Rathke: Have Doctors and Hospitals Joined Banks as Fraudsters?

New York City     It’s the holiday season when old time movies used to give us hope that miracles might happen.  Santa might climb down from the chimney, if you had a chimney anymore.  There were…

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Rathke: The transplant system is needlessly allowing patients to die

New Orleans       There are no good ways to die, but emphysema is a tough way to go. I watched my grandfather die that way as a child.  He was weak and housebound in his last…

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

The Pandemic case for the Affordable Care Act

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   There’s no rhyme or reason to it, but bizarrely the Trump administration recently marched into court to once again challenge the legal standing of the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps someone…

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Posted in Columns Health Care Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS

The Rules of Law

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  The rule of law has been getting a rough ride during Trump time. Now with Supreme Court decisions dropping like flies all around us with one mixed message after another, many…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at a March 22 briefing, displayed a projection that New York could need 110,000 hospital beds. At the peak, fewer than 19,000 were hospitalized with COVID-19. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Hospitals Pro Publica

How America’s hospitals survived the first wave of the Coronavirus

ProPublica deputy managing editor Charles Ornstein wanted to know why experts were wrong when they said U.S. hospitals would be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Here’s what he learned, including what hospitals can do before the next…

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Posted in Health Insurance Kaiser Health News News Private Insurance

How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance

Trump Care     by Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 20, 2020 Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance. The…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Hospitals News The Conversation

Fearing coronavirus, patients are delaying hospital visits, putting health and lives at risk. ‘I thought I could wait this out’

The ultimate cost for delaying treatment can be loss of life. Data from the CDC shows the U.S. had 66,000 more deaths than expected from January through the end of April, with only about half of…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Labor News Pro Publica

Healthcare workers getting sick across US. 31,000 and counting

A lobbying campaign driven by scarcity pushed the CDC to relax protective gear guidelines. Now tens of thousands of health workers are infected.   By Jennifer Gollan and Elizabeth Shogren May 11, 2020 Rick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care Kaiser Health News News

Eerie emptiness of ERs worries doctors as heart attack and stroke patients delay care

Will Stone and Elly Yu, KPCC May 7, 2020 The patient described it as the worst headache of her life. She didn’t go to the hospital, though. Instead, the Washington state resident waited almost a week….

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Posted in Health Care Op/Ed OtherWords Safety Net

Rural America deserves a real Covid-19 response

Rural residents are more likely to be older and uninsured, while 350 rural hospitals are at risk of closing. They can’t afford neglect now. By Gloria Oladipo April 29, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, many…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Care News

As millions stripped of health coverage amid Covid-19, House Dems unveil bill for emergency expansion of Medicare and Medicaid

“Our nation’s for-profit, employment-based healthcare system did not make sense before Covid-19 struck, and it is proving dangerous and deadly during the crisis.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, May 1 Just a day after the…

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Telehealth will be free, no copays, they said. But angry patients are getting billed.

Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News April 27, 2020 Karen Taylor had been coughing for weeks when she decided to see a doctor in early April. COVID-19 cases had just exceeded 5,000 in Texas, where she lives….

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care The Conversation

Chronic conditions worsen coronavirus risk – here’s how to manage them amid the pandemic

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, University of Virginia Amid the stress and confusion of coronavirus shutdowns and social distancing orders, it can seem to older patients as though everything is on pause. Clinics have postponed regular office visits. Patients…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Care Public Policy

States forced to smuggle ppe under the nose of the feds

‘A Snapshot of a System In Breakdown’: “The federal covid response has entered a new phase of political sadism.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer It’s like the plot of a spy novel: a group of officials…

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Posted in Employer Provided Insurance Health Care Health Insurance Kaiser Health News News Private Insurance Safety Net

With federal nod, consumers could lose the boost they get from drug ‘coupons’

Consumer advocates say the proposed changes will make drugs unaffordable for many people with serious medical conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis who rely on pricey medications. Michelle Andrews April 16, 2020 Patients who get financial…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Insurance Medicare News Private Insurance

UnitedHealth group posts surge in profits as millions lose insurance and thousands die

‘Thriving During a Pandemic’: “The earnings were so good, the company said it still expects to make as much in total profits this year as they predicted in December… when no one could predict the massive…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Care News Nurses

Healthcare worker unions warn new Covid-19 guidance from Trump CDC endangers frontline workers

“Reckless. Short-sighted. Dangerous. Unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Labor unions representing millions of nurses and other frontline workers across the U.S. are voicing outrage at new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care News Pro Publica

Rationing protective gear means checking on coronavirus patients less often. This can be deadly.

Low on essential supplies and fearing they’ll get sick, doctors and nurses told ProPublica in-person care for coronavirus patients has been scaled back. In some cases, it’s causing serious harm. by Joshua Kaplan, Lizzie Presser and…

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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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