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Covid Vaccine Rollout Leaves Most Older Adults Confused Where to Get Shots

Covid Vaccine Rollout Leaves Most Older Adults Confused Where to Get Shots

It can beOver a month into a massive vaccination program, most older Americans report they don’t know where or when they can get inoculated for covid-19, according to a poll released Friday.Nearly 6 in 10 people 65 and older who have not yet gotten a shot said they don’t have enough information about how to get vaccinated, according to the . (KHN is an editorially independent program of KFF.)Older Americans are not the only ones in the dark about  the inoculation process. About 55% of essential workers —designated by public health officials as being near the front of the line for...

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Geography Is Destiny: Dentists’ Access to Covid Shots Depends on Where They Live

Geography Is Destiny: Dentists’ Access to Covid Shots Depends on Where They Live

It can beDr. Monte Junker, an Oregon dentist, is waiting for his turn to get vaccinated for covid even though he considers himself a front-line health worker.“If they offered it to me today, I would be there,” he said.In December, just before the first vaccines were cleared for emergency use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immunization advisory board recommended that health care workers — as well as nursing home residents and staff members — be the first to be inoculated because of their high risks of infection.But Oregon is one of a handful of states, including Colorado,...

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Hospitals’ Rocky Rollout of Covid Vaccine Sparks Questions of Fairness

Hospitals’ Rocky Rollout of Covid Vaccine Sparks Questions of Fairness

It can beLast week, after finishing inoculations of some front-line hospital staff, Jupiter Medical Center was left with 40 doses of precious covid vaccine. So, officials offered shots to the South Florida hospital’s board of directors and their spouses over age 65.But that decision sparked outrage among workers left unvaccinated, including those at one of the hospital’s urgent care clinics, or who believe the hospital was currying favor with wealthy insiders before getting all its staffers protected, according to a hospital employee who spoke on the condition of not being named.The move...

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Trump Officials Approve Tennessee's Controversial Request To Revamp Medicaid Funding

Trump Officials Approve Tennessee's Controversial Request To Revamp Medicaid Funding

Trump Team Approves Controversial Request To Revamp Medicaid In Tennesssee : Shots - Health News The plan, long endorsed by conservatives, would give the state broad flexibility in running its health insurance program for the poor, while capping annual federal funding for the program.Phil GalewitzFromWith less than a dozen days left in power, the Trump administration on Friday approved a radically different Medicaid financing system in Tennessee. With this move, the federal government is for the first time granting a state broader authority in the operation of its health insurance program...

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Trump Administration Approves First Medicaid Block Grant, in Tennessee

Trump Administration Approves First Medicaid Block Grant, in Tennessee

It can beWith just a dozen days left in power, the Trump administration on Friday a radically different Medicaid financing system in Tennessee that for the first time would give the state broader authority in running the health insurance program for the poor in exchange for capping its annual federal funding.The approval is a 10-year “experiment.” Instead of the open-ended federal funding that rises with higher enrollment and health costs, Tennessee will instead get an annual block grant. The approach has been pushed for decades by conservatives who say states too often chafe under strict...

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With Few Takers for COVID Vaccine, DC Hospital CEO Takes ‘One for the Team’

With Few Takers for COVID Vaccine, DC Hospital CEO Takes ‘One for the Team’

This story also ran on . It can beAdministrators at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., were thrilled to be among the city’s first hospitals to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but they knew it could be a tough sell to get staffers to take the shot.They were right.The hospital, located on the campus of one the nation’s oldest historically Black colleges, received 725 doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech on Dec. 14 and expects 1,000 more vaccine doses this week to immunize its workers.Yet, as of Friday afternoon, about 600 employees had signed up for the shots, touted as about...

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The White House—Scene of COVID Outbreaks Under Trump—Will Get A Deep Clean For President-elect Biden

The White House—Scene of COVID Outbreaks Under Trump—Will Get A Deep Clean For President-elect Biden

It was a down-in-the-mud presidential campaign, but the dirtiest part comes on Inauguration Day.As Joe Biden lifts his right hand to take the oath of office at noon on Jan. 20 at the Capitol, a team of specially trained cleaners will be lifting their hands to disinfect the White House.The executive mansion will get a deep clean after two COVID-19 outbreaks this fall led to President Donald Trump and members of his staff and family becoming infected.The departure of one president and the arrival of another is always a fast but highly synchronized behind-the-scenes ballet by White House staff...

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Farmworkers, Firefighters and Flight Attendants Jockey for Vaccine Priority

Farmworkers, Firefighters and Flight Attendants Jockey for Vaccine Priority

This story also ran on .With front-line health workers and nursing home residents and staff expected to get the initial doses of COVID vaccines, the thornier question is figuring out who goes next.The answer will likely depend on where you live.While an influential federal advisory board is expected to make its recommendations later this month, state health departments and governors will make the call on who gets access to a limited number of vaccines this winter.Subscribe to KHN’s free Weekly Edition newsletter, delivered every Friday.As a result, it’s been a free-for-all in recent weeks...

