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Amazon says it will offer employers telemedicine services

Mar 18, 2021
The pandemic has helped accelerate the growth of virtual medical care, and competition to provide services is heating up.
Virtual medical care has been growing since before COVID, and Amazon’s announcement is a sign the industry will continue to grow after the pandemic.
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Federal health care portal reopens for 3-month special enrollment period

Feb 16, 2021
The Biden administration plans to spread the word that people can sign up and may be eligible for free or subsidized coverage.
As of Monday, through May 15, people in the 36 states that use HealthCare.gov can sign up for federal insurance plans.
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How to speed up vaccine rollout

Jan 8, 2021
About 6 million people have gotten a first dose, short of the government’s goal to vaccinate 20 million by the end of 2020.
"I'm hopeful that additional funding to public health will allow public health officials to start setting up publicly accessible, large-scale vaccination clinics," says Dr. Kelly Moore, deputy director of the Immunization Action Coalition.
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Haven is folding, but there's still an opportunity to change health care

Jan 5, 2021
The company created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan clashed with the existing infrastructure of health care.
A health care worker helps organize drive-through COVID-19 testing in Florida. The industry has dealt with new pressures in the past year.
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COVID response takes "devastating toll" on immigrant health care professionals

Dec 25, 2020
More than one third of nurses who’ve died of COVID-19 and related complications are Filipino, even though they account for just 4% of RNs in the U.S.
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Doctors are leaving medicine because of the pandemic

Dec 18, 2020
Eight percent of doctors have closed their practices because of COVID-19, and a quarter are considering retiring early.
“It feels like the water I was swimming in has turned into molasses,” said one doctor of working during the pandemic.
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Losing a job hasn't translated to losing health care — so far

Dec 16, 2020
Most people who've lost jobs during the pandemic didn't get health insurance at work.
Doctors test hospital staff at a triage center in New York early in the pandemic.
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States scrambling with Medicaid enrollments climbing

Nov 30, 2020
Will a surge in enrollments prompted by the pandemic mean cuts to benefits?
Medical workers walk outside of a special coronavirus intake area at a hospital in Brooklyn earlier this year.
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With COVID-19 hitting hospitals hard, home births are on the rise

Nov 20, 2020
One reason some mothers choose at-home birth is they don’t feel they will be heard or taken care of in a hospital setting.
Home births were the norm at the turn of the previous century, and so were midwives, said historian and nurse midwife Michelle Drew.
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In some isolated rural areas, COVID-19 is hitting hard

Nov 13, 2020
Grundy County, Tennessee, is seeing new cases of COVID-19 every day, but health services are not readily available there.
In Tennessee, the National Guard has resumed running weekend drive-thru testing sites in rural communities, where COVID-19 testing is sometimes only available at the local health department.
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