Desperate for Covid Care, Undocumented Immigrants Resort to Unproven Drugs

Shut out from mainstream medicine, some immigrants are buying expensive, unproven Covid therapies from “wellness” clinics or turning to the black market.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #rumors-and-misinformation, #your-feed-healthcare

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Republicans Wave the White Flag on Health Care (for Now)

The Supreme Court’s latest ruling moved the country’s debate over health policy into a new phase. Tough questions await both parties.

#democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lifelong Exercise Adds Up to Big Health Care Savings

People who start to exercise before or during middle age typically save from $824 to $1,874 annually on health care costs after retirement.

#aarp, #age-chronological, #bmj-open-journal, #exercise, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare

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Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds

An analysis of health insurance records of almost 2 million coronavirus patients found new issues in nearly a quarter — including those whose Covid infection was mild or asymptomatic.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fair-health-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #research, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Study Finds Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems

An analysis of health insurance records of almost 2 million coronavirus patients found new issues in nearly a quarter — including those whose Covid infection was mild or asymptomatic.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fair-health-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #research, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Why The New Yorker’s Stars Didn’t Join Its Union

The 96-year-old magazine, known for its revered writers and sophisticated audience, is being consumed by a labor dispute.

#collective-bargaining, #conde-nast-publications-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #labor-and-jobs, #magazines, #new-yorker, #newsguild, #newspaper-guild-the, #organized-labor, #remnick-david, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #writers-guild-of-america, #writing-and-writers

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UnitedHealthcare May Deny Emergency Visit Coverage

Within days of announcing a policy shift aimed at cutting back on reimbursements for emergency room care, the major insurer retreated — for now.

#american-college-of-emergency-physicians, #american-hospital-assn, #american-medical-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

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Government Warns Doctors and Insurers: Don’t Bill for Covid Vaccines

Such billing has been rare, but public concern about it may be contributing to hesitancy about getting the shot.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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On Medicare and Need Dental Work? Beware a Big Bill.

The traditional version doesn’t cover dental, vision or hearing care. Advocates hope for change under a Biden proposal.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #ears-and-hearing, #eyes-and-eyesight, #health-affairs-journal, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #medicare, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #teeth-and-dentistry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Alzheimer’s Drug Is Bonanza for Biogen, Most Likely at Taxpayer Expense

Despite scant evidence that it works, the drug, Aduhelm, is predicted to generate billions of dollars in revenue, much of it from Medicare.

#alzheimers-disease, #biogen-inc, #clinical-trials, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-insurance-and-managed-care

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We Could All Use a Health Coach

Health coaches can give patients the tools they need to improve their own care and well-being, but they aren’t widely available.

#chronic-condition-health, #coaches-and-managers, #diet-and-nutrition, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #iora-health-llc

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks Recall Heated Health Care Summer of 2009

Once again, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to bridge a deep policy divide, but the lesson of failed negotiations on the Affordable Care Act has left Democrats skeptical about an infrastructure deal.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Infrastructure Talks Recall Heated Debate Over Obama Healthcare

Once again, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to bridge a deep policy divide, but the lesson of failed negotiations on the Affordable Care Act has left Democrats skeptical about an infrastructure deal.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Covid Vaccine Is Free, but Not Everyone Believes That

Concern over unexpected bills was one of the reasons given by survey respondents for hesitation about getting the shot.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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For China’s Single Mothers, a Road to Recognition Paved With False Starts

Unmarried mothers are often denied government benefits. A debate over the policy is being propelled by a declining birthrate and a new generation of independent Chinese women.

#china, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #single-persons, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Social Security and Covid: Why Getting Help Won’t Be the Same

The pandemic abruptly closed the agency’s 1,200 offices, and officials are considering how to move forward. One issue: Without the offices, fewer low-income seniors sought benefits.

#consumer-protection, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #retirement, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-security-us, #social-security-administration, #weaver-david

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Big Hospital Chains Get Covid Aid, and Buy Up Competitors

The pandemic barely dented the financial outlook for some major networks, which continued to acquire weaker hospitals and ailing doctors’ practices. Critics worry consolidation leads to higher prices for medical care.

#american-hospital-assn, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cedars-sinai-medical-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #klobuchar-amy, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #new-york-university-langone-health, #porter-katie-1974, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rand-corp, #senate, #your-feed-healthcare

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First They Fought the Virus. Now They Battle the Medical Bills.

Insurers and Congress wrote rules to protect coronavirus patients, but the bills came anyway, leaving some mired in debt.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states

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The Pandemic Was Bad for Our Teeth. Will It Change Oral Health Forever?

The rise of teledentistry and other alternatives have the potential to fix some of the disparities in care.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #preventive-medicine, #research, #teeth-and-dentistry

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Biden Administration Restores Rights for Transgender Patients

Officials invited people subject to health care discrimination to file complaints. But formal rule-making will be needed before a Trump-era policy can be fully reversed.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nearly 1 Million People Signed Up for Obamacare This Spring

More than 400,000 Americans have enrolled in the last month alone, reflecting increased financial help and more advertising.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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

Covid-19 made virtual medicine a popular investment. But patients should beware.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #start-ups, #telemedicine

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Health Care in the U.S., as Seen From Abroad

We asked eight people around the world what they thought. It didn’t go well.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states

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Why Amazon’s Workers Sided With the Company Over a Union

Pay, benefits and an aggressive anti-union campaign by the company helped generate votes at a warehouse in Alabama.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #wages-and-salaries

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Biden’s Approval Rating Rises, Helped by Vaccine Distribution Push

Americans don’t think the president deserves sole credit for the widespread availability of Covid vaccines, but they like the job he’s doing getting them distributed, a new poll found.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Takes On Sagging Safety Net With Plan to Fix Long-Term Care

The proposal to spend $400 billion over eight years faces political challenges and a funding system not designed for the burden it has come to bear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disabilities, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #wages-and-salaries

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5 Health Care Jobs on the Rise

Occupations in the industry are increasingly in demand because of an aging population and longer life spans.

