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Addiction Treatment Providers in Pa. Face Little State Scrutiny Despite Harm to Clients

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This investigation is a joint project of KHN, a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues, and Spotlight PA, an independent, collaborative newsroom dedicated to producing investigative journalism for all of Pennsylvania. This story also ran on Spotlight PA. It can be republished for free.… Read More »Addiction Treatment Providers in Pa. Face Little State Scrutiny Despite Harm to Clients

‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace

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[Editor’s note: This article contains strong language that readers might find offensive or disturbing.] SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. — Dr. Gail Newel looks back on the past year and struggles to articulate exactly when the public bellows of frustration around her covid-related health orders morphed… Read More »‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace

From Rotten Teeth to Advanced Cancer, Patients Feel the Effects of Treatment Delays

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With medical visits picking up again among patients vaccinated against covid-19, health providers are starting to see the consequences of a year of pandemic-delayed preventive and emergency care as they find more advanced cancer and rotting and damaged teeth, among other ailments. This story also… Read More »From Rotten Teeth to Advanced Cancer, Patients Feel the Effects of Treatment Delays

Journalists Unpack Patchwork Vaccine Rollout, Rapid Covid Tests and More

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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… Read More »Journalists Unpack Patchwork Vaccine Rollout, Rapid Covid Tests and More

Families With Sick Kids on Medicaid Seek Easier Access to Out-of-State Hospitals

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Three-year-old Elizabeth Zakutansky was born with a rare genetic condition that causes multiple seizures. Her neurologist, a top expert on treating her condition, practices at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, less than an hour’s drive from the Zakutanskys’ home in Hobart, Indiana. Her parents would… Read More »Families With Sick Kids on Medicaid Seek Easier Access to Out-of-State Hospitals

Journalists Dive Deep Into Roots of Vaccine Distrust in Prisons and Covid’s Toll on Public Health

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Reporter Eric Berger discussed vaccine hesitancy among inmates at a Missouri correctional center with Newsy on Thursday. Click here to watch Berger on Newsy Read Berger’s “Inmates’ Distrust of Prison Health Care Fuels Distrust of Covid Vaccines” KHN Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal discussed how the U.S.… Read More »Journalists Dive Deep Into Roots of Vaccine Distrust in Prisons and Covid’s Toll on Public Health

Backed by Millions in Public and Private Cash, Rapid Covid Tests Are Coming to Stores Near You

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Scientists and lawmakers agree that over-the-counter covid tests could allow desk workers to settle back into their cubicles and make it easier to reopen schools and travel. This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. But even as entrepreneurs race their… Read More »Backed by Millions in Public and Private Cash, Rapid Covid Tests Are Coming to Stores Near You

Indiana’s Medicaid Expansion — Designed by Pence and Verma — Panned in Federal Report

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Indiana’s Medicaid expansion — with its “personal responsibility” provisions that require enrollees to pay monthly premiums and manage health savings accounts — proved no better at improving health and access to care than other state expansions, a federally commissioned study found. Use Our Content It… Read More »Indiana’s Medicaid Expansion — Designed by Pence and Verma — Panned in Federal Report

In California, Blue Shield’s Vaccination Takeover Fixes What Wasn’t Broken

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In California’s Mendocino County, public health officials and community clinics say they have hit their vaccination stride. This story also ran on The Mendocino Beacon. It can be republished for free. Despite the county’s remoteness and its largely rural population spread among wooded mountains, rugged… Read More »In California, Blue Shield’s Vaccination Takeover Fixes What Wasn’t Broken

Dramática baja de enfermedades por virus comunes, ¿significa máscaras para siempre?

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Las máscaras y el distanciamiento físico están demostrando tener importantes beneficios extra, evitando que las personas contraigan todo tipo de enfermedades, no solo covid-19. Pero no está claro si los protocolos valdrán la pena a largo plazo. Maestros de la Academia New Hope en Franklin,… Read More »Dramática baja de enfermedades por virus comunes, ¿significa máscaras para siempre?

It’s Not Just QAnon. Democrats and Independents Also Want to Recall California’s Governor.

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SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is framing the burgeoning effort to remove him from office as a fringe Republican movement backed by right-wing extremists, Trump supporters and QAnon conspiracy theorists. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. But Newsom isn’t telling the… Read More »It’s Not Just QAnon. Democrats and Independents Also Want to Recall California’s Governor.

