah, Georgia, to inquire about abortion services and was told the procedure would cost …

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Beneficiarios de Medicaid se vacunan mucho menos contra covid

Los beneficiarios de Medicaid se están vacunando contra covid-19 a tasas mucho más bajas que la población general, mientras los estados buscan las mejores estrategias para mejorar el acceso a las vacunas, y persuadir a quienes siguen indecisos. Los esfuerzos de las agencias estatales de Medicaid y los planes de salud privados que la mayoría …

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Medicaid Vaccination Rates Founder as States Struggle to Immunize Their Poorest Residents

Medicaid enrollees are getting vaccinated against covid-19 at far lower rates than the general population as states search for the best strategies to improve access to the shots and persuade those who remain hesitant. Efforts by state Medicaid agencies and the private health plans that most states pay to cover their low-income residents has been …

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Democrats Say Abortion Is on the Line in Recall Election. But Rolling Back Rights Wouldn’t Be Easy.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the election to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom approaches, abortion-rights groups are warning that Californians’ right to an abortion is on the ballot. Newsom, a Democrat, himself tweeted that “abortion access” is at stake. “There’s no question that if a Republican is elected, access to abortion in California will be restricted,” …

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Pandemia revela una creciente crisis de suicidios en comunidades de color

Rafiah Maxie ha sido trabajadora social clínica en el área de Chicago durante una década. En todo ese tiempo, vio al suicidio como un problema más frecuente entre los hombres caucásicos de mediana edad. Hasta el 27 de mayo de 2020. Ese día, su hijo de 19 años, Jamal Clay, a quien le encantaba tocar …

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Pandemic Unveils Growing Suicide Crisis for Communities of Color

This story is a collaboration between KHN and “Science Friday.” Listen to the conversation between KHN national correspondent Aneri Pattani and John Dankosky, Science Friday’s director of news and radio projects. Rafiah Maxie has been a licensed clinical social worker in the Chicago area for a decade. Throughout that time, she’d viewed suicide as a problem …

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Can Biden’s Plan to Remove Urban Highways Improve the Health of American Cities?

Mandela Parkway, a four-lane boulevard enhanced by a median with trees and a curving footpath, stretches along a 24-block section of West Oakland. It’s the fruit of a grassroots neighborhood campaign to block reconstruction of an elevated freeway leveled by the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 and reimagine the thoroughfare to replace it. Since the …

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Becerra Urges Congress to Expand Medicare, Address Rx Prices

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. The Biden administration stands ready to work with Congress to address drug prices and expand Medicare, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a wide-ranging …

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Most Inmates Have Had Their Covid Shots — But Their Guards Likely Haven’t

When the number of covid-19 cases among inmates in Pennsylvania state prisons last fall topped 1,000 and staff cases hovered in the hundreds, the union representing 11,000 corrections officers began lobbying to get prison staffers to the front of the line for vaccinations. John Eckenrode, president of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, pressed state …

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Journalists Discuss Long Covid, Delta Variant, Clinic for Migrants

California Healthline producer Lydia Zuraw told of her experience with long covid and how singing helped her shortness of breath on Newsy’s “Morning Rush” on Thursday. Click here to watch Zuraw on Newsy Click here to read Zuraw’s “A Break From Breathlessness: How Singing Helped Me Through Long Covid“ California Healthline reporter and producer Heidi …

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California Lawmakers Push Feds to Allow a Therapy That Pays Meth Users to Abstain

In his multiple attempts to overcome a methamphetamine addiction that ground through two decades of his life, Tyrone Clifford Jr. remembers well the closest he came. “The most success I had,” he said, “is when my dealer was in jail.” Then Clifford walked into a rehab clinic in San Francisco called PROP, the Positive Reinforcement …

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Violent Colorado Arrest Puts Spotlight on How Police Treat Disabled People

Nearly a year after police officers in Loveland, Colorado, injured an elderly woman with dementia and then laughed at footage of her arrest, two of those officers are facing criminal charges while the rest of the department undergoes additional training. The fallout has drawn national attention to a problem that experts say is widespread across …

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En crisis de salud mental, el 911 ahora no siempre responde con policías

Cuando Kiki Radermacher, terapeuta de salud mental, llegó a una casa de Missoula, Montana, por una llamada de emergencia al 911 a fines de mayo, el hombre que había pedido ayuda estaba atrincheado en una esquina, gritándole a los policías.  La casa que estaba alquilando iba a venderse. Había llamado al 911 cuando el miedo …

