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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Still Seeking A Federal Coronavirus Strategy

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Trump administration sent its COVID-19 testing strategy plan to Congress, formalizing its policy that...
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Nearly Half Of Americans Delayed Medical Care Due To Pandemic

As the coronavirus threat ramped up in March, hospitals, health systems and private practices dramatically reduced inpatient, nonemergency services to prepare for an influx...
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COVID-Like Cough Sent Him To ER — Where He Got A $3,278 Bill

From late March into April, Timothy Regan had severe coughing fits several times a day that often left him out of breath. He had...
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Searching For Safety: Where Children Hide When Gunfire Is All Too Common

Justice Buress, 4, demonstrates how she hides under a table during a drill at Little Explorers Learning Center in St. Louis. Day care...
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Antibody Tests Were Hailed As Way To End Lockdowns. Instead, They Cause Confusion.

Aspen was an early COVID-19 hot spot in Colorado, with a cluster of cases in March linked to tourists visiting for its world-famous skiing....
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‘An Arm And A Leg’: Tips For Surviving COVID With Your Financial Health Intact

Dan Weissmann Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. In early April, Katelyn was in a financial bind. At home and sick with COVID-19, she...

Must-Reads Of The Week | Kaiser Health News

The news this week did seem dominated a bit by President Donald Trump. And most of it was trivial: Do we believe he is...

El Congreso dijo que los tests de COVID-19 debían ser gratuitos, pero ¿quién paga?

Los hospitales de todo el país tienen miedo de enviar cientos de miles de facturas relacionadas con las pruebas para COVID-19, porque el Congreso...
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Coronavirus Tests The Value Of Artificial Intelligence In Medicine

Dr. Albert Hsiao and his colleagues at the University of California-San Diego health system had been working for 18 months on an artificial intelligence program designed...
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The 30-Somethings Who Fled Big Cities To Shelter With Mom And Dad

AUSTIN, Texas — It took three weeks, but Lawrence and Arlene Maze finally persuaded their younger son, Gregory, of Los Angeles, to get on...
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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: When It Comes To COVID-19, States Are On Their Own

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. At least so far, states that reopened their economies are not seeing a major spike...

Científica genera imágenes del coronavirus para que todos vean al “enemigo invisible”

Desde su laboratorio en Montana, Elizabeth Fischer está tratando de ayudar a que las personas vean a qué se enfrentan con COVID-19. Durante las últimas...
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Reopening Dental Offices For Routine Care Amid Pandemic Touches A Nerve

Tom Peeling wanted his teeth cleaned and wasn’t going to let the coronavirus pandemic get in the way. Luckily, his six-month regular appointment was scheduled...
In this March 28, 2020, file photo, David Yee, an NPI mechanical engineer, tests voltage of new batteries at Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, Calif. The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted companies large and small to rethink how they do business. Bloom Energy makes hydrogen fuel cells. But recently, they have been refurbishing old ventilators so hospitals can use them to keep coronavirus patients alive. (Beth LaBerge/KQED via AP, Pool, File)

Scientist Has ‘Invisible Enemy’ In Sights With Microscopic Portraits Of Coronavirus

From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they’re up against in COVID-19. Over...
Los Angeles Fire Department officials deliver testing kits to a waiting motorists at a COVID-19 drive-up testing site in Elysian Park, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Officials say hand-washing and keeping a safe social distance are priorities in battling the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Analysis: Get Ready For The Vaccine — They’re Never Simple

If there is a silver lining to the flawed U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, it is this: The relatively high number of new...
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Congress Said COVID-19 Tests Should Be Free — But Who’s Paying?

