Health insurance premiums: The outlook for 2021

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Health insurance premiums: The outlook for 2021

BY MOLLY TAFT and JEANNE PINDER New York health insurers asked for an average of nearly 12 percent in rate increases on individual plans for 2021, figures posted to the state website on Friday show. Of the 13 state insurers, only two are proposing rate decreases, while Oscar, a Manhattan-based company, asked for a 19 […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the doctor: Primary care, telemedicine and unpreparedness

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the doctor: Primary care, telemedicine and unpreparedness

Continuing our series of interviews with doctors about the Covid-19 era, I spoke with a primary care internist who works in Westchester County, just north of New York City. He spoke on the condition that I not use his name. Jeanne Pinder What are the biggest changes for you in the era of coronavirus? New […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and bills: I didn’t have to pay a penny of my $320,000 Covid-19 bill- Slate

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and bills: I didn’t have to pay a penny of my $320,000 Covid-19 bill- Slate

“In March, I came down with a life-threatening case of COVID-19,” David Lat writes over at Slate. “I spent 16 nights in the hospital, including a week in the intensive care unit. I underwent an emergency intubation, followed by six days on a ventilator. I received services from multiple specialists -— experts in critical care, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the nursing home: Testing can help stop the spread, but who should pay? – The New York Times

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the nursing home: Testing can help stop the spread, but who should pay? – The New York Times

“Like all nursing home workers in New York State, Shikilia Davis is required to get a test for coronavirus twice a week, part of a state order aimed at containing the startling death toll of residents in nursing homes,” Katie Thomas writes for The New York times. “But late last month, Ms. Davis said her […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) return to the office: How a big N.Y.-based employer is doing it

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) return to the office:  How a big N.Y.-based employer is doing it

As the New York area and the nation opens up gradually after the first wave of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, people are thinking about returning to their workplaces. We’re talking to many people about what that looks like for them. “We don’t call it ‘return to work’ — because we’ve been working all along,” said […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) insurance: Anthem offering $2.5B in financial assistance to members, providers

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“Anthem will make $2.5 billion in financial assistance available to customers and providers as they weather the coronavirus pandemic, including premium credits for cash-strapped members and funding to assist docs in standing up telehealth programs,” Paige Minemyer wrote for Fierce Healthcare. “Anthem will make premium credits of between 10% and 15% available to select individual market plans […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) protest: George Floyd honored by kneeling hospital workers

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) protest: George Floyd honored by kneeling hospital workers

Physicians from hospitals around the country will protest in solidarity with George Floyd and other victims of racial violence on Friday. According to posts on Twitter from hospital employees, workers in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Atlanta, New Haven, Louisville, and other cities throughout the country have planned protests. Workers organized kneeling protests and moments […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the nursing home: An occupational therapist’s experiences

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the nursing home: An occupational therapist’s experiences

Continuing our series of interviews with doctors and other medical personnel in the era of Covid-19: A recently graduated occupational therapist in a nursing home told us what her life is like.  Here’s a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity.    Phoebe Pinder (CHC) What has surprised you most about the […]

Coronavirus (Covid 19) and the health care system: A ripple effect of police violence could extend the Covid-19 pandemic

Coronavirus (Covid 19) and the health care system: A ripple effect of police violence could extend the Covid-19 pandemic

“The United States is consumed by two seemingly distinct tragedies,” Emma Betuel wrote for Inverse. “A pandemic has killed over 100,000 Americans. Meanwhile, the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others has crystallized the persistent threat that racism poses to the health of Black Americans, leading to countrywide protests. However, viewing these […]