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In Mental Health Crises, a 911 Call Now Brings a Mixed Team of Helpers — And Maybe No Cops

By the time Kiki Radermacher, a mental health therapist, arrived at a Missoula, Montana, home on an emergency 911 call in late May, the man who had called for help was backed into a corner and yelling at police officers. The home, which he was renting, was about to be sold. He had called 911 …

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Colorado Bill Aims to Give Farmworkers Easier Access to Medical Care

SAN LUIS VALLEY, Colo. — A woman with pregnancy complications needed permission from her boss to visit a doctor. Community health volunteers were turned away from delivering food and covid information to worker housing. A farmworker had a serious allergic reaction but was afraid to seek treatment. To Nicole Civita, policy director with Colorado advocacy …

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Kidney Experts Say It’s Time to Remove Race From Medical Algorithms. Doing So Is Complicated.

Alphonso Harried recently came across a newspaper clipping about his grandfather receiving his 1,000th dialysis treatment. His grandfather later died — at a dialysis center — as did his uncle, both from kidney disease. This story also ran on The Washington Post. It can be republished for free. “And that comes in my mind, on …

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With Restrictions Tightening Elsewhere, California Moves to Make Abortion Cheaper

This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Even as most states are trying to make it harder to get an abortion, California could make it free for more people. State lawmakers are debating a bill to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses like copays and payments toward deductibles …

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Many New Moms Get Kicked Off Medicaid 2 Months After Giving Birth. Illinois Will Change That.

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in which the maternal death rate has been rising. Each year, about 700 deaths are due to pregnancy, childbirth or subsequent complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. When someone dies while pregnant or within a …

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Newsom Wants to Spend Millions on the Health of Low-Income Mothers and Their Babies

Amid a pandemic that has pushed millions of mothers out of the workplace, caused fertility rates to plunge and heightened the risk of death for pregnant women, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic lawmakers are seeking a slate of health proposals for low-income families and children. Newsom, a self-described feminist and the father of four …

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From Racial Justice to Dirty Air, California’s New AG Plots a Progressive Health Care Agenda

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, a longtime Democratic state lawmaker, comes to his new role well known for pursuing an unabashedly progressive agenda on criminal justice issues. He has pushed for legislation to eliminate cash bail and to ban for-profit prisons and detention centers. But Bonta also has a distinctive record on health care, successfully …

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Confronting Our ‘Frailties’: California’s Assembly Leader Reflects on a Year of Covid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When his 20-month-old daughter developed a rash earlier this month, Anthony Rendon did what many other parents do when their child is sick: The speaker of the California Assembly took Vienna to her pediatrician — but he did so via video from the comfort and safety of his home. This story also …

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Racism Derails Black Men’s Health, Even as Education Levels Rise

More education typically leads to better health, yet Black men in the U.S. are not getting the same benefit as other groups, research suggests. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. The reasons for the gap are vexing, experts said, but may provide an important window into unique challenges faced …

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Telemedicine Is a Tool — Not a Replacement for Your Doctor’s Touch

Earlier in the pandemic it was vital to see doctors over platforms like Zoom or FaceTime when in-person appointments posed risks of coronavirus exposure. Insurers were forced — often for the first time — to reimburse for all sorts of virtual medical visits and generally at the same price as in-person consultations. This story also …

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In Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, Millions Face Long Drives to Stroke Care

Debbie Cook was in her pajamas on a summer morning in 2019 when she got a call from her son: “Something bad is wrong with Granny.” This story also ran on Investigate TV. It can be republished for free. The fear in his voice told Cook it was serious. She dialed 911 immediately, knowing it …

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En los Apalaches y el delta del Mississippi, millones deben viajar lejos para recibir atención por accidentes cerebrovasculares

Una mañana de verano en 2019, Debbie Cook estaba todavía en pijamas cuando recibió una llamada de su hijo: “Algo malo le pasa a la abuela”. This story also ran on Investigate TV. It can be republished for free. Por el miedo en la voz de su hijo supo que se trataba de algo serio. …

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Fewer Pharmacies In Minority Neighborhoods

One reason for worse health outcomes for racial minorities could be reduced access to pharmacies. However, how big a problem is pharmacy access? A recent Health Affairs paper by Guadamuz et al. (2021) uses 2007-2015 data from the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) to identify pharmacies, which were then geocoded and linked to …