Hospitals around the country are afraid to send out hundreds of thousands of bills related to COVID-19 testing. That’s because Congress mandated there would...
In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, Wendy Kerley gives Ethan Getman, 15, a shot of the flu vaccine at the Cordova Shot Nurse clinic in Memphis, Tenn. A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest flu seasons for children in a decade. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP, File)

Tennessee’s Secret To Plentiful Coronavirus Testing? Picking Up The Tab

To reopen businesses and public spaces safely, experts say, states need to be testing and contact tracing on a massive scale. But only a...
In this April 2, 2020, file photo a nurse holds a vial and a swab at a drive-up coronavirus testing station at a hospital in Seattle. A federal report due out Monday, April 6, finds that three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

To Stem COVID, This Small Indiana City Decided To Test All Public-Facing Employees

Behind a nondescript strip mall in Carmel, Indiana, a short line of cars gathers mid-afternoon next to a large tent. Medical professionals stand out...
In this April 2, 2020, file photo a nurse holds a vial and a swab at a drive-up coronavirus testing station at a hospital in Seattle. A federal report due out Monday, April 6, finds that three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations

On Day Two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s stay-at-home orders in March, Nohemi Jimenez got into her car in San Pablo, California, waved...
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The Pandemic Is Hurting Pediatric Hospitals, Too

Children have largely escaped the ravages of COVID-19, but children’s hospitals have not eluded the financial pain the pandemic has wrought on health care...
A staffer delivers a medical oxygen tank to coronavirus patients who are being treated at home, in Bergamo, one of the areas worst affected by the virus, Northern Italy, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

‘Last Responders’ Seek To Expand Postmortem COVID Testing In Unexplained Deaths

Examining dead bodies and probing for a cause of death is rarely seen as a heroic or glamorous job. Rather, as the coronavirus pandemic...

Proveedores de Medicaid, al final de la lista para recibir fondos por COVID

Casa de Salud, una clínica sin fines de lucro en Albuquerque, Nuevo México, brinda atención primaria, servicios para adicciones y terapias alternativas como acupuntura...
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Tourists, Beware: Foreign Visitors’ Travel Health Insurance Might Exclude Pandemics

It was evident that the fever, nausea and loss of appetite Vlastimil Gajdoš felt on his wedding day was not a mere case of...
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How A Company Misappropriated Native American Culture To Sell Health Insurance

Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance. The self-described “health...
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Drugmakers Tout COVID-19 Vaccines To Refurbish Their Public Image

Johnson & Johnson researchers working on a vaccine against the coronavirus are “just like the heroes in the hospitals” fighting to save patients, J&J...
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Medicaid Providers At The End Of The Line For Federal COVID Funding

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). Casa de Salud, a nonprofit clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides primary...

Persiguiendo el esquivo sueño de una cura para COVID-19

SOBRE NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad...

Chasing The Elusive Dream Of A COVID Cure

Although scientists and stock markets have celebrated the approval for emergency use of remdesivir to treat COVID-19, a cure for the disease that has...

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: What’s In The Next Round Of COVID-19 Relief?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. House Democrats are moving ahead with another round of COVID-19 relief, including additional funding for...
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In The COVID Age, Bring A Mask And Gloves To A Protest

INDIANAPOLIS — When Lamari Edwards joined Dreasjon “Sean” Reed’s Facebook Live video, she could sense something bad was going to happen, but she never...
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Hospital Workers Complain of Minimal Disclosure After COVID Exposures

Dinah Jimenez assumed a world-class hospital would be better prepared than a chowder house to inform workers when they had been exposed to a...
Medical workers check on the conditions of patients in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China on Thursday reported 254 new deaths and a spike in virus cases of 15,152, after the hardest-hit province of Hubei applied a new classification system that broadens the scope of diagnoses for the outbreak, which has spread to more than 20 countries. (Chinatopix Via AP)

COVID Survivors’ Blood Plasma Is A Sought-After New Commodity

Diana Berrent learned she had tested positive for COVID-19 on a Wednesday in mid-March. Within a day, she had received 30 emails from people...
FILE - In this May 4, 2020, file photo, Robin Sotomayor, 5, wears a Supergirl face mask as she gets her hair done by Haylee Cummins at Rockabetty's Hair Parlor, in Yuba City, Calif. Donning a mask will be as common as putting on a cap or sunglasses for Californians as the state begins gradually easing stay-at-home orders, but rules about face coverings vary from county to county and it is unclear what enforcement might look like. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

How COVID Colors The Salon Experience

LOVELAND, Colo. — Blush Beauty Bar hair salon had been closed 48 days, a consequence of stay-at-home orders to stem the tide of the...

