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The Latest: Health official: Booster use may be expanded

Details: WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health director says a government advisory panel’s decision to limit Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to Americans 65 and older as well as those at high risk of severe disease is a preliminary step and predicts broader approval for most Americans “in the next few weeks.”

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Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Details: 10 hours ago · —Building on Obama health law. The idea is to provide health insurance to more than 2 million low-income people in GOP-led states that have rejected the Medicaid expansion of “Obamacare.” The workaround is a top health equity demand for Black lawmakers because many of those caught in the coverage gap are minorities in Southern states.

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COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

Details: The health care crisis isn’t just impacting hospitals — primary care physicians and medical equipment suppliers are also struggling to cope with the crush of coronavirus-related demand. One major medical supplier, Norco Medical, said demand for oxygen tanks and related equipment has increased, sometimes forcing the company to send patients

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Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

Details: That means 1 in 5 Americans have lost a local health leader during the pandemic. “This is a deathblow,” for the public health field, said Brian Castrucci, CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, which advocates for public health. Public health groups expect further combative legislation.

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Democrats tackling flash points of taxes, health, climate

Details: 1 day ago · WASHINGTON (AP) — Revamp the tax code and important federal health care and environment programs. Spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years, but maybe a lot less. Ensure that no more than three Democrats in all of Congress vote “no” because Republicans will be unanimously opposed.

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School starts for 1 million NYC kids amid new vaccine rules

Details: “There are massive consequences to that, including health care consequences. The healthiest, best place for kids to be is in school.” Masks will be required for all students and staff members, as is the case in schools across New York state.

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In New York City, impending vaccination rules prompt concern

Details: When the city health department mandated masks, violations carried fines of up to $1,000. Some business owners could try to challenge the policy in court, perhaps arguing that the city overstepped its authority or is applying the rule inequitably. Some religious groups, for example, successfully challenged state pandemic rules that put capacity

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Gutamin 7 Review

Details: This formula included the best probiotic combination to enhance gut health and start losing weight faster. How does it work? Gutamin 7 is the unique gut-healing formula that contains 7 strains of potent probiotics. It is well designed to take care of the gut health and its function as better.

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Cuomo warns scofflaw schools, seeks Chainsmokers gig fine

Details: The Orange County Health Department said it issued cease-and-desist notices Tuesday at three schools that had remained open around the Orthodox Jewish town of Palm Tree, one that bused children and two that failed to implement mask and social distancing protocols, according to a county spokesperson.

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WHO director: Lebanon's brain drain threat to health sector

Details: 2 days ago · BEIRUT (AP) — The World Health Organization’s director general on Friday expressed deep concern about the impact of Lebanon’s economic meltdown and multiple crises on the wellbeing of the nation, and said the brain drain among the country's health workers is particularly worrisome.

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Idaho expands health care rationing statewide amid massive

Details: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho expands health care rationing statewide amid massive increase in state's number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

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With hands tied, Montana officials issue public health plea

Details: 2 days ago · HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials in both Missoula and Bozeman are begging Montana residents to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated as hospitals face increasing strain and the state remains without any statewide health mandates. Officials in Bozeman and Missoula lamented their inability to

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Unvaccinated French health care workers face suspension

Details: If health care workers have had only one dose so far, they have to take a virus test every three days until they have completed the second one. Oct. 15 is the …

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Alaska air base declares public health emergency amid COVID

Details: 1 day ago · JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — Military leaders on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency and encouraged all personnel to avoid places that do not require masks or social distancing in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in Alaska, officials said.

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Indiana county rejects health grant amid COVID-19 complaints

Details: GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Health officials are frustrated after a northern Indiana county council rejected a $3 million federal grant following vocal opposition from residents tying it to a litany of COVID-19 complaints. The Elkhart County health department had sought the grant to hire staff members to

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Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

Details: A Kaiser Health News review of hundreds of pieces of legislation found that, in all 50 states, legislators have proposed bills to curb such public health powers since the COVID-19 pandemic began. While some governors vetoed bills that passed, at least 26 states pushed through laws that permanently weaken government authority to protect public

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COVID burnout rises among Colorado's public health leaders

Details: 1 day ago · Elbert County Public Health Director Dwayne Smith publishes a detailed daily coronavirus update on his website. It was critical high-profile information last December, when his county was the first in the U.S. to report the highly transmissible U.K. COVID variant, which had shown up in a local nursing home.