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Pandemic Imperiled Non-English Speakers More Than Others

In March 2020, just weeks into the covid-19 pandemic, the incident command center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston was scrambling to understand this deadly new disease. It appeared to be killing more Black and brown patients than whites. For Latinos, there was an additional warning sign: language. This story is part of a …

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From Hospital Profits to Gender Gaps, Journalists Are on the Case

KHN freelancer Christine Spolar discussed how during the pandemic the nation’s richest hospitals and health systems profited after accepting the lion’s share of the federal health care bailout grant with WESA’s “The Confluence” on Tuesday. Click here to hear Spolar on WESA Read “Despite Covid, Many Wealthy Hospitals Had a Banner Year With Federal Bailout” …

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Strides Against HIV/AIDS Falter, Especially in the South, as Nation Battles Covid

Facing a yearlong siege from the coronavirus, the defenses in another, older war are faltering. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. For the last two decades, HIV/AIDS has been held at bay by potent antiviral drugs, aggressive testing and inventive public education campaigns. But the COVID-19 pandemic has caused …

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Providers, payers are ready to listen, root out racism and regain the trust of minorities. Here’s how.

Racism has always existed in healthcare, but the Covid-19 pandemic laid bare how entrenched the problem still is. In response, providers and payers have vowed to fight for health equity by examining the racism within their organizations, listening to minority communities and mounting strategies that take aim at widening care gaps.

Journalists Unpack Patchwork Vaccine Rollout, Rapid Covid Tests and More

California Healthline correspondent Rachel Bluth unpacked California’s newly expanded vaccine eligibility rules and the state’s vaccine appointment website on KALW’s “Your Call” on Thursday. Click here to hear Bluth on KALW California Healthline correspondent Angela Hart discussed California cities’ experiment with city-managed homeless camps on KQED’s “Forum” on Thursday. Click here to hear Hart on …

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Events of 2020 Moved Medical Students to Political Activism

Inam Sakinah and her classmates will forever be known as the students who started medical school during the 2020 covid-19 pandemic. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. All of them had prepared for this step for years, taking hours of hard science classes in college, studying for the medical school admissions test …

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Montana Sticks to Its Patchwork Covid Vaccine Rollout as Eligibility Expands

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 eligibility to all people 16 and older starting this month. This story also ran on …

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Beating the Pavement to Vaccinate the Underrepresented — And Protect Everyone

Leonor Garcia held her clipboard close to her chest and rapped on the car window with her knuckles. The driver was in one of dozens of cars lined up on a quiet stretch of road in Adelanto, California, a small city near the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert. He was waiting for the food …

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How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos

ST. LOUIS — Missourians have driven hours to find vaccines in rural counties — at least those with cars and the time. Tens of thousands of doses are waiting to be distributed, slowly being rolled out in a federal long-term care program. Waitlists are hundreds of thousands of people long. Black residents are getting left …

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Stop Blaming Tuskegee, Critics Say. It’s Not an ‘Excuse’ for Current Medical Racism.

For months, journalists, politicians and health officials — including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Anthony Fauci — have invoked the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to explain why Black Americans are more hesitant than white Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine. This story is from a partnership that includes NPR, KQED and KHN. It …

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‘Press 1 for English’: Vaccination Sign-Ups Prove Daunting for Speakers of Other Languages

In late February, a week after Virginia launched a centralized website and call center for covid-19 vaccine preregistration, Zowee Aquino alerted the state to a glitch that could prove fatal for non-English speakers trying to secure a shot. This story also ran on U.S. News & World Report. It can be republished for free. Callers …

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Journalists Analyze the Covid Relief Bill

Reporter LJ Dawson discussed how undocumented immigrants have been left out of the pandemic relief package with Newsy on Tuesday. Click here to watch Dawson on Newsy Read Dawson’s “Without a Pandemic Safety Net, Immigrants Living Illegally in US Fall Through the Cracks“ KHN correspondent Emmarie Huetteman discussed Affordable Care Act provisions included in the …

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Journalists Explore Covid Relief Bill and Vaccine Issues

Chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner discussed how the $1.9 trillion covid relief bill will help bolster the Affordable Care Act with “PBS NewsHour” on Wednesday. Click here to hear Rovner on PBS Colorado correspondent Rae Ellen Bichell spoke with KUNC’s “Colorado Edition” on Wednesday about what childhood vaccine rates can tell us about public acceptance …

