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A California Bill Would Limit Protests at Vaccination Sites. Does It Violate the First Amendment?

Article by KHN on Aug 09, 2021

Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A proposal sailing through the California legislature that aims to stop people from getting harassed outside of vaccination sites is raising alarms among some First Amendment experts.

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‘The Vaccination Queen’: Nurse Practitioner Takes Covid Shots House to House in Puerto Rico

Article by KHN on Aug 09, 2021

Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News MAYAGÜEZ, PUERTO RICO — Abigail Matos-Pagán entered a bright-blue house in Mayagüez earlier this summer and was met by Beatriz Gastón, who quietly led the way to her mother’s small room. Matos-Pagán had come to provide a covid-19 vaccine for Wildelma Gastón, 88, whose arthritis and other health concerns confine her to bed.

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Injuries Mount as Sales Reps for Device Makers Cozy Up to Surgeons, Even in Operating Rooms

Article by KHN on Aug 09, 2021

Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News Cristina Martinez’s spinal operation in Houston was expected to be routine. But after destabilizing her spine, the surgeon discovered the implant he was ready to put in her back was larger than he wanted to use — and the device company’s sales rep didn’t have a smaller size on hand, according to a report he filed about the operation.

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Déjà Vu? Consumers Scramble for Covid Tests in Hard-Hit Areas

Article by KHN on Aug 06, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News and Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News and Rae Ellen Bichell Andrea Mosterman, an associate professor of history at the University of New Orleans, was already dismayed that she had to wait three days to secure a covid-19 test at a Walgreens near her home after being in contact with someone who had tested positive.

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Hard Lessons From a City That Tried to Privatize Public Health

Article by KHN on Aug 06, 2021

Anna Maria Barry-Jester If you were growing up in Detroit in the 1970s or ’80s, chances are you knew the city’s Herman Kiefer public health complex by both sight and reputation.

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Pharmacies Face Extra Audit Burdens That Threaten Their Existence

Article by KHN on Aug 06, 2021

Anna Maria Barry-Jester The clock was about to strike midnight, and Scott Newman was desperately feeding pages into a scanner, trying to prevent thousands of dollars in prescription payments from turning into a pumpkin.

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Clarity on Covid Count: Pandemic’s Toll on Seniors Extended Well Beyond Nursing Homes

Article by KHN on Aug 06, 2021

Anna Maria Barry-Jester As covid-19 resurges across the country, driven by the highly infectious delta variant, experts are extending our understanding of the pandemic’s toll on older adults — the age group hit hardest by the pandemic.

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Delta Blues

Article by KHN on Aug 05, 2021

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Providence-KP Team Up to Attract Patients in California’s Growing High Desert Region

Article by KHN on Aug 05, 2021

Bernard J. Wolfson A plan by Providence and Kaiser Permanente to build a new medical center in the High Desert region of California is the latest example of leading hospital chains seeking market advantage.

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Feds to Nix Work Requirements in Montana Medicaid Expansion Program

Article by KHN on Aug 05, 2021

Bernard J. Wolfson Federal health officials will likely reject Montana’s request to include work requirements for beneficiaries of its Medicaid expansion program, which insures 100,000 low-income Montana adults, state officials said.

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2+2=? Senate Uses Murky Math as It Shelves Drug Pricing Rule to Fund Infrastructure

Article by KHN on Aug 05, 2021

Bernard J. Wolfson The Senate’s release of its bipartisan infrastructure plan signals that lawmakers are poised to throw former President Donald Trump’s belated bid to lower Medicare drug prices under the bus — not to mention trains, bridges, tunnels and broadband connections.

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‘Wisdom and Fear’ Lead 90% of U.S. Seniors to Covid Vaccines

Article by KHN on Aug 04, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Amid the latest surge in covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, the United States on Tuesday hit a milestone that some thought was unattainable: 90% of people 65 and older are at least partly vaccinated against the disease.

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Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance.

Article by KHN on Aug 04, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News America’s covid-19 vaccination rate is around 60% for ages 12 and up. That’s not enough to reach so-called herd immunity, and in states like Missouri — where a number of counties have vaccination rates under 25% — hospitals are overwhelmed by serious outbreaks of the more contagious delta variant.

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Long Drives, Air Travel, Exhausting Waits: What Abortion Requires in the South

Article by KHN on Aug 03, 2021

Kate Ruder MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Just a quick walk through the parking lot of Choices-Memphis Center for Reproductive Health in this legendary music mecca speaks volumes about access to abortion in the American South. Parked alongside the polished SUVs and weathered sedans with Tennessee license plates are cars from Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida and, on many days, Alabama, Georgia and Texas.

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A Health Care Giant Sold Off Dozens of Hospitals — But Continued Suing Patients

Article by KHN on Aug 03, 2021

Kate Ruder Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon doesn’t exist anymore as a hospital. But it still sued Hope Cantwell.

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New Moms Latched On to Remote Breastfeeding Help. Will Demand Wane as Pandemic Fades?

Article by KHN on Aug 03, 2021

Kate Ruder Madison Cano knew she wanted to breastfeed her son, Theo. But breastfeeding was painful for her. The skin on her breasts was chafed and blistered last July when she returned home from the hospital. And Theo sometimes screamed during feedings.

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At Urgent Care, He Got 5 Stitches and a Big Surprise: A Plastic Surgeon’s Bill for $1,040

Article by KHN on Aug 02, 2021

Rachana Pradhan It was a Sunday morning in late November when Bryan Keller hopped on a bike for a routine ride to pick up his groceries, cruising with ease in a relatively empty New York City.

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Restoring a Sense of Belonging: The Unsung Importance of Casual Relationships for Older Adults

Article by KHN on Aug 02, 2021

Rachana Pradhan In May, Vincent Keenan traveled from Chicago to Charlottesville, Virginia, for a wedding — his first trip out of town since the start of the pandemic.

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12,000 Square Miles Without Obstetrics? It’s a Possibility in West Texas

Article by KHN on Aug 02, 2021

Rachana Pradhan The message from Big Bend Regional Medical Center was stark: The only hospital in a sparsely populated region of far West Texas notified local physicians last month that because of a nursing shortage its labor and delivery unit needed to temporarily close its doors and that women in labor should instead be sent to the next closest hospital — an hour’s drive away.

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Why is the South the Epicenter of Anti-Abortion Fervor?

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News Not so long ago, laws governing abortion in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were far more restrictive than those in the Deep South, as state legislators throughout New England regularly banned the procedure, no matter the circumstances, during the 1960s and ’70s.

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