Editorial: Vague promises, 'pixie dust' not enough to maintain ACA protections
Type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnea. Obesity. Coronary artery disease. Mental illness. These are just a few of what used to be known as “declinable conditions” before the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.If you had one of them and had to buy health coverage on your own because you were self-employed, retired early or lost your job, insurers could simply reject your application for coverage. Or, if they did sign you up, exclude treatment costs for them.Note how common many of these are. Overall, 27% of American adults under age 65 have what was once considered a declinable condition, according to a ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Convalescent plasma is latest COVID-19 therapy
DETROIT — Richard Beckerson will never know whether it was convalescent plasma that made the lifesaving difference — or whether it was the antiviral drug remdesivir or a combination of both.To him, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that he survived 122 days of hospitalization with COVID-19, and he’s back now in his Dearborn Heights home with his wife, Rebecca.“I had a lot of prayers going on,” said Beckerson, 74, a retired car salesman. “So you know, I’m sure God looked down and said, ‘Who in the heck is this Rich Beckerson that everyone is praying for?’ Anyways, it worked.”He was ...
Detroit Free Press
Aaron Coleman debacle in Kansas produced twists, turns — and now, a chance for GOP
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas 37th House District in Wyandotte County has been so solidly blue over the years that no Republican bothered to file for candidacy to challenge the winner of the 2020 Democratic primary.But after watching the disintegration of Democrat Aaron Coleman’s candidacy — he’s the 19-year-old progressive who narrowly defeated longtime incumbent Rep. Stan Frownfelter in the Aug. 4 primary — under the weight of revenge porn and bullying accusations, Kansas Republicans see an opportunity to get someone on the ballot in November.Republicans have Kansas law on their side if Coleman,...
The Kansas City Star
Detroit funeral home discovers woman declared dead is actually alive
DETROIT — As it turned out, reports of her untimely death were greatly exaggerated.Timesha Beauchamp, a 20-year-old Southfield woman who had been pronounced dead early Sunday morning after a heart attack, was taken to a Detroit funeral home, where staff found she was in fact not dead but still very much alive.And now, well-known plaintiff’s attorney Geoffrey Fieger is representing her. He has won more than 165 verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more. He also successfully defended assisted-suicide Dr. Jack Kevorkian.Southfield officials tried to explain the error later that same day in a...
Detroit Free Press
Seattle fishing boat outbreak suggests antibodies protect against coronavirus infection
SEATTLE — Crew members from a Seattle-based fishing boat that experienced an explosive outbreak of the novel coronavirus have serendipitously provided what could be the first direct evidence that antibodies can protect people from reinfection.Blood samples collected before the vessel sailed in May showed that three of the 122 people aboard had robust levels of neutralizing antibodies — the type that block the virus from entering human cells — indicating they had been previously infected and recovered. All three were spared during the shipboard outbreak, which quickly spread to more than 85% of...
The Seattle Times
White House warns of 'widespread and expanding' COVID-19 spread in Georgia
ATLANTA — President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force warns that Georgia continues to see “widespread and expanding community viral spread” and that the state’s current policies aren’t enough to curtail COVID-19.The task force “strongly recommends” Georgia adopt a statewide mandate that citizens wear masks, joining a chorus of public health officials, Democrats and others who have warned that Gov. Brian Kemp’s refusal to order face coverings has plunged the state into deeper crisis and will prolong recovery.“Current mitigation efforts are not having a sufficient impact,” the report said.Bu...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Big Ten postpones 2020 football season — becoming first Power Five conference to suspend fall sports
CHICAGO — The Big Ten became the first Power Five conference to postpone its fall season because of concerns about competing during the COVID-19 pandemic.The move announced Tuesday afternoon likely will reverberate throughout sports as conferences and universities grapple with the financial fallout of a canceled sports season and the risk of coronavirus breakouts on campuses.The Big Ten will evaluate the possibility of moving those sports to spring schedules.“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the a...
2 transgender teens sue Arizona's Medicaid program for refusal to cover chest surgery
Two transgender teens in Arizona are challenging the state’s Medicaid ban on surgical treatment for gender dysphoria.The two plaintiffs, named in court documents as 15-year-old D.H. and 17-year-old John Doe, are both teens enrolled in Arizona’s Medicaid program, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.They are seeking male chest reconstruction surgery as a treatment for their gender dysphoria — defined in the lawsuit as “the distress that can result from the incongruence between a person’s gender identity and their assigned sex at birth” — but the state’s Medicaid will not cov...
New York Daily News
Another COVID-19 inequity: Low-income and rural communities lack access to ICU beds, study finds
PHILADELPHIA — A new study provides another reason why the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately killing people from low-income communities: Residents in these areas often lack access to intensive care unit beds, showing how patients’ ZIP codes can affect whether they get lifesaving care.Intensive care units, or critical care units, are essential to providing life support for coronavirus patients who are so sick, they must be put on ventilators so they can breathe.Since the pandemic started, there have been shortages of ICU beds in parts of the United States, including some urban areas. B...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Reviews: 'Rules of the Road,' by Ciara Geraghty
“Rules of the Road” by Ciara Geraghty; Park Row Books (384 pages, $17.99)———In a classic road novel, the protagonist sets out on a journey and at the end becomes a changed and perhaps better person. The fun — or the drama, or the tragedy — is all in the getting there.Ciara Geraghty’s “Rules of the Road” follows this structure. Terry lives in Ireland with her husband, whom she likes well enough, when she thinks about it, and he probably likes her too, more or less. She’s kind and generous, a bit timid, doesn’t like to drive, avoids busy cities, and in general is much better at advocating for ot...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)