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Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

When Allison Scott came out as a trans woman in 2013, she told not only family and friends, but also her primary care physician.She didn’t need his help with hormone therapy. She had another doctor for that. But she wanted to share the information with her doctor of more than 10 years in case it affected other aspects of her health.She was shocked when he told her he would no longer treat her.“It was humiliating,” said Scott, now director of policy and programs for the Campaign for Southern Equality, an LGBTQ advocacy organization based in North Carolina. “It’s not because the provider...

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Biden’s Covid Challenge: 100 Million Vaccinations in the First 100 Days. It Won’t Be Easy.

Biden’s Covid Challenge: 100 Million Vaccinations in the First 100 Days. It Won’t Be Easy.

This story also ran on . It can beThe Biden Promise Tracker monitors the 100 most important campaign promises of President Joseph R. Biden, elected in November 2020. It’s in the nature of presidential candidates and new presidents to promise big things. Just months after his 1961 inauguration, President John F. Kennedy to send a man to the moon by the end of the decade. That pledge was kept, , such as candidate Bill Clinton’s promise to provide universal health care and presidential hopeful George H.W. Bush’s guarantee of no new taxes.Now, during a once-in-a-century pandemic, incoming...

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: Host Dan Weissmann Talks Price Transparency on ‘Axios Today’

‘An Arm and a Leg’: Host Dan Weissmann Talks Price Transparency on ‘Axios Today’

January 19, 2021Can’t see the audio player? As we settle into the new year, we have two small doses of good news.First, a new federal rule could help cut through . Host Dan Weissmann talked about the rule — which requires hospitals to make public the prices they negotiate with insurers — in a short conversation with his former public-radio colleague, Niala Boodhoo, for the daily-news podcast “Axios Today.”You’ll find more detail on that rule in , whose reporting about a $50,000 “air ambulance” ride formed the core of about how consumers get squeezed by insurers on one side and providers on...

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Are Public Health Ads Worth the Price? Not if They’re All About Fear

Are Public Health Ads Worth the Price? Not if They’re All About Fear

This story also ran on . It can beST. LOUIS — The public service announcement showed a mother finding her teenage son lifeless, juxtaposed with the sound of a ukulele and a woman singing, “That’s how, how you OD’d on heroin.”It aired locally during the 2015 Super Bowl but attracted national and has been viewed more than 500,000 times on .“You want to tap into a nerve, an emotional nerve, and controversy and anger,” said Mark Schupp, whose consulting firm created the ad pro bono. “The spot was designed to do that, so we were happy with it.”But like other ads and PSAs seeking to move the...

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Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans

Black Americans Are Getting Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than White Americans

This story also ran on . It can beBlack Americans are receiving covid vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans in the first weeks of the chaotic rollout, according to a new KHN analysis.About 3% of Americans have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine so far. But in 16 states that have released data by race, white residents are being vaccinated at significantly higher rates than Black residents, according to the analysis — in many cases two to three times higher.Subscribe to KHN’s free Morning Briefing.In the most dramatic case, 1.2% of white Pennsylvanians...

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Covid: 5 razones para seguir usando máscara después de vacunarse

Covid: 5 razones para seguir usando máscara después de vacunarse

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 ().Como médica de emergencias, la doctora Eugenia South fue parte del primer grupo de personas en recibir la vacuna contra covid. Tuvo su segunda dosis a principios de enero, incluso antes que el presidente electo Joe Biden.Así y todo, South dice que no tiene apuro por dejar de usar máscaraForma parte del grupo de...

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CVS and Walgreens Under Fire for Slow Pace of Vaccination in Nursing Homes

CVS and Walgreens Under Fire for Slow Pace of Vaccination in Nursing Homes

The effort to vaccinate some of the country’s most vulnerable residents against covid-19 has been slowed by a federal program that sends retail pharmacists into nursing homes — accompanied by layers of bureaucracy and logistical snafus.This story also ran on . It can beAs of Thursday, doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna covid vaccines had been allocated to the , which has deputized pharmacy teams from Walgreens and CVS to vaccinate nursing home residents and workers. Since the program started in some states on Dec. 21, however, they have administered about one-quarter of the doses,...

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Biden Terms Vaccine Rollout ‘A Dismal Failure’ as He Unveils Pandemic Response Plan

Biden Terms Vaccine Rollout ‘A Dismal Failure’ as He Unveils Pandemic Response Plan

This story also ran on . It can beIn the past 24 hours, President-elect Joe Biden has delivered two speeches focused on the nation’s covid response.Thursday night, he laid out a $1.9 trillion-dollar plan to address what he’s calling theBiden proposed, among other things, that Congress allocate funds for implementing a national vaccination program, reopening schools, sending $1,400 checks to Americans who need them, providing support for small businesses and extending unemployment insurance. He also proposed increasing subsidies for Affordable Care Act insurance coverage, and providing more...

