Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: No, you shouldn’t have to pay for a test. So why were they charged?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and testing: No, you shouldn’t have to pay for a test. So why were they charged?

Covid testing, which had long been fairly predictable, is becoming unpredictable and pricey, people are finding — making it more important to shop around and be sure of what you’re getting. This is a $716 issue for A.S., of Pelham, N.Y., mom of children aged 7 and 11. Other Pelham women had trouble too: It […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People want to get vaccinated. Sometimes it’s too hard. What are some solutions?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: People want to get vaccinated. Sometimes it’s too hard. What are some solutions?

By Jeanne Pinder, Sree Bhagavan, Bifen Xu  We learn the most amazing things at our Covid vaccine outreach van in Queens Village. On Sunday, we met Sophia and Robert from Queens Village.  Sophia brought Robert, who had been vaccine reluctant all along and wanted to leave.  When we asked Sophia what changed Robert’s mind, she […]

U.S. health insurance market concentration continues to increase

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U.S. health insurance market concentration continues to increase

Most health insurance markets in the United States are highly concentrated, meaning that millions of Americans have limited health insurer options,” Michael Popke wrote on Benefits Pro. “That’s the key takeaway from a new American Medical Association (AMA) report released this week. The 2021 version of the organization’s “Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Texas man charged $54,000 for Covid tests at hospital emergency room

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Texas man charged $54,000 for Covid tests at hospital emergency room

“A Dallas man was charged $54,000 for his COVID-19 tests at an emergency room in Lewisville, Texas –- a staggering fee that is not only legal, but hardly the only coronavirus test to break the bank for a time-desperate person during the pandemic,” Scott Gleeson writes for USA Today. “Travis Warner told NPR that his […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Why young people are choosing not to get vaccinated

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Why young people are choosing not to get vaccinated

In late June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) released a study in which they revealed the surprising statistic that only 34% of younger adults, between the ages of 18 and 39, reported having received a Covid vaccine. This age group reportedly displayed the lowest vaccine coverage and intent to get vaccinated, despite […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the workplace: Long Covid workers in NYC find remote chances for accommodations

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the workplace: Long Covid workers in NYC find remote chances for accommodations

“The doctor’s prediction was right. If her patient, a city employee, had to return to in-person work, the doctor cautioned, the symptoms plaguing her since she first contracted COVID-19 in March 2020 would only worsen,” Samantha Maldonado writes for The City, the New York City hyperlocal. “Among them: pain, headaches, dizziness, extreme fatigue and memory […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: What’s up with vaccine hesitancy? Well, maybe part of it is just logistics.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: What’s up with vaccine hesitancy? Well, maybe part of it is just logistics.

By Jeanne Pinder, Sree Bhagavan, Bifen Xu and S. Mitra Kalita People keep saying that vaccine hesitancy, or vaccine resistance, is causing people not to get vaccinated in large numbers. So we’ve been in a standstill, across the country, as the issue of whether to vaccinate divides us across political and personal lines. A few […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Johnson and Johnson one-shot vaccine surges with vaccine mandate; booster recommended by company

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Johnson and Johnson one-shot vaccine surges with vaccine mandate; booster recommended by company

Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine points are reporting a surge in demand for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in some places nationwide, as the Delta variant pushes infection rates up and vaccine mandates take place in many areas. And after some confusion, Johnson and Johnson sought to clear up the situation with potential boosters, suggesting a second […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: 1 in 3 Covid patients suffer from long Covid, study finds

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: 1 in 3 Covid patients suffer from long Covid, study finds

“One in three people who survived COVID-19 suffered from long COVID, according to a study of Long Beach residents published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday,” Rong-Gong Lin II and Luke Money write for The Los Angeles Times. “The study found that these long COVID patients reported at least one […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) on campus: Students share experiences during first week of school

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) on campus: Students share experiences during first week of school

AUSTIN, Tex. – As the first week of school arrived, students from all over the country came to the University of Texas at Austin to start classes as Covid cases were surging across the nation.  While some students were nervous and hesitant to come to campus, others were excited and ready to go back to […]