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WHY IT MATTERS Researchers worked with primary care doctors who use EHRs regularly for documentation purposes to understand their views on future AI documentation assistants. They identified three major themes that emerged from the synthroid side effects discussions. Professional autonomy, human-AI collaboration and new models of care.

First, the doctors emphasized the importance of their ability to care for patients in their own way with the abilities AI technology provided."If they [patients] think that we're synthroid side effects just getting suggestions from a computer, then maybe they can just get suggestions from a computer. I think it becomes more difficult to convince them that our recommendations are more valuable than what they can pick up on the internet," said one physician. They noted the need for a bottom-up approach to technology development, with a focus on delivering clear synthroid side effects benefits to practice and workflow, and expressed fears around potential legal complications that could stem from working with an AI assistant.With regard to human-AI collaboration, doctors expressed a variety of viewpoints about what tasks could be delegated to AI.

Many believed that an AI system could assist with tasks such as documentation, referrals and other paperwork. Most said that AI systems would synthroid side effects lack empathy. "GPs voiced several concerns, including some potential biases in patient data and system design, the time needed to fix the errors and train the system, challenges of dealing with complex cases, and the auditing of AI," wrote the researchers.

However, doctors also discussed how AI could synthroid side effects help with emerging models of primary care, including preconsultation, mobile health and telehealth. THE LARGER TREND The question of reducing EHR-related clinician burnout has loomed large, with vendors and researchers trying to pinpoint major causes – and, in turn, potential solutions. AI has been raised as one such solution, with several major EHR vendors offering plans for incorporating the technology into synthroid side effects their workflows.

But human input remains vital, as the new JAMIA study and other research has noted. AI could "bring back meaning and purpose in the practice of medicine while synthroid side effects providing new levels of efficiency and accuracy," wrote Stanford researchers in a 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association study. But, they continued, physicians must "proactively guide, oversee, and monitor the adoption of artificial intelligence as a partner in patient care."ON THE RECORD"AI documentation assistants will likely ...

Be integral synthroid side effects to the future primary care consultations. However, these technologies will still need to be supervised by a human until strong evidence for reliable autonomous performance is available. Therefore, different human-AI collaboration models will need to be designed and evaluated to ensure patient safety, quality of care, synthroid side effects doctor safety, and doctor autonomy," wrote the Australian Institute for Health Innovation researchers.

Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.Twitter. @kjercichHealthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas will pay $500,000 to settle a whistleblower case that alleged its Viztek electronic health record subsidiary synthroid side effects had falsified data for certification tests.WHY IT MATTERSIn the qui tam complaint, filed in 2017 in U.S. District Court in New Jersey – where Konica Minolta is based – was filed by whistleblower Leighsa Wilson, who worked for two years at Viztek, best known for its PACS and imaging technologies, as a project manager for its EXA EHR product.In mid-2015, the complaint alleges, Viztek, which was in negotiations to be acquired by Konica Minolta, worked together with InfoGard Laboratories (which was then an ONC-authorized certification and testing body) to make false representations that the EHR software complied with requirements for certification – and qualified for receipt of incentive payments under the federal meaningful use program."To ensure that their product was certified and that their customers received incentive payments, Viztek and Konica Minolta.

(a) falsely attested to InfoGard that their software met the certification criteria synthroid side effects. (b) hard-coded their software to pass certification testing requirements temporarily without ensuring that the software released to customers met certification criteria. And (c) caused their users to falsely attest to using a certified EHR technology, when their software could not support the applicable certification criteria in the field," according to the complaint, which also alleges that InfoGard "facilitated and participated in" these false attestations, "knowingly or with reckless disregard," certifying the EHR software synthroid side effects despite its inability to meet ONC's certification criteria.The flaws in Viztek's software "not only rendered the system unreliable and unable to meet meaningful use standards, but the flaws also created a risk to patient health and safety.

Rather than spend the time and resources necessary to correct the flaws in its EHR software, the EHR defendants opted to do nothing."THE LARGER TRENDThis is only the most recent settlement of this type from health IT vendors accused of False Claims Act violations, of course.Most notable, was the case of eClinicalWorks, which was alleged by the Department of Justice to have falsely claimed meaningful use certification, to have neglected to have safety addressed issues in its software and to have paid kickbacks to clients. That case was settled in 2017 for $155 million.More synthroid side effects recently, similar complaints were lodged against companies such as Practice Fusion and Greenway Health. They settled with DOJ for $145 million and $57 million, respectively."We will be unflagging in our efforts to preserve the accuracy and reliability of Americans’ health records and guard the public against corporate greed," said U.S.

Attorney for the District of Vermont Christina Nolan synthroid side effects after the Greenway case this past year. "EHR companies should consider themselves on notice."ON THE RECORD"The lives of patients depend upon the information processed by electronic health records," said Wilson – who, as a qui tam whistleblower will receive 20% of the financial settlement – in a statement. "Functionality testing and subsequent certification must be performed and obtained through a reliable, measurable process.""Filing a qui tam lawsuit is a powerful and effective way to report problems with EHR software purchased with federal funds and get the problems fixed when they are ignored," synthroid side effects said Luke Diamond, an associate at Phillips &.

Cohen. "The False Claims Act protects whistleblowers from job retaliation and offers rewards if synthroid side effects the government recovers funds as a result of the qui tam case.""Our client was concerned about possible patient harm that can occur if EHR software isn't properly certified, so she stepped forward to inform the government about what she had witnessed," said Colette Matzzie, a partner and whistleblower attorney with Phillips &. Cohen, which brought the case.

"Ensuring that EHR software meets all governmental requirements is important to safeguard both patient care and federal funds."The Arc Madison Cortland in Oneida, New York, knows that there is a lack of providers that specialize in the synthroid side effects intellectual/developmental disability field. Making the problem worse, not so many that understand dual diagnosis.THE PROBLEMWith COVID-19 minimizing the ability synthroid side effects for individuals to receive face-to-face services with their providers, many patients are resorting to emergency department visits.Additionally, The Arc is in a rural area requiring travel to see a provider, and there is a lack of providers in the field. The population itself is underserved, with a lack of transportation to get to appointments.

Without the ability to institute telemedicine as a solution to these problems, the population supported by synthroid side effects The Arc would have seen a lengthy (permanent?. ) pause for needed medical services.PROPOSALThe Arc this year received funding from the FCC to help provide telehealth services.“With this funding we can further treat patients, reduce crisis and allow for social distancing, which is imperative to our vulnerable population,” said Jackie Fahey, director of clinic services at The Arc Madison Cortland. €œWe could provide ongoing services to the individuals we synthroid side effects serve to ensure there are no unnecessary emergency department visits.

This places less of a strain on our local emergency departments and unneeded additional costs.”With the purchase of tablets and headsets and telehealth services from vendor Doxy.me, The Arc was able to still provide medical care to its population of people with an I/DD. Additionally, eliminating emergency department visits also eliminates their exposure to COVID-19 and eases the burden synthroid side effects of the ED providers who are overburdened right now.MARKETPLACEThere are many vendors of telemedicine technology and services on the health IT market today. Healthcare IT News recently compiled a comprehensive list of these vendors with detailed descriptions.

To read this special report, click here.MEETING THE CHALLENGE“When all of our locations were closed abruptly in the middle of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we needed to determine a way to quickly and easily implement a telehealth solution so that we were able to still support the individuals that we serve during the crisis, especially when many were under strict quarantine protocols for a variety of reasons,” Fahey explained.“We signed up immediately for the synthroid side effects Doxy.me telehealth platform as it was a user-friendly platform that is HIPAA-compliant. The feature we liked about Doxy.me was that it is web-based, so nothing had to be downloaded and it could easily be used on a laptop, tablet or smartphone.”The Arc rolled out the technology initially with its mental health providers, who offer psychiatry/medication monitoring services, social work counseling and mental health counseling. More than half the organization’s enrollment is enrolled in one or all of these three services, so it was able to continue providing services to a large number of enrolled individuals.“We then began to roll the telehealth services out to nutrition, speech therapy, physical synthroid side effects therapy and occupational therapy caseloads if individuals were appropriate to receive the service through telehealth,” Fahey said.RESULTSThe first success metric The Arc has been able to achieve with the technology is maintaining its utilization for mental health services.

When everything was running normal prior to COVID-19, The Arc’s mental health services made up about 25% of the services it provided on a monthly basis. With the implementation of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization was able to achieve 20% of the services provided on a monthly basis.This has shown to staff that they have been able to still serve and respond to the needs of their psychiatry, social work and mental health counseling patients with minimal issues by implementing the telehealth technology.“The second success metric we have been able to achieve with the technology is we have been able synthroid side effects to continue to receive referrals for our services and enroll new individuals into the services they need if the services are able to be completed via telehealth,” she said. €œBetween April, May and June, we have enrolled 16 new individuals into ongoing clinic services, which is right on par for our normal enrollment average per month.”USING FCC AWARD FUNDSThe Arc Madison Cortland was awarded $49,455 by the FCC earlier this year for laptop computers and headsets to provide remote consultations and treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic for psychological services, counseling, and occupational and physical therapy for people with developmental and other disabilities.“With the funds, we purchased headsets and tablets to allow the people we support to have access to medical appointments, along with physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychology appointments remotely,” Fahey explained.

€œThe technology enables us to continue to provide these services at a time when the people we support are unable to leave for traditional in-person appointments.“Because these are such uncertain times, and a time frame for when we may return to ‘normalcy’ is unknown, the synthroid side effects technology allows us to continue delivering medical support without the concern of a pause in those services.”Twitter. @SiwickiHealthITEmail the writer. Bill.siwicki@himss.orgHealthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.HIMSSCast host synthroid side effects Jonah Comstock convenes a panel of HIMSS Media editors – HITN Senior Editor Kat Jercich, MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio and HFN Associate Editor Jeff Lagasse – to discuss recent delivery slowdowns at the Post Office and how they have and haven't affected healthcare stakeholders, including startups and patients.

The team also looks into the broader trend of the politicization of traditionally apolitical government agencies and how that could affect public faith in COVID-19 treatments or vaccines.More about this episode:USPS service delays are hitting some mail-order pharmacies and telehealth platforms harder than othersMail delays may affect medication supply for nearly 1 in 4 Americans over 50Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's full testimony (C-SPAN)The Package Coalition homepageThe Trump administration this week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse synthroid side effects a lower court ruling that allowed for mail-order and telemedicine abortion during the COVID-19 crisis. U.S.

Food and Drug Administration regulations require mifepristone, which is used in medication abortion, to synthroid side effects be dispensed at a clinic, hospital or medical office. In June, U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland Theodore Chuang blocked the requirements during the pandemic, finding them synthroid side effects to be a "substantial obstacle." Mifepristone, in combination with misoprostol, is FDA-approved for abortions up to ten weeks' gestation.

In 2017, a New England Journal of Medicine article argued against the FDA regulations for mifepristone given the drug's safety record. WHY IT MATTERS Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B synthroid side effects. Wall applied for a stay of Chuang's injunction on Wednesday as the case makes its way through the lower courts, arguing that the regulations do not represent an undue burden.

"The safety requirements here concern only medication synthroid side effects abortions using Mifeprex, which is approved for use only during the first ten weeks of pregnancy. They have no effect on the availability of surgical abortions, a method that this Court has treated as safe for women," wrote Wall. Reproductive rights synthroid side effects groups spoke out against the move, noting that people of color are disproportionately affected both by abortion restrictions and by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Black, Brown, Indigenous people and people of color are already dying/getting sick at disproportionate rates from COVID-19," said All Above All* on Twitter. "The Trump-Pence admin is trying to make this worse by asking SCOTUS to require people face synthroid side effects unnecessary risk just to get abortion care." "The FDA’s in-person requirements on mifepristone subject patients to unnecessary exposure to a deadly virus, and two federal courts have already rejected the Trump administration’s argument. Forcing patients to travel to a health center to access the safe, effective medication they need especially hurts people of color and people with low-incomes, who already face more barriers to care," said Planned Parenthood Federation of America President and CEO Alexis McGill-Johnson in a statement.THE LARGER TREND The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many existing barriers to care, including for reproductive health services.

"We’ve synthroid side effects seen the undue burden and hardship these restrictions create during COVID-19, especially in communities hit hardest by the pandemic," said Skye Perryman, chief legal officer at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a co-plaintiff in the telemedicine case, to Healthcare IT News. In response to the July ruling, some abortion providers reportedly moved to delivering mifepristone by mail. Still, others faced synthroid side effects state laws that restricted the provision of abortion via telemedicine.And as Dr.

Jacquelyn Yeh from Physicians from Reproductive Health pointed out in July, telemedicine itself involves hurdles such as broadband access and privacy concerns. It remains to be seen synthroid side effects whether the Supreme Court will grant the Trump administration's request. ON THE RECORD "As COVID-19 ravages Black, Latino, Indigenous, and other communities of color across the country, the Trump administration should be aiming to keep us healthy – not moving forward with an agenda to endanger people who seek abortion," said McGill-Johnson.

Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.Twitter. @kjercichHealthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication..

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Start Preamble synthroid side effects liver Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. Extension of synthroid side effects liver timeline for publication of final rule. This notice announces an extension of the timeline for publication of a Medicare final rule in accordance with the Social Security Act, which allows us to extend the timeline for publication of the final rule.

As of synthroid side effects liver August 26, 2020, the timeline for publication of the final rule to finalize the provisions of the October 17, 2019 proposed rule (84 FR 55766) is extended until August 31, 2021. Start Further Info Lisa O. Wilson, (410) 786-8852. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information In the October 17, 2019 Federal Register (84 synthroid side effects liver FR 55766), we published a proposed rule that addressed undue regulatory impact and burden of the physician self-referral law.

The proposed rule was issued in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services' synthroid side effects liver (CMS) Patients over Paperwork initiative and the Department of Health and Human Services' (the Department or HHS) Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care. In the proposed rule, we proposed exceptions to the physician self-referral law for certain value-based compensation arrangements between or among physicians, providers, and suppliers. A new exception for certain arrangements under which a physician receives limited remuneration for items or services actually provided by the physician.

A new synthroid side effects liver exception for donations of cybersecurity technology and related services. And amendments to the existing exception for electronic health records (EHR) items and services. The proposed rule also provides critically necessary guidance for physicians and health synthroid side effects liver care providers and suppliers whose financial relationships are governed by the physician self-referral statute and regulations. This notice announces an extension of the timeline for publication of the final rule and the continuation of effectiveness of the proposed rule.

Section 1871(a)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires us to establish and publish a regular timeline for synthroid side effects liver the publication of final regulations based on the previous publication of a proposed regulation. In accordance with section 1871(a)(3)(B) of the Act, the timeline may vary among different regulations based on differences in the complexity of the regulation, the number and scope of comments received, and other relevant factors, but may not be longer than 3 years except under exceptional circumstances. In addition, in accordance with section 1871(a)(3)(B) of the Act, the Secretary may extend the initial targeted publication date of the final regulation if the Secretary, no later than the regulation's previously established proposed publication date, publishes a notice with the new target date, and such notice includes a brief explanation of the justification for the variation. We announced in the Spring 2020 Unified Agenda (June 30, 2020, www.reginfo.gov) that we would issue the final rule in synthroid side effects liver August 2020.

However, we are still working through the Start Printed Page 52941complexity of the issues raised by comments received on the proposed rule and therefore we are not able to meet the announced publication target date. This notice extends the timeline for publication of synthroid side effects liver the final rule until August 31, 2021. Start Signature Dated. August 24, 2020.

Wilma M synthroid side effects liver. Robinson, Deputy Executive Secretary to the Department, Department of Health and Human Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc synthroid side effects liver. 2020-18867 Filed 8-26-20.

8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4120-01-PStart Preamble Notice of amendment. The Secretary issues this amendment pursuant to section 319F-3 of the Public Health Service Act to add additional categories of Qualified synthroid side effects liver Persons and amend the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures. This amendment to the Declaration published on March 17, 2020 (85 FR 15198) is effective as of August 24, 2020. Start Further Info synthroid side effects liver Robert P.

Kadlec, MD, MTM&H, MS, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Telephone. 202-205-2882. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to issue a Declaration to provide liability immunity to certain individuals and entities (Covered Persons) against any claim of loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the manufacture, distribution, administration, or use of medical countermeasures (Covered Countermeasures), except for claims involving “willful misconduct” as defined in the PREP Act.

Under the PREP Act, a Declaration may be amended as circumstances warrant. The PREP Act was enacted on December 30, 2005, as Public Law 109-148, Division C, § 2. It amended the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, adding section 319F-3, which addresses liability immunity, and section 319F-4, which creates a compensation program. These sections are codified at 42 U.S.C.

247d-6d and 42 U.S.C. 247d-6e, respectively. Section 319F-3 of the PHS Act has been amended by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA), Public Law 113-5, enacted on March 13, 2013 and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, enacted on March 27, Start Printed Page 521372020, to expand Covered Countermeasures under the PREP Act. On January 31, 2020, the Secretary declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, 42 U.S.C.

247d, effective January 27, 2020, for the entire United States to aid in the response of the nation's health care community to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, the Secretary renewed that declaration on April 26, 2020, and July 25, 2020. On March 10, 2020, the Secretary issued a Declaration under the PREP Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19 (85 FR 15198, Mar. 17, 2020) (the Declaration).

On April 10, the Secretary amended the Declaration under the PREP Act to extend liability immunity to covered countermeasures authorized under the CARES Act (85 FR 21012, Apr. 15, 2020). On June 4, the Secretary amended the Declaration to clarify that covered countermeasures under the Declaration include qualified countermeasures that limit the harm COVID-19 might otherwise cause. The Secretary now amends section V of the Declaration to identify as qualified persons covered under the PREP Act, and thus authorizes, certain State-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and pharmacy interns (who are licensed or registered by their State board of pharmacy and acting under the supervision of a State-licensed pharmacist) to administer, any vaccine that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule (ACIP-recommended vaccines).[] The Secretary also amends section VIII of the Declaration to clarify that the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures includes not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

Description of This Amendment by Section Section V. Covered Persons Under the PREP Act and the Declaration, a “qualified person” is a “covered person.” Subject to certain limitations, a covered person is immune from suit and liability under Federal and State law with respect to all claims for loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the administration or use of a covered countermeasure if a declaration under subsection (b) has been issued with respect to such countermeasure. €œQualified person” includes (A) a licensed health professional or other individual who is authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense such countermeasures under the law of the State in which the countermeasure was prescribed, administered, or dispensed. Or (B) “a person within a category of persons so identified in a declaration by the Secretary” under subsection (b) of the PREP Act.

42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(8).[] By this amendment to the Declaration, the Secretary identifies an additional category of persons who are qualified persons under section 247d-6d(i)(8)(B).[] On May 8, 2020, CDC reported, “The identified declines in routine pediatric vaccine ordering and doses administered might indicate that U.S. Children and their communities face increased risks for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases,” and suggested that a decrease in rates of routine childhood vaccinations were due to changes in healthcare access, social distancing, and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies.[] The report also stated that “[p]arental concerns about potentially exposing their children to COVID-19 during well child visits might contribute to the declines observed.” [] On July 10, 2020, CDC reported its findings of a May survey it conducted to assess the capacity of pediatric health care practices to provide immunization services to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, which was limited to practices participating in the Vaccines for Children program, found that, as of mid-May, 15 percent of Northeast pediatric practices were closed, 12.5 percent of Midwest practices were closed, 6.2 percent of practices in the South were closed, and 10 percent of practices in the West were closed.

Most practices had reduced office hours for in-person visits. When asked whether their practices would likely be able to accommodate new patients for immunization services through August, 418 practices (21.3 percent) either responded that this was not likely or the practice was permanently closed or not resuming immunization services for all patients, and 380 (19.6 percent) responded that they were unsure. Urban practices and those in the Northeast were less likely to be able to accommodate new patients compared with rural practices and those in the South, Midwest, or West.[] In response to these troubling developments, CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have stressed, “Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential services and help make sure children are protected.” [] The Secretary re-emphasizes that important recommendation to parents and legal guardians here. If your child is due for a well-child visit, contact your pediatrician's or other primary-care provider's office and ask about ways that the office safely offers well-child visits and vaccinations.

Many medical offices are taking extra steps to make sure that well-child visits can occur safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, including. Scheduling sick visits and well-child visits during different times of the Start Printed Page 52138day or days of the week, or at different locations. Asking patients to remain outside until it is time for their appointments to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms. Adhering to recommended social (physical) distancing and other infection-control practices, such as the use of masks.

The decrease in childhood-vaccination rates is a public health threat and a collateral harm caused by COVID-19. Together, the United States must turn to available medical professionals to limit the harm and public health threats that may result from decreased immunization rates. We must quickly do so to avoid preventable infections in children, additional strains on our healthcare system, and any further increase in avoidable adverse health consequences—particularly if such complications coincide with additional resurgence of COVID-19. Together with pediatricians and other healthcare professionals, pharmacists are positioned to expand access to childhood vaccinations.

Many States already allow pharmacists to administer vaccines to children of any age.[] Other States permit pharmacists to administer vaccines to children depending on the age—for example, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, or 12 years of age and older.[] Few States restrict pharmacist-administered vaccinations to only adults.[] Many States also allow properly trained individuals under the supervision of a trained pharmacist to administer those vaccines.[] Pharmacists are well positioned to increase access to vaccinations, particularly in certain areas or for certain populations that have too few pediatricians and other primary-care providers, or that are otherwise medically underserved.[] As of 2018, nearly 90 percent of Americans lived within five miles of a community pharmacy.[] Pharmacies often offer extended hours and added convenience. What is more, pharmacists are trusted healthcare professionals with established relationships with their patients. Pharmacists also have strong relationships with local medical providers and hospitals to refer patients as appropriate. For example, pharmacists already play a significant role in annual influenza vaccination.

In the early 2018-19 season, they administered the influenza vaccine to nearly a third of all adults who received the vaccine.[] Given the potential danger of serious influenza and continuing COVID-19 outbreaks this autumn and the impact that such concurrent outbreaks may have on our population, our healthcare system, and our whole-of-nation response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must quickly expand access to influenza vaccinations. Allowing more qualified pharmacists to administer the influenza vaccine to children will make vaccinations more accessible. Therefore, the Secretary amends the Declaration to identify State-licensed pharmacists (and pharmacy interns acting under their supervision if the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy) as qualified persons under section 247d-6d(i)(8)(B) when the pharmacist orders and either the pharmacist or the supervised pharmacy intern administers vaccines to individuals ages three through 18 pursuant to the following requirements. The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-approved.

The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule.[] The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training Start Printed Page 52139program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.[] The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.[] The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation.[] The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.[] The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient's primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine.[] The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregivers accompanying the children of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate.[] These requirements are consistent with those in many States that permit licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children and permit licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under their supervision to administer vaccines to children.[] Administering vaccinations to children age three and older is less complicated and requires less training and resources than administering vaccinations to younger children. That is because ACIP generally recommends administering intramuscular injections in the deltoid muscle for individuals age three and older.[] For individuals less than three years of age, ACIP generally recommends administering intramuscular injections in the anterolateral aspect of the thigh muscle.[] Administering injections in the thigh muscle often presents additional complexities and requires additional training and resources including additional personnel to safely position the child while another healthcare professional injects the vaccine.[] Moreover, as of 2018, 40% of three-year-olds were enrolled in preprimary programs (i.e.

Preschool or kindergarten programs).[] Preprimary programs are beginning in the coming weeks or months, so the Secretary has concluded that it is particularly important for individuals ages three through 18 to receive ACIP-recommended vaccines according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. All States require children to be vaccinated against certain communicable diseases as a condition of school attendance. These laws often apply to both public and private schools with identical immunization and exemption provisions.[] As nurseries, preschools, kindergartens, and schools reopen, increased access to childhood vaccinations is essential to ensuring children can return. Notwithstanding any State or local scope-of-practice legal requirements, (1) qualified licensed pharmacists are identified as qualified persons to order and administer ACIP-recommended vaccines and (2) qualified State-licensed or registered pharmacy interns are identified as qualified persons to administer the ACIP-recommended vaccines ordered by their supervising qualified licensed pharmacist.[] Both the PREP Act and the June 4, 2020 Second Amendment to the Declaration define “covered countermeasures” to include qualified pandemic and epidemic products that “limit the harm such pandemic or epidemic might otherwise cause.” [] The troubling decrease in ACIP-recommended childhood vaccinations and the resulting increased risk of associated diseases, adverse health conditions, and other threats are categories of harms otherwise caused by Start Printed Page 52140COVID-19 as set forth in Sections VI and VIII of this Declaration.[] Hence, such vaccinations are “covered countermeasures” under the PREP Act and the June 4, 2020 Second Amendment to the Declaration.

Nothing in this Declaration shall be construed to affect the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, including an injured party's ability to obtain compensation under that program. Covered countermeasures that are subject to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program authorized under 42 U.S.C. 300aa-10 et seq. Are covered under this Declaration for the purposes of liability immunity and injury compensation only to the extent that injury compensation is not provided under that Program.

