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Short-term health plans leave consumers on the hook for massive medical costs, investigation finds

Short-term health plans leave consumers on the hook for massive medical costs, investigation finds

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication The plans will also charge women more than men, and deny women basic health services, like preventive screening procedures and routine tests, including pelvic exams.Short-term plans were originally designed to fill gaps in insurance coverage for consumers, but the administration has allowed the plans to be renewed for up to three years, much longer than the previous three-month limit.In a few cases, the  plans exclude coverage of routine care such as basic preventive care, wellness exams, pelvic exams, pap smears and birth control.RisingChanging...

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Fauci gives Congress COVID-19 warning

Fauci gives Congress COVID-19 warning

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication , the administration’s top infectious disease doctor, told a House panel on Tuesday that rising U.S. cases of COVID-19 are “disturbing” as new signs emerged of the United States falling further behind other countries in containing the novel coronavirus.The coronavirus is surging in more than half the country, and states like Florida, Texas and Arizona are setting records of new cases almost daily.Yet states are continuing to push forward with reopening businesses and lifting restrictions, and Fauci warned that without the ability to fully identify,...

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FDA withdraws emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine

FDA withdraws emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication The agency said recent clinical trial failures mean chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine may not be effective at treating COVID-19 or preventing it in people who have been exposed, and that their potential benefits do not outweigh the risks.Doctors have warned that the drugs can cause serious heart problems, but the FDA had previously allowed their use for hospitalized patients and during clinical trials.In April, roughly a month after issuing the emergency authorization, the agency warned against using hydroxychloroquine outside of hospitals and...

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Jun 15
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Anti-malaria drug touted by Trump has high death risk in COVID-19 patients, new study shows

Anti-malaria drug touted by Trump has high death risk in COVID-19 patients, new study shows

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication The study was a retrospective analysis of medical records of patients in 671 hospitals located on six continents, but was not a randomized controlled clinical trial, which is seen as the gold standard in science."But it means that the likelihood that it’s a dramatic cure, or substantially improves outcomes, is very low," Frieden said.The popularity of both hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin has led to shortages for people that need them to treat approved conditions.Still, the FDA in March used its emergency authority to permit the use of...

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May 22
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COVID-19 patients testing positive for second infection not contagious, study shows

COVID-19 patients testing positive for second infection not contagious, study shows

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication © Getty ImagesThe findings from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) could have major ramifications for areas looking to reopen their economies, and have led health authorities in the nation to change their protocols for people who have been discharged from isolation.Researchers studied 285 patients who had survived COVID-19, but subsequently tested positive after multiple negative tests showed they had supposedly recovered. The scientists found a total of 790 contacts, none of whom tested positive as a result of being...

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May 19
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Trump faces criticism over lack of national plan on coronavirus

Trump faces criticism over lack of national plan on coronavirus

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication The Trump administration is facing intense criticism for the lack of a national plan to handle the coronavirus pandemic as some states begin to reopen.Public health experts, business leaders and current administration officials say the scattershot approach puts states at risk and leaves the U.S. vulnerable to a potentially open-ended wave of infections this fall.The White House has in recent days sought to cast itself as in control of the pandemic response, with touring a distribution center to tout the availability of personal protective equipment...

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Ousted health official warns US needs national plan to beat coronavirus

Ousted health official warns US needs national plan to beat coronavirus

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication © Greg NashRick Bright, a former top federal vaccine doctor, warned Congress that the country faces the "darkest winter in modern history" without a national coordinated response in place before next fall.“If we fail to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities,” Bright told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.Speaking slowly and softly, Bright told lawmakers that Americans "deserve" to hear the truth."The truth...

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Abbott's rapid coronavirus test misses nearly half of positive cases, study finds

Abbott's rapid coronavirus test misses nearly half of positive cases, study finds

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication © getty: A box containing a 5-minute test for COVID-19 from Abbott LaboratoriesThe researchers said the NYU labs use tests that take too long to diagnose a patient with COVID-19 and they were searching for a quicker method. According to the company, the Abbott ID NOW test can produce positive results within 5 to 13 minutes and negative results within 13 minutes.This is not the first time that the accuracy of the ID NOW system has been called into question.RisingChanging AmericaRisingDon't miss a brief.The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington...

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Fauci to Paul: 'I've never made myself out' as the only voice on the pandemic

Fauci to Paul: 'I've never made myself out' as the only voice on the pandemic

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication "As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don't think you're the end all. I don't think you're the one person that gets to make a decision," Paul said. "We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side saying there's not going to be a surge, that we can safely reopen the economy, and the facts will bear this out." Fauci responded that he doesn't give economic advice.Rand Paul: "Dr. Fauci, I don't think you're the end-all, I don't think you're the one person that gets to make a decision..."Dr. Fauci: "Sen. Paul, I have never made...

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May 12
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Health care industry decimated by coronavirus, loses 1.4 million jobs

Health care industry decimated by coronavirus, loses 1.4 million jobs

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication © iStockOne goal of the shutdowns was to mitigate the impact of the virus, as much as possible, on hospitals and to preserve limited supplies of personal protective equipment.  RisingChanging AmericaRisingDon't miss a brief.The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 faxThe contents of this site are ©2020 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc.

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Supreme Court says Congress must pay insurers billions under ObamaCare

Supreme Court says Congress must pay insurers billions under ObamaCare

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication RisingChanging AmericaRisingDon't miss a brief.The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 faxThe contents of this site are ©2020 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc.

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Hogan announces plan to eventually reopen Maryland

Hogan announces plan to eventually reopen Maryland

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication © Getty ImagesMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) outlined a plan for the state to restart its economy and begin lifting coronavirus restrictions, but stressed that the state is not yet ready to start that process.Hogan said he would implement the plan and start lifting restrictions only when the virus is under control, the number of hospitalizations begin to even out, and the state's public health system has enough capacity to handle any future spikes in coronavirus cases.  "Until a vaccine is developed, the way we go about our daily lives and the way...

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Apr 24
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Anti-malaria drugs touted by Trump trigger FDA warning over heart risks

Anti-malaria drugs touted by Trump trigger FDA warning over heart risks

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication The panel said there is not enough clinical data to recommend either for or against the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19. The evidence on hydroxychloroquine is conflicting, at best, and mostly anecdotal. RisingChanging AmericaRisingDon't miss a brief.The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 faxThe contents of this site are ©2020 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc.

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Lawyers accuse Trump officials of 'demonstrably false statements' against ousted vaccine expert

Lawyers accuse Trump officials of 'demonstrably false statements' against ousted vaccine expert

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WHO team headed to China as coronavirus cases climb

WHO team headed to China as coronavirus cases climb

Follow Us   © 1996-2020 News Communication © GettyBut it’s unclear if the representatives of U.S. agencies will be among the team members.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the team will consist of 12 international and WHO experts, as well as a similar number of national expert counterparts from China. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Friday said U.S. experts are ready and willing to help. Changing AmericaRisingChanging AmericaRisingDon't miss a brief.The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 faxThe contents...

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