CDC wants vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors in Covid hot spots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Tuesday that Americans wear masks indoors again, particularly in crowded indoor settings. The new indoor mask recommendations apply to vaccinated and unvaccinated people who live in areas where the CDC has classified Covid-19 transmission as “high” or “substantial,” a health official said — a category that includes much of the South as well as western states like Arizona and Wyoming.Politico, Read More.

Study paints stark picture of how some get mired in collections because they can’t pay medical bills

Medical bills can be stressful. Some are surprises. Others are intimidatingly large. And many Americans just cannot pay on time. Now, a study in JAMA sheds light on just how much medical debt has been sent for collection in the United States.Researchers used data from a randomly selected group representing 10 percent of all people with TransUnion credit reports — about 40 million individuals — between 2009 and 2020. Though the average amount of medical debt fell to $429 by 2020, 17.8 percent of people had medical bills that were past due.The Washington Post, Read More.

Nobody Wants to Live in a Nursing Home. Something’s Got to Give.

 Unconventional nursing homes have been generating buzz for a couple of decades. Among the best-known are those associated with the Green House Project, a nonprofit group that opened its first one in 2003 in Tupelo, Miss. Green House properties strive to provide residents with a homier atmosphere and a greater sense of agency than traditional facilities. Homes serve 10 to 12 residents, whose schedules are, to varying degrees, less regimented. The buildings resemble ranch-style houses. Residents have private rooms and bathrooms organized around a communal area for cooking, eating and socializing.The New York Times, Read More.

Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

President Joe Biden has announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths among the unvaccinated.Federal workers will be required to sign forms attesting they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or else comply with new rules on mandatory masking, weekly testing, distancing and more. The strict new guidelines are aimed at increasing sluggish vaccination rates among the huge number of Americans who draw federal paychecks — and to set an example for private employers around the country. AP News, Read More.

Hospital CEO, Surgeon Call For Miss. Medicaid Expansion

Two senior staff members of Greenwood Leflore Hospital are in favor of Mississippi expanding its Medicaid program, saying that the expansion would not only benefit the hospital but also increase health care services to people who can not afford them. The Greenwood Commonweatlh, Read More.

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