All other terms and conditions of the Declaration apply to such covered countermeasures. Section VIII. Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat As discussed, the troubling decrease in ACIP-recommended childhood vaccinations and the resulting increased risk of associated diseases, adverse health conditions, and other threats are categories of harms otherwise caused by COVID-19. The Secretary therefore amends section VIII, which describes the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures, to clarify that the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures is not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

Amendments to Declaration Amended Declaration for Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act Coverage for medical countermeasures against COVID-19. Sections V and VIII of the March 10, 2020 Declaration under the PREP Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19, as amended April 10, 2020 and June 4, 2020, are further amended pursuant to section 319F-3(b)(4) of the PHS Act as described below. All other sections of the Declaration remain in effect as published at 85 FR 15198 (Mar. 17, 2020) and amended at 85 FR 21012 (Apr.

15, 2020) and 85 FR 35100 (June 8, 2020). 1. Covered Persons, section V, delete in full and replace with. V.

Covered Persons 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(2), (3), (4), (6), (8)(A) and (B) Covered Persons who are afforded liability immunity under this Declaration are “manufacturers,” “distributors,” “program planners,” “qualified persons,” and their officials, agents, and employees, as those terms are defined in the PREP Act, and the United States. In addition, I have determined that the following additional persons are qualified persons. (a) Any person authorized in accordance with the public health and medical emergency response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, as described in Section VII below, to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute or dispense the Covered Countermeasures, and their officials, agents, employees, contractors and volunteers, following a Declaration of an emergency.

(b) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense the Covered Countermeasures or who is otherwise authorized to perform an activity under an Emergency Use Authorization in accordance with Section 564 of the FD&C Act. (c) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense Covered Countermeasures in accordance with Section 564A of the FD&C Act. And (d) a State-licensed pharmacist who orders and administers, and pharmacy interns who administer (if the pharmacy intern acts under the supervision of such pharmacist and the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy), vaccines that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. Such State-licensed pharmacists and the State-licensed or registered interns under their supervision are qualified persons only if the following requirements are met.

The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-approved. The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.

The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines. The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.

The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient's primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine. The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregiver accompanying the child of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate. Nothing in this Declaration shall be construed to affect the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, including an injured party's ability to obtain compensation under that program. Covered countermeasures that are subject to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program authorized under 42 U.S.C.

300aa-10 et seq. Are covered under this Declaration for the purposes of liability immunity and injury compensation only to the extent that injury compensation is not provided under that Program. All other Start Printed Page 52141terms and conditions of the Declaration apply to such covered countermeasures. 2.

Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat, section VIII, delete in full and replace with. VIII. Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(2)(A) The category of disease, health condition, or threat for which I recommend the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures is not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

Start Authority 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d. End Authority Start Signature Dated. August 19, 2020.

Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2020-18542 Filed 8-20-20.

4:15 pm]BILLING CODE 4150-03-PNCHS Data Brief No. 286, September 2017PDF Versionpdf icon (374 KB)Anjel Vahratian, Ph.D.Key findingsData from the National Health Interview Survey, 2015Among those aged 40–59, perimenopausal women (56.0%) were more likely than postmenopausal (40.5%) and premenopausal (32.5%) women to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period.Postmenopausal women aged 40–59 were more likely than premenopausal women aged 40–59 to have trouble falling asleep (27.1% compared with 16.8%, respectively), and staying asleep (35.9% compared with 23.7%), four times or more in the past week.Postmenopausal women aged 40–59 (55.1%) were more likely than premenopausal women aged 40–59 (47.0%) to not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week.Sleep duration and quality are important contributors to health and wellness. Insufficient sleep is associated with an increased risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease (1) and diabetes (2). Women may be particularly vulnerable to sleep problems during times of reproductive hormonal change, such as after the menopausal transition.

Menopause is “the permanent cessation of menstruation that occurs after the loss of ovarian activity” (3). This data brief describes sleep duration and sleep quality among nonpregnant women aged 40–59 by menopausal status. The age range selected for this analysis reflects the focus on midlife sleep health. In this analysis, 74.2% of women are premenopausal, 3.7% are perimenopausal, and 22.1% are postmenopausal.

Keywords. Insufficient sleep, menopause, National Health Interview Survey Perimenopausal women were more likely than premenopausal and postmenopausal women to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period.More than one in three nonpregnant women aged 40–59 slept less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period (35.1%) (Figure 1). Perimenopausal women were most likely to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period (56.0%), compared with 32.5% of premenopausal and 40.5% of postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women were significantly more likely than premenopausal women to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period.

Figure 1. Percentage of nonpregnant women aged 40–59 who slept less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period, by menopausal status. United States, 2015image icon1Significant quadratic trend by menopausal status (p <. 0.05).NOTES.

Women were postmenopausal if they had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they no longer had a menstrual cycle and their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less. Women were premenopausal if they still had a menstrual cycle. Access data table for Figure 1pdf icon.SOURCE.

NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2015. The percentage of women aged 40–59 who had trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week varied by menopausal status.Nearly one in five nonpregnant women aged 40–59 had trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week (19.4%) (Figure 2). The percentage of women in this age group who had trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week increased from 16.8% among premenopausal women to 24.7% among perimenopausal and 27.1% among postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women were significantly more likely than premenopausal women to have trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week.

Figure 2. Percentage of nonpregnant women aged 40–59 who had trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week, by menopausal status. United States, 2015image icon1Significant linear trend by menopausal status (p <. 0.05).NOTES.

Women were postmenopausal if they had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they no longer had a menstrual cycle and their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less. Women were premenopausal if they still had a menstrual cycle. Access data table for Figure 2pdf icon.SOURCE.

NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2015. The percentage of women aged 40–59 who had trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week varied by menopausal status.More than one in four nonpregnant women aged 40–59 had trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week (26.7%) (Figure 3). The percentage of women aged 40–59 who had trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week increased from 23.7% among premenopausal, to 30.8% among perimenopausal, and to 35.9% among postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women were significantly more likely than premenopausal women to have trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week.

Figure 3. Percentage of nonpregnant women aged 40–59 who had trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week, by menopausal status. United States, 2015image icon1Significant linear trend by menopausal status (p <. 0.05).NOTES.

Women were postmenopausal if they had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they no longer had a menstrual cycle and their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less. Women were premenopausal if they still had a menstrual cycle. Access data table for Figure 3pdf icon.SOURCE.

NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2015. The percentage of women aged 40–59 who did not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week varied by menopausal status.Nearly one in two nonpregnant women aged 40–59 did not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week (48.9%) (Figure 4). The percentage of women in this age group who did not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week increased from 47.0% among premenopausal women to 49.9% among perimenopausal and 55.1% among postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women were significantly more likely than premenopausal women to not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week.

Figure 4. Percentage of nonpregnant women aged 40–59 who did not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week, by menopausal status. United States, 2015image icon1Significant linear trend by menopausal status (p <. 0.05).NOTES.

Women were postmenopausal if they had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they no longer had a menstrual cycle and their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less. Women were premenopausal if they still had a menstrual cycle. Access data table for Figure 4pdf icon.SOURCE.

NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2015. SummaryThis report describes sleep duration and sleep quality among U.S. Nonpregnant women aged 40–59 by menopausal status. Perimenopausal women were most likely to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period compared with premenopausal and postmenopausal women.

In contrast, postmenopausal women were most likely to have poor-quality sleep. A greater percentage of postmenopausal women had frequent trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and not waking well rested compared with premenopausal women. The percentage of perimenopausal women with poor-quality sleep was between the percentages for the other two groups in all three categories. Sleep duration changes with advancing age (4), but sleep duration and quality are also influenced by concurrent changes in women’s reproductive hormone levels (5).

Because sleep is critical for optimal health and well-being (6), the findings in this report highlight areas for further research and targeted health promotion. DefinitionsMenopausal status. A three-level categorical variable was created from a series of questions that asked women. 1) “How old were you when your periods or menstrual cycles started?.

€. 2) “Do you still have periods or menstrual cycles?. €. 3) “When did you have your last period or menstrual cycle?.

€. And 4) “Have you ever had both ovaries removed, either as part of a hysterectomy or as one or more separate surgeries?. € Women were postmenopausal if they a) had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or b) were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they a) no longer had a menstrual cycle and b) their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less.

Premenopausal women still had a menstrual cycle.Not waking feeling well rested. Determined by respondents who answered 3 days or less on the questionnaire item asking, “In the past week, on how many days did you wake up feeling well rested?. €Short sleep duration. Determined by respondents who answered 6 hours or less on the questionnaire item asking, “On average, how many hours of sleep do you get in a 24-hour period?.

€Trouble falling asleep. Determined by respondents who answered four times or more on the questionnaire item asking, “In the past week, how many times did you have trouble falling asleep?. €Trouble staying asleep. Determined by respondents who answered four times or more on the questionnaire item asking, “In the past week, how many times did you have trouble staying asleep?.

€ Data source and methodsData from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) were used for this analysis. NHIS is a multipurpose health survey conducted continuously throughout the year by the National Center for Health Statistics. Interviews are conducted in person in respondents’ homes, but follow-ups to complete interviews may be conducted over the telephone. Data for this analysis came from the Sample Adult core and cancer supplement sections of the 2015 NHIS.

For more information about NHIS, including the questionnaire, visit the NHIS website.All analyses used weights to produce national estimates. Estimates on sleep duration and quality in this report are nationally representative of the civilian, noninstitutionalized nonpregnant female population aged 40–59 living in households across the United States. The sample design is described in more detail elsewhere (7). Point estimates and their estimated variances were calculated using SUDAAN software (8) to account for the complex sample design of NHIS.

Linear and quadratic trend tests of the estimated proportions across menopausal status were tested in SUDAAN via PROC DESCRIPT using the POLY option. Differences between percentages were evaluated using two-sided significance tests at the 0.05 level. About the authorAnjel Vahratian is with the National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health Interview Statistics. The author gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Lindsey Black in the preparation of this report.

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Hyattsville, MD. National Center for Health Statistics. 2017.Copyright informationAll material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated.National Center for Health StatisticsCharles J.

Rothwell, M.S., M.B.A., DirectorJennifer H. Madans, Ph.D., Associate Director for ScienceDivision of Health Interview StatisticsMarcie L. Cynamon, DirectorStephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., Associate Director for Science.

Start Preamble Centers for Medicare synthroid side effects &. Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. Extension of timeline for publication of final synthroid side effects rule. This notice announces an extension of the timeline for publication of a Medicare final rule in accordance with the Social Security Act, which allows us to extend the timeline for publication of the final rule.

As of August 26, 2020, the timeline for publication synthroid side effects of the final rule to finalize the provisions of the October 17, 2019 proposed rule (84 FR 55766) is extended until August 31, 2021. Start Further Info Lisa O. Wilson, (410) 786-8852. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information In synthroid side effects the October 17, 2019 Federal Register (84 FR 55766), we published a proposed rule that addressed undue regulatory impact and burden of the physician self-referral law.

The proposed rule was issued in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services' (CMS) Patients over Paperwork initiative and the Department of Health and Human Services' (the Department or HHS) Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care synthroid side effects. In the proposed rule, we proposed exceptions to the physician self-referral law for certain value-based compensation arrangements between or among physicians, providers, and suppliers. A new exception for certain arrangements under which a physician receives limited remuneration for items or services actually provided by the physician.

A new exception for donations of cybersecurity technology synthroid side effects and related services. And amendments to the existing exception for electronic health records (EHR) items and services. The proposed rule also provides critically necessary guidance for synthroid side effects physicians and health care providers and suppliers whose financial relationships are governed by the physician self-referral statute and regulations. This notice announces an extension of the timeline for publication of the final rule and the continuation of effectiveness of the proposed rule.

Section 1871(a)(3)(A) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires us to establish and publish a regular timeline for the publication of final regulations based on synthroid side effects the previous publication of a proposed regulation. In accordance with section 1871(a)(3)(B) of the Act, the timeline may vary among different regulations based on differences in the complexity of the regulation, the number and scope of comments received, and other relevant factors, but may not be longer than 3 years except under exceptional circumstances. In addition, in accordance with section 1871(a)(3)(B) of the Act, the Secretary may extend the initial targeted publication date of the final regulation if the Secretary, no later than the regulation's previously established proposed publication date, publishes a notice with the new target date, and such notice includes a brief explanation of the justification for the variation. We announced in synthroid side effects the Spring 2020 Unified Agenda (June 30, 2020, www.reginfo.gov) that we would issue the final rule in August 2020.

However, we are still working through the Start Printed Page 52941complexity of the issues raised by comments received on the proposed rule and therefore we are not able to meet the announced publication target date. This notice extends the synthroid side effects timeline for publication of the final rule until August 31, 2021. Start Signature Dated. August 24, 2020.

Wilma M synthroid side effects. Robinson, Deputy Executive Secretary to the Department, Department of Health and Human Services. End Signature synthroid side effects End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2020-18867 Filed 8-26-20.

8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4120-01-PStart Preamble Notice of amendment. The Secretary issues this amendment pursuant to section 319F-3 of the Public Health Service Act to add additional categories of Qualified Persons and amend the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered synthroid side effects Countermeasures. This amendment to the Declaration published on March 17, 2020 (85 FR 15198) is effective as of August 24, 2020. Start Further synthroid side effects Info Robert P.