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Indocumentados, esenciales pero excluidos del apoyo financiero por la pandemia

El hijo de Ana, de 9 años, fue el primero en presentar síntomas de covid en marzo pasado. Poco después, la inmigrante indocumentada de 37 años y sus otros tres hijos, incluyendo una con asma, tuvieron dificultades para respirar. Durante las tres semanas siguientes, la familia luchó contra la enfermedad en aislamiento, mientras amigos y …

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Without a Pandemic Safety Net, Immigrants Living in US Illegally Fall Through the Cracks

Ana’s 9-year-old son was the first in the family to come down with symptoms that looked like covid-19 last March. Soon after, the 37-year-old unauthorized immigrant and three of her other children, including a daughter with asthma, struggled to breathe. This story also ran on Time. It can be republished for free. For the next …

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Push Is On for States to Ban Organ Transplant Discrimination

Griffin Dalrymple is an energetic 7-year-old who loves going to school in Eureka, Montana. But two years ago, the boy described by his mother, Jayci, as a “ball of fire” was suddenly knocked back by severe bacterial pneumonia that hospitalized him for two weeks. As her son lay in the intensive care unit with a …

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‘Into the Covid ICU’: A New Doctor Bears Witness to the Isolation, Inequities of Pandemic

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. This story also ran on Reveal. It can be republished for free. This week marks a grim milestone: Half a million Americans have died of covid-19. KHN reporter Jenny Gold, in collaboration with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, spent eight months …

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

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 help. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of the Montana legislature and the governor’s office, …

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Covid Vaccine Websites Violate Disability Laws, Create Inequity for the Blind

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Many covid vaccination registration and information websites at the federal, state and local levels violate disability rights laws, hindering the ability of blind people to sign up for a potentially lifesaving vaccine, a KHN investigation has found. Across the country, people who use special software to …

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

This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. 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 to one …

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Spurred by Pandemic, Little Shell Tribe Fast-Tracks Its Health Service Debut

This story also ran on Time. It can be republished for free. Linda Watson draped a sweater with the words “Little Shell Chippewa Tribe” over her as she received the newly recognized tribal nation’s first dose of covid-19 vaccine. “I wanted to show my pride in being a Little Shell member,” Watson, 72, said. “The …

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El discurso anti inmigrante complica la vacunación contra covid en estados del sur

En el este de Tennessee, los médicos han visto de primera mano cómo una política de inmigración dura puede afectar la salud y el bienestar de una comunidad. En 2018, agentes federales allanaron una planta empacadora de carne en Morristown, en el Valle de Tennessee, y detuvieron a unos 100 trabajadores sospechosos de ser indocumentados. …

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Anti-Immigrant Vitriol Complicates Vaccine Rollout in Southern States

This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. In eastern Tennessee, doctors have seen firsthand how a hard-line immigration policy can affect the health and well-being of a community. In 2018, federal agents raided a meatpacking plant in Morristown, a manufacturing hub in the Tennessee Valley, and detained nearly 100 …

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Farmworker Camps to Urban Tent Cities: Tailoring Vaccine Info to Where It’s Most Needed

This story also ran on The Charlotte Observer. It can be republished for free. Kim Wagenaar has been preparing to bring covid-19 vaccines to western North Carolina for months. She’s signed up the community health center she operates in Asheville to receive and distribute the doses. She’s ordered a subzero freezer to store the Pfizer-BioNTech …

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Native Americans Use Technology to Keep Traditions, Language Alive During Pandemic

This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. WOLF POINT, Mont. — Lawrence Wetsit misses the days when his people would gather by the hundreds and sing the songs that all Assiniboine children are expected to learn by age 15. “We can’t have ceremony without memorizing all of the songs, songs …

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How a Bounty of Vaccines Flooded a Small Hospital and Its Nearby College

This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. When administrators at Hillsdale College, a conservative liberal-arts school in Michigan, heard its local hospital didn’t have a way to store the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine, they offered the use of its science department’s ultra-low temperature freezer. The vaccine must be stored at …

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Food Guidelines Change But Fail to Take Cultures Into Account

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services have once again developed new food guidelines for Americans that urge people to customize a diet of nutrient-dense food. For the first time, they make recommendations for infant nutrition and for different stages of life. But, as in past iterations, they lack …