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5 Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated

5 Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated

This story also ran on . It can beAs an emergency physician, Dr. Eugenia South was in the first group of people to receive a covid vaccine. She received her second dose last week  — even before President-elect Joe Biden.Yet South said she’s in no rush to throw away her face mask.“I honestly don’t think I’ll ever go without a mask at work again,” said South, faculty director of the Urban Health Lab at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. “I don’t think I’ll ever feel safe doing that.”And although covid vaccines are highly effective, South plans to continue wearing her mask outside...

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California Counties ‘Flying the Plane as We Build It’ in a Plodding Vaccine Rollout

California Counties ‘Flying the Plane as We Build It’ in a Plodding Vaccine Rollout

It can beIn these first lumbering weeks of the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history, Dr. Julie Vaishampayan has had a battlefront view of a daunting logistical operation.Vaishampayan is the health officer in Stanislaus County, an almond-growing mecca in California’s Central Valley that has recorded about 40,000 cases of covid-19 and lost 700 people to the illness. Her charge is to see that potentially lifesaving covid shots make it into the arms of 550,000 residents.And like her dozens of counterparts across the state, she is improvising as she goes.From week to week, Vaishampayan...

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When Covid Deaths Aren’t Counted, Families Pay the Price

When Covid Deaths Aren’t Counted, Families Pay the Price

This story also ran on . It can beLost On The FrontlineKHN and The Guardian are tracking health care workers who died from COVID-19 and writing about their lives and what happened in their final days.On Sundays, Bishop Bruce Davis preached love. Through his Pentecostal ministry, he organized youth parades and gave computers, bicycles and food to families in need.During the week, Bruce practiced what he preached, caring for prisoners at a Georgia hospital. On March 27 he began coughing, and on April 1 he was hospitalized. He’d tested positive for covid-19. The virus swept through his...

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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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Journalists Examine How Covid Polarizes Communities

Journalists Examine How Covid Polarizes Communities

January 15, 2021California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester discussed public health backlash on WABE’s “Did You Wash Your Hands?” on Jan. 5.KHN Colorado correspondent Rae Ellen Bichell dissected how covid-19 exacerbates tensions between counties in Colorado on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” on Jan. 9.KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner talked about mental health care and the pandemic on WAMU/NPR’s “1A” on Jan. 11.January 15, 2021California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester discussed public health backlash on WABE’s “Did You Wash Your Hands?”...

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: On Capitol Hill, Actions Have Consequences

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: On Capitol Hill, Actions Have Consequences

January 14, 2021Can’t see the audio player? .The reverberations from the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump continue. A broad array of business groups, including many from the health industry, are halting contributions to Republicans in the House and Senate who voted against certifying the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. Meanwhile, Republicans in the House who have refused to wear masks or insisted on carrying weapons are being subjected to greater enforcement, including significant fines.Away from the Capitol, the Trump administration has...

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Vaccination Disarray Leaves Seniors Confused About When They Can Get a Shot

Vaccination Disarray Leaves Seniors Confused About When They Can Get a Shot

It can beNavigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, .Join the .For weeks, doctors’ phones have been ringing off the hook with anxious older patients on the other end of the line.“When can I get a covid-19 vaccine?” these patients want to know. “And where?”Frustration and confusion are rampant as states and counties begin to offer vaccines to all seniors after giving them first to front-line health...

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In Search of a Baby, I Got Covid Instead

In Search of a Baby, I Got Covid Instead

January 14, 2021As a health care journalist in Los Angeles reporting on the pandemic, I knew exactly what I needed to do once I landed in the hospital with covid pneumonia: write my goodbye emails.I’d seen coverage of some final covid messages during this terrible year. They were usually directed to spouses, but my No. 1 concern was how to explain my own death to my 3-year-old, Marigold, whom we call “Goldie.” How much of me would she remember, and how would she make peace with what happened to me, when I could barely believe it myself?After the emergency room doctor confirmed pneumonia in...

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Delicate Covid Vaccines Slow Rollout — Leading to Shots Given Out of Turn or, Worse, Wasted

Delicate Covid Vaccines Slow Rollout — Leading to Shots Given Out of Turn or, Worse, Wasted

This story also ran on . It can beFor Heather Suri, a registered nurse in Virginia, the race to vaccinate Americans against covid has thrown up some unprecedented obstacles.The vaccines themselves are delicate and require a fair bit of focus over time. Consider Moderna’s instructions for preparing its doses: Thaw the vials for 2.5 hours in a refrigerator set between 36 and 46 degrees. Then rest them at room temperature for 15 minutes. Do not refreeze. Swirl gently between each withdrawal. Do not shake. Inspect each vial for particulate matter or discoloration.And then there’s this: Once...

