What Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death could mean for millions of Americans with Obamacare
The future of the Affordable Care Act — under which millions of Americans gained health insurance — has become more uncertain with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case challenging the law, also known as Obamacare, Nov. 10. In the past, the court has upheld the law by a narrow margin, with Ginsburg voting to support it. Her death increases the chance that the court could rule in a way that would invalidate or weaken the law.“This really, in some ways, puts a bull’s-eye on the Affordable Care Act,” said Audra Wilson, president ...
'Abortion is healthcare' billboards in Illinois area remind people that Medicaid covers the medical procedure
CHICAGO — After then-Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill in 2017 expanding Medicaid coverage of abortion costs, employees at the Chicago Abortion Fund were still hearing from people who were Medicaid-eligible, or already had Medicaid, who didn’t know that their abortion procedures could be covered.“In a lot of instances, they were delaying that care while trying to come up with the money, and this whole time they could’ve been able to access care,” said Megan Jeyifo, executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, an organization that helps people emotionally and financially as they seek...
As they focused on others with COVID-19 and refused to walk away, Illinois health care workers bore the brunt of pandemic's fury
CHICAGO — This past March, as the nurses in MacNeal Hospital’s intensive care unit were overwhelmed treating COVID-19 patients, Neuman Kiamco did not hesitate to join his colleagues.The nurse left his post in the Berwyn hospital’s gastrointestinal lab and confronted an invisible enemy in the ICU that many of his colleagues on the medical front line were calling “the beast” or “the killer.”His family is scattered across the world, including a father in the Philippines, and so Kiamco sent messages and the kind of photos of himself that have become ubiquitous in medicine’s global battle against t...
Texas opening almost all businesses to 75% capacity except for 3 regions of state
FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas is allowing most of the state’s businesses, including restaurants, retail stores, gyms and office buildings currently open at 50% capacity to open to 75% capacity beginning Monday.Three regions excluded from this 75% capacity measure are the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and Victoria, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.In those excluded regions, defined by Trauma Service Areas, COVID-19 hospitalizations remain higher than 15% of total hospitalizations.The 19 regions of the state allowed to open to 75%, including Fort Worth and Dallas, can also immediately resume elective medi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
COVID-19, a stigma to many, quietly taking toll on South Florida's Haitian community
MIAMI — Fritzner Fabre, a healthcare aide who cared for coronavirus patients, spent his final days holed up in a ramshackle North Miami-Dade efficiency, coughing and wheezing. He was 41 when he died at the hospital.Another Miami man, architect Pierre Martin, suffered from heart troubles and diabetes. Believing he’d simply caught a cold, Martin refused to go to the hospital until it was too late. He was 69 when COVID-19 killed him.Then there was Pastor Marcel Métayer, who kept his Fort Lauderdale Baptist church open as a spiritual haven for the local Haitian-American community, even as the coro...
COVID lawsuits: Staff at nursing home where 19 died told masks would scare patients
DETROIT — Dennis Williams is haunted by the memory of his mother, Wanda Parker, through the window at the nursing home in Lapeer County, Mich.He said she was begging for help.It was the last time he saw his 68-year-old mother alive. She died of COVID-19 on April 7, two days after she was transported to a hospital from the Villages of Lapeer Nursing & Rehabilitation.Williams said he remembers seeing employees of the facility not wearing masks, gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE) during his through-the-window visits with his mother before she died. And he’s aware of the significa...
Detroit Free Press
6 months after tragedy struck Life Care of Kirkland, polarized views remain of its handling of COVID-19
SEATTLE — Jean LeBouttier, 94 years old and unable to walk on her own, wants to buy a car — maybe that Chrysler she saw in the parking lot — and then get fish and chips, and then go swim in the ocean.“When can we go?” she asks her daughter. “Can we go now?”“Soon, mom,” Laurie Callahan says to her mother. With her mother’s dementia, it’s easier to let her dream. “We’ll go soon, when this is all over and goes away.”Sitting 6 feet from her daughter and son-in-law, LeBouttier’s attention shifts, and she looks up at the tall trees that line the sidewalk outside Life Care Center of Kirkland. She has...
The Seattle Times
South Florida elder-care facilities say new COVID testing rules are 'impossible'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — COVID testing requirements for nursing home staff put into effect this week are “impossible” to meet, operators of South Florida facilities say.The federal rules require routine staff testing twice a week in communities with high infection rates — such as Miami-Dade and Broward counties — and once a week in Palm Beach County. The nursing homes must meet the testing requirement for participation in Medicare and Medicaid or incur fines as high as $8,000 per instance when they don’t comply.But nursing home operators say they don’t have the supplies to conduct the tests.Emp...
Commentary: Labor Day 2020: Workers need power
Labor Day 2020 doesn’t have much for us everyday wage earners to celebrate. We’re struggling to pay bills and keep safe as COVID-19 runs its odious course. Our nation has bungled its response to the crisis, and we are paying the price.In July, the U.S. unemployment rate stood just above 10%, down from a more-than-70-year high of 14.7% in April. More than 51 million people have filed for unemployment benefits, over 16 million lost employer-provided health insurance and 26 million are hungry.Lack of federal leadership and scattershot “reopen” plans in states are driving COVID-19 spikes all over ...
Tribune News Service
'I couldn't hide my tears': Families mourn at Detroit memorial to virus victims
DETROIT — Frances Bazel spent her life opening her heart and home to others. But she was forced to take her last breaths alone.The widely loved “community mother” who introduced her family to church, service groups and, over the years, took in 10 foster children, died April 4 from COVID-19, said her granddaughter, Ericka Murria.Bazel, 82, was staying in a Detroit nursing home where she’d been undergoing rehabilitation. It was a place her family thought she’d be safe from the deadly virus. Instead, it’s where she fell ill.“We got a call in the middle of the night that she couldn’t breathe,” rec...
The Detroit News