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Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

When Allison Scott came out as a trans woman in 2013, she told not only family and friends, but also her primary care physician. She didn’t need his help with hormone therapy. She had another doctor for that. But she wanted to share the information with her doctor of more than 10 years in case …

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Aunque controlen el Senado, demócratas necesitarán apoyo republicano en temas clave de salud

Ante la pandemia, los demócratas han abogado por ayudas más generosas, más presión sobre las farmacéuticas para que bajen los precios y más atención al racismo sistémico en la atención de salud. El 20 de enero, con el control del Senado y la Cámara de Representantes, tendrán el poder de elegir qué propuestas de salud …

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Even With Senate Control, Democrats Will Need Buy-In From GOP on Key Health Priorities

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Democrats have argued for more generous pandemic relief, more pressure on drugmakers to lower prices and more attention to systemic racism in health care. On Jan. 20, with control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, they’ll have the power to choose which health care …

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Illinois, primer estado en ofrecer cobertura médica a adultos mayores indocumentados

Como jefa de enfermería en uno de los hospitales más concurridos de la red de seguridad de atención médica de Chicago, Raquel Prendkowski ha sido testigo del devastador número de víctimas que COVID-19 ha causado entre los residentes más vulnerables de la ciudad, incluyendo a personas que no tienen seguro médico por su estatus migratorio. …

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Illinois Is First in the Nation to Extend Health Coverage to Undocumented Seniors

As a nurse manager for one of Chicago’s busiest safety-net hospitals, Raquel Prendkowski has witnessed covid-19’s devastating toll on many of the city’s most vulnerable residents — including people who lack health insurance because of their immigration status. Some come in so sick they go right to intensive care. Some don’t survive. “We’re in a …

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La pandemia de covid-19 está devastando a los profesionales de salud de color

La primavera pasada, Maritza Beniquez, enfermera de una sala de emergencias de Nueva Jersey, fue testigo de “una oleada tras otra” de pacientes enfermos, cada uno con una mirada aterrada que se volvió familiar a medida que pasaban las semanas. Pronto, fueron sus colegas del Hospital Universitario de Newark, enfermeras, técnicos y médicos con los …

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Covid ‘Decimated Our Staff’ as the Pandemic Ravages Health Workers of Color in US

This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. Last spring, New Jersey emergency room nurse Maritza Beniquez saw “wave after wave” of sick patients, each wearing a look of fear that grew increasingly familiar as the weeks wore on. Soon, it was her colleagues at Newark’s University Hospital — the …

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High-Poverty Neighborhoods Bear the Brunt of COVID’s Scourge

Over the course of the pandemic, COVID-19 infections have battered high-poverty neighborhoods in California on a staggeringly different scale than more affluent areas, a trend that underscores the heightened risks for low-wage workers as the state endures a deadly late-autumn surge. A California Healthline review of local data from the state’s 12 most populous counties …

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California Lawmakers to Newsom: Give All Immigrants Health Coverage

Use Our Content It can be republished for free. SACRAMENTO — California Democratic lawmakers so far have failed to convince Gov. Gavin Newsom that the state can afford to spend an estimated $2.6 billion a year to expand its Medicaid program to all unauthorized immigrants. Now, they’re trying a new strategy. Rather than working independently, …

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Lo que los doctores no aprenden: a detectar el racismo en la atención médica

Betial Asmerom, estudiante de medicina de cuarto año en la Universidad de California-San Diego (UCSD), nunca había demostrado interés en ser doctora. En su adolescencia, ayudó a sus padres, inmigrantes de Eritrea que hablaban poco inglés, a navegar el sistema de atención de salud en Oakland. Veía a médicos que eran irrespetuosos con su familia …

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What Doctors Aren’t Always Taught: How to Spot Racism in Health Care

Betial Asmerom, a fourth-year medical student at the University of California-San Diego, didn’t have the slightest interest in becoming a doctor when she was growing up. As an adolescent, she helped her parents — immigrants from Eritrea who spoke little English — navigate the health care system in Oakland, California. She saw physicians who were …

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The Trump Medicaid Record: Big Goals, Yet Few Successes

President Donald Trump entered office seeking a massive overhaul of the Medicaid program, which had just experienced the biggest growth spurt in its 50-year history. His administration supported repealing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which has added millions of adults to the federal-state health program for lower-income Americans. He also wanted states to require …

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Evictions Damage Public Health. The CDC Aims to Curb Them ― For Now.

