Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Care Public Health Safety Net The Conversation

These groups are among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Chen Reis, University of Denver and Lynn Lawry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences March 31 How is the COVID-19 crisis impacting the most vulnerable among us? Tens of millions of Americans fit that…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Paying for coronavirus and medical debt

by Wade Rathke Pearl River    Ten percent of Americans have absolutely, flat-to-the-bone, no health insurance. Many others have Trump-plan insurance with high deductibles, covering nothing much at all, but maybe catastrophes up to certain lifetime…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

This VA hospital cited “misleading” data to restrict mask use for health care workers

Workers at a VA hospital in New Mexico have been told not to wear face masks in certain cases, even though earlier CDC guidance said masks can protect against spread of the coronavirus. by Bryant Furlow,…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Some changes the coronavirus should bring

Pearl River    In the Age of Trump and the Time of the Coronavirus, there seems to be constant speculation about what changes in our society, habits, and government might be permanent given our collective experience….

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Posted in Health Health Care National News Pro Publica VA

The Trump Administration is leaving the nation’s emergency backup hospital system on the sidelines

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs say they are ready to answer the call to assist HHS or FEMA. But the call has not come. by Isaac Arnsdorf March 27, 3:38 p.m. EDT The Trump…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care Safety Net The Conversation

Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during coronavirus – here are 7 specific things you can do, just for starters

by Basia Belza, University of Washington; Anita Souza, University of Washington, and Tatiana Sadak, University of Washington Older adults always need social connection, but they need it now more than ever. The novel coronavirus brings with…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Nurses Public Health

Updated COVID-19 survey of Registered Nurses shows little improvement and worsening availability of personal protective equipment

By Meteor Staff A nationwide survey National Nurses United (NNU) has been conducting of registered nurses, the country’s frontline health care staff, continues to show that the vast majority of United States hospitals and health care…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Policy US Military US Navy

After discovering a sailor with coronavirus, the U.S. Navy crowded dozens Into one room

On the USS Boxer, where the Navy discovered its first case of coronavirus on a ship, a sailor says his superiors called a meeting that crammed more than 80 senior enlisted sailors and officers together. by…

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Posted in Coronavirus Economy Flagstaff Health Health Care News

Covid 19 spreads while Flagstaff watches and waits: Updated

By Naima Schuller UPDATE: 3/15/2020. Governor Ducey announces, All schools to close until March 30. Harkins Theatres via an email on the evening of Friday, March 13th announced they will be offering two weeks of paid…

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Precautions coming about in Flagstaff and region, some closings, so far no local infections

Cheng asked students to consider staying in Flagstaff or on campus for spring break NAU, and CCC announces closures and redesigning most classes for online access. Thursday Mayor Coral Evans declared City Council chambers are no…

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Posted in Coronavirus Emergency Responders Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy Safety Net

Emergency Medical Responders have lacked guidance and are stretched for supplies and personnel to combat coronavirus

Key direction from the CDC on how to protect emergency responders came after the first American case and the exposure of at least one firefighter. It’s yet another example of a fragmented and halting response at…

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Note: The map shows the known locations of coronavirus cases by county. Circles are sized by the number of people there who have tested positive, which may differ from where they contracted the illness. Some people who traveled overseas were taken for treatment in California, Nebraska and Texas. Sources: State and local health agencies, hospitals, C.D.C. Data as of 7:50 a.m. E.T., Mar. 13.
Posted in Coronavirus Medicaid News Public Health Public Policy

Trump blocking states from expanding Medicaid in response to coronavirus

“Not even a global pandemic will stop dead-eyed right-wing extremists from trying to eviscerate the social safety net.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As states across the U.S. struggle to contain the novel coronavirus and treat…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Care National News Public Health Public Policy

CDC head to commit to free coronavirus testing

“We live in a world where 33% of Americans put off medical treatment last year, and we have $1,133 expense just for testing for the coronavirus.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Democratic firebrand Rep. Katie Porter…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Frontline care workers are undervalued

New Orleans   In the “time of the virus,” I talked to Jackie Dartz, a member of the Local 100 United Labor Unions executive board and longtime steward at LARC, the Lafayette Association of Retarded Citizens,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Health Care National News Off the wire

Surging health care worker quarantines raise concerns as coronavirus spreads

Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News March 9, 2020 As the U.S. battles to limit the spread of the highly contagious new coronavirus, the number of health care workers ordered to self-quarantine because of potential exposure to…

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Posted in Climate change Environmental Justice First Nations First Peoples News Health Care News Poverty Race for the White House 2020

Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders for President

‘Our Needs Are Not Moderate’ “The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path.” “With the exception of Native Americans, African…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Care Public Health

‘Hospitals not prepared,’ warn nurses as nationwide survey shows ‘fractured’ system amid coronavirus outbreak

“We just don’t have the capacity in the hospitals and health systems to deal with a massive influx of patients and keep them isolated.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer, Common Dreams Thursday, March 05, 2020 The…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Coronavirus Health Care Labor News Public Health Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Coronavirus policy and financial failures put nursing home workers at risk

New Orleans    Is the coronavirus a pandemic and economic catastrophe or a hiccup along the road to progress as the President promises? Who knows? What already seems clear is that for all of the talk…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health Care Health Insurance News Politics Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Taxes

‘Give us an hour on MSNBC’: Sanders says he would love to debate Medicare for All vs. For-Profit System with Joe Biden

“We’re spending twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of any other country and yet 27 million are uninsured, 30,000 people die, half a million people go bankrupt every year because of medical-related…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Care Health Insurance News Public Health

‘Why Are We Being Charged?’ Surprise bills from coronavirus testing spark calls for government to cover all costs

“Huge surprise medical bills [are] going to make sure people with symptoms don’t get tested. That is bad for everyone.” By Jake Johnson, staff writer Public health advocates, experts, and others are demanding that the federal…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Health Care Non-Profits Public Health Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Taxes

Nonprofit hospitals are “Confused” about charity and profits

New Orleans       Over the last several years, ACORN International and the Labor Neighbor Research & Training Center have been collecting and analyzing the IRS 990 forms filed by tax exempt, nonprofit hospitals in Arkansas, Louisiana,…

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The lie of health care ‘choice’

In our corporate-run health system, consumer “choices” are shaped entirely by profit-seeking monopolists. By Jim Hightower | February 19, 2020 Lyndon Johnson had a saying about special interests trying to get his support to pass some…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Health Care Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Choking on the Doughnut Hole: Medicare Part D disasters

Little Rock      Driving through Mississippi back and forth on my regular route from New Orleans to Greenville to Little Rock and then back again, when I hit the long rural stretches since we belong to the…

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‘He gave away the game’: doctors condemn Trump threat to slash Medicare funding

“We’ve long suspected he would try to gut Medicare in a second term.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer An advocacy group composed of doctors and medical professionals on Wednesday joined the chorus denouncing President Donald Trump…

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