Despite Pandemic, Trauma Centers See No End To ‘The Visible Virus Of Violence’

CHICAGO — On an early March day at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the emergency room at the University of Chicago Medical Center...
Lt. Col Shane Patty, right, gestures while speaking to Captain Torrance Pineau-Brown at a possible COVID-19 treatment site Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in San Mateo, Calif. The National Guard is currently setting up the federal cache, which includes cots and personal protective equipment needed to establish a federal medical station with capacity up to 250 beds. No patients will be immediately housed in the space but proactively standing it up now allows the County to be ready if and when hospitals need more medical spaces. Both men are from the 146th Airlift Wing, a unit of the California Air National Guard, stationed at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Oxnard, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, Pool)

Analysis: We Knew The Coronavirus Was Coming, Yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests

The arrival of COVID-19 has provided a nuclear-level stress test to the American health care system, and our grade isn’t pretty: at least 73,000...
California Gov. Gavin Newsom displays a bottle of hand sanitizer while saying the state would take action against price gouging because of the coronavirus, at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, March 4, 2020. In the aftermath of the first California resident to die from the coronavirus, Newsom declared a state declared a statewide emergency to deal with the virus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Keeping The COVID Plague At Bay: How California Is Protecting Older Veterans

Dr. Vito Imbasciani has been at war with viruses since he was 5. Growing up near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New...
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‘An Arm And A Leg’: Health Care Takes A Financial Hit In The Midst...

Dan Weissmann Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. You’ve probably noticed that the U.S. economy is crashing. What you might not expect is that...

In Reversal, Kansas Will Count All Positive COVID Cases, Even Asymptomatic Ones

Kansas leaders will include asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in their assessments of virus trends as they evaluate when to take further steps to ease stay-at-home...

Millions Stuck At Home With No Plumbing, Kitchen Or Space To Stay Safe

In nearly half a million American homes, washing hands to prevent COVID-19 isn’t as simple as soaping up and singing “Happy Birthday” twice while...

Trying Out LA’s New Coronavirus Testing Regime

Last week, after Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Los Angeles was offering COVID-19 tests to all city and county residents, I decided to get...

Reopening In The COVID Era: How To Adapt To A New Normal

As many states begin to reopen — most without meeting the thresholds recommended by the White House — a new level of COVID-19 risk...

Looking For A Path To Reopen, Employers Weigh COVID Testing Of Workers

This story also ran on Time. This story can be republished for free (details). Just a few miles from Disney World, Harris Rosen’s hotel empire is...

Eerie Emptiness Of ERs Worries Doctors As Heart Attack And Stroke Patients Delay Care

The patient described it as the worst headache of her life. She didn’t go to the hospital, though. Instead, the Washington state resident waited...

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Blowing The Whistle On Trump Team’s COVID Policies

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Those working inside the Trump administration are getting so frustrated with the response to the...

Economic Blow Of The Coronavirus Hits America’s Already Stressed Farmers

Sandy West Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground...

How The Pandemic And An Anti-Vax Health Official Are Roiling A Montana Community

Even as Montana begins a gradual easing of stay-at-home restrictions intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the political schism it highlighted is...

Viral Post Alleging Obama-Era Device Tax Caused Current PPE Shortage Is Way Off

A social media post, which in April was shared widely on Facebook and made appearances on a conservative online discussion forum, asserts that former...

Readers And Tweeters: Doctors Chime In On Telemedicine Costs

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...

