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Biden Kept His Promise to Increase Covid-Testing Capacity, Even as Demand for Testing Drops

Article by BHN on Jun 11, 2021

Promise: “Double the number of drive-through testing sites, invest in next-generation testing, including at home tests and instant tests, so we can scale up our testing capacity by orders of magnitude.”

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Doctor on Call? Lawmakers Debate How Much to Pay for Phone Appointments

Article by BHN on Jun 11, 2021

It took covid-19 to give millions of Americans the option of telling their doctor about their aches and pains by phone.

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Colorado Bill Aims to Give Farmworkers Easier Access to Medical Care

Article by BHN on Jun 11, 2021

SAN LUIS VALLEY, Colo. — A woman with pregnancy complications needed permission from her boss to visit a doctor. Community health volunteers were turned away from delivering food and covid information to worker housing. A farmworker had a serious allergic reaction but was afraid to seek treatment.

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Labor Department Issues Emergency Rules to Protect Health Care Workers From Covid

Article by BHN on Jun 10, 2021

Labor Department officials on Thursday announced a temporary emergency standard to protect health care workers, saying they face “grave danger” in the workplace from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Our 200th Episode!

Article by BHN on Jun 10, 2021

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Lawmakers Pressure Newsom to ‘Step Up’ on Racism as a Public Health Issue

Article by BHN on Jun 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO — After the killing last year of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared racism a public health crisis. The governors of Michigan and Nevada quickly followed, as have legislative bodies in Minnesota, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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Can a Subscription Model Fix Primary Care in the US?

Article by BHN on Jun 10, 2021

In April, San Francisco-based primary care company One Medical revealed an eye-popping compensation package for its chief executive and chairman, Amir Dan Rubin. His $199 million payday, particularly noteworthy at a company that has yet to turn a profit, made Rubin the second-highest-paid CEO in the United States last year — but only on paper.

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New Montana Laws Enshrine Health Care Alternatives, for Better or Worse

Article by BHN on Jun 10, 2021

When Paul Rana’s primary care physician left the VA clinic in Kalispell to open her own practice, he followed her. But instead of picking up a new health insurance policy, Rana and his partner agreed to pay a monthly fee that came with the promise of better access.

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Change to Gilead Assistance Program Threatens PrEP Access, HIV Advocates Say

Article by BHN on Jun 10, 2021

Dr. John Carlo is concerned that patients at Prism Health North Texas who rely on the health care safety net will soon be struggling even more to stay on PrEP, a medication that prevents HIV transmission.

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An Anti-Vaccine Film Targeted to Black Americans Spreads False Information

Article by BHN on Jun 09, 2021

When a filmmaker asked medical historian Naomi Rogers to appear in a documentary, the Yale professor didn’t blink. She had done these “talking head” interviews many times before.

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Women Now Drink as Much as Men — And Are Prone to Sickness Sooner

Article by BHN on Jun 09, 2021

Victoria Cooper thought her drinking habits in college were just like everyone else’s. Shots at parties. Beers while bowling. Sure, she got more refills than some and missed classes while nursing hangovers, but she couldn’t have a problem, she thought.

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Zooming Into the Statehouse: Nursing Home Residents Use New Digital Skills to Push for Changes

Article by BHN on Jun 09, 2021

Patty Bausch isn’t a Medicaid expert, lawyer or medical professional. But she still thinks Connecticut legislators need her input when they consider bills affecting people like her — the roughly 18,000 residents who live in the state’s nursing homes.

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Unused Johnson & Johnson Covid Doses Are Piling Up as FDA Waits to See if Shelf Life Can Be Extended

Article by BHN on Jun 08, 2021

The Biden administration is encouraging states to hold on to hundreds of thousands of soon-to-expire covid vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson, given the possibility that additional data will show the shots are viable beyond their expiration date at month’s end.

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With Roots in Civil Rights, Community Health Centers Push for Equity in the Pandemic

Article by BHN on Jun 08, 2021

In the 1960s, health care across the Mississippi Delta was sparse and much of it was segregated. Some hospitals were dedicated to Black patients, but they often struggled to stay afloat. At the height of the civil rights movement, young Black doctors launched a movement of their own to address the care disparity.

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Kidney Experts Say It’s Time to Remove Race From Medical Algorithms. Doing So Is Complicated.

Article by BHN on Jun 08, 2021

Alphonso Harried recently came across a newspaper clipping about his grandfather receiving his 1,000th dialysis treatment. His grandfather later died — at a dialysis center — as did his uncle, both from kidney disease.

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Boeing Tested Air Purifiers Like Those Widely Used in Schools. It Decided Not to Use Them in Planes.

Article by BHN on Jun 08, 2021

Aerospace giant Boeing tested two kinds of ionization technologies — like those widely adopted in schools hoping to combat covid — to determine how well each killed germs on surfaces and decided that neither was effective enough to install on its commercial planes.

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Montana Med School Clash Revives For-Profit Vs. Nonprofit Flap

Article by BHN on Jun 07, 2021

Two universities are eyeing the chance to be the first to build a medical school in one of the few states without one. The jockeying of the two schools — one a nonprofit, the other for-profit — to open campuses in Montana highlights the rapid spread of for-profit medical learning centers despite their once-blemished reputation.

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Trying to Avoid Racist Health Care, Black Women Seek Out Black Obstetricians

Article by BHN on Jun 07, 2021

In South Florida, when people want to find a Black physician, they often contact Adrienne Hibbert through her website, Black Doctors of South Florida.

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Covid Was a Tipping Point for Telehealth. If Some Have Their Way, Virtual Visits Are Here to Stay.

Article by BHN on Jun 07, 2021

As the covid crisis wanes and life approaches normal across the U.S., health industry leaders and many patient advocates are pushing Congress and the Biden administration to preserve the pandemic-fueled expansion of telehealth that has transformed how millions of Americans see the doctor.

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