More uninsured receiving coronavirus care increases the financial strain on hospitals, already reeling from the severe decline in revenue for other services as potential patients avoid seeking medical care during the outbreak. The federal government has allocated a substantial $175 billion to support medical providers during the crisis, with about half of that earmarked for hospitals; but as the number of coronavirus patients without health insurance mounts, "that's going to increase the financial stress," says Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "At the rate we're going, none of this relief is going to make anybody whole." The administration has promised to reimburse providers for treating the uninsured out of the relief money. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services said that it's paid $340 million so far to hospitals that have submitted claims for treating the uninsured. HHS said it's less than it had expected but that hospitals can … [Read more...] about How the coronavirus is shaping health care politics in 2020
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While he attempted to put distance between Neff and the show, Carlson said of Neff's vulgar online remarks, "They have no connection to the show." But that's misleading at best. First, Neff was obviously Carlson's top writer — so his own personal views had a direct relationship to the show. But even more to the point, we documented instances in our story where Neff's online activity did connect to the show -- from planting an Easter egg into Carlson's script, to something in a news story that he almost certainly saw on the forum ending up in the show, to similar language, there was overlap between the two... … [Read more...] about Tucker Carlson addresses ex-staffer’s racist posts, says he will take ‘long-planned’ vacation
COVID-19 cases have been increasing in recent weeks, with the U.S. recording its highest daily amount on Friday with 68,241. The U.S. has confirmed more than 3.2 million COVID-19 cases, leading to at least 134,815 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. … [Read more...] about Johns Hopkins doctor: Issuing ‘ultimatum’ for schools to reopen is ‘wrong approach’
The cleaning measures produced something commuters have not seen in a while, or possibly ever: thousands of freshly scrubbed cars that look, feel and even smell clean. But experts say those steps solve only part of the problem, and transit officials are studying more advanced methods that might someday automatically disinfect transit systems around the clock. … [Read more...] about Subways Sparkle, But Does Cleaning Decrease COVID-19 Risk?
He has stated the same view in a series of cases dating back to at least 2002. When the court in 2004 rejected a challenge by a Sacramento atheist to the addition of “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance 50 years earlier, Thomas, writing separately, declared that “the Establishment Clause originally protected states, and by extension their citizens, from the imposition of an established religion by the Federal government.” … [Read more...] about Thomas gains support from a Supreme Court colleague on view that states can favor religion