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

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

How Covid Has Changed Our Movement, as Revealed by Your Cellphone

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Sorting Out How Politics, Policies Figure in Flap Over New York Nursing Home Covid Death Rates

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The plaudits have faded for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Once hailed as a paragon of pandemic governing, he’s since come under scorching criticism for undercounting the state’s covid deaths among nursing home residents by as much as half. The tallying flap drew attention to… Read More »Sorting Out How Politics, Policies Figure in Flap Over New York Nursing Home Covid Death Rates

Becerra Has Long Backed Single-Payer. That Doesn’t Mean It Will Happen if He’s HHS Secretary.

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“Becerra supports Bernie’s government takeover of your health care, eliminating your employer-provided coverage.” — TV ad funded by Cotton for Senate, Feb. 22 This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. It can be republished for free. A digital ad running in Georgia and New Hampshire… Read More »Becerra Has Long Backed Single-Payer. That Doesn’t Mean It Will Happen if He’s HHS Secretary.

Connecticut Is Doling Out Vaccines Based Strictly on Age. It’s Simpler, but Is it Fair?

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With covid vaccines expected to remain scarce into early spring, Connecticut has scrapped its complicated plans to prioritize immunizations for people under 65 with certain chronic conditions and front-line workers. Instead, the state will primarily base eligibility on age. Gov. Ned Lamont pointed to statistics… Read More »Connecticut Is Doling Out Vaccines Based Strictly on Age. It’s Simpler, but Is it Fair?

In Search of the Shot

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Too little covid vaccine and too great a demand: That’s what KHN readers from around the country detail in their often exasperating quest to snag a shot, although they are often clearly eligible under their local guidelines and priority system. Public health officials say the… Read More »In Search of the Shot

If This Self-Sufficient Hospital Cannot Stand Alone, Can Any Public Hospital Survive?

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In America’s health care system, dominated by hospital chain leviathans, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is an anomaly. It is a publicly owned hospital that boasts good care at lower prices than most and still flourishes financially. Nonetheless, New Hanover County… Read More »If This Self-Sufficient Hospital Cannot Stand Alone, Can Any Public Hospital Survive?

States Move Ahead With Canada Drug Importation While Awaiting Signal From Biden

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Florida, Colorado and several New England states are moving ahead with efforts to import prescription drugs from Canada, a politically popular strategy greenlighted last year by President Donald Trump. But it’s unclear whether the Biden administration will proceed with Trump’s plan for states and the… Read More »States Move Ahead With Canada Drug Importation While Awaiting Signal From Biden

4 Vital Health Issues — Not Tied to Covid — That Congress Addressed in Massive Spending Bill

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This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. Late last month, before President Joe Biden took office and proposed his pandemic relief plan, Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative package that provided some pandemic relief along with its more general allocations to fund the… Read More »4 Vital Health Issues — Not Tied to Covid — That Congress Addressed in Massive Spending Bill

Baby Blues: First-Time Parents Blindsided by ‘the Birthday Rule’ and a $207,455 NICU Bill

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In the nine months leading up to her due date, Kayla Kjelshus and her husband, Mikkel, meticulously planned for their daughter’s arrival. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. Their long to-do list included mapping out their family’s health insurance… Read More »Baby Blues: First-Time Parents Blindsided by ‘the Birthday Rule’ and a $207,455 NICU Bill

‘We’re Not Controlling It in Our Schools’: Covid Safety Lapses Abound Across US

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Computer science teacher Suzy Lebo saw covid-19 dangers frequently in her Indiana high school: classes with about 30 students sitting less than 18 inches apart. Students crowding teachers in hallways. Students and staff members taking off their masks around others. “I’m concerned,” said Lebo, who… Read More »‘We’re Not Controlling It in Our Schools’: Covid Safety Lapses Abound Across US

Yurts, Igloos and Pop-Up Domes: How Safe Is ‘Outside’ Restaurant Dining This Winter?

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With the arrival of winter and the U.S. coronavirus outbreak in full swing, the restaurant industry — looking at losses of $235 billion in 2020 — is clinging to techniques for sustaining outdoor dining even through the cold and vagaries of a U.S. winter. Yurts, greenhouses, igloos,… Read More »Yurts, Igloos and Pop-Up Domes: How Safe Is ‘Outside’ Restaurant Dining This Winter?

