University of Virginia Health System, which for years has sued thousands of patients annually for unpaid bills, said Monday it will cancel a massive backlog of court judgments and liens resulting from those lawsuits dating to the 1990s. This story also ran on The Washington… Read More »UVA Health Will Wipe Out Tens of Thousands of Lawsuits Against Patients
En respuesta a la pandemia de covid-19, el Congreso ha invertido decenas de miles de millones de dólares en los departamentos de salud pública estatales y locales, pagando por máscaras, rastreadores de contactos y campañas educativas para persuadir a las personas de que se vacunen.… Read More »Expertos en salud pública temen que los fondos desaparezcan cuando termine la pandemia
Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into state and local public health departments in response to the covid-19 pandemic, paying for masks, contact tracers and education campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated. This story also ran on The Associated Press. It can… Read More »Public Health Experts Worry About Boom-Bust Cycle of Support
This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. Thousands of counterfeit 3M respirators have slipped past U.S. investigators in recent months, making it to the cheeks and chins of health care workers and perplexing experts who say their quality is… Read More »Health Workers and Hospitals Grapple With Millions of Counterfeit N95 Masks
This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. Workers at Garfield Medical Center in suburban Los Angeles were on edge as the pandemic ramped up in March and April. Staffers in a 30-patient unit were rationing a single tub of… Read More »As the Terror of COVID Struck, Health Care Workers Struggled to Survive. Thousands Lost the Fight.
Tisha Coleman ha vivido en el muy unido condado de Linn, Kansas, por 42 años. Y nunca se ha sentido tan sola. Como administradora de salud pública, ha luchado cada día de la pandemia para mantener a salvo a su condado rural, ubicado a lo… Read More »Ataques a la salud pública generan éxodo de funcionarios en medio de la pandemia
This story also ran on The Associated Press. It can be republished for free. Tisha Coleman has lived in close-knit Linn County, Kansas, for 42 years and never felt so alone. As the public health administrator, she’s struggled every day of the coronavirus pandemic to… Read More »Pandemic Backlash Jeopardizes Public Health Powers, Leaders
This story also ran on The Associated Press. It can be republished for free. A Maryland health department is taking new steps to protect its workers six months after a COVID-19 outbreak killed a veteran employee who was twice denied permission to work from home.… Read More »After a Deadly COVID Outbreak, Maryland County Takes Steps to Protect Health Workers
April 16 was a big day for Moderna, a Massachusetts biotech company on the verge of becoming a front-runner in the U.S. government’s race for a coronavirus vaccine. It had received roughly half a billion dollars in federal funding to develop a COVID shot that… Read More »How Pharma Money Colors Operation Warp Speed’s Quest to Defeat COVID
Doris Hutchinson wanted to use money from the sale of her late mother’s house to help her grandchildren go to college. Then she learned the University of Virginia Health System was taking $38,000 of the proceeds because a 13-year-old medical bill owed by her deceased… Read More »UVA Health Still Squeezing Money From Patients — By Seizing Their Home Equity
As the coronavirus crisis deepened in April, Georgia officials circulated documents showing that to get through the next month, the state would need millions more masks, gowns and other supplies than it had on hand. The projections, obtained by KHN and other organizations in response… Read More »As Georgia Reopened, Officials Knew of Severe Shortage of PPE for Health Workers
Journalists from KHN and the Guardian have identified more than 900 workers who reportedly died of complications from COVID-19 they contracted on the job. Reporters are working to confirm the cause of death and workplace conditions in each case. They are also writing about the… Read More »Lost on the Frontline: Explore the Database
Officials in Maryland’s Prince George’s County say they “will spare no time or expense” investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a veteran public health worker who died of COVID-19 after relatives and co-workers believe she contracted the coronavirus on the job. The probe follows… Read More »Maryland County Pledges Investigation of Health Worker’s Coronavirus Death
There’s a gap in Scott Olsen’s memory for the night of Oct. 25, 2011. The Iraq War vet remembers leaving his tech job in the San Francisco Bay Area and taking a BART train to join an Occupy Oakland protest against economic and social inequality.… Read More »Less-Lethal Weapons Blind, Maim and Kill. Victims Say Enough Is Enough.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The former West Virginia public health leader forced out by the governor says decades-old computer systems and cuts to staff over a period of years had made a challenging job even harder during a once-in-a-century pandemic. Republican Gov. Jim Justice demanded Dr. Cathy Slemp’s… Read More »Ex-West Virginia Health Chief Says Cuts Hurt Virus Response