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Nationally, the Essential Caregivers Act of 2021 is languishing in the House Ways and Means health subcommittee.

When the Biden administration announced a set of proposed nursing home reforms last month, measures advocates have promoted for years were addressed, but the reforms still don't recognize residents’ rights to have contact with informal caregivers. Read more»

Arizona and several other states have adopted licensing for assistant physicians - medical school graduates who have not yet completed residency training - to help ease gaps in primary health care, but nurse practitioners and medical groups are urging changes. Read more»

Patients are no longer required to pay for out-of-network care given without their consent when receiving treatment at hospitals covered by their health insurance - but the protections against surprise medical bills may be only as good as a patient’s knowledge. Read more»

Telemedicine devices can be used to examine patients while instantly transmitting the physical assessment back to an off-site medical professional, but many with a physical disability find barriers to care.

Telemedicine, teleworking, rapid tests, virtual school, and vaccine drive-thrus have become part of Americans’ routines as they enter Year 3 of life amid COVID-19. But as innovators have raced to make living in a pandemic world safer, some people with disabilities have been left behind. Read more»

For millions of Americans who are immunocompromised or too young to receive a vaccine, less masking means a loss of a line of defense for their health in public spaces.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated COVID-19 guidelines that relaxed masking recommendations last month, triggering mixed feelings from the public and laid bare a split within the health care community. Read more»

Over the past decade, an increasing number of employers have used the government’s Medicare Advantage program as an alternative to their existing retiree health plan and traditional Medicare coverage - yet details of these plans — and the costs to taxpayers — are largely hidden. Read more»

The federal government has authorized nearly $400 million for vaccination outreach efforts to underserved communities.

Medicaid enrollees continue to get vaccinated against COVID at far lower rates than the general population despite vigorous outreach efforts by government officials and private organizations to get low-income people inoculated, according to data from several states. Read more»

As state legislators in Arizona and across the country introduced a record number of anti-transgender bills in 2021, the larger debate outside of medicine amid these legislative efforts to restrict access to care is having a detrimental impact on transgender youth. Read more»

Americans who are at high risk — and the loved ones who fear passing along the virus to them — are speaking out about being left behind as the rest of society drops pandemic safeguards such as masking and physical distancing. Read more»

La demanda de perros de servicio se ha disparado, pero esta demanda ha abrumado a los entrenadores sin fines de lucro y ayudó a lanzar una industria de perros de servicio con fines de lucro con etiquetas de precios elevados. Read more»

Demand for service dogs has exploded as they have proved adept at helping children and adults with an increasing range of disabilities, but this demand has overwhelmed nonprofit trainers and unmet needs have helped launch a for-profit service dog industry with hefty price tags. Read more»

Muchos maestros de color están eligiendo regresar a las comunidades que los formaron y los criaron, y las escuelas están sintiendo el doble impacto de la pandemia.

Una oleada de docentes está dejando la profesión, especialmente evidente entre aquellos con antecedentes de minorías, y en medio de la mezcla tóxica de muerte, enfermedad e interrupción del aula de la pandemia, estas salidas han creado otra tensión para los estudiantes. Read more»

Many teachers of color are choosing to return to the communities that have formed them and raised them, and schools are feeling a double impact of the pandemic.

A nationwide surge of teachers are leaving the profession — especially evident among members of the profession with minority backgrounds - and amid the pandemic’s toxic brew of death, illness, and classroom disruption, these departures have created another strain for students. Read more»

A three-judge federal appeals court panel in Connecticut has likely ended an 11-year fight against a frustrating and confusing rule that left hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries without coverage for nursing home care, and no way to challenge a denial. Read more»

A partir del 15 de enero, las aseguradoras privadas cubrirán el costo de ocho pruebas rápidas de COVID en el hogar cada mes para sus miembros, pero los beneficiarios de Medicare enfrentan un obstáculo aún mayor: la nueva regla de la administración no se aplica a ellos. Read more»

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