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ERs Are Swamped With Seriously Ill Patients, Although Many Don't Have COVID

HEALTH | By Kate Wells, Michigan Radio | Oct 30, 2021

Even in parts of the country where COVID isn't overwhelming the health system, patients are showing up to the ER sicker than before the pandemic.

Medicare Plans' 'Free' Dental, Vision, Hearing Benefits Come at a Cost

HEALTH | By Phil Galewitz | Oct 28, 2021

Despite the high-powered advertising of the Medicare Advantage plans, beneficiaries still generally end up with significant out-of-pocket costs.

COVID Vigilantes Crowdsource Pandemic Safety Tips for Consumers

HEALTH | By Morgan Gonzalez | Oct 22, 2021

Using a local approach, everyday people in cities without strict mask mandates take covid-19 safety into their own hands to protect themselves and their neighbors.

'They Treat Me Like I'm Old and Stupid': Seniors Decry Health Providers' Age Bias

HEALTH | By Judith Graham | Oct 20, 2021

Ageism is a long-standing problem that's getting new attention during the covid pandemic, which has killed more than half a million Americans age 65 and older.

How to Crush Medical Debt: 5 Tips for Using Hospital Charity Care

HEALTH | By Emily Pisacreta | Oct 20, 2021

The Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to make financial assistance available to low-income patients and post those policies online.

Covid Testing, Turnaround Times Are Still Uneven This Far Into Pandemic

NATIONAL | By Rae Ellen Bichell | Oct 18, 2021

The ability to get a COVID test — and timely results — can vary widely nationwide.

6 Months to Live or Die: How Long Should an Alcoholic Liver Disease Patient Wait for a Transplant?

HEALTH | By Aneri Pattani | Oct 18, 2021

In the U.S., a widespread practice requires patients with alcoholic liver disease to complete a period of sobriety before they can get on the waiting list for a liver.

Covid Immunity Through Infection or Vaccination: Are They Equal?

HEALTH | By Arthur Allen | Oct 8, 2021

"We don't yet have full understanding of what the presence of antibodies tells us about immunity," says one infectious diseases expert.

The Pandemic Forced My Transgender Wife to Fight Our Insurer Over Hormones

HEALTH | By Helen Santoro | Oct 6, 2021

Many state-federal health program for low-income people don't cover gender-affirming care, partly because of conservative policies and lack of research on how crucial this care is for patients.

The Part of the 'Free Britney' Saga That Could Happen to Anyone

CELEBRITIES | By Christopher Magoon | Oct 2, 2021

Though the pop star's circumstances in a financial conservatorship are unusual, every year hundreds of thousands of other psychiatric patients also receive involuntary care, and many are stuck with the bill.

COVID Is Killing Rural Americans at Twice the Rate of Urbanites

HEALTH | By Lauren Webber | Oct 1, 2021

Rural Americans are dying of covid at more than twice the rate of their urban counterparts — a divide that health experts say is likely to widen.

Who Qualifies for a COVID Booster? The List is Growing Longer

HEALTH | Sep 27, 2021

So far, regulators have done a poor job of defining the universe of people considered at risk because of institutional and occupational exposure, but the list is growing.

A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

HEALTH | By JoNel Aleccia | Sep 24, 2021

A short-term regimen of daily pills that can fight the virus early after diagnosis and conceivably prevent symptoms from developing after exposure is in development.

I Got a 'Mild' Breakthrough Case. Here's What I Wish I'd Known.

HEALTH | By Will Stone | Sep 20, 2021

The reality is breakthrough cases are becoming more common. Here's what I wish I'd known when those first symptoms laid me low.

Is My Cloth Mask Good Enough to Face the Delta Variant?

HEALTH | By Amanda Michelle Gomez | Sep 20, 2021

Don't worry if you are confused. Mask guidance has been mixed since the dawn of the pandemic, and new research has altered conventional thinking. We decided to dig in and sort out the latest developments.

When COVID Deaths Are Dismissed or Stigmatized, Grief Is Mixed With Shame and Anger

HEALTH | By Brett Sholtis, WITF | Sep 18, 2021

Falsehoods and conspiracies have fostered a dismissive attitude about the coronavirus among many people in rural areas, causing strife among surviving family and loved ones.

ICUs Are Filled With COVID — And Regret

HEALTH | By Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio | Sep 14, 2021

"If I would have known six months ago that this could be possible, this would have been a no-brainer," says a 45-year-old father of six. "But I honestly didn't think I was at any risk."

Why At-Home Rapid Covid Tests Cost So Much, Even After Biden's Push for Lower Prices

HEALTH | By Hannah Norman | Sep 13, 2021

Rapid at-home covid tests are flying off store shelves across the nation and are largely sold out online as the delta variant complicates a return to school, work and travel routines.

Your COVID Game Plan: Are Stadiums Safe?

SPORTS | By Phil Galewitz | Sep 7, 2021

Is it safe to go to a packed stadium even if you are vaccinated? Six out of the seven public health experts that KHN spoke to from big football states were adamant in their response: No way. Not now

Telehealth's Limits: Battle Over State Lines and Licensing Threatens Patients' Options

HEALTH | By Julie Appleby | Sep 2, 2021

If you live in one state, does it matter that the doctor treating you online is in another? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, and the ability to conduct certain virtual appointments may be nearing an end.

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