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 vaccine: The problem of ‘vaccine cheats’ is spreading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: The problem of ‘vaccine cheats’ is spreading

Some people are trying really, really hard to bend the rules and get vaccinated against Covid — lying and cheating to make it happen. Meanwhile, others are watching, appalled, at the behavior of people they know. We’ve seen people on social media scolding others for showing pictures of their newly vaccinated selves — even if […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccines: How people are making ‘backdoor’ shots happen

Let’s call them backdoor vaccines. Or loophole vaccines. As the vaccine rollout continues its chaotic march across the United States, some people are getting a vaccine even though they don’t qualify. Some people are going to incredible lengths — forged paperwork and false claims. There was even a story about a $2,000 offer for a […]

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 […]

CMS fines half of hospitals for readmitting too many patients: Kaiser Health News lets you look up your hospital

CMS fines half of hospitals for readmitting too many patients: Kaiser Health News lets you look up your hospital

“Under programs set up by the Affordable Care Act, the federal government cuts payments to hospitals that have high rates of readmissions and those with the highest numbers of infections and patient injuries,” Jordan Rau writes for Kaiser Health News. “For the readmission penalties, Medicare cuts as much as 3 percent for each patient, although […]

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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and planning: What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? | MIT Technology Review

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and planning: What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? | MIT Technology Review

“The first time Mary Ann Price logged into her employer’s system to schedule a vaccine, she found an appointment three days later at a nearby Walgreens pharmacy,” Cat Ferguson writes over at MIT Technology Review. “She woke up the next day to an email saying it had been canceled. So she logged in again and […]

The new hospital transparency rule: The deadline for posting price lists is on Jan. 1, so how did they do?

The new hospital transparency rule: The deadline for posting price lists is on Jan. 1, so how did they do?

The new federal price transparency law is rolling out Jan. 1, 2021, mandating that hospitals have to list prices on their web sites. Describing the new rules, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say on their website: “Hospital price transparency helps Americans know the cost of a hospital item or service before receiving it. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills, part II: falsely billed and overcharged

A Rochester-area woman we introduced you to over the summer has continued to receive hospital bills for a Covid test that never happened. Back in July, Rebecca Oliver and her partner Dan Loncoa went to Rochester Regional Hospital’s emergency room seeking a Covid test, only to be sent home without one and then billed $540 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Earlier this fall, the predominantly Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, N.Y., managed to drop its positive Covid test rate from 34.2% in the last week of September, to a shocking 4.2% just one month later, the Jewish-American news organization The Forward reported. According to The Forward, town leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York […]