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September 2021

9/27 – Covid-19 Vaccine Gap Between Rich And Poor Nations Keeps Widening | Wall Street Journal 
9/27 – Kentucky Company’s New Respirator To Aid Healthcare Workers | AP
9/27 – Covid Rapid Test Prices: How A Law Allows Labs To Charge Any Price | NY Times 
9/27 – New York Suspends Unemployment Insurance For Unvaccinated Workers | Business Insider
9/26 – U.S. Schools With Mask Requirements Are Seeing Fewer Outbreaks, The C.D.C. Finds | NY Times
9/26 – In A Matter Of Days, Pfizer CEO Says They’ll Be Ready To Ask For Approval Of A Covid-19 Vaccine For Kids | CNN
9/25 – Apple Wallet Is Getting Verifiable COVID-19 Vaccination Cards | EndGadget
9/25 – The C.D.C. Chief Overruled Her Own Agency’s Panel And Recommended Pfizer Boosters For Workers At Risk | NY Times
9/24 – What Does the CPS Tell Us About Health Insurance Coverage in 2020? | KHN
9/24 – A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say | KHN
9/23 – High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries | NY Times 
9/23 – ‘We Are Not Out Of The Woods Yet.’ Even As US Covid-19 Case Numbers Decline, Expert Warns Of Potential Spikes | CNN
9/23- Pfizer Covid-19 Booster Shouldn’t Be for Moderna, J&J Vaccine Recipients, Health Official Says | Washington Post
9/23 – FDA authorizes Pfizer’s Covid-19 Booster For People Over 65 Or At High Risk | Stat
9/22 – Most Women Aren’t Getting Regular Tests For Cancer, Other Dangerous Diseases, Survey Shows | Fox
9/22 – Their Baby Died In The Hospital. Then Came The $257,000 Hospital Bill | NY Times 
9/22 – KY School Boards Overwhelmingly Keep Mask Mandates After Republicans Repealed Statewide Directive | Washington Post
9/22 – FDA-Approved Gout Drug Could Show Promise In Fighting COVID-19 | Fox
9/22 – Modelers Project A Calming Of The Pandemic In The U.S. This Winter | NPR
9/21 – Kentucky Elementary Suffers Third COVID-19 Death Among Staff | AP
9/21 – Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Works in Kids Ages 5 to 11 |AP
9/20 – An FDA Panel Says Only High-Risk Americans And Those 65+ Should Get COVID Booster | NPR
9/20 – I Got a ‘Mild’ Breakthrough Case. Here’s What I Wish I’d Known. | KHN
9/20 – Ask KHN-PolitiFact: Is My Cloth Mask Good Enough to Face the Delta Variant? | KHN 
9/19 – Children And Teens Gained Weight At An Alarming Rate During The Pandemic, The CDC Says | NPR
9/19 – Why The World Should Be More Than A Bit Worried About India’s Nipah Virus Outbreak | NPR
9/18 – Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts and Vaccinations for Children | KFF
9/17 – Beshear: Kentucky May Run Low On Monoclonal Antibodies | AP 
9/17 – Beshear Slams School Leaders That Refuse To Require Masks | AP
9/16 – Coronavirus Approaches 1918 Influenza Pandemic Death Toll – With Some Key Caveats | Washington Post
9/16 – An Epidemiologist Says At-Home Testing Is Key To Stopping COVID | NPR
9/16 – Under Pressure, Montana Hospital Considers Adding Psych Beds Amid a Shortage | KHN
9/15 –
Vaping Linked To Increased Eating Disorder Risk Among US College Students | Fox
9/15 – Outdated Rule Increases Medicare’s Costs For Generic Drugs By $26 Billion A Year | Stat
9/15 – ‘Long COVID’ Affects 1 In 10 Kids, Israel Survey Finds | Fox
9/14 – Exercise Reduces Long-Term Risk Of Anxiety Disorders In Men And Women, Study Finds | Fox
9/14 – KY Governor Urges School Boards To Continue Mask Requirements | AP
9/14 – Child Covid-19 Cases Increased Nearly 240% Since July, Pediatricians’ Group Says  | CNN 