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Trump Plan May Set Clock Ticking on Many Health Rules — Setting Off Alarms

Trump Plan May Set Clock Ticking on Many Health Rules — Setting Off Alarms

This story also ran on .The Trump administration wants to require the Department of Health and Human Services to review most of its regulations by 2023 — and automatically void those not assessed in time.A would require HHS to analyze within 24 months about 2,400 regulations — rules that affect tens of millions of Americans on everything from Medicare benefits to prescription drug approvals.The move has met a fierce backlash from health providers and consumer advocates who fear it would hamstring federal health officials while they seek to control the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed...

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Trump Team Proposes A Rule That Could Stall Biden's Health Care Agenda

Trump Team Proposes A Rule That Could Stall Biden's Health Care Agenda

Trump Team's Proposed Rule Takes Aim At Biden's Health Agenda, Critics Say : Shots - Health News The rule would require the new administration to review about 2,400 regulations on everything from Medicare benefits to prescription drugs. Those not analyzed within two years would become void.Phil GalewitzFromThe Trump administration wants to require the incoming Department of Health and Human Services team to review most HHS regulations by 2023 — and automatically void those that haven't been assessed by then. The recently would require HHS to analyze within 24 months about 2,400 regulations...

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Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion

Florida’s New Hospital Industry Head Ran Medicaid in State and Fought Expansion

This story also ran on .With its choice of a new leader, the Florida Hospital Association has signaled that seeking legislative approval to expand Medicaid to nearly 850,000 uninsured adults won’t be among its top priorities.In October, Mary Mayhew became the association’s CEO. Mayhew, who led the state’s Medicaid agency since 2019, has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion . She has argued that expansion puts states in a difficult position because the federal government is unlikely to keep its financial commitment to pay its share of the costs.Had Medicaid...

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Red States’ Case Against ACA Hinges on Whether They Were Actually Harmed by the Law

Red States’ Case Against ACA Hinges on Whether They Were Actually Harmed by the Law

It can beAttorneys for GOP-controlled states seeking to kill the Affordable Care Act told the Supreme Court last week that at least some of the 12 million people who newly enrolled in Medicaid signed up only because of the law’s requirement that people have insurance coverage — although a tax penalty no longer exists.The statement drew a rebuke from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said it belies reason. Several health experts also questioned the argument that poor people apply for Medicaid not because they need help getting health care but to meet the ACA’s individual mandate for coverage.The...

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Biden Plan to Lower Medicare Eligibility Age to 60 Faces Hostility From Hospitals

Biden Plan to Lower Medicare Eligibility Age to 60 Faces Hostility From Hospitals

This story also ran on .Of his many plans to expand insurance coverage, President-elect Joe Biden’s simplest strategy is lowering the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 60.But the plan is sure to face long odds, even if the Democrats can snag control of the Senate in January by winning two runoff elections in Georgia.Republicans, who fought the creation of Medicare in the 1960s and typically oppose expanding government entitlement programs, are not the biggest obstacle. Instead, the nation’s hospitals, a powerful political force, are poised to derail any effort. Hospitals fear adding...

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Sen. Graham Complains That 3 Blue States Get a Third of ACA Funding

Sen. Graham Complains That 3 Blue States Get a Third of ACA Funding

“Under the Affordable Care Act, three states get 35% of the money, folks. Can you name them? I’ll help you: California, New York and Massachusetts. They’re 22% of the population.”Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in comments during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Oct. 13, 2020This story was produced in partnership with .Sen. Lindsey Graham has never been a fan of the Affordable Care Act — even though it’s helped dramatically lower the number of uninsured people in his home state of South Carolina.The Republican, who heads the Senate...

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The Trump Medicaid Record: Big Goals, Yet Few Successes

The Trump Medicaid Record: Big Goals, Yet Few Successes

This story also ran on .President Donald Trump entered office seeking a massive overhaul of the Medicaid program, which had just experienced the biggest growth spurt in its 50-year history.His administration supported repealing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which has added millions of adults to the federal-state health program for lower-income Americans. He also wanted states to require certain enrollees to work. He sought to discontinue the open-ended federal funding that keeps pace with rising Medicaid enrollment and costs.He has achieved none of these ambitious...

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Florida Fails to Attract Bidders for Canada Drug Importation Program

Florida Fails to Attract Bidders for Canada Drug Importation Program

This story also ran on .Florida’s plan to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada — designed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and endorsed by President Donald Trump — has tasted its first bitter pill.No private firms bid on Florida’s $30 million contract to set up and operate a drug importation program. Bids were due at the end of September.The setback is likely to delay by at least several months Florida’s effort to become the first state to import drugs.A spokesperson for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration said the state is exploring its options. “The agency remains confident it...

