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Estados aún deben usar el dinero federal que era para zanjar disparidades de COVID

La administración de Biden anunció en 2021 que estaba invirtiendo $2,250 millones para abordar las disparidades de salud de COVID, pero un año después, se ha utilizado poco del dinero.... Read more»0

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States have yet to spend hundreds of millions of federal dollars to tackle COVID health disparities

The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address COVID health disparities - and two months later, grants were awarded to every state health department - but a year later, little of the money has been used.... Read more»0

From Alabama to Utah, efforts to vaccinate Medicaid enrollees against COVID run into obstacles

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»0

Record number of Americans sign up for ACA health insurance

A record 13.6 million Americans have signed up for health coverage for 2022 on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, with nearly a month remaining to enroll in most states - with some of the largest increases in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA.... Read more»0

Health experts worry CDC’s COVID vaccination rates appear inflated

For nearly a month, the CDC’s vaccine tracker has shown that virtually everyone 65 and older in the United States — 99.9% — has received at least one COVID shot. That would be remarkable if true. But health experts and state officials say it’s certainly not.... Read more»0

As Democrats bicker over massive spending plan, here’s what’s at stake for Medicaid

Democrats are moving to close the Medicaid coverage gap as they forge a package of new domestic spending that could run as high as $3.5 trillion over 10 years and would significantly enhance other federal health programs, but the cost is raising concerns within the party.... Read more»0

Your COVID game plan: Are stadiums safe?

In the so-called Before Times, sitting shoulder to shoulder inside a stadium with tens of thousands of boisterous spectators - after a few hours of pregame tailgating - was a highlight of many fans’ autumn, but with COVID-19 cases soaring, many fans are wondering if it is a wise idea.... Read more»0

Medicaid vaccination rates founder as states struggle to immunize their poorest residents

Medicaid enrollees are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at far lower rates than the general population as states search for the best strategies to improve access to the shots and persuade those who remain hesitant.... Read more»0

‘Wisdom and fear’ lead 90% of U.S. seniors to COVID vaccines

The United States on Tuesday hit a milestone that some thought was unattainable: 90% of people 65 and older are at least partly vaccinated against coronavirus, as political leanings that have skewed vaccination rates across the country have had less of an impact on older adults. ... Read more»0

At Texas border, pandemic’s high toll lays bare gaps in health and insurance

In Texas border communities, not only did people die of COVID-19 at significantly higher rates than elsewhere, but people under age 65 were also more likely to die, highlighting higher-than-normal prevalence of underlying health issues combined with high uninsurance rates and flagging access to care for residents.... Read more»0

Biden quietly transforms Medicaid safety net

The Biden administration is quietly engineering a series of expansions to Medicaid that may bolster protections for millions of low-income Americans and bring more people into the program, drawing criticism from Republicans, some of whom accuse the administration of trampling states’ rights.... Read more»0

Test sites quickly attract thousands for COVID-19 vaccine study

Amid a pandemic that in the U.S. has caused roughly 5 million infections and nearly 160,000 deaths while decimating the economy, the vaccine trials have drawn far more interest than is typical for a clinical trial, organizers said.... Read more»0

Reopening dental offices for routine care amid pandemic touches a nerve

Florida is one of 40 states that have allowed dental offices to resume providing routine services since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but many health experts question whether states are moving too fast.... Read more»0

'It’s not over until it’s over': 5 things to know about hitting the CV-19 peak

Kaiser Health News spoke to several disease detectives about what reaching the peak level of cases means and under what conditions people can go back to work and school without fear of getting infected. Here’s what they said.... Read more»0

Political theater: How health-care bill that nearly all opposed managed to pass the House

The AARP called the health bill that House Republicans narrowly approved Thursday “deeply flawed” because it would weaken Medicare and lead to higher insurance premiums for older Americans. The American Medical Association said it would undo health insurance coverage gains and hurt public health efforts to fight disease. The American Hospital Association said the bill would destroy Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor that expanded mightily under the Affordable Care Act and buoyed hospitals’ bottom lines. Normally, that would spell failure.... Read more»0

Obamacare enrollment beating last year's early pace

Despite the Affordable Care Act’s rising prices, decreased insurer participation and a vigorous political threat to its survival, consumer enrollment for 2017 is outpacing last year’s, according to new federal data and reports from state officials around the country.... Read more»0

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