9/14 – Kentucky National Guard Sending 300 Members To Hospitals | AP
9/13 – Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates Of Drugging At Nursing Homes | The New York Times 
9/13 – Alabama Man Ray DeMonia Dies After 43 Hospitals Did Not Have An ICU Bed, Family Says | The Washington Post 
9/13 – Gottlieb Says Vaccines Could Be Approved For Kids 5-11 By End Of October | CBS News 
9/12 – Unvaccinated People Are 11 Times More Likely To Die Of COVID-19 Than Vaccinated | NPR
9/11 – Here’s Some Much-Needed Good News: Scientists Have Found That Some People Might Have “Superhuman” Immunity To SARS-CoV-2 | NPR
9/10 – Biden Administration Reveals Its Roadmap For Lowering Drug Prices | Multiple Sources via KHN
9/10 – Kentucky’s School Mask Mandate Axed After Gov. Andy Beshear’s Veto Overridden | Louisville Courier-Journal
9/10 – Biden’s Six-Step Covid Plan, Explained | CNN
9/10 – Biden Outlines Plan To Mandate Covid Vaccines For Millions |CNBC
9/10 – Biden’s Vaccine Push: What You Need to Know | NY Times
9/9 – Same Providers, Similar Surgeries, But Different Bills | KHN (video) 
9/8 – Kentucky Special Session: Ban On Kentucky Mask Mandates Advances | Louisville Courier-Journal 
9/8 – 75% Of US Adults Have Now Gotten Least 1 Covid Vaccine Dose, WH Says | Bloomberg
9/8 – U.S. Surpasses Infection Total From 2020 | U.S.A Today 
9/8 – COVID-19 Variant Mu Detected In 49 States | Fox
9/8 – CMS Funnels $452 Million For State Reinsurance Programs | Axios
9/7 – Jobless Americans Will Have Few Options As Benefits Expire | AP
9/6 – The Latest: More U.S. First Responders Are Dying Of COVID-19 | AP
9/6 – New Infections Are Up 316% From Last Labor Day | USA Today
9/5 – Poison Control Centers Are Fielding A Surge Of Ivermectin Overdose Calls | NPR
9/4 – 6 Tips For Coping With COVID Anxiety This Fall And Winter | NPR
9/4 – Coronavirus FAQ: What’s The Advice About Traveling In The Delta Variant Era? | NPR
9/3 – This Teen’s Community Rallied As She Fought COVID. But Many Still Shun The Vaccine | NPR/KHN
9/3 – Your Covid Game Plan: Are Stadiums Safe? | KHN
9/2 – Number Of People With Dementia Set To Jump 40% to 78M By 2030 -WHO | Reuters
9/2 – Telehealth’s Limits: Battle Over State Lines And Licensing Threatens Patients’ Options | KHN
9/1 – Sometimes Lawyers Can Improve A Patient’s Health When Doctors Can’t | NPR
9/1 – Vaccination Rates Rose In August As COVID Cases Surged Due To The Delta Variant | NPR

August 2021

8/31 – By Every Metric The Pandemic In Kentucky Is Worse | KY Health News
8/30 – The False Claim That The Fully-Approved Pfizer Vaccine Lacks Liability Protection | Washington Post
8/29 – COVID-19 Continues To Be A Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S. In August 2021 | Peterson-KFF
8/28 – Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Italian-Style Meats | CDC
8/27 – States Pull Back On Covid Data Even Amid Delta Surge | KHN
8/27 – COVID-19 Testing Sites Coming To Regional Hospitals To Help Overrun ERs | WSAZ, KY
8/26 – Apple, Bose, And Others Pump Up The Volume On Hearing Aid Options, Filling Void Left By FDA | KHN
8/26 – Three-Quarters Of ICU Beds Across Country Are Full | The Hill
8/25 – Vaccines Are Less Protective Against Delta Infection But Still Reduce Risk By Two-Thirds, CDC Study Shows | CNN
8/25 – The Viral Milk Crate Challenge Has Left People Injured. Doctors Are Begging Them To Stop | Washington Post
