In tiny California county, 13 have died of COVID-19 in past week, 12 at one nursing home
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento’s smallest neighboring county, rural Amador, has quickly become a hotbed for coronavirus activity, with health officials and the state reporting a rapid spike in new cases and a flood of more than a dozen deaths in the past week — nearly all of the fatalities at one nursing facility.Amador County, which has a population of about 38,500, on Aug. 7 reported its first two resident deaths from complications of COVID-19. Both were in their 80s and had existing health conditions, according to a news release.Then in an update this Tuesday, Amador’s County public health...
The Sacramento Bee
What's slowing Miami's COVID spread? Partial 'herd immunity' may play a part
MIAMI — As a deadly summer wave of virus continues to recede, Miami-Dade County officials and scientists are trying to figure out what combination of factors may have contributed to slowing a surge of COVID cases that at one point threatened to topple South Florida’s healthcare infrastructure.Social distancing measures, face mask orders and curfews certainly helped, public health experts say, but so did other factors that they’re still working to understand — specifically, the seasonality of the virus and so-called herd immunity, which occurs when enough people in an area are infected with a v...
For healthcare 'heroes,' death toll keeps rising
ATLANTA — David Plater knew all the risks and took every precaution.It wasn’t enough.The 45-year-old radiology technician at Emory Hillandale Hospital died June 9 from COVID-19, becoming one of the nearly 100 Georgia healthcare workers who have fallen to the coronavirus since March. The deaths call into question the ability of hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities to protect the workers they celebrate as heroes in the fight against an unrelenting plague.The toll may be much higher. An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that Georgia officials have undercounted death...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A judge let a terminally ill killer leave prison to die at home. The victim's daughter calls it a miscarriage of justice
PHILADELPHIA — Jessie Alexander is just over five feet tall, frail and suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that is expected to kill her within a year. To help with breathing, she uses an oxygen machine.Since July, Alexander, 67, has been living with relatives and receiving home hospice care — and that’s an outrage to Alicia Russell-Jenkins.A Philadelphia jury found Alexander guilty of killing Russell-Jenkins’ father in 1984, and a judge sentenced her to life in prison with no chance for parole. When Alexander shot Willie Russell, she was already on probation for voluntary mansla...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
One-fourth of all COVID-19 deaths in Kansas City have occurred at this long-term care facility
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One-fourth of Kansas City’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred at a long-term care facility that accepts patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus.Nineteen residents of Redwood of Blue River have died in the pandemic, according to statistics on the facility’s website. And 89 residents and 14 employees have tested positive for COVID-19.The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Kansas City as of Monday was 78, health department records show.Redwood has two Kansas City campuses: Redwood of Blue River, also called Blue River Nursing and Rehab, is at 10425 Chestnut Drive. The...
The Kansas City Star
Chaos? Irrelevant? Pandemic shifts Affordable Care Act legal fight
AUSTIN, Texas — A lot has happened since March 2, when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Texas’ bid to strike down the Affordable Care Act.Two days later, Texas discovered its first case of COVID-19, and Gov. Greg Abbott declared a statewide emergency over the pandemic nine days after that.As the coronavirus spread over the next five months — cutting short more than 161,000 lives nationwide — the toll has changed the tenor of the case before the country’s highest court.Supporters of the wide-ranging law have flooded the court with pleas to preserve the Affordable Care Act, arguing that it ...
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
As Florida nursing home residents died, operators raked in federal handouts
MIAMI — Heather Williams knew on April 28 that her mom, 63-year-old Sarita Redmond, had tested positive for COVID-19. But the Southern Oaks Care Center, which had become a petri dish of infection, would tell Williams nothing more.Call after call to the Pensacola nursing home went unanswered, Williams said. And a state executive order intended to protect elders in long-term care barred her from visiting her mother.Williams asked local police to make a welfare check in mid-May. The Pensacola Police Department told her that COVID-19 restrictions forbid that, too.“I didn’t know what else I could d...
Missouri voters narrowly approve Medicaid expansion
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Ignoring pleas from Republican leaders, Missouri voters approved a plan Tuesday to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 230,000 low-income people in the state.Missouri voted to expand its Medicaid program, as 53% of voters supported the measure. Missouri now joins 37 other states that have already expanded the federally subsidized health insurance program.The decision will mean adults between the ages of 19 and 65 whose income is at or below 138% of the federal poverty level will be covered. As of this year, that amounts to $17,608 for an individual and $36,156 for a hou...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GoHealth raises $914 million through IPO and plans to expand its Medicare offerings
CHICAGO — GoHealth, an online health insurance marketplace, raised $914 million through an initial public offering Tuesday, but shares of the Chicago-based company fell 7.3% on Wednesday’s first day of trading.The company will use the funds raised through the IPO to expand, said Brandon Cruz, co-founder and chief strategy officer.The company’s IPO of 4.6 million shares was priced at $21 a share, higher than the expected range of $18 to $20 a share. Shares closed at $19.46 a share Wednesday. GoHealth is trading under the ticker GOCO.Founded in 2001, GoHealth uses data to identify potential cust...