Kadlec, MD, MTM&H, MS, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Telephone. 202-205-2882. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to issue a Declaration to provide liability immunity to certain individuals and entities (Covered Persons) against any claim of loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the manufacture, distribution, administration, or use of medical countermeasures (Covered Countermeasures), except for claims involving “willful misconduct” as defined in the PREP Act.

Under the PREP Act, a Declaration may be amended as circumstances warrant. The PREP Act was enacted on December 30, 2005, as Public Law 109-148, Division C, § 2. It amended the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, adding section 319F-3, which addresses liability immunity, and section 319F-4, which creates a compensation program. These sections are codified at 42 U.S.C.

247d-6d and 42 U.S.C. 247d-6e, respectively. Section 319F-3 of the PHS Act has been amended by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA), Public Law 113-5, enacted on March 13, 2013 and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, enacted on March 27, Start Printed Page 521372020, to expand Covered Countermeasures under the PREP Act. On January 31, 2020, the Secretary declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, 42 U.S.C.

247d, effective January 27, 2020, for the entire United States to aid in the response of the nation's health care community to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, the Secretary renewed that declaration on April 26, 2020, and July 25, 2020. On March 10, 2020, the Secretary issued a Declaration under the PREP Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19 (85 FR 15198, Mar. 17, 2020) (the Declaration).

On April 10, the Secretary amended the Declaration under the PREP Act to extend liability immunity to covered countermeasures authorized under the CARES Act (85 FR 21012, Apr. 15, 2020). On June 4, the Secretary amended the Declaration to clarify that covered countermeasures under the Declaration include qualified countermeasures that limit the harm COVID-19 might otherwise cause. The Secretary now amends section V of the Declaration to identify as qualified persons covered under the PREP Act, and thus authorizes, certain State-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and pharmacy interns (who are licensed or registered by their State board of pharmacy and acting under the supervision of a State-licensed pharmacist) to administer, any vaccine that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule (ACIP-recommended vaccines).[] The Secretary also amends section VIII of the Declaration to clarify that the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures includes not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

Description of This Amendment by Section Section V. Covered Persons Under the PREP Act and the Declaration, a “qualified person” is a “covered person.” Subject to certain limitations, a covered person is immune from suit and liability under Federal and State law with respect to all claims for loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the administration or use of a covered countermeasure if a declaration under subsection (b) has been issued with respect to such countermeasure. €œQualified person” includes (A) a licensed health professional or other individual who is authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense such countermeasures under the law of the State in which the countermeasure was prescribed, administered, or dispensed. Or (B) “a person within a category of persons so identified in a declaration by the Secretary” under subsection (b) of the PREP Act.

42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(8).[] By this amendment to the Declaration, the Secretary identifies an additional category of persons who are qualified persons under section 247d-6d(i)(8)(B).[] On May 8, 2020, CDC reported, “The identified declines in routine pediatric vaccine ordering and doses administered might indicate that U.S. Children and their communities face increased risks for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases,” and suggested that a decrease in rates of routine childhood vaccinations were due to changes in healthcare access, social distancing, and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies.[] The report also stated that “[p]arental concerns about potentially exposing their children to COVID-19 during well child visits might contribute to the declines observed.” [] On July 10, 2020, CDC reported its findings of a May survey it conducted to assess the capacity of pediatric health care practices to provide immunization services to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, which was limited to practices participating in the Vaccines for Children program, found that, as of mid-May, 15 percent of Northeast pediatric practices were closed, 12.5 percent of Midwest practices were closed, 6.2 percent of practices in the South were closed, and 10 percent of practices in the West were closed.

Most practices had reduced office hours for in-person visits. When asked whether their practices would likely be able to accommodate new patients for immunization services through August, 418 practices (21.3 percent) either responded that this was not likely or the practice was permanently closed or not resuming immunization services for all patients, and 380 (19.6 percent) responded that they were unsure. Urban practices and those in the Northeast were less likely to be able to accommodate new patients compared with rural practices and those in the South, Midwest, or West.[] In response to these troubling developments, CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have stressed, “Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential services and help make sure children are protected.” [] The Secretary re-emphasizes that important recommendation to parents and legal guardians here. If your child is due for a well-child visit, contact your pediatrician's or other primary-care provider's office and ask about ways that the office safely offers well-child visits and vaccinations.

Many medical offices are taking extra steps to make sure that well-child visits can occur safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, including. Scheduling sick visits and well-child visits during different times of the Start Printed Page 52138day or days of the week, or at different locations. Asking patients to remain outside until it is time for their appointments to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms. Adhering to recommended social (physical) distancing and other infection-control practices, such as the use of masks.

The decrease in childhood-vaccination rates is a public health threat and a collateral harm caused by COVID-19. Together, the United States must turn to available medical professionals to limit the harm and public health threats that may result from decreased immunization rates. We must quickly do so to avoid preventable infections in children, additional strains on our healthcare system, and any further increase in avoidable adverse health consequences—particularly if such complications coincide with additional resurgence of COVID-19. Together with pediatricians and other healthcare professionals, pharmacists are positioned to expand access to childhood vaccinations.

Many States already allow pharmacists to administer vaccines to children of any age.[] Other States permit pharmacists to administer vaccines to children depending on the age—for example, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, or 12 years of age and older.[] Few States restrict pharmacist-administered vaccinations to only adults.[] Many States also allow properly trained individuals under the supervision of a trained pharmacist to administer those vaccines.[] Pharmacists are well positioned to increase access to vaccinations, particularly in certain areas or for certain populations that have too few pediatricians and other primary-care providers, or that are otherwise medically underserved.[] As of 2018, nearly 90 percent of Americans lived within five miles of a community pharmacy.[] Pharmacies often offer extended hours and added convenience. What is more, pharmacists are trusted healthcare professionals with established relationships with their patients. Pharmacists also have strong relationships with local medical providers and hospitals to refer patients as appropriate. For example, pharmacists already play a significant role in annual influenza vaccination.

In the early 2018-19 season, they administered the influenza vaccine to nearly a third of all adults who received the vaccine.[] Given the potential danger of serious influenza and continuing COVID-19 outbreaks this autumn and the impact that such concurrent outbreaks may have on our population, our healthcare system, and our whole-of-nation response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must quickly expand access to influenza vaccinations. Allowing more qualified pharmacists to administer the influenza vaccine to children will make vaccinations more accessible. Therefore, the Secretary amends the Declaration to identify State-licensed pharmacists (and pharmacy interns acting under their supervision if the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy) as qualified persons under section 247d-6d(i)(8)(B) when the pharmacist orders and either the pharmacist or the supervised pharmacy intern administers vaccines to individuals ages three through 18 pursuant to the following requirements. The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-approved.

The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule.[] The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training Start Printed Page 52139program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.[] The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.[] The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation.[] The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.[] The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient's primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine.[] The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregivers accompanying the children of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate.[] These requirements are consistent with those in many States that permit licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children and permit licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under their supervision to administer vaccines to children.[] Administering vaccinations to children age three and older is less complicated and requires less training and resources than administering vaccinations to younger children. That is because ACIP generally recommends administering intramuscular injections in the deltoid muscle for individuals age three and older.[] For individuals less than three years of age, ACIP generally recommends administering intramuscular injections in the anterolateral aspect of the thigh muscle.[] Administering injections in the thigh muscle often presents additional complexities and requires additional training and resources including additional personnel to safely position the child while another healthcare professional injects the vaccine.[] Moreover, as of 2018, 40% of three-year-olds were enrolled in preprimary programs (i.e.

Preschool or kindergarten programs).[] Preprimary programs are beginning in the coming weeks or months, so the Secretary has concluded that it is particularly important for individuals ages three through 18 to receive ACIP-recommended vaccines according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. All States require children to be vaccinated against certain communicable diseases as a condition of school attendance. These laws often apply to both public and private schools with identical immunization and exemption provisions.[] As nurseries, preschools, kindergartens, and schools reopen, increased access to childhood vaccinations is essential to ensuring children can return. Notwithstanding any State or local scope-of-practice legal requirements, (1) qualified licensed pharmacists are identified as qualified persons to order and administer ACIP-recommended vaccines and (2) qualified State-licensed or registered pharmacy interns are identified as qualified persons to administer the ACIP-recommended vaccines ordered by their supervising qualified licensed pharmacist.[] Both the PREP Act and the June 4, 2020 Second Amendment to the Declaration define “covered countermeasures” to include qualified pandemic and epidemic products that “limit the harm such pandemic or epidemic might otherwise cause.” [] The troubling decrease in ACIP-recommended childhood vaccinations and the resulting increased risk of associated diseases, adverse health conditions, and other threats are categories of harms otherwise caused by Start Printed Page 52140COVID-19 as set forth in Sections VI and VIII of this Declaration.[] Hence, such vaccinations are “covered countermeasures” under the PREP Act and the June 4, 2020 Second Amendment to the Declaration.

Nothing in this Declaration shall be construed to affect the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, including an injured party's ability to obtain compensation under that program. Covered countermeasures that are subject to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program authorized under 42 U.S.C. 300aa-10 et seq. Are covered under this Declaration for the purposes of liability immunity and injury compensation only to the extent that injury compensation is not provided under that Program.

All other terms and conditions of the Declaration apply to such covered countermeasures. Section VIII. Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat As discussed, the troubling decrease in ACIP-recommended childhood vaccinations and the resulting increased risk of associated diseases, adverse health conditions, and other threats are categories of harms otherwise caused by COVID-19. The Secretary therefore amends section VIII, which describes the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures, to clarify that the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures is not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

Amendments to Declaration Amended Declaration for Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act Coverage for medical countermeasures against COVID-19. Sections V and VIII of the March 10, 2020 Declaration under the PREP Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19, as amended April 10, 2020 and June 4, 2020, are further amended pursuant to section 319F-3(b)(4) of the PHS Act as described below. All other sections of the Declaration remain in effect as published at 85 FR 15198 (Mar. 17, 2020) and amended at 85 FR 21012 (Apr.

15, 2020) and 85 FR 35100 (June 8, 2020). 1. Covered Persons, section V, delete in full and replace with. V.

Covered Persons 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(2), (3), (4), (6), (8)(A) and (B) Covered Persons who are afforded liability immunity under this Declaration are “manufacturers,” “distributors,” “program planners,” “qualified persons,” and their officials, agents, and employees, as those terms are defined in the PREP Act, and the United States. In addition, I have determined that the following additional persons are qualified persons. (a) Any person authorized in accordance with the public health and medical emergency response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, as described in Section VII below, to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute or dispense the Covered Countermeasures, and their officials, agents, employees, contractors and volunteers, following a Declaration of an emergency.

(b) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense the Covered Countermeasures or who is otherwise authorized to perform an activity under an Emergency Use Authorization in accordance with Section 564 of the FD&C Act. (c) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense Covered Countermeasures in accordance with Section 564A of the FD&C Act. And (d) a State-licensed pharmacist who orders and administers, and pharmacy interns who administer (if the pharmacy intern acts under the supervision of such pharmacist and the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy), vaccines that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. Such State-licensed pharmacists and the State-licensed or registered interns under their supervision are qualified persons only if the following requirements are met.

The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-approved. The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.

The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines. The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.

The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient's primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine. The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregiver accompanying the child of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate. Nothing in this Declaration shall be construed to affect the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, including an injured party's ability to obtain compensation under that program. Covered countermeasures that are subject to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program authorized under 42 U.S.C.

300aa-10 et seq. Are covered under this Declaration for the purposes of liability immunity and injury compensation only to the extent that injury compensation is not provided under that Program. All other Start Printed Page 52141terms and conditions of the Declaration apply to such covered countermeasures. 2.

Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat, section VIII, delete in full and replace with. VIII. Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(2)(A) The category of disease, health condition, or threat for which I recommend the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures is not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

Start Authority 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d. End Authority Start Signature Dated. August 19, 2020.

Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2020-18542 Filed 8-20-20.

4:15 pm]BILLING CODE 4150-03-PNCHS Data Brief No. 286, September 2017PDF Versionpdf icon (374 KB)Anjel Vahratian, Ph.D.Key findingsData from the National Health Interview Survey, 2015Among those aged 40–59, perimenopausal women (56.0%) were more likely than postmenopausal (40.5%) and premenopausal (32.5%) women to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period.Postmenopausal women aged 40–59 were more likely than premenopausal women aged 40–59 to have trouble falling asleep (27.1% compared with 16.8%, respectively), and staying asleep (35.9% compared with 23.7%), four times or more in the past week.Postmenopausal women aged 40–59 (55.1%) were more likely than premenopausal women aged 40–59 (47.0%) to not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week.Sleep duration and quality are important contributors to health and wellness. Insufficient sleep is associated with an increased risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease (1) and diabetes (2). Women may be particularly vulnerable to sleep problems during times of reproductive hormonal change, such as after the menopausal transition.

