How to Prevent the Medical Care Crisis After Covid-19

A year of missed preventive medical care is endangering minority communities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #minorities, #preventive-medicine

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A Year of Unraveling

For the millions of Americans living with dementia, every day during this pandemic can bring a fresh horror.

#alzheimers-assn, #alzheimers-disease, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dementia, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #national-institute-on-aging, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes

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A Different Early-Bird Special: Have Vaccine, Will Travel

People over 65 have been among the first in line to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. And they are leading a wave in new travel bookings.

#aarp, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Rise of the Wellness App

They’re everywhere, but they can’t address the real problem: the alienation of 21st-century work.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #employee-fringe-benefits, #future-of-work-2021, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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They Say They Are Attacking Abortion. They Are Really Hurting the Poor.

Deep in the heart of Texas, poverty means illness reigns.

#abortion, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #texas

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As Millions Get Covid Vaccine Shots, F.D.A. Struggles With Safety Monitoring

For now, the government has been relying on a patchwork of programs that officials say are hampered by limited size and gaps in data collection.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #food-and-drug-administration, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Obamacare

In a letter to the court in a pending case, the Justice Department disavowed the Trump administration’s challenge to the law.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #justice-department, #kneedler-edwin-s, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Your Health Is Worth What You Can Pay for It

My husband and I got vaccinated quickly, and without a hitch. Here’s why.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Reopens

The new three-month sign-up period begins Feb. 15, as millions of people have lost their jobs and insurance in the pandemic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #unemployment

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Burned by Low Reimbursements, Some Doctors Stop Testing for Covid

Some insurers pay pediatricians less than the cost of the test itself, jeopardizing a tool to help control the pandemic.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #tests-medical, #unitedhealth-group-inc

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Biden Moves to Expand Health Coverage in Pandemic Economy

President Biden ordered the reopening of Affordable Care Act exchanges and moved to restore coverage mandates and Medicaid plans undermined by his predecessor.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Your App Knows You Got Your Period. Guess Who It Told?

Millions of women use apps to track their cycles, and that data is often passed on to third-party companies, like Facebook and Google. But what if that data could be used to help women’s health research?

#apple-inc, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #women-and-girls

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Biden Re-Opens Obamacare Enrollment Period in 36 States

Evidence from states that also reopened enrollment suggests it could pull more young, healthy Americans into insurance coverage.

#advertising-and-marketing, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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Aetna to Expand Coverage for Gender-Affirming Surgeries

One of the nation’s largest health insurers is agreeing to pay for breast augmentation for some trans women.

#aetna-inc, #breasts, #discrimination, #gender, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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We Can Improve Health Care. It Just Takes Compromise.

Here are three ideas to expand coverage and control costs that Democrats and Republicans could agree on.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congressional-budget-office, #democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #united-states

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Biden, Try for 2 Million Covid-19 Vaccinations a Day

The administration’s vaccine plan isn’t ambitious enough.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #jha-ashish, #medicine-and-health, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

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Why It’s So Hard to Cut Waste in Health Care

During the pandemic, people have been getting less medical treatment. That saves money, but it could harm their health, an economist says.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals

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Biden and Obamacare: One Sentence in Stimulus Plan Reveals Health Care Approach

An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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One Sentence in Biden Stimulus Plan Reveals His Health Care Approach

An increase in subsidies could drive millions to enroll in Obamacare marketplaces, experts say.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Top Official at Indian Health Service Will Step Down

The next director of the health service will inherit an agency that has drawn intense criticism for its failures to provide adequate care both before and during the coronavirus pandemic.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #politics-and-government

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Disabled Americans Are Losing a Lifeline

Biden can help.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #poverty, #social-security-us, #social-security-administration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Biden Picks Dr. Nunez-Smith to Lead Health Equity Task Force

Appointed head of the incoming administration’s task force on health equity, the Yale University scientist “is not sitting in her ivory tower.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #krumholz-harlan-m, #medicine-and-health, #minorities, #native-americans, #nunez-smith-marcella, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #st-thomas-virgin-islands, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yale-university, #your-feed-science

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With New Majority, Here’s What Democrats Can (and Can’t) Do on Health Care

Senate control opens up new possibilities, but the party will still need to contend with arcane rules and the challenges of a narrow majority.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan Will End Joint Health Care Venture

The company, Haven, had promised to disrupt the way large corporations deliver benefits to their employees.

#amazon-com-inc, #berkshire-hathaway-inc, #haven-health-care, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #jpmorgan-chasecompany

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What It Takes to Heal From Covid-19

Survivors can get better, but they need help.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care

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Don’t Let the Pandemic Stop Your Shots

Even as older adults await the coronavirus vaccine, many are skipping the standard ones. That’s not wise, health experts say.

#age-chronological, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diphtheria, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #epidemics, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hepatitis, #influenza, #minorities, #pneumonia, #shingles-disease, #tetanus, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whooping-cough, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Obamacare, in Its First Big Test as Safety Net, Is Holding Up So Far

Job losses and the loss of insurance have typically gone hand in hand. This year, more Americans are staying covered.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #recession-and-depression

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Why Ambulances Are Exempt From the Surprise-Billing Ban

The welter of providers, layers of state and local regulation, and lack of information about costs made lawmakers hesitant to take up the issue. But that may change.