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Promises Kept? On Health Care, Trump’s Claims of ‘Monumental Steps’ Don’t Add Up

Promises Kept? On Health Care, Trump’s Claims of ‘Monumental Steps’ Don’t Add Up

When it comes to health care, President Donald Trump has promised far more than he has delivered. But that doesn’t mean his administration has had no impact on health issues — including the operation of the Affordable Care Act, prescription drug prices and women’s access to reproductive health services.In a last-ditch effort to raise his approval rating on an issue on which he trails Democrat Joe Biden in most polls, Trump on Thursday unveiled his “,” which includes a number of promises with no details and pumps some minor achievements into what the administration calls “monumental steps to...

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Trump Approves Final Plan to Import Drugs From Canada ‘for a Fraction of the Price’

Trump Approves Final Plan to Import Drugs From Canada ‘for a Fraction of the Price’

President Donald Trump, outlining his “America First Health Plan” Thursday, announced that his administration will allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada.The final plan clears the way for Florida and other states to implement a program bringing medications across the border despite the strong objections of drugmakers and the Canadian government.Florida, the biggest swing state in the presidential election, is one of six states to pass laws seeking federal approval to import drugs. Trump’s announcement came the same day counties in Florida began sending out vote-by-mail...

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Trump-Biden Race Could Hinge on How Florida’s Pinellas County Swings

Trump-Biden Race Could Hinge on How Florida’s Pinellas County Swings

September 21, 2020CLEARWATER, Fla. — Betty Jones voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but the lifelong Republican has her doubts she will do it again this year.The federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed about 200,000 Americans and forced older adults to restrict their activities has her contemplating a leadership change.It “makes me unsure,” said Jones, 78, of Largo, in Pinellas County, Florida. Before COVID-19, she said, she would have definitely voted for Trump.Polls show that many people will have the pandemic and its public health and economic consequences on...

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Election Gift for Florida? Trump Poised to Approve Drug Imports From Canada

Election Gift for Florida? Trump Poised to Approve Drug Imports From Canada

This story also ran on .Over the objections of drugmakers, the Trump administration is expected within weeks to finalize its plan that would allow states to import some prescription medicines from Canada.Six states — Colorado, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Vermont — have passed laws allowing them to seek federal approval to buy drugs from Canada to give their residents access to lower-cost medicines.But industry observers say the drug importation proposal under review by the administration is squarely aimed at Florida — the most populous swing state in the November election....

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¿Regalo para Florida? Trump aprobaría pronto importación de medicamentos de Canadá

¿Regalo para Florida? Trump aprobaría pronto importación de medicamentos de Canadá

Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos.Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita ().A pesar de las objeciones de las farmacéuticas, se espera que la administración Trump finalice, en pocas semanas, el plan que permitiría a los estados importar de Canadá algunos medicamentos de venta bajo receta.Seis estados —Colorado, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, New México y Vermont— tienen leyes que les...

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Obamacare Co-Ops Down From 23 to Final ‘3 Little Miracles’

Obamacare Co-Ops Down From 23 to Final ‘3 Little Miracles’

This story also ran on .New Mexico Health Connections’ decision to close at year’s end will leave just three of the 23 nonprofit health insurance co-ops that sprang from the Affordable Care Act.One co-op serves customers in Maine, another in Wisconsin, and the third operates in Idaho and Montana and will move into Wyoming next year. All made money in 2019 after having survived several rocky years, according to data filed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.They are also all in line to receive tens of millions of dollars from the federal government under an April Supreme...

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‘Pennie’-Pinching States Take Over Obamacare Exchanges From Feds

‘Pennie’-Pinching States Take Over Obamacare Exchanges From Feds

This story also ran on .Pennsylvania is rolling out its new “Pennie” this fall: a state-run insurance exchange that officials say will save residents collectively millions of dollars on next year’s health plan premiums.Since the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces opened for enrollment in fall 2013, Pennsylvania, like most states, has used the federal website for people buying coverage on their own.But in a move defying the usual political polarization, state lawmakers from both parties last year agreed the cost of using the federal marketplace had grown too high and the state could do it...

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Test Sites Quickly Attract Thousands for COVID-19 Vaccine Study

Test Sites Quickly Attract Thousands for COVID-19 Vaccine Study

This story also ran on .Dr. Eric Coe jumped at the chance to help test a COVID-19 vaccine.At his urging, so did his girlfriend, his son and his daughter-in-law. All received shots last week at a clinical research site in central Florida.“My main purpose in doing this was so I could spend more time with my family and grandchildren,” Coe said, noting that he’s seen them only outside and from a distance since March.“There’s a lot less risk to getting the vaccine than contracting the virus,” said Coe, 74, a retired cardiologist. “The worst thing that can happen is if I get the placebo.”The...

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The COVID-19 Downturn Triggers Jump in Medicaid Enrollment

The COVID-19 Downturn Triggers Jump in Medicaid Enrollment

Reversing a three-year decline, the number of people covered by Medicaid nationwide rose markedly this spring as the impact of the recession caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 began to take hold.Yet, the growth in participation in the state-federal health insurance program for low-income people was less than many analysts predicted. One possible factor tempering enrollment: People with concerns about catching the coronavirus avoided seeking care and figured they didn’t need the coverage.Program sign-ups are widely expected to accelerate through the summer, reflecting the higher number of...

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