8/25 – How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory Sharp | NY Times
8/25 – As Diabetes Prevalence Rises In Children And Adults, Screening Age Drops To 35 For Overweight Adults | Stat
8/24 – The FDA Really Did Have to Take This Long | The Atlantic
8/23 – FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine | FDA News Release
8/23 – How To Look Up Prices At Your Hospital, If They Exist | NY Times
8/23 – Hospitals and Insurers Didn’t Want You to See These Prices. Here’s Why | NY Times
8/23 – Pandemic Unveils Growing Suicide Crisis for Communities of Color |KHN & Science Friday
8/23 – New Evidence Points To Antibodies As A Reliable Indicator Of Vaccine Protection | NPR
8/21 – Health Officials Warn People Not To Treat Covid With A Drug Meant For Livestock | NY Times
8/20 – Biden Administration To Begin Rolling Out Booster Shots The Week Of Sept. 20 | ABC
8/20 – COVID-19 Booster Shots Will Roll Out In September In The U.S. | NPR
8/20 – Virus: Tennessee’s Most Populous County Renews Mask Mandate | AP
8/20 – If the Unvaccinated Want to Work, They Face a Series of Hurdles | KHN
8/19 – PBMs Sue U.S. To Keep Prescription Drug Prices Hidden From Public | Reuters
8/18 – GOP Lawmakers Repudiate KY Statewide School Mask Mandate | AP
8/18 – Ford Donates 1 Million More Masks For Kentucky Children | AP
8/18 – Biden Administration Unveils Plan For Vaccine Boosters Starting In September | Axios
8/17 – Hospitalizations Of Americans Under 50 Have Reached New Pandemic Highs | NY Times
8/17 – US COVID-19 Cases Back To Pre-Vaccination Levels | Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), U of MN
8/17 – Sicker Patients, Fewer Empty Beds: A Look At Kentucky’s COVID-19 Hospitalizations | Louisville Courier-Journal
8/17 – Some Lexington COVID-19 Testing Sites Seeing Highest Numbers In Months | WKYT
8/17 – Kentucky School District Cancels Classes Due To COVID Cases | AP
8/16 – Medical Debt in the US, 2009-2020 | Journal of the American Medical Association
8/16 – Medical Debt Is Hitting Hardest For People In The South | Marketplace
8/16 – 6 Things To Know If You’re Immunocompromised And Considering A 3rd Shot | NPR
8/16 – Don’t Focus On Kids’ Weight Gain. Focus On Healthy Habits Instead | NPR
8/15 – Indiana Man Working With Kentucky Derby Museum, Raffling Rare Bourbon For Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | AP
8/14 – It’s Time To Up Your Mask Game | NPR
8/13 – Kentucky Offers Travel Incentives For Vaccinations | AP
8/13 – Biden Urges U.S. Congress To Take Steps To Lower Prescription Drug Costs | Reuters
8/13 – Biden Presses Congress To Move On Price Controls For Prescription Drugs | NY Times
8/12 – 5 Reasons Employers Should Consider Funding Supplemental Health Benefits | Employee Benefit News
8/12 – Substance Use Issues Are Worsening Alongside Access to Care | KHN
8/12 – National Academies’ Report Took Pharma-Friendly Stance After Millions in Gifts From Drugmakers | KHN
8/11 – Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover Services So Many Seniors Need? | KHN
8/11 – Kentucky Governor Orders Masks In Schools As Virus Surges | AP
8/11 – We Don’t Know Exactly How Many People Are Dying From Heat — Here’s Why | PBS NewsHour
8/10 – There’s Just One Week Left To See If You Qualify For Free Or Low-Cost Private Health Insurance | CNBC
8/10 – CDC Study Of Kentuckians Disputes Rand Paul, Thomas Massie Claims About COVID-19 Immunity | Louisville Courier-Journal
8/9 – Hospitals Raising Alarms As Admissions Spike | USA Today
