Source: Kaiser Health News

‘You’ve Been Served’: Wisconsin Hospitals Sued Patients Even During Pandemic

Wisconsin hospitals had filed at least 104 lawsuits in small claims court since the state declared a public health emergency March 12. Most now say they are suspending the cases; one hospital has dismissed them after a reporter’s calls.


As Coronavirus Spreads, Workers Could Lean On ACA Coverage Protection

KHN’s Julie Rovner discusses the role of the Affordable Care Act in helping to provide coverage to people affected by the virus’ economic repercussions.


Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers To Be First In Line On Medical Supplies

As states scour the world for masks and other protective medical equipment, the federal government has repeatedly invoked a little-known clause in the Defense Production Act to step to the front of the line for sought-after health supplies.


Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health care policy stories each week, so you don't have to.


Medicaid en el “ojo de la tormenta” por nuevos desempleados que buscan cobertura

Hay más de 6.6 millones que han perdido sus empleos a causa de la crisis económica que ha generado la pandemia. Muchos de estos nuevos desempleados pueden recurrir a Medicaid para sus familias.


Longer Looks: The Taliban And The Coronavirus; Medical Possibilities Of An Underwater Forest; The Perfect High

Each week, KHN finds interesting reads from around the Web.


Different Takes: Dysfunction Over Ventilators Is Totally Unnecessary; Several Governors Need To Wake Up About Social Distancing

Opinion writers weigh in on these pandemic topics and others.


Washington Nursing Home Linked To 34 Deaths Could Face Fines For Allegedly Mishandling Spread Of Virus

Federal investigators sent a letter to Life Care Center of Kirkland in Seattle saying it could also lose federal funding for violating guidelines to reduce the spread of disease in the nation's first-known outbreak. One nurse reported concerns as early as Feb. 12 about a fast spreading respiratory illness, but administrators thought it was the flu. Nursing home news is also from New York.


Stunning, Unprecedented Jobless Numbers Only Offer Slice Of Economic Devastation Coronavirus Is Wreaking

Although the record-breaking number of unemployment claims for last week--6.6. million--were a stark reality check, there's many who remain uncounted. Some have lost jobs or income did not initially qualify for benefits, and others, encountering state unemployment offices that were overwhelmed by the deluge of claimants, were unsuccessful in filing.


HHS Waives HIPPA Privacy Rules On Data In Order To Speed Communication About Infected Patients

"The CDC, CMS, and state and local health departments need quick access to COVID-19 related health data to fight this pandemic," said Roger Severino, director of HHS Office For Civil Rights. Other news on technology looks at how tech giants are seeking "opportunistic" changes.


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