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Today’s Edition: The Department of Health and Personnel announced record enrollment times for Obamacare. The nations’ immigration laws weaken hospitals’ ability to hire badly needed nurses. But first
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This is the equivalent of a modern day snake oil salesman. The problem is that the snake oil salesman had to go from town to town. They couldn’t reach millions of people with a single tweet. Brian Castrucci, director of the de Beaumont Foundation, which advocates for public health
Flashback: Vaxxx detractors and right-wing provocateurs took to Twitter within minutes of the Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlins stunning collapse on the field to try to link cardiac arrest in athletes to the coronavirus vaccine. Although Hamlin recovered, the Biden administration’s efforts to get social media companies to remove misleading content from their platforms is still moving forward in the courts.
We have a consensus! President Biden
Flashback: After the White House repeatedly accused the GOP of cutting Social Security and Medicare, Biden and Republicans appeared to agree to cuts in the debt ceiling negotiations. Neither party has since presented a plan to restore the pension systems to solvency.
We took these jobs as our goal to become obsolete. Former official in the White House’s covid-19 response team
Flashback: The White House announced that it would disband its coronavirus response team after the end of the public health emergency in May, marking a milestone in the pandemic’s trajectory. Flash forward to this moment: Although covid cases have started to increase again recently, along with other respiratory viruses, public health officials are calling for vigilance rather than alarm this Christmas.
When you go down this road, you never know where it will lead. Stephen Ostroff, a pharmaceutical industry consultant who is a former acting commissioner and chief scientist at the Food and Drug Administration
Flashback: Federal Judge Andrew Kacsmaryk made a decision on April 7 to restore restrictions on the abortion pill mifepristone that the FDA had loosened in recent years. Critics argued that if the Supreme Court allowed the decision to take effect, it would not only make it more difficult to access widely used drugs, but also undermine the authority of federal regulatory agencies.
We can still tell that it is snowing, even though we no longer counted every snowflake. Nirav Shah, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Flashback: The CDC stopped tracking community levels of Covid-19 when the nations public health crisis ended in May. Since then, the agency has relied on measures such as hospitalizations, emergency room visits and sewage monitoring to track the spread of infection with any signs of respiratory illness that have increased before the holiday.
Band-Aids cannot fix bullet holes. And we’re just a Band-Aid trying our best to stop the rain with our hands. A woman who helped run an underground network of abortion pill providers spoke on condition of anonymity to describe illegal activity
Flashback: The Supreme Court’s 2022 decision to be overturned Roe v. Wade spawned a growing army of community-based activists who shipped abortion pills from Mexico to pregnant people living in states where the procedure is banned.
Do we think this will help? Absolutely. Do we think that is enough? Absolutely not. Jennifer Snow, National Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Flashback: Advocates lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill to reauthorize and extend the aid law before it expires on Sept. 30. Nearly three months later, Congress has yet to renew the Anti-Opioid Act.
Health 202 took advantage of the congress break to enjoy some much needed R&R. No Friday posts = no quotes of the week.
While most people don’t feel the massive impact of a government shutdown, it sends a message to competitors around the world that the United States cannot run its basic functions. Maya MacGuineas, chairwoman of the Committee on a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan think tank
Flashback: This quote foreshadowed even more chaos in Congress. Lawmakers passed a short-term spending bill to avoid an immediate government shutdown, but the path to a long-term deal remains unclear as a new federal funding deadline looms.
The People’s House is in operation again. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.)
Flashback: The House was thrown into chaos after a group of hard-right Republicans carried out a long plan to oust the representative. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as speaker. It would take weeks for Johnson to pick up the gavel, earning praise from abortion opponents who see the lesser-known conservative as a longtime ally.
It really seems like all eyes are on Ohio for information on what will and won’t work next year. Lauren Beene, executive director of Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights
Flashback: Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate held the midterm elections as a way to test their messages and sharpen their strategies ahead of 2024. As in past midterms, the anti-abortion movement suffered a series of losses in November, including in Ohio. , where residents voted to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.
Even without the pandemic, life expectancy was flat or declining. This is a whole new area that started ten years ago. Elizabeth Arias, a demographer at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics
Flashback: Well, nothing to remember yet. Although life expectancy in the United States last year showed a partial recovery from the worst of the pandemic, it remains below pre-pandemic levels and lags behind that of other wealthy countries.
HHS publishes record information at healthcare.gov
The Biden administration announced yesterday that a record 15 million people have signed up for health insurance so far Affordable Care Act in the coverage of 2024, almost 33 percent more than at the same time last year.
According to the press release Department of Health and Personnel expects that number to rise to more than 19 million by the program’s Jan. 16 open enrollment date, up from about 7 million then President Biden took office. The purpose of the program is to ensure long-term and affordable coverage for people.
Millions of Americans signing up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act is good news. It means more Americans have the peace of mind knowing that a visit to the doctor won’t drain their bank account, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. The Biden-Harris administration continues to work to expand health care coverage and lower prescription drug costs, so taking care of your health is not a luxury.
The news comes as the Biden administration seeks to prioritize accessible and affordable health care during the 2024 presidential campaign, with a record 745,000 people signing up for plans on healthcare.gov as of Dec. 15, or Jan. 1. Former president Donald Trumpthe presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said last month that he would repeal the ACA if re-elected.
A broken immigration system is keeping workers out of jobs that America needs to fill
A growing number of hospitals are bringing in foreign nurses as they struggle in the post-pandemic era to get enough, a battle that is particularly acute in Bismarck, N.D., The Posts. Lisa Rein reports. These nurses are typically well-educated and willing to relocate to even the most remote parts of the country, with approximately 8.7 million job openings available.
But as Bismarck’s largest hospital learned this year, there’s a major obstacle: a broken U.S. legal immigration system that has faltered in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as a result of bureaucratic backlog and congressional neglect, while illegal immigration draws far more ire and attention.
Aa Washington Post assessment of federal agencies responsible for issuing immigrant visas found that bureaucratic delays remain a systemic problem stemming from staffing and budget shortfalls that have worsened in the Trump era. reliance on paper files; and outdated rules, Lisa writes.
White House spokesman Angelo Fernndez Hernndez placed the burden on Congress, saying in an email that since taking office, Biden has repeatedly urged lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform, hinting at lawmakers’ inability to update immigration labor policy in about 33 years for fear of illegal immigration.
As a result, hospital leaders in Bismarck and elsewhere are scrambling to reassess the level of care they provide, sometimes scrambling to fill shifts or cancel certain treatments, including a planned expansion of acute cardiac care.
- The Congressional Budget Office carry out a review of some healthcare regulations Inflation Reduction Actincluding accelerated drug approvals, drug price negotiations and how drug company profits affect their priorities, according to a blog post published yesterday.
- Yesterday, a U.S. district court judge in Illinois issued the first ruling of its kind, banning a health insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield to prevent patients from receiving gender-affirming treatment in any of their plans across the country. According to the decision, the company must also be processed again from 30.10.2014 for such treatment, which it previously denied.
- Colorectal cancer is becoming more common in young Americans, even though they have no obvious risk factors, including a genetic predisposition to it. Now researchers are trying to solve the mystery of The Posts Joel Achenbach and Laurie McGinley report.
12 states where the fate of abortion rights could be on the 2024 ballot (Amy B Wang and Leigh Ann Caldwell | The Post)
Pregnant cancer patients often have to abort. Abortion pill restrictions may make the choice even more difficult (Shravya Pant | Stat)
Nurses at three Montefiore hospitals vote to approve strike at year’s end (By Alexandra Rivera | Rockland/Westchester Journal News)
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