#ambulances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Surprise Medical Bills Cost Americans Millions. Congress Is Finally Set to Ban Most of Them.

Efforts to solve the common consumer problem had been stalled by lobbying pressure and legislative squabbles.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #senate

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This Is the Health System That Biden Inherits From Trump

With medical spending down for the first time in decades, gains in care for the poor and vulnerable are under threat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #preventive-medicine, #trump-donald-j

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The Vaccines Are Supposed to Be Free. Surprise Bills Could Happen Anyway.

“It is the American health care system, so there are bound to be loopholes.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Drug Makers Are Pulling Back From a Program to Help the Needy

Some pharmaceutical companies are scaling back their participation in a federally mandated drug discount program. State attorneys general are demanding that the administration take action.

#attorneys-general, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #equitas, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #health-resources-and-services-administration, #sanofi-sa, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-economy

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It’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard

Most Americans make poor choices. So do most professional insurance brokers, a new study finds. But robots may help.

#consumer-behavior, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #research

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Becerra Supports ‘Medicare for All,’ and Could Help States Get There

Waivers can expand health care offerings without need for congressional approval, but the challenge will be how to pay for them.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #states-us

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Covid Testing: What You Need to Know

Long lines, slow results and inconsistent advice have left many of us confused about when and how to get tested. We talked to the experts to answer your questions.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #smell-olfaction, #tests-medical

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Republicans Can’t Handle the Truth

You shouldn’t be surprised that they’re still backing Trump.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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ACA Open Enrollment: What If You Make Too Much for a Subsidy?

Millions of middle-income earners may find that paying for their own health care is a huge burden. Here are some tips.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #income, #kaiser-family-foundation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #personal-finances, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states

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Actors Sue SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Over Changes in Insurance

Ed Asner, a seven-time Emmy winner, is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday; it includes nine other participants.

#actors-and-actresses, #asner-ed, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #elderly, #finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #los-angeles-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sag-aftra, #sag-aftra-health-plan, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #television

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Ex-Arizona Official Gets More Than 6 Years in Prison in Adoption Fraud Scheme

Paul D. Petersen, who served as Maricopa County’s assessor, arranged for women from the Marshall Islands to fly to the United States to give birth, prosecutors said.

#arizona, #arkansas, #fayetteville-ark, #fines-penalties, #frauds-and-swindling, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #human-trafficking, #maricopa-county-ariz, #marshall-islands, #mesa-ariz, #parenting, #petersen-paul-d, #phoenix-ariz, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #utah, #women-and-girls

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After 4 Years of Trump, Medicare and Medicaid Badly Need Attention

Science and objective analysis need to be revived.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #food-and-drug-administration, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #medicare, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states

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How US Hospitals Are Stretched Way Too Thin Due to Covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the country, hospitals are facing a crisis-level shortage of beds and staff to provide adequate care for patients.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #rural-areas, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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Biden’s Plan for Seniors Is Not Just a Plan for Seniors

The incoming administration aims to tackle child care, elder care, preschool and more in one ambitious aid program.

#ai-jen-poo, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #domestic-service, #elderly, #family-leaves, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #long-term-care-insurance, #national-alliance-for-caregiving, #national-domestic-workers-alliance, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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When Churches Rescue Americans From Crushing Covid

Churches are doing what politicians have been unable to do, rescuing Americans from crushing medical bills.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #credit-and-debt, #debt-collection, #democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #medicine-and-health, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #personal-bankruptcies, #protestant-churches, #sanders-bernard, #warren-elizabeth

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Children in U.S. May Miss 9 Million Vaccine Doses in 2020, Report Warns

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said vaccinations for measles, polio and other highly contagious diseases had fallen by as much as 26 percent during the coronavirus pandemic.

#blue-cross-and-blue-shield-assn, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #measles, #poliomyelitis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whooping-cough

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The Coronavirus Saved My Life

If I hadn’t gone in for a test, I wouldn’t have learned I had stage four metastatic lung cancer. I guess that’s a perverse kind of luck.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #lung-cancer

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Obamacare Enrollment Opens, With Costs Generally Lower

Millions lost their insurance, along with their jobs, during the pandemic. But many people are eligible for financial help.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #medicaid, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #personal-finances, #unemployment

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People Are Choosing Kidney Dialysis at H

A new Medicare program aims to increase the proportion of patients using home dialysis and receiving transplants.

#chapel-hill-nc, #dialysis, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #kidneys, #medicare, #transplants, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare

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Medicare’s Choices Have Grown, but Many Americans Don’t Review Options

A new study shows that more than half of enrollees don’t review or compare their coverage options annually.

#content-type-service, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #kaiser-family-foundation, #medicare, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #retirement, #united-states

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Covid-19 Threatens People With Intellectual and Developmental Challenges

People with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders are three times more likely to die of Covid-19, compared with patients without the conditions, a new analysis found.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fair-health-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #intellectual-disabilities, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Now’s the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance. Here’s How.

It’s open enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act. Anyone who needs insurance for next year can pick a plan now.

#content-type-service, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

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