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Public Health Officials Face Wave Of Threats, Pressure Amid Coronavirus Response

Emily Brown was stretched thin. As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado, she was working 12- and 14-hour...
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If You’ve Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You’ve Got Options

The coronavirus pandemic — and the economic fallout that has come with it — boosted health insurance enrollment counselor Mark Van Arnam’s workload. But...
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COVID-19 Batters A Beloved Bay Area Community Health Care Center

MARIN CITY, Calif. ― A small band of volunteers started the Marin City Health and Wellness Center nearly two decades ago with a doctor...
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New Coronavirus Hot Spots Emerge Across South And In California, As Northeast Slows

Mass protests against police violence across the U.S. have public health officials concerned about an accelerated spread of the coronavirus. But even before the...

Elevadores en tiempos de COVID-19, un desafío de la vuelta al trabajo

Cuando la Asociación Médica Americana (AMA) trasladó su sede a un famoso rascacielos de Chicago en 2013, las vistas desde la sala de conferencias...
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)

Si perdiste tu seguro de salud por la crisis de COVID-19, tienes opciones

El coronavirus y las consecuencias económicas de la pandemia, impulsaron el trabajo del asesor de seguros de salud Mark Van Arnam. Pero él quiere...

Health Workers Resort To Etsy, Learning Chinese, Shady Deals To Find Safety Gear

A nursing home worker in New Jersey rendezvoused with “the parking lot guy” to cut a deal for gowns. A director of safety-net clinics...
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Lost On The Frontline | Kaiser Health News

America’s health care workers are dying. In some states, medical personnel account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend to...
Nurse Practitioner Surani Hayre-Kwan, left, and nurse practitioner student Kristina Crichton during an office visit with patient John Donaldson, a Guerneville resident who relies on Hayre-Kawn for his primary care. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

Exclusive: Nearly 600 — And Counting — US Health Workers Have Died Of COVID-19

Nearly 600 front-line health care workers appear to have died of COVID-19, according to Lost on the Frontline, a project launched by The Guardian...

Tirarle gas lacrimógeno a manifestantes en medio de la pandemia es un “desastre”

En las manifestaciones a nivel nacional por la muerte de George Floyd bajo custodia policial, agentes han lanzado  spray pimienta y gas lacrimógeno contra las...
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Federal Help Falters As Nursing Homes Run Short Of Protective Equipment

Around the country, nursing homes trying to protect their residents from the coronavirus eagerly await boxes of masks, eyewear and gowns promised by the...
FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, women looters carry merchandise from a Union Square Victoria's Secret store in San Francisco during riots. Police say many of the smash-and-grab thefts have been carried out by caravans of well-coordinated criminals that have coincided with or followed protests over the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd's neck. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Social Media Fears About Lack Of Coverage For Protest Injuries May Be Overblown

Thousands of protesters thronged the streets in recent days to express their anger over the killing of an African American man, George Floyd, in...
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At-Home Care Designed For COVID Likely Here To Stay At Cleveland Hospital

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). CLEVELAND, Ohio — In late March, Andrea Laquatra began to feel sick. At first, it...
FILE - This March 2, 2019, file photo, shows a Customs and Border Control agent patrolling on the US side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along the Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Army Corp of Engineers also said there was no set date to start or complete construction, which will take place near Nogales, Arizona and Sasabe, Arizona. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

COVID-19 Overwhelms Border ICUs

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Even as most California hospitals have avoided an incapacitating surge in coronavirus patients, some facilities near the Mexican border have...

COVID-19 abruma a las terapias intensivas en la frontera

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Using Stories To Mentally Survive As A COVID-19 Clinician

Dr. Christopher Travis, an intern in obstetrics-gynecology, has cared for patients with COVID-19 and performed surgery on women suspected of having the coronavirus. But...
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Fighting COVID And Police Brutality, Medical Teams Take To Streets To Treat Protesters

DENVER — Amid clouds of choking tear gas, booming flash-bang grenades and other other “riot control agents,” volunteer medics plunged into street protests over...

Newsom Likes To ‘Go Big’ But Doesn’t Always Deliver

Gavin Newsom knew it was a political gamble when, as the newly elected mayor of San Francisco, he promised to eradicate chronic homelessness. “I recognize...
This Thursday, May 21, 2020, photo shows a parked car with a broken front window after a smash-and-grab break-in in Los Angeles. The coronavirus hasn't been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Protests And The Pandemic

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Following the death of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis, protests have mushroomed around...
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Hiring A Diverse Army To Track COVID-19 Amid Reopening

As a contact tracer, Teresa Ayala-Castillo is sometimes asked whether herbal teas and Vicks VapoRub can treat COVID-19. These therapies aren’t exactly official health...
FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, women looters carry merchandise from a Union Square Victoria's Secret store in San Francisco during riots. Police say many of the smash-and-grab thefts have been carried out by caravans of well-coordinated criminals that have coincided with or followed protests over the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd's neck. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Tear-Gassing Protesters During An Infectious Outbreak ‘A Recipe For Disaster’

In nationwide demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody, protesters have been frequently pepper-sprayed or enveloped in clouds of tear...
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Efforts To Curb Congenital Syphilis Falter In COVID’s Shadow

U.S. public health officials are closer to identifying a road map for curbing the rising rates of syphilis infections in newborn babies, but with...
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Judges Try To Balance Legal Rights And Courtroom Health

It’s tough getting people to report for jury duty in normal times. It’s even harder during a pandemic. The kidnapping and rape trial of Kenneth...

‘Why Do We Always Get Hit First?’ Proposed Budget Cuts Target Vulnerable Californians

Shirley Madden, 83, relies on a caregiver and her two grown daughters to remain living at home — and not in a nursing home. Her...
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In Hard-Hit Areas, COVID’s Ripple Effects Strain Mental Health Care Systems

This story can be republished for free (details). In late March, Marcell’s girlfriend took him to the emergency room at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital,...
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Democratic Super PAC Uses Familiar Political Play To Hit Trump On Medicare

Priorities USA Action, a Democratic super PAC, announced a new digital and TV ad series criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Among...

Coronavirus Surprise: IRS Allows Midyear Insurance And FSA Changes

The economic upheaval and social disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic have upended the assumptions many people made last fall about which insurance plan...
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As COVID Cuts Deadly Path Through Indiana Prisons, Inmates Say Symptoms Ignored

Scottie Edwards died of COVID-19 just weeks before he would have gotten out of the Westville Correctional Facility in Indiana. Edwards, 73, began showing symptoms...
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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...

Casi la mitad de las personas han retrasado su atención médica por la pandemia

A medida que la amenaza del coronavirus fue aumentando en marzo, hospitales, sistemas de salud y consultorios redujeron drásticamente los servicios que no eran...

‘We Miss Them All So Much’: Grandparents Ache As The COVID Exile Grinds On

Back home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Richard and Denise Victor would get to see their four grandchildren almost every day. One set of kids...
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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...

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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...
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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...
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...

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...

Alerta a turistas: los planes de salud para viajeros podrían no cubrir pandemias

Era evidente que la fiebre, las náuseas y la falta de apetito que Vlastimil Gajdoš sintió el día de su boda no eran por...

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

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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...

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...

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...

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Hello! I thought I’d shake up the animal news this week and bring you llamas! (You thought I was going to say murder hornets,...

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...

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