Menopause is “the permanent cessation of menstruation that occurs after the loss of ovarian activity” (3). This data brief describes sleep duration and sleep quality among nonpregnant women aged 40–59 by menopausal status. The age range selected for this analysis reflects the focus on midlife sleep health. In this analysis, 74.2% of women are premenopausal, 3.7% are perimenopausal, and 22.1% are postmenopausal.

Keywords. Insufficient sleep, menopause, National Health Interview Survey Perimenopausal women were more likely than premenopausal and postmenopausal women to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period.More than one in three nonpregnant women aged 40–59 slept less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period (35.1%) (Figure 1). Perimenopausal women were most likely to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period (56.0%), compared with 32.5% of premenopausal and 40.5% of postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women were significantly more likely than premenopausal women to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period.

Figure 1. Percentage of nonpregnant women aged 40–59 who slept less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period, by menopausal status. United States, 2015image icon1Significant quadratic trend by menopausal status (p <. 0.05).NOTES.

Women were postmenopausal if they had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they no longer had a menstrual cycle and their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less. Women were premenopausal if they still had a menstrual cycle. Access data table for Figure 1pdf icon.SOURCE.

NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2015. The percentage of women aged 40–59 who had trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week varied by menopausal status.Nearly one in five nonpregnant women aged 40–59 had trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week (19.4%) (Figure 2). The percentage of women in this age group who had trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week increased from 16.8% among premenopausal women to 24.7% among perimenopausal and 27.1% among postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women were significantly more likely than premenopausal women to have trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week.

Figure 2. Percentage of nonpregnant women aged 40–59 who had trouble falling asleep four times or more in the past week, by menopausal status. United States, 2015image icon1Significant linear trend by menopausal status (p <. 0.05).NOTES.

Women were postmenopausal if they had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they no longer had a menstrual cycle and their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less. Women were premenopausal if they still had a menstrual cycle. Access data table for Figure 2pdf icon.SOURCE.

NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2015. The percentage of women aged 40–59 who had trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week varied by menopausal status.More than one in four nonpregnant women aged 40–59 had trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week (26.7%) (Figure 3). The percentage of women aged 40–59 who had trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week increased from 23.7% among premenopausal, to 30.8% among perimenopausal, and to 35.9% among postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women were significantly more likely than premenopausal women to have trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week.

Figure 3. Percentage of nonpregnant women aged 40–59 who had trouble staying asleep four times or more in the past week, by menopausal status. United States, 2015image icon1Significant linear trend by menopausal status (p <. 0.05).NOTES.

Women were postmenopausal if they had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they no longer had a menstrual cycle and their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less. Women were premenopausal if they still had a menstrual cycle. Access data table for Figure 3pdf icon.SOURCE.

NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2015. The percentage of women aged 40–59 who did not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week varied by menopausal status.Nearly one in two nonpregnant women aged 40–59 did not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week (48.9%) (Figure 4). The percentage of women in this age group who did not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week increased from 47.0% among premenopausal women to 49.9% among perimenopausal and 55.1% among postmenopausal women. Postmenopausal women were significantly more likely than premenopausal women to not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week.

Figure 4. Percentage of nonpregnant women aged 40–59 who did not wake up feeling well rested 4 days or more in the past week, by menopausal status. United States, 2015image icon1Significant linear trend by menopausal status (p <. 0.05).NOTES.

Women were postmenopausal if they had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they no longer had a menstrual cycle and their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less. Women were premenopausal if they still had a menstrual cycle. Access data table for Figure 4pdf icon.SOURCE.

NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2015. SummaryThis report describes sleep duration and sleep quality among U.S. Nonpregnant women aged 40–59 by menopausal status. Perimenopausal women were most likely to sleep less than 7 hours, on average, in a 24-hour period compared with premenopausal and postmenopausal women.

In contrast, postmenopausal women were most likely to have poor-quality sleep. A greater percentage of postmenopausal women had frequent trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and not waking well rested compared with premenopausal women. The percentage of perimenopausal women with poor-quality sleep was between the percentages for the other two groups in all three categories. Sleep duration changes with advancing age (4), but sleep duration and quality are also influenced by concurrent changes in women’s reproductive hormone levels (5).

Because sleep is critical for optimal health and well-being (6), the findings in this report highlight areas for further research and targeted health promotion. DefinitionsMenopausal status. A three-level categorical variable was created from a series of questions that asked women. 1) “How old were you when your periods or menstrual cycles started?.

€. 2) “Do you still have periods or menstrual cycles?. €. 3) “When did you have your last period or menstrual cycle?.

€. And 4) “Have you ever had both ovaries removed, either as part of a hysterectomy or as one or more separate surgeries?. € Women were postmenopausal if they a) had gone without a menstrual cycle for more than 1 year or b) were in surgical menopause after the removal of their ovaries. Women were perimenopausal if they a) no longer had a menstrual cycle and b) their last menstrual cycle was 1 year ago or less.

Premenopausal women still had a menstrual cycle.Not waking feeling well rested. Determined by respondents who answered 3 days or less on the questionnaire item asking, “In the past week, on how many days did you wake up feeling well rested?. €Short sleep duration. Determined by respondents who answered 6 hours or less on the questionnaire item asking, “On average, how many hours of sleep do you get in a 24-hour period?.

€Trouble falling asleep. Determined by respondents who answered four times or more on the questionnaire item asking, “In the past week, how many times did you have trouble falling asleep?. €Trouble staying asleep. Determined by respondents who answered four times or more on the questionnaire item asking, “In the past week, how many times did you have trouble staying asleep?.

€ Data source and methodsData from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) were used for this analysis. NHIS is a multipurpose health survey conducted continuously throughout the year by the National Center for Health Statistics. Interviews are conducted in person in respondents’ homes, but follow-ups to complete interviews may be conducted over the telephone. Data for this analysis came from the Sample Adult core and cancer supplement sections of the 2015 NHIS.

For more information about NHIS, including the questionnaire, visit the NHIS website.All analyses used weights to produce national estimates. Estimates on sleep duration and quality in this report are nationally representative of the civilian, noninstitutionalized nonpregnant female population aged 40–59 living in households across the United States. The sample design is described in more detail elsewhere (7). Point estimates and their estimated variances were calculated using SUDAAN software (8) to account for the complex sample design of NHIS.

Linear and quadratic trend tests of the estimated proportions across menopausal status were tested in SUDAAN via PROC DESCRIPT using the POLY option. Differences between percentages were evaluated using two-sided significance tests at the 0.05 level. About the authorAnjel Vahratian is with the National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health Interview Statistics. The author gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Lindsey Black in the preparation of this report.

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Los más vulnerables son los niños pequeños, los adultos mayores y las personas con enfermedades subyacentes. Cuando se combina con los efectos de COVID-19, los expertos en salud pública dicen que es más importante que nunca vacunarse contra la gripe.Si una cantidad suficiente de la población se vacuna, más del 45% lo hizo la temporada de gripe pasada, podría ayudar a evitar un escenario de pesadilla este invierno, con hospitales llenos de pacientes con COVID-19 y los que sufren los efectos is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose graves de la influenza.Además de la posible carga para los hospitales, existe la posibilidad de que las personas contraigan ambos virus y “nadie sabe qué sucede si se contrae influenza y COVID simultáneamente porque nunca sucedió antes”, dijo la doctora Rachel Levine, secretaria de Salud de Pennsylvania, a reporteros.En respuesta, este año los fabricantes están produciendo más suministros de vacunas, entre 194 y 198 millones de dosis, unas 20 millones más de las que se distribuyeron la temporada pasada, según los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC).Mientras se acerca la temporada de gripe, aquí hay algunas respuestas a preguntas frecuentes:P. ¿Cuándo debo vacunarme contra la gripe?. La publicidad ya is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose ha comenzado y algunas farmacias y clínicas ya tienen sus suministros.

Pero, debido a que la efectividad de la vacuna puede disminuir con el tiempo, los CDC recomiendan no recibir la dosis en agosto.Muchas farmacias y clínicas comenzarán las inmunizaciones a principios de septiembre. Generalmente, los virus de la influenza comienzan a circular a mediados o fines de octubre, pero se expanden masivamente más tarde, en el is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose invierno. Se necesitan aproximadamente dos semanas después de recibir la inyección para que los anticuerpos, que circulan en la sangre y frustran las infecciones, se acumulen.“Las personas jóvenes y sanas pueden comenzar a vacunarse contra la gripe en septiembre, y las personas mayores y otras poblaciones vulnerables pueden hacerlo en octubre”, dijo el doctor Steve Miller, director clínico de la aseguradora Cigna.Los CDC recomiendan que las personas “se vacunen contra la influenza a fines de octubre”, pero señalaron que se puede recibir la vacuna más tarde porque “aún puede ser beneficiosas y la vacunación debe ofrecerse a lo largo de toda la temporada de influenza”.Aun así, algunos expertos recomiendan no esperar demasiado este año, no solo por COVID-19, sino también en caso de que haya escasez debido a la abrumadora demanda.P. ¿Cuáles son las razones por las is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose que las que debería ofrecer mi brazo para vacunarme?.

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¿Qué están haciendo diferente los seguros y sistemas de salud este año?. Las aseguradoras y los sistemas de salud contactados por KHN dicen que seguirán las pautas de los CDC, que exigen limitar y espaciar la cantidad de personas que esperan en las is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose filas y las áreas de vacunación. Algunos están programando citas para vacunas contra la gripe para ayudar a controlar el flujo.Health Fitness Concepts, una compañía que trabaja con UnitedHealth Group y otras empresas para establecer clínicas de vacunación contra la gripe en el noreste del país, dijo que está “fomentando eventos más pequeños y frecuentes para apoyar el distanciamiento social” y “exigiendo que se completen todos los formularios y arremangarse las camisas antes de entrar al área de vacunación contra la influenza”.Se requerirá que todos usen máscaras.Además, a nivel nacional, algunos grupos médicos contratados por UnitedHealth instalarán carpas, para que las inyecciones se puedan administrar al aire libre, dijo un vocero.Kaiser Permanente planifica las vacunas directamente en autos en algunos de sus centros médicos y está probando los procedimientos de detección y registro sin contacto en algunos lugares.Geisinger Health, un proveedor de salud regional en Pennsylvania y Nueva Jersey, dijo que también tendría programas de vacunación contra la influenza al aire libre en sus instalaciones.Además, “Geisinger exige que todos los empleados reciban la vacuna contra la influenza este año”, dijo Mark Shelly, director de prevención y control de infecciones del sistema. €œAl dar este paso, esperamos transmitir a nuestros vecinos la importancia de la vacuna contra la influenza para is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose todos”.P.

Por lo general, me vacunan contra la gripe en el trabajo. ¿Seguirá siendo is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose una opción este año?. Con el objetivo de evitar riesgosas reuniones en interiores, muchos empleadores se muestran reacios a patrocinar las clínicas de gripe en oficinas como han ofrecido en años anteriores. Y con tanta gente que sigue trabajando desde casa, hay menos necesidad de llevar las vacunas contra la gripe al lugar is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose de trabajo.

En cambio, muchos empleadores están alentando a los trabajadores a que reciban vacunas de sus médicos de atención primaria, en farmacias u otros entornos comunitarios. El seguro generalmente cubrirá el costo de la vacuna.Algunos empleadores están considerando ofrecer cupones para vacunas contra la gripe a sus trabajadores sin seguro o a aquellos que no participan en el plan médico de la compañía, dijo Julie Stone, directora general de salud y beneficios de Willis Towers Watson, is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose una firma consultora.Estos cupones podrían, por ejemplo, permitir a los trabajadores obtener la vacuna en un laboratorio en particular sin costo.Algunos empleadores están comenzando a pensar en cómo podrían usar sus estacionamientos para administrar vacunas contra la gripe enlos autos, dijo el doctor David Zieg, líder de servicios clínicos para el consultor de beneficios Mercer.Aunque la ley federal permite a los empleadores exigir a los empleados que se vacunen contra la gripe, ese paso generalmente lo toman solo los centros de atención médica y algunas universidades donde las personas viven y trabajan en estrecha colaboración, dijo Zieg.Pero sucede. El mes pasado, el sistema de la Universidad de California emitió una orden ejecutiva que is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose requiere que todos los estudiantes, profesores y personal se vacunen contra la gripe antes del 1 de noviembre, con limitadas excepciones.P. ¿Qué están haciendo las farmacias para alentar a las personas a vacunarse contra la gripe?.

