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Claims That CDC’s PCR Test Can’t Tell Covid From Flu Are Wrong

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Victoria Knight Claim: “CDC has just announced they will revoke the emergency use authorization of the RT-PCR tests first introduced in 2/20. … Translation: They’ve been adding flu cases to Covid cases when using that test.”

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Facing Recall, Newsom Draws Support from Health Care Allies

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Victoria Knight SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians upset with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic rules — which shuttered businesses, kept schoolkids at home and mandated masks — helped fuel the September recall election that could spell the end of his political career.

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Bus Stop by Bus Stop, Denver-Area Officials Microtarget Vaccine Hesitancy

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News AURORA, Colo. — John Letson had seen too many apocalyptic movies to feel comfortable getting a covid-19 vaccine initially.

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Amid Covid Booster Debate, West Virginia to Check Immunity of Vaccinated Nursing Home Residents

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News West Virginia raced ahead of the country last winter to get people in nursing homes vaccinated against covid-19, but with cases and hospitalizations on the rise again, state officials want to know whether immunity levels are falling for residents who had their shots.

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Diabetes Drug’s New Weight Loss Formula Fuels Cost-Benefit Debate

Article by KHN on Jul 30, 2021

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News The long list of side effects that follow ads for the newer expensive drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes sometimes include an unusual warning: They might cause weight loss. That side effect is one that many people — especially those with Type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity — may desperately want.

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Olympic Dream Dashed After Bike Crash and Nightmare Medical Bill Over $200K

Article by KHN on Jul 29, 2021

Samantha Young It was a race in Pennsylvania that could have sent cyclist Phil Gaimon to the Tokyo Olympics; instead, a serious crash landed the Californian in two hospitals on the East Coast.

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Pfizer Court Fight Could Legalize Medicare Copays and Unleash ‘Gold Rush’ in Sales

Article by KHN on Jul 29, 2021

Samantha Young Three years ago, pharma giant Pfizer paid $24 million to settle federal allegations that it was paying kickbacks and inflating sales by reimbursing Medicare patients for out-of-pocket medication costs.

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Covid Renews Interest in Radiation, but Docs Caution Against Pilgrimages to Radon-Filled Mines

Article by KHN on Jul 29, 2021

Samantha Young BOULDER, Mont. — Twice a year, Brian Tichenor makes the 1,200-mile drive each way from his home in Kansas to a defunct uranium mine in Montana, where he takes an elevator 85 feet below the surface to sit amid radioactive radon gas to ease the pain from his chronic eye condition.

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Unraveling the Mysterious Mutations That Make Delta the Most Transmissible Covid Virus Yet

Article by KHN on Jul 28, 2021

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News Upon first inspection, the mutations in the highly contagious delta covid variant don’t look that worrisome.

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Women Say California Insurer Makes It Too Hard to Get Drug for Postpartum Depression

Article by KHN on Jul 28, 2021

April Dembosky, KQED When Miriam McDonald decided she wanted to have another baby at age 44, her doctor told her she had a better chance of winning the lottery. So when she got pregnant right away, she and her husband were thrilled. But within three days of giving birth to their son, in September 2019, everything shifted.

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Sign-Up Window for Free COBRA Coverage for Many Laid-Off Workers Closes This Week

Article by KHN on Jul 28, 2021

April Dembosky, KQED After being laid off from her job as a systems analyst for a specialty chemicals company in December, Gabriela de Pompignan opted to hang on to her former employer’s insurance coverage under the federal law known as COBRA. Typically, laid-off workers pick up the total cost of premiums under COBRA, but her company paid roughly 75% of the expense for the first six months, leaving de Pompignan with a $659 monthly bill for the family plan covering her, her husband and their 9-year-old son.

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Bye-Bye to Health Insurance ‘Birthday Rule’? Kansas Lawmaker Floats Fix

Article by KHN on Jul 27, 2021

Cara Anthony When Kayla Kjelshus gave birth to her first child, the infant spent seven days in the neonatal intensive care unit, known as the NICU. This stressful medical experience was followed by an equally stressful financial one. Because of an obscure health insurance policy called the “birthday rule,” Kjelshus and her husband, Mikkel, were hit with an unexpected charge of more than $200,000 for the NICU stay.

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How a Doctor Breaks Norms to Treat Refugees and Recent Immigrants

Article by KHN on Jul 27, 2021

Markian Hawryluk AURORA, Colo. — Fatumo Osman, a 65-year-old Somali refugee who speaks limited English, was in a bind. She made too much money at a meal prep service job so she no longer qualified for Medicaid. But knee pain kept her from working, so her income had dropped. She could reapply for Medicaid, get her knee fixed and return to work, at which point she’d lose that safety-net health coverage. Her first step was getting a note from a doctor so she wouldn’t lose her job.

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Want Fries With That Vaccine? Even at a Fast-Food Restaurant, Pop-Up Clinics See Slow Traffic

Article by KHN on Jul 27, 2021

Markian Hawryluk SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A few months ago, the boxy, teal truck parked outside a McDonald’s in this Inland Empire city might have drawn hundreds of people willing to stand in line for hours under the scorching sun.

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The Pandemic Made Telemedicine an Instant Hit. Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains.

Article by KHN on Jul 26, 2021

Hannah Norman, Kaiser Health News Crystal Joseph pays for two telemedicine video services to ensure that her small therapy practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, can always connect with its clients.

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As Holdout Missouri Joins Nation in Monitoring Opioid Prescriptions, Experts Worry

Article by KHN on Jul 26, 2021

Hannah Norman, Kaiser Health News Kathi Arbini said she felt elated when Missouri finally caught up to the other 49 states and approved a statewide prescription drug monitoring program this June in an attempt to curb opioid addiction.

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Watch: More Long Covid Cases Seen in Kids

Article by KHN on Jul 26, 2021

Hannah Norman, Kaiser Health News The vast majority of the pandemic’s 4.1 million covid infections in children have been mild. However, doctors are concerned about a growing number of long-haul covid cases and a rare but dangerous inflammatory disease, particularly among Black and Latino children. KHN correspondent Sarah Varney, in collaboration with PBS NewsHour, reports on the phenomena. This story aired on July 23, 2021.

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Contraception Is Free to Women, Except When It’s Not

Article by KHN on Jul 23, 2021

Michelle Andrews For Stephanie Force, finding a birth control method that she likes and can get without paying out-of-pocket has been a struggle, despite the Affordable Care Act’s promise of free contraceptives for women and adolescent girls in most health plans.

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Facing Headwinds on New Alzheimer’s Drug, Biogen Launches Controversial Campaign

Article by KHN on Jul 23, 2021

Michelle Andrews Do you sometimes lose your train of thought or feel a bit more anxious than is typical for you?

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