Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: A year later, and millions of cases later, patients struggle for disability

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and disability: A year later, and millions of cases later, patients struggle for disability

J., a long Covid patient from the Midwest, is still suffering extreme symptoms more than a year later — tachycardia, extreme fatigue and other symptoms. Walking the dog around the block, she said, raised her heart rate to 212 beats per minute. Like many other Americans with office jobs, she has been working remotely. Yet […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: A year later, the lack of testing is having significant effects

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: A year later, the lack of testing is having significant effects

Chimére L. Smith, a Baltimore schoolteacher, is an expert on the Covid testing vacuum. Smith, 38, got Covid last March, but never had a positive test. Emergency rooms and doctors dismissed her without effective treatment multiple times. She’s still ill, experiencing occipital neuralgia, fibromyalgia, mild cognitive impairment, brain fog, severe joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, memory […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

(Updated, April 24) A Long Island hospital is coming under fire for sending Covid testing bills as high as $1,931 to multiple members of the community. Scott Nadboy received bills of $1,720 each for his family of four, both times the family got tested for a ski trip to Maine, at St. Francis Hospital & […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: As insurers end grace period, patients can expect hospital bills

“Thousands of people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in the past year, and generally, most patients haven’t had to pay out of pocket for these costs,” Caroline Tien writes over at verywellhealth.com. “Government programs and insurance companies have largely borne the brunt of the cost. But that might be changing. Researchers at the University of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

People with underlying conditions are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in New York state tomorrow, Feb. 15. Today, Feb. 14, is the day that the online portals opened to such people for scheduling. And it was insane. Sites crashed. Tempers frayed. The people who had been having trouble booking before are still having trouble booking. […]

How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

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How much does Truvada cost? Or, when your PEO insurance goes sideways

The man on the phone said his insurance company quintupled his premiums for next year, from $333 to $1,700, and he was really upset. He was even more upset that the only thing that had changed in his health care situation was that he had started taking Truvada, the anti-HIV drug. Truvada, also known as […]

How much does olmesartan-HCTZ (Benicar) cost, $771.99 or $6?

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How much does olmesartan-HCTZ (Benicar) cost, $771.99 or $6?

A friend writes: So, I have three prescription drugs: two to lower my blood pressure, the other a potassium supplement needed because the two blood pressure medications leach potassium from my body — is this a great country, or what?! My pharmacy is my nearest grocery store. I changed my prescription drug plan effective 2021. […]

How much does Linzess cost? $468 or $600? Or maybe $3?

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How much does Linzess cost? $468 or $600? Or maybe $3?

A woman we know had a problem: Her doctor prescribed Linzess for constipation. But her insurance, the New York State version of Medicaid, wouldn’t cover it. So she would need to have $600 to get the medication, paying cash, or skip it. She had tried several other over-the-counter and lower-cost medications to resolve this problem. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: I got a shot of the Moderna vaccine today. Here’s what happened.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: I got a shot of the Moderna vaccine today. Here’s what happened.

I got a shot of the Moderna Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine today (Jan. 16) at Jacobi Medical Center, a New York City Health & Hospitals site in the Bronx. Here’s how it happened. Because I’m 66, I qualify in the New York State classification for Stage 1B. But it was crazy hard to find a place […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

There has been a lot of conversation about extra doses in the Pfizer vaccine vials — meaning that the official regimen could include up to 5 doses per vial, but the vial actually has 6 or 7 doses, or maybe more. So there’s a “leftovers” issue that is causing havoc some places. (See our other […]