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4 ways to manage retirement health care costs

Details: Health care in retirement is a big-ticket item. Experts estimate that an average 65-year-old retired couple in 2021 would need about $300,000 in after-tax savings earmarked for health care costs in their post-work life, even with Medicare, according to Fidelity.. The totals are daunting, but you can take steps to keep costs as low as possible with the right planning, good insurance choices and

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EU earmarks 30 billion euros for health crisis agency

Details: BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that it will fund its new heath preparedness and rapid response agency to the tune of 30 billion euros ($35 billion) over the next half dozen years, even pushing it higher if individual efforts from the member nations and …

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The Latest: Alaska military base declares health emergency

Details: BATON ROUGE, La. — A child is among the latest to die from COVID-19 in Louisiana, state health officials said Friday. Heath department figures showed the state death toll from the illness grew by 52. One of the victims was a child between the ages of 5 and 11. Fifteen people younger than 18 have died in Louisiana since the pandemic began.

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Small agency, big job: Biden tasks OSHA with vaccine mandate

Details: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t make many headlines. Charged with keeping America’s workplaces safe, it usually busies itself with tasks such as setting and enforcing standards for goggles, hardhats and ladders. But President Joe Biden this month

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Affinity Health Partners Acquires Martin General Hospital

Details: Affinity Health Partners’ is a focused, purpose-built healthcare re-development firm serving rural and critical access hospitals as well as rural health clinics/federally qualified health center clients. ADVERTISEMENT. Each project is individually created to focus on strategic, operational, and financial areas where our perspective offers the

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Judge blocks medical worker vaccine mandate in NY state

Details: Judge David Hurd in Utica issued the order after 17 health professionals, including doctors and nurses, claimed in a lawsuit Monday that their rights were violated with a vaccine mandate that disallowed the exemptions. The judge gave New York state until Sept. 22 to respond to the lawsuit in federal court in Utica.

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Pelosi works her health care strategy from the ground up

Details: Nonetheless, former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, a Republican, said Medicare is “a good example of places where the administration might surprise.” “Prescription drug pricing is in a category where both the president and the Democrats have made a commitment,” Leavitt added.

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Two more health systems mandate employee virus vaccinations

Details: LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two of Michigan’s largest health systems will require all employees and physicians at their hospitals and other facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Spectrum Health, a 14-hospital network, and eight-hospital Beaumont Health announced the mandates Wednesday.

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Idaho hospitals begin rationing health care amid COVID surge

Details: The state health agency cited “a severe shortage of staffing and available beds in the northern area of the state caused by a massive increase in patients with COVID-19 who require hospitalization.” The designation includes 10 hospitals and healthcare systems in the Idaho panhandle and in north-central Idaho. The agency said its goal is to

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Maskless San Francisco mayor bucks health order at nightclub

Details: 2 days ago · Still, the August health order by San Francisco and other Bay Area counties requires people to wear “well-fitting mask indoors in public settings” regardless of vaccination status. The delta variant is so contagious that even inoculated people have been able to catch the virus and spread it to others.

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Intermountain Healthcare and SCL Health Announce Intent to

Details: Intermountain and SCL Health are committed to excellence in clinical outcomes, quality, and safety, and both organizations have a solid operating and financial performance record. Intermountain brings a successful model of value-based care and population health expertise, a robust digital health platform, and an extensive telehealth network.

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US health officials call for booster shots against COVID-19

Details: FILE - In this July 22, 2021, file photo, health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. U.S. health officials Wednesday, Aug. 18, recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccines' effectiveness is falling.