Algunas farmacias is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose están haciendo un esfuerzo adicional para salir a la comunidad y ofrecer vacunas contra la gripe.Walgreens, que tiene casi 9,100 farmacias en todo el país, continúa una asociación iniciada en 2015 con organizaciones comunitarias, iglesias y empleadores que ha ofrecido alrededor de 150,000 clínicas de gripe móviles hasta la fecha.El programa pone especial énfasis en trabajar con poblaciones vulnerables y en áreas desatendidas, dijo el doctor Kevin Ban, director médico de la cadena de farmacias.Walgreens comenzó a ofrecer vacunas contra la gripe a mediados de agosto y está animando a las personas a no demorar en vacunarse.Tanto Walgreens como CVS están estimulando a las personas a programar citas y hacer trámites en línea este año para minimizar el tiempo que pasan en los locales.En los CVS MinuteClinic, una vez que los pacientes se han registrado para recibir la vacuna contra la gripe, deben esperar afuera o en su automóvil, ya que las áreas de espera interiores ahora están cerradas.“No tenemos un arsenal contra COVID”, dijo Ban, de Walgreens. €œPero quitar la presión del sistema de atención médica proporcionando vacunas por adelantado es algo que sí podemos hacer”. Julie is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Appleby. jappleby@kff.org, @Julie_Appleby Michelle Andrews.

andrews.khn@gmail.com, @mandrews110 Related Topics Insurance is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Noticias En Español Public Health CDC COVID-19 Insurers VaccinesThis story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). President Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president in a 70-minute speech from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday night.Speaking to a friendly crowd that didn’t appear to be observing social distancing conventions, and with few participants wearing masks, he touched on a range of topics, including many related to the COVID pandemic and health care in general.Throughout, the partisan crowd applauded and chanted “Four more years!. € And, even as the nation’s COVID-19 death toll exceeded 180,000, Trump was is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose upbeat. €œIn recent months, our nation and the entire planet has been struck by a new and powerful invisible enemy,” he said.

€œLike those brave Americans before us, we are meeting this challenge.”At the end of the event, there is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose were fireworks.Our partners at PolitiFact did an in-depth fact check on Trump’s entire acceptance speech. Here are the highlights related to the administration’s COVID-19 response and other health policy issues:“We developed, from scratch, the largest and most advanced testing system in the world.” This is partially right, but it needs context.It’s accurate that the U.S. Developed its COVID-19 testing system from scratch, because the government didn’t accept the World Health is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Organization’s testing recipe. But whether the system is the “largest” or “most advanced” is subject to debate.The U.S.

Has tested more individuals than any other is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose country. But experts told us a more meaningful metric would be the percentage of positive tests out of all tests, indicating that not only sick people were getting tested. Another useful metric is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose would be the percentage of the population that has been tested. The U.S.

Is one of the most is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose populous countries but has tested a lower percentage of its population than other countries. Don't Miss A Story Subscribe to KHN’s free Weekly Edition newsletter. The U.S is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose. Was also slower than other countries in rolling out tests and amping up testing capacity.

Even now, many states are experiencing delays in reporting test results to positive individuals.As for “the most advanced,” Trump may be referring to new testing investments and systems, like Abbott’s recently announced $5, 15-minute rapid antigen test, which the company says will be about the is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose size of a credit card, needs no instrumentation and comes with a phone app through which people can view their results. But Trump’s comment makes it sound as if these testing systems are already in place when they haven’t been distributed to the public.“The United States has among the lowest [COVID-19] case fatality rates of any major country in the world. The European Union’s case fatality rate is nearly three times higher than ours.”The case fatality rate measures is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose the known number of cases against the known number of deaths. The European Union has a rate that’s about 2½ times greater than the United States.But the source of that data, Oxford University’s Our World in Data project, reports that “during an outbreak of a pandemic, the case fatality rate is a poor measure of the mortality risk of the disease.”A better way to measure the threat of the virus, experts say, is to look at the number of deaths per 100,000 residents.

Viewed that is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose way, the U.S. Has the 10th-highest death rate in the world.“We will produce a vaccine before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner.”It’s far from guaranteed that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready before the end of the year.While researchers are making rapid strides, it’s not yet known precisely when the vaccine will be available to the public, which is what’s most important. Six vaccines is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose are in the third phase of testing, which involves thousands of patients. Like earlier phases, this is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose one looks at the safety of a vaccine but also examines its effectiveness and collects more data on side effects.

Results of the third phase will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for approval.The government website Operation Warp Speed seems less optimistic than Trump, announcing it “aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.”And federal health officials and other experts have generally predicted a vaccine will be available in early 2021. Federal committees are working on recommendations is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose for vaccine distribution, including which groups should get it first. €œFrom everything we’ve seen now — in the animal data, as well as the human data — we feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose.

€œI don’t think it’s dreaming.”“Last month, I took on Big Pharma. You think is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose that is easy?. I signed orders that would massively lower the cost of your prescription drugs.”Quite misleading. Trump signed four executive orders on is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose July 24 aimed at lowering prescription drug prices.

But those orders haven’t taken effect yet — the text of one hasn’t even been made publicly available — and experts told us that, if implemented, the measures would be unlikely to result in significant drug price reductions for the majority of Americans.“We will always and very strongly protect patients with preexisting conditions, and that is a pledge from the entire Republican Party.”Trump’s pledge is undermined by his efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, the only law that guarantees people with preexisting conditions both receive health coverage and do not have to pay more for it than others do. In 2017, Trump is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose supported congressional efforts to repeal the ACA. The Trump administration is now backing GOP-led efforts to overturn the ACA through a court case. And Trump has also expanded is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose short-term health plans that don’t have to comply with the ACA.“Joe Biden recently raised his hand on the debate stage and promised he was going to give it away, your health care dollars to illegal immigrants, which is going to bring a massive number of immigrants into our country.”This is misleading.

During a June 2019 Democratic primary debate, candidates were asked. €œRaise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants.” All candidates on stage, including is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Biden, raised their hands. They were not asked if that coverage would be free or subsidized.Biden supports extending health care access to all immigrants, regardless of immigration status. A task force recommended that he allow immigrants who are in the country illegally to buy health insurance, without federal subsidies.“Joe Biden claims he has empathy for the vulnerable, yet the party he leads supports the extreme late-term abortion of defenseless babies right up to the moment of birth.”This mischaracterizes the Democratic Party’s stance on abortion and Biden’s position.Biden has is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose said he would codify the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v.

Wade and related precedents. This would generally limit abortions to is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose the first 20 to 24 weeks of gestation. States are allowed under court rulings to ban abortion after the point at which a fetus can sustain life, usually considered to be between 24 and 28 weeks from the mother’s last menstrual period — and 43 states do. But the rulings require states to make exceptions “to preserve the life or health of the is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose mother.” Late-term abortions are very rare, about 1%.The Democratic Party platform holds that “every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion — regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured.” It does not address late-term abortion.PolitiFact’s Daniel Funke, Jon Greenberg, Louis Jacobson, Noah Y.

Kim, Bill McCarthy, Samantha Putterman, Amy Sherman, Miriam Valverde and KHN reporter Victoria Knight contributed to this report. Related Topics Elections Health Industry Pharmaceuticals Public Health is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose The Health Law Abortion COVID-19 Immigrants KHN &. PolitiFact HealthCheck Preexisting Conditions Trump Administration VaccinesThis story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). Flu season will look different this year, as the country grapples with a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 172,000 people. Many Americans are reluctant is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose to visit a doctor’s office and public health officials worry people will shy away from being immunized.Although sometimes incorrectly regarded as just another bad cold, flu also kills tens of thousands of people in the U.S.

Each year, with the very young, the elderly and those with underlying conditions the most vulnerable. When coupled with the effects of COVID-19, public health experts say it’s more is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose important than ever to get a flu shot.If enough of the U.S. Population gets vaccinated — more than the 45% who did last flu season — it could help head off a nightmare scenario in the coming winter of hospitals stuffed with both COVID-19 patients and those suffering from severe effects of influenza.Aside from the potential burden on hospitals, there’s the possibility people could get both viruses — and “no one knows what happens if you get influenza and COVID [simultaneously] because it’s never happened before,” Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, told reporters this month.In response, manufacturers are producing more vaccine supply this year, between 194 million and 198 million doses, or about 20 million more than they distributed last season, according to the is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Email Sign-Up is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Subscribe to KHN’s free Morning Briefing. As flu season approaches, here are some answers to a few common questions:Q. When should I is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose get my flu shot?. Advertising has already begun, and some pharmacies and clinics have their supplies now.

But, because the effectiveness of the vaccine can wane over is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose time, the CDC recommends against a shot in August.Many pharmacies and clinics will start immunizations in early September. Generally, influenza viruses start circulating in mid- to late October but become more widespread later, in the winter. It takes about two weeks is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose after getting a shot for antibodies — which circulate in the blood and thwart infections — to build up. €œYoung, healthy people can begin getting their flu shots in September, and elderly people and other vulnerable populations can begin in October,” said Dr.

Steve Miller, chief clinical officer for insurer is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Cigna.The CDC has recommended that people “get a flu vaccine by the end of October,” but noted it’s not too late to get one after that because shots “can still be beneficial and vaccination should be offered throughout the flu season.”Even so, some experts say not to wait too long this year — not only because of COVID-19, but also in case a shortage develops because of overwhelming demand.Q. What are the reasons I should roll up my sleeve for this?. Get a shot because it protects you from catching the flu and spreading is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose it to others, which may help lessen the burden on hospitals and medical staffs.And there’s another message that may resonate in this strange time.“It gives people a sense that there are some things you can control,” said Eduardo Sanchez, chief medical officer for prevention at the American Heart Association.While a flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, he said, getting one could help your doctors differentiate between the diseases if you develop any symptoms — fever, cough, sore throat — they share.And even though flu shots won’t prevent all cases of the flu, getting vaccinated can lessen the severity if you do fall ill, he said.You cannot get influenza from having a flu vaccine.All eligible people, especially essential workers, those with underlying conditions and those at higher risk — including very young children and pregnant women — should seek protection, the CDC said. It recommends that children over 6 months old get vaccinated.Q.

What do we know about the effectiveness of this is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose year’s vaccine?. Flu vaccines — which must be developed anew each year because influenza viruses mutate — range in effectiveness annually, depending on how well they match the circulating virus. Last year’s formulation was estimated to be about 45% effective in preventing the flu overall, is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose with about a 55% effectiveness in children. The vaccines available in the U.S.

This year are aimed at preventing at least three strains of the virus, and most cover four.It isn’t yet known how well is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose this year’s supply will match the strains that will circulate in the U.S. Early indications from the Southern Hemisphere, which goes through its flu season during our summer, are encouraging. There, people practiced social distancing, wore masks and got vaccinated in greater numbers this year — and global flu levels are lower than is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose expected. Experts caution, however, not to count on a similarly mild season in the U.S., in part because masking and social distancing efforts vary widely.Q.

What are is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose insurance plans and health systems doing differently this year?. Insurers and health systems contacted by KHN say they will follow CDC guidelines, which call for limiting and spacing out the number of people waiting in lines and vaccination areas. Some are setting appointments for flu shots to help manage the flow.Health Fitness Concepts, a company that works with UnitedHealth Group and other businesses to set up flu shot clinics in the Northeast, said it is “encouraging smaller, more frequent events to support social distancing” and “requiring all forms to be completed and shirtsleeves rolled up before entering the flu shot area.” Everyone will be required to wear masks.Also, nationally, some physician groups contracted is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose with UnitedHealth will set up tent areas so shots can be given outdoors, a spokesperson said.Kaiser Permanente plans drive-thru vaccinations at some of its medical facilities and is testing touch-free screening and check-in procedures at some locations. (KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.)Geisinger Health, a regional health provider in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, said it, too, would have outdoor flu vaccination programs at its facilities.Additionally, “Geisinger is making it mandatory for all employees to receive the flu vaccine this year,” said Mark Shelly, the system’s director of infection prevention and control.

€œBy taking this step, we hope to convey to our neighbors the importance of the flu is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose vaccine for everyone.”Q. Usually I get a flu shot at work. Will that is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose be an option this year?. Aiming to avoid risky indoor gatherings, many employers are reluctant to sponsor the on-site flu clinics they’ve offered in years past.

And with so many people continuing to work from home, there’s less need to bring flu shots to employees is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose on the job. Instead, many employers are encouraging workers to get shots from their primary care is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose doctors, at pharmacies or in other community settings. Insurance will generally cover the cost of the vaccine.Some employers are considering offering vouchers for flu shots to their uninsured workers or those who don’t participate in the company plan, said Julie Stone, managing director for health and benefits at Willis Towers Watson, a consulting firm. The vouchers could allow workers to get the shot at a particular lab at no cost, for example.Some employers are starting to think about is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose how they might use their parking lots for administering drive-thru flu shots, said Dr.