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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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Feeling Left Out: Private Practice Doctors, Patients Wonder When It’s Their Turn for Vaccine

Feeling Left Out: Private Practice Doctors, Patients Wonder When It’s Their Turn for Vaccine

This story also ran on . It can beDr. Andrew Carroll — a family doctor in Chandler, Arizona — wants to help his patients get immunized against covid, so he paid more than $4,000 to buy an ultra-low-temperature freezer from eBay needed to store the Pfizer vaccine.But he’s not sure he’ll get a chance to use it, given health officials have so far not said when private doctor’s offices will get vaccine.“I’m really angry,” said Carroll.Not only are doctors having trouble getting vaccine for patients, but many of the community-based physicians and medical staff that aren’t employed by hospitals...

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Are You Old Enough to Get Vaccinated? In Tennessee, They’re Using the Honor System

Are You Old Enough to Get Vaccinated? In Tennessee, They’re Using the Honor System

In December, all states began vaccinating only health care workers and residents and staffers of nursing homes in the “phase 1A” priority group. But, since the new year began, some states have also started giving shots to — or booking appointments for — other categories of seniors and essential workers.As states widen eligibility requirements for who can get a covid-19 vaccine, health officials are often taking people’s word that they qualify, thereby prioritizing efficiency over strict adherence to distribution plans.This story also ran on . It can be“We are doing everything possible to...

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Only a Smokescreen? Big Tobacco Stands Down as Colorado and Oregon Hike Cigarette Taxes

Only a Smokescreen? Big Tobacco Stands Down as Colorado and Oregon Hike Cigarette Taxes

This story also ran on . It can beBig Tobacco did something unusual in Marlboro Country last fall: It stood aside while Colorado voters approved the state’s first tobacco tax hike in 16 years.The industry, led by Altria Group, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, has spent exorbitantly in the past to kill similar state ballot initiatives. In 2018, Altria’s lobbying arm more than $17 million to help defeat Montana’s tobacco tax ballot initiative. That same year, it spent around to help defeat South Dakota’s similar measure.And four years ago, Altria was the leading funder in a...

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An Urban Hospital on the Brink Vs. the Officials Sworn to Save It

An Urban Hospital on the Brink Vs. the Officials Sworn to Save It

This story also ran on . It can beIllinois and Chicago officials are trying to figure out how to stop a private company from closing a money-losing urban hospital in a poor, underserved Chicago neighborhood.Trinity Health, a national Catholic tax-exempt chain, wants to close Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s Near South Side by May 31. Last month, in an unusual move, the Illinois Health Facilities & Services Review Board Trinity permission to close the 412-bed facility, which predominantly serves Black and other minority patients on Medicaid.The board members said they feared...

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Aunque controlen el Senado, demócratas necesitarán apoyo republicano en temas clave de salud

Aunque controlen el Senado, demócratas necesitarán apoyo republicano en temas clave de salud

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 ().Ante la pandemia, los demócratas han abogado por ayudas más generosas, más presión sobre las farmacéuticas para que bajen los precios y más atención al racismo sistémico en la atención de salud.El 20 de enero, con el control del Senado y la Cámara de Representantes, tendrán el poder de elegir qué propuestas de...

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Health Workers Unions See Surge in Interest Amid Covid

Health Workers Unions See Surge in Interest Amid Covid

This story also ran on . It can beThe nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, declared on March 6 — by filing the official paperwork — that they were ready to vote on the prospect of joining a national union. At the time, they were motivated by the desire for more nurses and support staff, and to have a voice in hospital decisions.A week later, as the covid-19 pandemic bore down on the state, the effort was put on hold, and everyone scrambled to respond to the coronavirus. But the nurses’ long-standing concerns only became heightened during the crisis, and new issues they’d...

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California Budget Reflects ‘Pandemic-Induced Reality,’ Governor Says

California Budget Reflects ‘Pandemic-Induced Reality,’ Governor Says

It can beSACRAMENTO, Calif. — The coronavirus pandemic doomed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitious plans last year to combat homelessness, expand behavioral health services and create a state agency to control soaring health care costs.But even as the pandemic continues to rage, California’s Democratic governor said Friday he plans to push forward with those goals in the coming year, due to a rosier budget forecast buoyed by higher tax revenue from wealthy Californians who have fared relatively well during the crisis.Newsom’s $227.2 billion budget blueprint also prioritizes billions to safely...

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