8/8 – Is Your Doctor, Dentist, or Hairstylist Vaccinated? Tips For How To Ask — And Avoid Awkwardness. | Washington Post
8/7 – Independent Doctors’ Offices Are Disappearing As More Physicians Work For Hospitals And Companies | Philadelphia Inquirer
8/5 – 2+2=? Senate Uses Murky Math As It Shelves Drug Pricing Rule To Fund Infrastructure | KHN
8/4 – US Comes In Last In Health Care Rankings Of High-Income Countries | CNN
8/4 – Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance – KHN
8/3 – Beshear: Kentucky Posting Higher Recent Vaccination Numbers | AP
8/2 – Claims That CDC’s PCR Test Can’t Tell Covid From Flu Are Wrong | KHN
8/1 – HIV Prevention Drug PrEP Must Be Free Under Most Insurance Plans | Healthline
8/1 – The Federal Government Is Making HIV Prevention Treatment Free — But There’s A Catch | NPR

July 2021

7/30 – C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpox – NY Times
7/30 – CDC Document Warns Delta Variant Appears To Spread As Easily As Chickenpox And Cause More Severe Infection | CNN
7/29 – 10 FAQs on Prescription Drug Importation | KFF
7/28 – Many People on Medicare Forgo Dental Care | KFF
7/27 – CDC: Vaccinated People In COVID Hotspots Should Resume Wearing Masks | Axios
7/27 – Beshear Urges Masks In Schools To Try To Avoid Disruptions | AP
7/27 – Four Senators Call On Becerra To Back Importation Of Prescription Drugs From Canada | The Hill
7/26 – If You Are Not Vaccinated Against Covid-19, You Shouldn’t Go Into A Bar Or Restaurant, Expert Says | CNN
7/26 – CDC Considering Revising Mask Guidance As US Cases Rise | USA Today
7/23 – Prescription Drugs Are Too Expensive For Many Americans. These Companies Are Trying To Change That | CNN
7/22 – Indiana Expected To Get $507 Million From Opioid Settlement | AP
7/22 – In A Competitive Job Market, How Can Employers Stand Out And Win Talent?Employee Benefit News
7/21 – When Employees Return To The Office, Open Floor Plans Are Out Post-COVID | Employee Benefit News
7/21 – McConnell Urges Americans: ‘Get Vaccinated’ As Cases Spike | AP
7/20 – Americans’ Medical Debts Are Bigger Than Was Known, Totaling $140 Billion | NY Times (Related story: “Getting Sick Can Be Really Expensive, Even for the Insured“)
7/19 – Indiana University’s Vaccine Requirement Should Stand, Federal Judge Rules | NPR
7/19 – Insurer Filings Suggest COVID-19 Pandemic Will Not Drive Health Spending In 2022 | KFF
7/17 – Long Story Short: Get smart About Fighting Employee Turnover And Recruiting Top Talent | Employee Benefit News
7/16 – Trauma Centers Charge Enormous Fees To Treat Minor Injuries And Send People Home | Kaiser Health News
7/16 – What You Need to Know About Campus Health Insurance – NY Times
7/15 – New Study Finds Gap Between Wellness Needs of Employees And What Employers Offer | Benefits Pro
7/12 – With the Delta Variant, Do I Need a Covid Booster Shot? | NY Times
7/10 – How We’ll Know When The COVID-19 Crisis Is Over | NPR
7/9 – Delta Variant On The Rise In Indiana, State Health Officials Say – Indy Star
7/6 – Do We Really Need to Take 10,000 Steps a Day for Our Health? | NY Times
7/5 – Can Temporary Injuries Qualify As ADA Disabilities? Circuit Court Says Yes | Benefits Pro
7/4 – Ticks Suck. Here’s A Guide To Identifying Them And Avoiding Bites | NPR
7/2 – CMS Issues Interim Final Rule To Address Surprise And Balance Billing | Benefits Pro
7/1 – Bringing Down Drug Prices: States Target PBMs | Benefits Pro

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