David Zieg, clinical services leader for benefits consultant Mercer.Although federal law allows employers to require employees to get flu shots, that step is typically taken only by health care facilities and some universities where people live and work closely together, Zieg said.Q. What are is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose pharmacies doing to encourage people to get flu shots?. Some pharmacies are making an extra push to get out into the community to offer flu shots.Walgreens, which has nearly 9,100 pharmacies nationwide, is continuing a partnership begun in 2015 with community organizations, churches and employers that has offered about 150,000 off-site and mobile flu clinics to date.The program places a special emphasis on working with vulnerable populations and in underserved areas, said Dr. Kevin Ban, chief medical officer for the drugstore chain.Walgreens began offering flu shots in mid-August and is encouraging people not to delay getting vaccinated.Both Walgreens and CVS are encouraging people to schedule appointments and do paperwork online this year to minimize time spent in the stores.At CVS MinuteClinic locations, is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose once patients have checked in for their flu shot, they must wait outside or in their car, since the indoor waiting areas are now closed.“We don’t have tons of arrows in our quiver against COVID,” Walgreens’ Ban said.

€œTaking pressure off the health care system by providing vaccines in advance is one thing we can do.” Julie Appleby. jappleby@kff.org, @Julie_Appleby Michelle is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Andrews. andrews.khn@gmail.com, @mandrews110 Related Topics Insurance Public Health CDC COVID-19 Insurers VaccinesUse Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). As the smoke thickened near her home in Santa Cruz, California, last week, Amanda Smith kept asking herself the same questions. Should we is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose leave?.

And where would we go?. The wildfire evacuation zone, at the time, ended a few blocks is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose from her house. But she worried about what the air quality — which had reached the second-highest warning level, purple for “very unhealthy” — would do to her children’s lungs. Her 4-year-old twins had spent time in the neonatal intensive care is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose unit.

One was later diagnosed with asthma, and last year was hospitalized with pneumonia.By Tuesday, said Smith, “we all had headaches, the kids were coughing a little bit, and it was raining ash.” The family had been conscientiously isolating at home because of the COVID pandemic, and leaving meant potential exposures. But on Wednesday, Smith said, “I looked at my partner is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose and said, maybe we should leave.”She called a friend in Orange County, about 380 miles south, who offered her parents’ empty condo. But the next day, the friend’s child spiked a fever — a possible case of COVID-19 — and the plan fell through amid the distraction.Amanda Smith takes a selfie of herself and her twin children in Santa Cruz, California, in April. (Amanda Smith)So Smith looked on Airbnb, careful to seek out hosts who detailed their COVID precautions, and is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose found an apartment in San Bruno, about an hour’s drive north.

She stuffed photos and documents into a suitcase, grabbed the go-bags, and her family headed out.“It’s coming out of our savings to stay here,” Smith said from the safety of her apartment rental, which runs about $1,150 a week. €œIt was a really fraught decision to leave, but as soon as we got over the hill and the sky was blue, I took is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose a big sigh of relief and knew that it had been a good decision.”As the twin disasters of COVID-19 and fire season sweep through California, thousands of residents like Smith are weighing difficult options, pitting risk against risk as they decide where to evacuate, whether from imminent flames or the toxic air. Amid a virulent pandemic, which is safest?. Doubling up at is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose a friend’s home?.

A hotel?. An is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose evacuation center?. And when do the risks of smoke inhalation outweigh the risk of a deadly infection?. €œObviously the is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose most important thing is for people to do what they can to protect their lives, not only from the fire, but also from COVID,” said Detective Rosemerry Blankswade, public information officer for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, which is helping coordinate response to the massive CZU Lightning Complex fires.“You have to evaluate the big picture here.

If fire is your most imminent danger, maybe take the COVID risk. But if you can avoid both of them, that’s obviously going to be the best option is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose. It’s kind of a little bit of triage that we’re asking for people to do in their own lives right now.” Email Sign-Up Subscribe to is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose KHN’s free Morning Briefing. In San Mateo, one of two counties where the CZU Lightning Complex fires are blazing, officials are advising people to head to an evacuation center, where county workers will assist them in finding a hotel room.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Santa Cruz, where tens of thousands of residents have evacuated and shelters have limited space, officials is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose are asking those under orders to leave to stay with family and friends whenever possible.What’s the right choice when all options pose additional risks?. We spoke with several experts to help guide your thought process.You have to evacuate. Where should is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose you go?. If your region is under an evacuation order, do not hesitate.

Leave immediately is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose. If you can afford it, booking a room at a hotel or motel outside the evacuation zones may be the best option, said Dr. Michael Wilkes, a professor at the University is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose of California-Davis School of Medicine. They almost always have air-conditioning units, which help filter the air from both smoke and virus.

Many hotels are is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose implementing new cleaning processes. Ask staffers to detail what they’re doing to sanitize rooms, and consider skipping the daily cleaning service during your stay. You might also check review sites such as TripAdvisor to see what other is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose guests report. When possible, avoid the lobby and other shared spaces, and opt for contactless check-in.Amanda Smith at home in Santa Cruz, California, with her twin children.

Smith and her is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose family decided to voluntarily evacuate their home on Aug. 20, due to heavy smoke in the area from the CZU Lightning Complex fires in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. (Anna Maria Barry-Jester/KHN)With so many people in Northern California fleeing the fires, many hotels are already full, especially in more remote areas is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose. So what about staying with family or friends?.

After months of being shut in and avoiding close contact beyond immediate family, moving into someone else’s home means is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose a host of potential exposures. Consider whether you or anyone else in the home is at high risk from COVID-19 because of age or a preexisting condition.“If so, that’s a reason to think twice before going to someone’s home,” said Dr. Gina Solomon, a program director is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose at the Oakland-based Public Health Institute.Consider, too, what precautions your friends or family have been taking. Sheltering with someone whose job brings them into frequent contact with other people may not be as safe as sheltering with people who largely have been staying home.

Another question is how crowded the is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose home is. If you have your own room and, preferably, your own bathroom, that makes staying with friends a better option. If a separate bedroom is not available and smoky skies are not a problem, you might consider pitching a tent in their backyard.For those with an RV or tent, camping can present another good option — although, is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose with hundreds of wildfires burning across California, it may be challenging to drive far enough away to avoid fire and smoke. If you do camp, try to find a site away from wooded areas.

And think twice before is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose using group bathrooms.Is an evacuation center safe?. Many counties have implemented new precautions at emergency shelters to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In Santa Cruz, for example, officials are scaling back the capacity in each shelter to allow for social distancing, providing tents for is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose people to use as shielding inside and allowing camping in the parking lots.Still, staying in a shelter should probably not be your first choice. In terms of COVID risk, is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose deciding between a hotel and a friend’s house is “nipping at the edges,” said Dr.

John Swartzberg, a clinical professor emeritus at the UC-Berkeley School of Public Health, while “being in a congregate setting is only better than being completely exposed to the elements.”If an evacuation shelter is your best immediate option, again, do not hesitate. €œYou have these standards you want to practice for yourselves,” Swartzberg said, “but when something worse comes along, it trumps how careful we can be with COVID because the need for shelter is greater.” You can lower your risk of infection by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and sanitizing surfaces.Smith’s partner, Grant Whipple, walks with their children in is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Big Sur on March 7. That was their last camping trip before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Smith says. That area is now under is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose threat from wildfire.

(Amanda Smith)If you aren’t in a fire zone, should you invite friends and family to stay with you?. Deciding whether to open your home to friends who are evacuating is an intensely personal decision and may depend on whether anyone in your family has a preexisting condition.“I guess it depends on how good a is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose friend they are and how desperate they are,” said Swartzberg. It may also depend on how much space you have. If your guests can have their own bedroom and bathroom, it might be safer.If you do offer your home, experts advise against simply is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose considering yourself a new pod with your guests.

Instead, take steps to lower your chances of infection.“It might not be pleasant, but wearing a mask anytime you’re not in your own bedroom is the safest way to go,” said Solomon. Stay outside as much is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose as possible, she added, and consider eating meals outdoors or eating in shifts to avoid being maskless with those outside your family unit. Sanitize surfaces and wash hands frequently. If air quality permits, keep the windows open to improve airflow.If you’re is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose in a region with hazardous smoke conditions, should you leave?.

If your area has dense smoke but no imminent fire risk, the thought of heading somewhere else may be appealing, especially if you have respiratory issues. But in most cases, Wilkes said, it would be safer not is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose to leave your COVID bubble. And given the expanse of California’s fires, anywhere you flee could end up having lousy air quality by the time you arrive.“The better part of rationality,” Wilkes said, “would be to stay at home, not exercise [outdoors], stay inside as much as you can, turn on the air conditioning.”California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester contributed to this report. Jenny Gold is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose.

jgold@kff.org, @JennyAGold Related Topics California Public Health States COVID-19 Environmental Health Natural DisastersIn the 2014 elections, Republicans rode a wave of anti-Affordable Care Act sentiment to pick up nine Senate seats, the largest gain for either party since 1980. Newly elected Republicans such as Cory Gardner in Colorado and Steve Daines in Montana had hammered their Democratic opponents over the health care law during the campaign and promised to repeal it.Six years later, those senators are up is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose for reelection. Not only is the law still around, but it’s gaining in popularity. What was once a winning strategy has become is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose a political liability.Public sentiment about the ACA, also known as Obamacare, has shifted considerably during the Trump administration after Republicans tried but failed to repeal it.

Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, which has led to the loss of jobs and health insurance for millions of people, health care again looks poised to be a key issue for voters this election. Don't is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose Miss A Story Subscribe to KHN’s free Weekly Edition newsletter. With competitive races in Colorado, Montana, Arizona, North Carolina and Iowa pitting Republican incumbents who voted to repeal the ACA against Democratic challengers promising to protect it, attitudes surrounding the health law could help determine control of the Senate. Republicans hold a slim three-vote majority in the Senate but are defending 23 seats in the Nov is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose.

3 election. Only one Democratic Senate seat — in Alabama, where is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose incumbent Doug Jones is up against former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville — is considered in play for Republicans.“The fall election will significantly revolve around people’s belief about what [candidates] will do for their health coverage,” said Dr. Daniel Derksen, a professor of public health at the University of Arizona.The Affordable Care Act has been a wedge issue since it was signed into law in 2010. Because it then took four years to enact, its is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose opponents talked for years about how bad the not-yet-created marketplace for insurance would be, said Joe Hanel, spokesperson for the Colorado Health Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on health policy analysis.

And they continued to attack the law as it took full effect in 2014.Gardner, for example, ran numerous campaign ads that year criticizing the ACA and, in particular, is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose President Barack Obama’s assertion that “if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”But now, Hanel said, the ACA’s policies have become much more popular in Colorado as the costs of health exchange plans have dropped. Thus, political messaging has changed, too.“This time it’s the opposite,” Hanel said. €œThe people bringing up the Affordable Care Act are the Democrats.”Despite Gardner’s multiple votes to is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose repeal the ACA, he has largely avoided talking about the measure during the 2020 campaign. He even removed his pro-repeal position from his campaign website.Democratic attack ads in July blasted Gardner for repeatedly dodging questions in an interview with Colorado Public Radio about his stance on a lawsuit challenging the ACA.His opponent, Democrat John Hickenlooper, fully embraced the law when he was Colorado governor, using the measure to expand Medicaid eligibility to more low-income people and to create a state health insurance exchange.

Now, he’s campaigning on that record, with promises to is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose expand health care access even further.Polling DataPolling conducted by KFF for the past 10 years shows a shift in public opinion has occurred nationwide. (KHN is an editorially independent program of KFF, the Kaiser Family Foundation.)“Since Trump won the election in 2016, we now have consistently found that a larger share of the public holds favorable views” of the health law, said Ashley Kirzinger, associate director of public opinion and survey research for the foundation. €œThis really solidified in 2017 after the failed repeal in the Senate.”The foundation’s polling found that, in July 2014, 55% of voters opposed the law, while 36% is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose favored it. By July 2020, that had flipped, with 51% favoring the law and 38% opposing it.