COVID-Plagued California Nursing Homes Often Had Problems In Past

When Jorge Newbery finally got through to his 95-year-old mother, Jennifer, on a video call April 18, she could barely talk or move and...

As Lawmakers Reconvene, Not Everyone Agrees On COVID-Only Agenda

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to begin what they describe...

Always The Bridesmaid, Public Health Rarely Spotlighted Until It’s Too Late

The U.S. is in the midst of both a public health crisis and a health care crisis. Yet most people aren’t aware these are...

Empleadores evalúan hacerles pruebas para COVID-19 a sus trabajadores

A pocas millas de Disney World, el imperio hotelero de Harris Rosen está cerrado casi por completo debido a la pandemia de COVID. Una condición...

COVID Bailout Cash Goes To Big Players That Have Paid Millions To Settle Allegations...

The Trump administration has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic-related bailouts to health care providers with checkered histories, including a Florida-based cancer...

Listen: A New Hope In The Battle Against COVID-19

Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, participated in the Friday news roundup on “1A,” a program of WAMU and NPR. The...

California To Widen Pipeline Of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

Jane Gunter, a nurse practitioner in Tuolumne County, California, has long wanted to specialize in mental health so she can treat patients who have...

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: SCOTUS Decides An ACA Case. No, Not THAT Case.

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The Supreme Court this week rejected the efforts of a Republican-controlled Congress in 2014 to...

Free Clinics Try To Fill Gaps As COVID Sweeps Away Job-Based Insurance

TUPELO, Mississippi — Joe Delbert hadn’t needed the Tree of Life Free Clinic in three years. The 55-year-old man, who moved to Tupelo from Georgia...

‘An Arm And A Leg’: If Insurer Bills You For COVID Testing, Talk —...

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Anna Davis Abel’s insurance company pledged to cover COVID-19 testing without cost sharing, but then left her...

Health Insurers Prosper As COVID-19 Deflates Demand For Elective Treatments

As doctors and consumers are forced to put most nonemergency procedures on hold, many health insurers foresee strong profits. So why is the industry looking...

As Coronavirus Strikes, Crucial Data In Electronic Health Records Hard To Harvest

When President Donald Trump started touting hydroxychloroquine as “one of the biggest game changers” for treating COVID-19, researchers hoped electronic health records could quickly...

Trump Says N95 Masks Can Be Sterilized For Reuse. Only In A Pinch, Experts...

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, front-line health care workers are decrying unsafe working conditions — in particular, describing inadequate access to personal protective...

COVID Tests Are Free, Except When They’re Not

Even before a novel virus swept around the world, Anna Davis Abel wore a mask to protect herself from getting sick. The 25-year-old writer lives...

The Challenges Of Keeping Young Adults Safe During The Pandemic

Last month, after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered most of the state’s residents to stay home, I found myself under virtual house arrest with...

Lawmaker Pushing Mental Health Reform: It’s ‘More Needed Than Ever’

SACRAMENTO — During the first week of school closures in San Jose, state Sen. Jim Beall’s office received more than a dozen phone calls...

‘An Arm And A Leg’: What A Fleet Of Firetrucks Can Teach About Public...

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Ryan Gamlin spent a decade on the business side of health care — working with insurance companies....

Coronavirus Crisis Opens Access To Online Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction isn’t taking a break during the coronavirus pandemic. But the U.S. response to the viral crisis is making addiction treatment easier to get. Under...

Coronavirus Fuels Explosive Growth In Telehealth ― And Concern About Fraud

On March 17, Medicare chief Seema Verma stepped to the podium at a White House coronavirus briefing and unveiled a “historic action” to promote...

Amid Pandemic, FDA Seizes Cheaper Drugs From Canada

JUPITER, Fla. — The Food and Drug Administration in the past month has stepped up seizures of prescription drugs being sent to American customers...

A Switch To Medicaid Managed Care Worries Some Illinois Foster Families

Rebecca and Bruce Austin in central Illinois have six kids — ranging in age from 4 to 22. Five kids still live at home, and...