#accreditation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #hospice-care, #labor-and-jobs, #massage, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-economy

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Is It OK to Use Money Raised for a Child’s Cancer Care on a Car?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on the limits of GoFundMe, whether to identify as L.G.B.T.Q. and unequal inheritances.

#ethics-personal, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #leukemia

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Asa Hutchinson on Arkansas’s Anti-Trans Law and the G.O.P. Culture Wars

The state’s Republican governor, who recently vetoed an anti-transgender bill only to be overridden by the legislature, spoke to The Times about why his party has “got to show greater compassion.”

#arkansas, #conservatism-us-politics, #discrimination, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hutchinson-asa, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vetoes-us

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A Single Ohio Hospital Reveals All That’s Wrong With American Health Care

In Brian Alexander’s “The Hospital,” an intimate portrait of a small hospital in Bryan, Ohio.

#alexander-brian, #books-and-literature, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #ohio, #the-hospital-life-death-and-dollars-in-a-small-american-town-book

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Doctors Sue UnitedHealthcare

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

#anesthesia-and-anesthetics, #colorado, #doctors, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #us-anesthesia-partners-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

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Doctors Accuse UnitedHealthcare of Stifling Competition

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

#anesthesia-and-anesthetics, #colorado, #doctors, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #us-anesthesia-partners-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

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Billions in New Obamacare Subsidies Are Now Available on Healthcare.gov

Nearly everyone with a marketplace health plan can seek more financial help. Many uninsured Americans and people who buy their insurance elsewhere can also benefit.

#federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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My Covid-19 Patients Can’t Get the Treatment They Need

Doctors like me want monoclonal antibodies for our high-risk patients, but the medicine is hard to come by.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Health Care Became the Big Industry in Steel City

Pittsburgh’s once strong unions are part of the answer, Gabriel Winant explains in his book “The Next Shift,” but the change hasn’t come without complications.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #factories-and-manufacturing, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #labor-and-jobs, #pittsburgh-pa, #steel-and-iron, #the-next-shift-the-fall-of-industry-and-the-rise-of-health-care-in-rust-belt-america-book, #winant-gabriel

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‘It Felt Like Deception’: An Elite NYC Hospital Charges Huge Covid Test Fees

Insurers are stuck with the big bills from Lenox Hill, but the public ultimately pays through higher premiums.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #lenox-hill-hospital, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

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11 Years On, the Affordable Care Act Defies Opponents and Keeps Expanding

More than 200,000 have used a special enrollment period to sign up for health insurance under the act, while Alabama and Wyoming eye the law’s Medicaid expansion.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #obama-barack, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Complexity Could Mar Rollout of the New Obamacare Subsidies

The stimulus bill spends billions to help more Americans buy affordable health insurance. But getting those dollars will take some work, and some waiting.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions

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When Your Covid-19 Test Comes Back Positive While Traveling

Contracting the coronavirus while far from home is a frightening possibility. And sometimes it happens, with consequences that can be deadly.

#ambulances, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #travel-and-vacations

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Need Health Insurance? A Guide to New Options Under the Stimulus.

There is more financial assistance for more people seeking coverage. And many people who are already covered can get discounts, too, if they sign up.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #content-type-service, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions

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Trump Health Care Policies That Biden Should Consider Keeping

Biden may want to continue the previous administration’s efforts to lower drug prices and make medical costs transparent.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Obamacare’s About to Get a Lot More Affordable. These Maps Show How.

For this year and next, the stimulus bill boosts subsidies for nearly all those buying their own coverage, making insurance free for more people and giving higher-income people discounts for the first time.

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

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A $22,368 Bill That Dodged and Weaved to Find a Gap in America’s Health System

Bad news for one unlucky patient is also a stark example of how dysfunctional U.S. health coverage can be.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #tests-medical

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The Virus Cost Performers Their Work, Then Their Health Coverage

As the entertainment industry collapsed during the pandemic, several major health plans made it harder to qualify for insurance. Thousands lost it.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #american-federation-of-musicians, #asner-ed, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fairchild-robert, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sag-aftra, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #the-actors-fund, #theater

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Covid-19 Relief Bill Fulfills Biden’s Promise to Expand Obamacare, for Two Years

With its expanded subsidies for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, the coronavirus relief bill makes insurance more affordable, and puts health care on the ballot in 2022.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What’s in the Stimulus Bill? A Guide to Where the $1.9 Trillion Is Going

The measure passed by the Senate, and headed to the House for final approval before going to President Biden’s desk, contains money for direct checks, jobless benefits, state and local aid, and more.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-taxes-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Private Insurance Wins in Democrats’ First Try at Expanding Health Coverage

‘Medicare for all’ and the public option were hot topics during primary season, but the politics of passing those “gets tricky really fast.”

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

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Too Much Choice Is Hurting America

Learning from subprime, health care and electricity.

#conservatism-us-politics, #electric-light-and-power, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income-inequality, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #poverty, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #texas

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At Last, Democrats Get Chance to Engineer Obamacare 2.0

The Biden administration is trying to make the health care law more generous and closer to its original design, but may disappoint progressive allies hoping for more.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

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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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