Delicate Covid Vaccines Slow Rollout — Leading to Shots Given Out of Turn or, Worse, Wasted

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For Heather Suri, a registered nurse in Virginia, the race to vaccinate Americans against covid has thrown up some unprecedented obstacles. The vaccines themselves are delicate and require a fair bit of focus over time. Consider Moderna’s instructions for preparing its doses: Select the number… Read More »Delicate Covid Vaccines Slow Rollout — Leading to Shots Given Out of Turn or, Worse, Wasted

California Counties ‘Flying the Plane as We Build It’ in a Plodding Vaccine Rollout

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USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. In these first lumbering weeks of the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history, Dr. Julie Vaishampayan has had a battlefront view of a daunting logistical operation. Vaishampayan is the health officer in Stanislaus County, an almond-growing… Read More »California Counties ‘Flying the Plane as We Build It’ in a Plodding Vaccine Rollout

Mientras los vulnerables esperan, cónyuges de polٌíticos reciben la vacuna contra covid

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Los suministros de vacunas contra covid-19 son escasos, por eso un panel asesor federal recomienda primero administrarlas a los trabajadores de salud, que mantienen en funcionamiento el sistema médico del país, y a los adultos mayores en hogares, que tienen más probabilidades de morir a… Read More »Mientras los vulnerables esperan, cónyuges de polٌíticos reciben la vacuna contra covid

Video: The Healthy Nurse Who Died at 40 on the COVID Frontline: ‘She Was the Best Mom I Ever Had’

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Yolanda Coar was 40 when she died of COVID-19 in August 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. She was also a nurse manager, and one of nearly 3,000 frontline workers who have died in the U.S. fighting this virus, according to an exclusive investigation by The Guardian… Read More »Video: The Healthy Nurse Who Died at 40 on the COVID Frontline: ‘She Was the Best Mom I Ever Had’

Democrats Are Running Hard on Health Care in Georgia’s Senate Runoffs. Republicans? Not So Much.

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This story is from a reporting partnership that includes WABE, NPR and KHN. It can be republished for free. Vice President Mike Pence was the clear celebrity draw at a Nov. 20 campaign event for Georgia’s two incumbent U.S. senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.… Read More »Democrats Are Running Hard on Health Care in Georgia’s Senate Runoffs. Republicans? Not So Much.

As Congress Bickers Over Pandemic Relief, Flight Attendant’s Life Is in a Holding Pattern

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Troy Muenzer has seen the damage that COVID can do. A flight attendant who was diagnosed with a “suspected” case of the deadly virus, Muenzer, 32, endured months of lingering breathing problems; hefty, unexpected medical bills; lost wages, then furlough; and, earlier this month, the… Read More »As Congress Bickers Over Pandemic Relief, Flight Attendant’s Life Is in a Holding Pattern

Xavier Becerra en sus propias palabras: “La atención de salud es un derecho”

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El presidente electo Joe Biden nombró al fiscal general de California, Xavier Becerra, para dirigir el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) de los Estados Unidos. Becerra, quien sería el primer secretario latino del HHS, ha tomado algunas posiciones innovadoras en atención de salud,… Read More »Xavier Becerra en sus propias palabras: “La atención de salud es un derecho”

Surging LA

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Use Our Content It can be republished for free. On a Monday afternoon in March, four days after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the nation’s first statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, some of Southern California’s most famous landmarks were deserted and… Read More »Surging LA

KHN on the Air This Week

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KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber discussed COVID-19 surges in Wisconsin with Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” on Nov. 13. Click here to hear Weber on Wisconsin Public Radio California Healthline correspondent Angela Hart and editor Emily Bazar discussed how the Supreme Court case about the… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week

Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion

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With its choice of a new leader, the Florida Hospital Association has signaled that seeking legislative approval to expand Medicaid to nearly 850,000 uninsured adults won’t be among its top priorities. In October, Mary Mayhew became the association’s CEO. Mayhew, who led the state’s Medicaid… Read More »Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion

Pfizer Launches US Pilot Programme for Delivery and Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine, BNT162b2

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Shots: Pfizer launched a pilot program to support the state’s planning, deployment & administration of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate, to build on coordination with the relevant US agencies Pfizer has been working with US officials in OWS & the US CDC to help ensure that… Read More »Pfizer Launches US Pilot Programme for Delivery and Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine, BNT162b2