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Monday, September 27, 2021

Pfizer is testing a pill to ward off COVID-19

 Pfizer said Monday that it is now testing a pill that could help people ward off COVID-19 if a close contact, such as family member, gets the virus. 

The drugmaker said it is looking at the efficacy of the pill as used in combination with a low dose of the HIV drug ritonavir in people who are at least 18 years old and live in the same household with someone who has COVID-19.

Read more at CBS NEWS - 2 min read

Sunday, September 26, 2021

This Lab Charges $380 for a Covid Test. Is That What Congress Had in Mind?

At the drugstore, a rapid Covid test usually costs less than $20.

Across the country, over a dozen testing sites owned by the start-up company GS Labs regularly bill $380.

There’s a reason they can. When Congress tried to ensure that Americans wouldn’t have to pay for coronavirus testing, it required insurers to pay certain laboratories whatever “cash price” they listed online for the tests, with no limit on what that might be ...

Read more at New York Times - 10 min. read

Saturday, September 25, 2021

New York Hospitals Face Possible Mass Firings as Workers Spurn Vaccines

 With a Monday deadline looming, thousands of health care workers in the state are risking their jobs by not getting a coronavirus vaccine.

Read more in The New York Times

Covid Test Maker Cue Health Goes Public At $2.3 Billion Valuation As Demand Surges

 Covid-19 test maker Cue Health went public on Friday at a valuation of nearly $2.3 billion. The company's Covid-19 test delivers results in about 20 minutes and uploads them to a mobile app. It's used by a wide variety of customers including the Pentagon and Mayo Clinic.

Read more in Forbes

Friday, September 24, 2021

What a Relief! Congress Acts Against Surprise Medical Bills

 

If you have ever been caught off-guard by a large medical bill, a long-running practice known as balance billing might be the reason. A balance bill — which is the difference between an out-of-network provider’s normal charges for a service and a lower rate reimbursed by insurance — can amount to thousands of dollars.



Many consumers are already aware that it usually costs less to seek care from in-network health providers, but that’s not always possible in an emergency. Complicating matters, some hospitals and urgent-care facilities rely on physicians, ambulances, and laboratories that are not in the same network. In fact, a recent survey found that 18% of emergency room visits resulted in at least one surprise bill.1

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Their Baby Died in the Hospital. Then Came the $257,000 Bill.

 New York Times via yahoo!news

Alexandra initially thrived in the neonatal intensive care unit at Mount Sinai West.  Lane, 35, recalls the nurses describing her daughter as a "rock star" because she grew so quickly.  But her condition rapidly worsened after an infection, and Alexandra died early on the morning of Jan. 15 at 25 days old.

Read more - 8 min. read

Monday, September 20, 2021

More companies consider health insurance upcharges for unvaccinated

 via The Denver Channel

Some companies have offered cash to workers who get the vaccine, but as the cost of treating COVID-19 cases skyrocket, businesses are hiking insurance premiums, a penalty for employees who choose to remain unvaccinated.

Read more - 5 min. read

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Medicare and Obamacare Open Enrollment Periods 2022