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House GOP health bill would cut women's services

Details: That could affect women’s health care services, including mammograms and prenatal care, for those who would lose that coverage. The legislation also repeals the requirement that state Medicaid plans must provide “essential health benefits” that are currently required, including pregnancy, maternity and newborn care for …

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Indiana lawmakers override veto on local health rules

Details: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators nullified on Monday any local COVID-19 restrictions tougher than those issued statewide with their vote to override the governor’s veto of a bill giving local elected officials power over such public health orders issued during emergencies.. It is the second time in less than a month that the Republican-dominated Legislature has rejected GOP Gov

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Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health

Details: WASHINGTON (AP) — In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.

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CURO Commits to Mental Health and Becoming a StigmaFree

Details: NAMI is a mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness and long-term mental health conditions. According to NAMI, a StigmaFree company is one that creates supportive policies such as employee assistance programs, proactively supports employees, and provides resources and training that promotes

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Greek health care workers protest compulsory vaccinations

Details: The Health Ministry issued a statement Thursday evening saying it was amending the regulation to allow suspensions to be lifted for health workers who get at least one shot from now on, on condition that they complete their vaccinations. Under the current rules, the suspensions would affect any health care worker not vaccinated by Sept. 1.

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Home health agencies say they're desperate for more funding

Details: Representatives of Connecticut home care, hospice and home health agencies called on state officials Thursday to provide them with more funding, including a share of the state's remaining federal COVID-19 relief money, warning they're facing dire financial and staffing challenges.

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Livestock medicine doesn't work against COVID, doctors warn

Details: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Health Department is warning people not to use livestock medicine to try to treat COVID-19, after poison-control centers received calls about some ingesting it and becoming ill, including two people who were hospitalized.

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Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states

Details: Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states. CHICAGO (AP) — Most mornings, 62-year-old Maria Elena Estamilla wakes up with pelvic pain and dread that she faces the same fate as her mother and grandmother: fatal cervical cancer. The Chicago woman’s last full medical exam was in 2015 and she sees no options for care as a

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Polis: Colorado program keeps health insurance costs low

Details: The law also provides for possible sanctions for hospitals and other health care providers that don’t participate in lowering costs under the “Colorado Option” plan to be developed by the state, insurers and health care providers this year. Polis has made health care …

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Fallout continues over alleged slurs aimed at health chief

Details: St. Louis County Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan answers questions posed by council members regarding the St. Louis County mask mandate during a St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Clayton., Mo. Khan said he was called racial slurs and physically assaulted during the meeting after defending the newly imposed mask mandate to combat COVID-19.

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New commission to address Indiana public health system gaps

Details: The 15-member Governor’s Public Health Commission — established in an executive order issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb — will examine the state’s preparedness for health emergencies, funding plans, governance models at the state and local levels, data collection measures, and adolescent health care access.

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Health officers throughout Washington urge all to wear masks

Details: The health officers from all local health jurisdictions in Washington on Thursday urged people to wear the masks, regardless of vaccination status. “This step will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the public, including customers and workers, help stem the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in many parts of the state and

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France's Macron orders all health workers to get vaccinated

Details: PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday ordered all French health care workers to get virus vaccine shots by Sept. 15 and urged all of his compatriots to get vaccinated as soon as possible, to fight resurgent infections that are threatening the country’s economic recovery.

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Virginia health commissioner issues universal indoor mask

Details: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health commissioner issues universal indoor mask mandate for K-12 schools after some ignore CDC guidance.

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Rural Kentucky health officials press on, one shot at a time

Details: Health departments have offered the vaccine at concerts, parades and fairs and plan to make it available at back-to-school events. They have encouraged local doctors to raise the issue with patients and promoted shots by way of printed materials and social media.

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Some French health workers resent, resist mandatory vaccines

Details: The discrepancy predates the pandemic: according to health authorities, 72.2% of doctors received a vaccine against the flu in the winter of 2018, while only 20.9% of assistant nurses did. Some health workers feel they are being talked down to and are underappreciated in general.

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California to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for health workers

Details: FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, in Pacoima, Calif. California will require all of its roughly 2.2 million health care and long term care workers to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Sept. 30.

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Mental health clinics angle for a spot in Biden budget bill

Details: On every health marker I’ve seen, things are headed in the wrong direction.” Blunt may be in a political bind if the proposal is part of the Democrats’ budget bill, unlikely to get Republican support. The program’s official name is “Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics,” or CCBHCs in government-speak.

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