In August, Robert Pettigrew was working a series of odd jobs. While washing the windows of a cellphone store he saw a sign, one that he believes the “good Lord” placed there for him. “Facing eviction?” the sign read. “You could be eligible for up to $3,000 in rent assistance. Apply today.” It seemed a …

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Inside the Race to Build a Better $500 Emergency Ventilator

As the coronavirus crisis lit up this spring, headlines about how the U.S. could innovate its way out of a pending ventilator shortage landed almost as hard and fast as the pandemic itself. The New Yorker featured “The MacGyvers Taking on the Ventilator Shortage,” an effort initiated not by a doctor or engineer but a …

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El coronavirus prolifera entre trabajadores latinos en un condado rico de California

En una cálida tarde de finales de junio, la gente acudió en masa a las mesas al aire libre de la calle principal de esta ciudad para tomar sauvignon blanc, comer pizza cocinada en horno de leña y celebrar “Dining Under the Lights”, uno de los pasatiempos favoritos de los residentes del condado de Marin. …

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In Health-Conscious Marin County, Virus Runs Rampant Among ‘Essential’ Latino Workers

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — On a warm evening in late June, people flocked to alfresco tables set up along this town’s main drag to sip sauvignon blanc and eat wood-oven pizza for Dining Under the Lights, an event to welcome Marin County residents back to one of their favorite pastimes. About a mile away, Crisalia …

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Epidemia de obesidad en los Estados Unidos amenaza la eficacia de una vacuna contra COVID

Para un mundo paralizado por el coronavirus, la salvación depende de una vacuna. Pero en los Estados Unidos, en donde al menos 4,6 millones de personas se han infectado y casi 155,000 han muerto, la promesa de esa vacuna se ve obstaculizada por otra epidemia anterior a COVID-19: la de la obesidad. Los científicos saben …

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America’s Obesity Epidemic Threatens Effectiveness of Any COVID Vaccine

For a world crippled by the coronavirus, salvation hinges on a vaccine. But in the United States, where at least 4.6 million people have been infected and nearly 155,000 have died, the promise of that vaccine is hampered by a vexing epidemic that long preceded COVID-19: obesity. Scientists know that vaccines engineered to protect the …

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Readers and Tweeters Defend Human — And Animal — Rights

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Standing Up for the Homeless Many aspects of your story on homeless camps being “swept,” moved or cleared during this pandemic (“Sweeps of Homeless Camps Run Counter to COVID Guidance …

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Medi-Cal Agency’s New Head Wants to Tackle Disparities and Racism

When Will Lightbourne looked at the statistics behind California’s coronavirus cases, the disparities were “blindingly clear”: Blacks and Latinos are dying at higher rates than most other Californians. As of Monday, Latinos account for 45.6% of coronavirus deaths in a state where they make up 38.9% of the population, according to data collected by the …

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Namaste Noir: Yoga Co-Op Seeks to Diversify Yoga to Heal Racialized Trauma

DENVER — Beverly Grant spent years juggling many roles before yoga helped her restore her balance. When not doting over her three children, she hosted her public affairs talk radio show, attended community meetings or handed out cups of juice at her roving Mo’ Betta Green MarketPlace farmers market, which has brought local, fresh foods …

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‘It’s About Love and Solidarity’: Mutual Aid Unites NYC Neighbors Facing COVID

NEW YORK CITY — Nancy Perez, a 45-year-old resident of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, contracted COVID-19 in March. She stayed quarantined in her room for a month to isolate from her two sons and grandson. A few days before she got the virus, she’d met a volunteer with Bed-Stuy Strong — one of the …

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NIH Project Homes In on COVID Racial Disparities

While the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic Americans is no secret, federal officials have launched studies of the disparity that they hope will better prepare the country for the next great epidemic. The National Institutes of Health began the ambitious “All of Us” research project in 2018 with the goal of enrolling …

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La tasa de vacunación contra la culebrilla aumenta, pero muchos quedan atrás

Use Nuestro Contenido Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita (detalles). Preocupada por el alto costo del copago por la vacuna contra el herpes zóster (culebrilla), Jacky Felder, una beneficiaria de Medicare, optó por no vacunarse el año pasado. Forma parte del grupo de Facebook de Kaiser Health News en español “KHN-Hablemos de Salud”. KHN-Hablemos …

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