‘An Arm And A Leg’: Am I Protected If I Need COVID-19 Care?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. A lot of insurance companies have said they’ll waive copayments and deductibles for COVID-19 care — as...
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In Fine Print, HHS Appears To Ban All Surprise Billing During The Pandemic

Federal officials offering emergency funding to hospitals, clinics and doctors’ practices have included this stipulation: They cannot foist surprise medical bills on COVID-19 patients. But...

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Hello! This pandemic is going to have ramifications that unfold for years to come that we won’t be able to predict. But my money...
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California Shies Away From Calls To Eliminate Restrictions On Nurse Practitioners

This story also ran on Stat. This story can be republished for free (details). As the demand for health care workers surges with the coronavirus case...
This March 16, 2020, file photo shows the Oculus at the World Trade Center's transportation hub in New York. Census Day, the April 1 reference day for the once-a-decade effort to count everyone in the U.S., arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus, but census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over’: 5 Things To Know About Hitting The COVID-19...

As New York, California and other states begin to see their numbers of new COVID-19 cases level off or even slip, it might appear...
In this March 28, 2020, file photo, David Yee, an NPI mechanical engineer, tests voltage of new batteries at Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, Calif. The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted companies large and small to rethink how they do business. Bloom Energy makes hydrogen fuel cells. But recently, they have been refurbishing old ventilators so hospitals can use them to keep coronavirus patients alive. (Beth LaBerge/KQED via AP, Pool, File)

As Ventilators Become Crucial In Saving Lives, Repair Roadblocks Remain

DENVER — For years, manufacturers of ventilators and other medical equipment have kept a tight grip on the ability of hospitals to service and...
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Obama: GOP’s Stance On Preexisting Conditions Off-Base, Especially During Pandemic

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News Endorsing his former vice president, Joe Biden, to win the White House, former President Barack Obama sought to contrast the...
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The COVID-19 Bailout That’s Left Every Hospital Unhappy In Its Own Way

In the throes of the novel coronavirus outbreak in early April, Kenneth Raske, president of the powerful Greater New York Hospital Association, took his...
A commuter crosses 42nd Street in front of Grand Central Terminal during morning rush hour, Monday, March 23, 2020, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered most New Yorkers to stay home from work to slow the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: How Will We Reopen The Economy?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Donald Trump wants to reopen the country soon. But public health experts from across...
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With Federal Nod, Consumers Could Lose The Boost They Get From Drug ‘Coupons’

Patients who get financial help from drug companies to cover their copayments for prescription drugs could owe a bigger chunk of their costs under...
In this April 2, 2020, file photo a nurse holds a vial and a swab at a drive-up coronavirus testing station at a hospital in Seattle. A federal report due out Monday, April 6, finds that three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Coronavirus Nurses Ask An Ebola Veteran: Is It OK To Be Afraid?

Martha Phillips knows exactly how it feels to suddenly find oneself up close to — and unprotected from — a deadly virus. In 2014, Phillips,...
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COVID-19 Brings Overhaul Of Military Health Care To A Halt

The agencies that oversee the health of U.S. military personnel and veterans were pushing ahead this spring with the biggest overhaul of their health...
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Jails And Prisons Spring Thousands To Prevent Coronavirus Outbreaks

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Terry Smith, a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran with PTSD, multiple health issues and a history of...
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Lost On The Frontline | Kaiser Health News

America’s health care workers are dying. In some states, medical staff account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend to...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

A Desperate Scramble As COVID-19 Families Vie For Access To Plasma Therapy

This story also ran on NBC News. This story can be republished for free (details). Stephen Garcia’s family is frantic. The auto body worker, just 32...
In this April 2, 2020, file photo a nurse holds a vial and a swab at a drive-up coronavirus testing station at a hospital in Seattle. A federal report due out Monday, April 6, finds that three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

