Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: For caregivers, it’s a big challenge

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: For caregivers, it’s a big challenge

For Julie from Westchester County, N.Y., getting Covid would mean her mother would be stuck at home alone for two weeks. No doctor’s appointments, no visitors and very limited groceries. That’s because Julie, 50, is the primary caregiver for her mother, 76. She’s hoping that New York State will allow her to get the Covid […]

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 the vaccine: Challenges, rejections, changing rules, overcoming obstacles

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Challenges, rejections, changing rules, overcoming obstacles

As the vaccine is distributed in the U.S., many people have reported experiencing alarming difficulties in their attempts to get the shot, and changing rules. Appointments made are revoked, and phone numbers that were working suddenly stop working within minutes. Even those currently eligible to be vaccinated have encountered roadblocks in what could be a […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and masks: An update on mask-wearing from the experts

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and masks: An update on mask-wearing from the experts

Expert wisdom on mask-wearing during the coronavirus pandemic is changing, again, with the appearance of new variants of the Covid virus. A little under a year ago, as Covid first began sweeping the globe, experts presented divided opinions on wearing a face mask. (You may view ClearHealthCost’s early coverage on mask-wearing here.) While some encouraged […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who gets priority?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Who gets priority?

A severely limited supply combined with a decentralized rollout has led to confusion and anger over which groups are being prioritized to receive Covid vaccines first. Controversy boiled over in January when many states announced they were adding smoking to the list of medical conditions prioritized for vaccination. Fury ran particularly high in New Jersey, […]

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. […]

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 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and diabetes: New link to the pandemic in newly diagnosed diabetics.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and diabetes: New link to the pandemic in newly diagnosed diabetics.

“Mihail Zilbermint is used to treating diabetes — he heads a special team that cares for patients with the metabolic disorder at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.,” Erin Blakemore wrote over at The Washington Post “But as the hospital admitted increasing numbers of patients with covid-19, his caseload ballooned. ‘Before, we used to manage maybe […]

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: Second doses, state lines and distribution problems (and successes)

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Second doses, state lines and distribution problems (and successes)

We’ve been following the Covid vaccine distribution in the New York area, trying to reflect people’s experiences on the ground. Here are some suggestions and observations from my acquaintances and friends on social media. Facebook, Connecticut and New York “If you have a parent that is 75 or over go to the Stamford Hospital Website […]