True Toll Of COVID-19 On U.S. Health Care Workers Unknown

Christina Jewett and Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News The number of health care workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus is likely far higher...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

Massachusetts Recruits 1,000 ‘Contact Tracers’ To Battle COVID-19

This story is part of a partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Massachusetts is launching...
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Pediatric Practices Struggle To Adapt And Survive Amid COVID-19

BERKELEY, Calif. — The silence was striking. On a normal day, the well-child waiting room at Berkeley Pediatrics bustles with children playing, infants crying and...
This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. Twitter is starting Wednesday, March 4, 2020, to test tweets that disappear after 24 hours, although the new feature will initially only be available in Brazil. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Readers And Tweeters Stay At Home And Stay In Touch With KHN

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...
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How Do We Exit The Shutdown? Hire An Army Of Public Health Workers

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Last month, facing the prospect of overwhelmed hospitals and unchecked spread of the novel coronavirus,...
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign stop at the Mount Pleasant Lodge, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden’s Incremental Medicare Play For Bernie’s Backers

In one of his first proposals since becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden is wading back into the roiling waters of health...
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Furor Erupts: Billions Going To Hospitals Based On Medicare Billings, Not COVID-19

Probably few hospital systems need the emergency federal grants announced this week to handle the coronavirus crisis as badly as Florida’s Jackson Health does. Miami,...
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To ‘Keep The Lights On,’ Doctors And Hospitals Ask For Advance Medicare Payments

Darrin Menard, a family physician in Lafayette, Louisiana, has spent the past month easing patients’ anxieties about the coronavirus that has killed 10 people...
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Millennial Zeitgeist: Attitudes About COVID-19 Shift As Cases Among Young Adults Rise

When Laura Mae, 27, first heard about the coronavirus, it didn’t seem like a big deal. “I’m in college, and school was still going on....

Comic Relief From COVID-19: Leaders Really Meme It When They Say Stay Home

CHICAGO — As their city confronts a wave of COVID-19 patients, Chicagoans are managing to get some belly laughs. The source? Memes of their...
Snowshoers head up a slope above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington state. Most national parks are remaining open during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but many are closing visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants in hopes of containing its spread. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A Colorado Ski Community Planned To Test Everyone For COVID-19. Here’s What Happened.

Christie Aschwanden In late March, residents of the Colorado town of Telluride and surrounding San Miguel County stood in line, along marked spots spaced 6...
Lt. Col Shane Patty, right, gestures while speaking to Captain Torrance Pineau-Brown at a possible COVID-19 treatment site Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in San Mateo, Calif. The National Guard is currently setting up the federal cache, which includes cots and personal protective equipment needed to establish a federal medical station with capacity up to 250 beds. No patients will be immediately housed in the space but proactively standing it up now allows the County to be ready if and when hospitals need more medical spaces. Both men are from the 146th Airlift Wing, a unit of the California Air National Guard, stationed at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Oxnard, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, Pool)

‘It’s Like Walking Into Chernobyl,’ One Doctor Says Of Her Emergency Room

At one New York City hospital, a doctor’s used mask tore as she performed CPR on her infected patient. In Seattle, a nurse compares walking...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

‘Baby, I Can’t Breathe’: America’s First ER Doctor To Die In Heat Of COVID-19...

At about 5 a.m. on March 19, a New York City ER physician named Frank Gabrin texted a friend about his concerns over the...
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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Who Will Pay For COVID-19 Care?

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. In the absence of clear leadership from the federal government, states and private companies are...
California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to members of the press at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Newsom spoke about the state's response to novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a possible first case of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in California in the general public.(AP Photo/Randall Benton)

Newsom’s Ambitious Health Care Agenda Crumbles In A ‘Radically Changed’ World

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). This was supposed to be a big health care year for California. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom...
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What’s Missing In The Coronavirus Response

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). In the age of coronavirus, Americans are being told to stay home and wear masks...

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