A shift was seen across all political groups, though 74% of Republicans still viewed it unfavorably in the latest poll.Public support for individual provisions of the ACA — such as protections for people with preexisting conditions or allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 — have proved is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose even more popular than the law as a whole. And the provision that consistently polled unfavorably — the mandate that those without insurance must pay a fine — was eliminated in 2017.“We’re 10 years along and the sky hasn’t caved in,” said Sabrina Corlette, a health policy professor at Georgetown University.Political MessagingFollowing the passage of the ACA, Democrats didn’t reference the law in their campaigns, said Erika Franklin Fowler, a government professor at Wesleyan University and the director of the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political advertising.“They ran on any other issue they could find,” Fowler said.Republicans, she said, kept promising to “repeal and replace” but weren’t able to do so.Then, in the 2018 election, Democrats seized on the shift in public opinion, touting the effects of the law and criticizing Republicans for their attempts to overturn it.“In the decade I have been tracking political advertising, there wasn’t a single-issue topic that was as prominent as health care was in 2018,” she said.As the global health crisis rages, health care concerns again dominate political ads in the 2020 races, Fowler said, although most ads haven’t explicitly focused on the ACA. Many highlight Republicans’ is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose support for the lawsuit challenging preexisting condition protections or specific provisions of the ACA that their votes would have overturned. Republicans say they, too, will protect people with preexisting conditions but otherwise have largely avoided talking about the ACA.“Cory Gardner has been running a lot on his environmental bills and conservation funding,” Fowler said.

€œIt’s not is 125 mcg of synthroid a high dose difficult to figure out why he’s doing that. It’s easier for him to tout that in a state like Colorado than it is to talk about health care.”Similar dynamics are playing out in other key Senate races. In Arizona, Republican Sen. Martha McSally was one of the more vocal advocates of repealing the ACA while she served in the House of Representatives.

She publicly acknowledged those votes may have hurt her 2018 Senate bid.“I did vote to repeal and replace Obamacare,” McSally said on conservative pundit Sean Hannity’s radio show during the 2018 campaign. €œI’m getting my ass kicked for it right now.”She indeed lost but was appointed to fill the seat of Sen. Jon Kyl after he resigned at the end of 2018. Now McSally is in a tight race with Democratic challenger Mark Kelly, an astronaut and the husband of former Rep.

Gabby Giffords.“Kelly doesn’t have a track record of voting one way or another, but certainly in his campaign this is one of his top speaking points. What he would do to expand coverage and reassure people that coverage won’t be taken away,” said Derksen, the University of Arizona professor.The ACA has proved a stumbling block for Republican Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Joni Ernst of Iowa. In Maine, GOP Sen.

Susan Collins cast a key vote that prevented the repeal of the law but cast other votes that weakened it. She now also appears vulnerable — but more for her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and for not doing more to oppose President Donald Trump.In Montana, Daines, who voted to repeal the ACA, is trying to hold on to his seat against Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, who used the law to expand the state’s Medicaid enrollment in 2015. At its peak, nearly 1 in 10 Montanans were covered through the expansion.As more Montanans now face the high cost of paying for health care on their own amid pandemic-related job losses, Montana State University political science professor David Parker said he expects Democrats to talk about Daines’ votes to repeal cost-saving provisions of the ACA.“People are losing jobs, and their jobs bring health care with them,” Parker said.

€œI don’t think it’s a good space for Daines to be right now.” Markian Hawryluk. MarkianH@kff.org, @MarkianHawryluk Related Topics Elections Health Care Costs Health Care Reform Insurance States Arizona Colorado Montana North Carolina Obamacare Plans.

SOBRE NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOLNoticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y synthroid side effects contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos. Use Nuestro synthroid side effects Contenido Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita (detalles). La temporada de influenza se verá diferente este año, ya que los Estados Unidos se enfrentan a una pandemia de coronavirus que ya ha matado a más de 176.000 personas.Muchos estadounidenses son reacios a ir al médico y los funcionarios de salud pública temen que las personas eviten vacunarse. Aunque a veces se considera incorrectamente como un resfriado, la gripe también mata a synthroid side effects decenas de miles de personas en el país cada año. Los más vulnerables son los niños pequeños, los adultos mayores y las personas con enfermedades subyacentes.

Cuando se combina con los efectos de COVID-19, los expertos en salud pública dicen que es más importante que nunca vacunarse contra la gripe.Si una cantidad suficiente de la población se vacuna, más del 45% lo hizo la temporada de gripe pasada, podría ayudar a evitar un escenario de pesadilla este invierno, con hospitales llenos de pacientes con COVID-19 y los que sufren los efectos graves de synthroid side effects la influenza.Además de la posible carga para los hospitales, existe la posibilidad de que las personas contraigan ambos virus y “nadie sabe qué sucede si se contrae influenza y COVID simultáneamente porque nunca sucedió antes”, dijo la doctora Rachel Levine, secretaria de Salud de Pennsylvania, a reporteros.En respuesta, este año los fabricantes están produciendo más suministros de vacunas, entre 194 y 198 millones de dosis, unas 20 millones más de las que se distribuyeron la temporada pasada, según los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC).Mientras se acerca la temporada de gripe, aquí hay algunas respuestas a preguntas frecuentes:P. ¿Cuándo debo vacunarme contra la gripe?. La publicidad ya ha comenzado y algunas farmacias y clínicas synthroid side effects ya tienen sus suministros. Pero, debido a que la efectividad de la vacuna puede disminuir con el tiempo, los CDC recomiendan no recibir la dosis en agosto.Muchas farmacias y clínicas comenzarán las inmunizaciones a principios de septiembre. Generalmente, los virus de la influenza comienzan synthroid side effects a circular a mediados o fines de octubre, pero se expanden masivamente más tarde, en el invierno.

Se necesitan aproximadamente dos semanas después de recibir la inyección para que los anticuerpos, que circulan en la sangre y frustran las infecciones, se acumulen.“Las personas jóvenes y sanas pueden comenzar a vacunarse contra la gripe en septiembre, y las personas mayores y otras poblaciones vulnerables pueden hacerlo en octubre”, dijo el doctor Steve Miller, director clínico de la aseguradora Cigna.Los CDC recomiendan que las personas “se vacunen contra la influenza a fines de octubre”, pero señalaron que se puede recibir la vacuna más tarde porque “aún puede ser beneficiosas y la vacunación debe ofrecerse a lo largo de toda la temporada de influenza”.Aun así, algunos expertos recomiendan no esperar demasiado este año, no solo por COVID-19, sino también en caso de que haya escasez debido a la abrumadora demanda.P. ¿Cuáles son las razones por las synthroid side effects que las que debería ofrecer mi brazo para vacunarme?. Hay que vacunarse porque brinda protección contra la gripe y, por lo tanto, contra la propagación a otras personas, lo que puede ayudar a disminuir la carga para los hospitales y el personal médico.Y hay otro mensaje que puede resonar en estos tiempos extraños.“Le da a la gente la sensación de que hay algunas cosas que pueden controlar”, dijo Eduardo Sánchez, director médico de prevención de la American Heart Association.Si bien una vacuna contra la gripe no evitará COVID-19, recibirla podría ayudar al médico a diferenciar entre las dos enfermedades si se desarrolla algún síntoma (fiebre, tos, dolor de garganta) que ambas infecciones comparten, explicó Sánchez.Y aunque las vacunas contra la gripe no evitarán todos los casos de gripe, vacunarse puede reducir la gravedad si la persona se enferma, dijo.Todas las personas elegibles, especialmente los trabajadores esenciales, los que sufren de afecciones subyacentes y aquellos en mayor riesgo, incluidos los niños muy pequeños y las mujeres embarazadas, deben buscar protección, dijeron los CDC. La entidad recomienda la vacunación a partir de synthroid side effects los 6 meses.P. ¿Qué sabemos sobre la efectividad de la vacuna de este año?.

Se deben producir nuevas vacunas contra la gripe cada año, porque el virus muta y la efectividad de synthroid side effects la vacuna varía, dependiendo de qué tan bien coincida con el virus circulante.Se calculó que la formulación del año pasado tuvo una eficacia de aproximadamente un 45% para prevenir la gripe en general, con una efectividad de aproximadamente un 55% en los niños. Las vacunas disponibles en el país este año tienen como objetivo prevenir al menos tres cepas diferentes del virus, y la mayoría cubre cuatro.Todavía no se sabe qué tan bien coincidirá el suministro de este año con las cepas que circularán en los Estados Unidos. Las primeras indicaciones del synthroid side effects hemisferio sur, que atraviesa su temporada de gripe durante nuestro verano, son alentadoras. Allí, las personas practicaron el distanciamiento social, usaron máscaras y se vacunaron en mayor número este año, y los niveles mundiales de gripe son más bajos de lo esperado. Sin embargo, expertos advierten que no se debe contar con una temporada igual de suave en los Estados Unidos, en parte porque los esfuerzos por usar synthroid side effects mascara facial y de distanciamiento social varían ampliamente.P.

¿Qué están haciendo diferente los seguros y sistemas de salud este año?. Las aseguradoras y los sistemas de salud contactados por KHN dicen que seguirán las pautas synthroid side effects de los CDC, que exigen limitar y espaciar la cantidad de personas que esperan en las filas y las áreas de vacunación. Algunos están programando citas para vacunas contra la gripe para ayudar a controlar el flujo.Health Fitness Concepts, una compañía que trabaja con UnitedHealth Group y otras empresas para establecer clínicas de vacunación contra la gripe en el noreste del país, dijo que está “fomentando eventos más pequeños y frecuentes para apoyar el distanciamiento social” y “exigiendo que se completen todos los formularios y arremangarse las camisas antes de entrar al área de vacunación contra la influenza”.Se requerirá que todos usen máscaras.Además, a nivel nacional, algunos grupos médicos contratados por UnitedHealth instalarán carpas, para que las inyecciones se puedan administrar al aire libre, dijo un vocero.Kaiser Permanente planifica las vacunas directamente en autos en algunos de sus centros médicos y está probando los procedimientos de detección y registro sin contacto en algunos lugares.Geisinger Health, un proveedor de salud regional en Pennsylvania y Nueva Jersey, dijo que también tendría programas de vacunación contra la influenza al aire libre en sus instalaciones.Además, “Geisinger exige que todos los empleados reciban la vacuna contra la influenza este año”, dijo Mark Shelly, director de prevención y control de infecciones del sistema. €œAl dar este paso, esperamos transmitir a nuestros vecinos la synthroid side effects importancia de la vacuna contra la influenza para todos”.P. Por lo general, me vacunan contra la gripe en el trabajo.

¿Seguirá siendo una synthroid side effects opción este año?. Con el objetivo de evitar riesgosas reuniones en interiores, muchos empleadores se muestran reacios a patrocinar las clínicas de gripe en oficinas como han ofrecido en años anteriores. Y con tanta gente que sigue trabajando desde casa, hay menos synthroid side effects necesidad de llevar las vacunas contra la gripe al lugar de trabajo. En cambio, muchos empleadores están alentando a los trabajadores a que reciban vacunas de sus médicos de atención primaria, en farmacias u otros entornos comunitarios. El seguro generalmente cubrirá el costo de la vacuna.Algunos empleadores están considerando ofrecer cupones para vacunas contra la gripe a sus trabajadores sin seguro o a aquellos que no participan en el plan médico de la compañía, dijo Julie Stone, directora general de salud y beneficios de Willis Towers Watson, una firma consultora.Estos cupones podrían, por ejemplo, permitir a los trabajadores obtener la vacuna en un laboratorio en particular sin costo.Algunos empleadores están comenzando a pensar en cómo podrían usar sus estacionamientos para administrar vacunas contra la gripe enlos autos, dijo el doctor David Zieg, líder de servicios clínicos para el consultor de beneficios Mercer.Aunque la ley federal permite a los empleadores exigir a los empleados que se vacunen contra la gripe, ese synthroid side effects paso generalmente lo toman solo los centros de atención médica y algunas universidades donde las personas viven y trabajan en estrecha colaboración, dijo Zieg.Pero sucede.

El mes pasado, el sistema de la Universidad de California emitió una orden ejecutiva que requiere que todos los estudiantes, profesores y personal se vacunen contra la gripe antes del 1 de noviembre, synthroid side effects con limitadas excepciones.P. ¿Qué están haciendo las farmacias para alentar a las personas a vacunarse contra la gripe?. Algunas farmacias están haciendo un esfuerzo adicional para synthroid side effects salir a la comunidad y ofrecer vacunas contra la gripe.Walgreens, que tiene casi 9,100 farmacias en todo el país, continúa una asociación iniciada en 2015 con organizaciones comunitarias, iglesias y empleadores que ha ofrecido alrededor de 150,000 clínicas de gripe móviles hasta la fecha.El programa pone especial énfasis en trabajar con poblaciones vulnerables y en áreas desatendidas, dijo el doctor Kevin Ban, director médico de la cadena de farmacias.Walgreens comenzó a ofrecer vacunas contra la gripe a mediados de agosto y está animando a las personas a no demorar en vacunarse.Tanto Walgreens como CVS están estimulando a las personas a programar citas y hacer trámites en línea este año para minimizar el tiempo que pasan en los locales.En los CVS MinuteClinic, una vez que los pacientes se han registrado para recibir la vacuna contra la gripe, deben esperar afuera o en su automóvil, ya que las áreas de espera interiores ahora están cerradas.“No tenemos un arsenal contra COVID”, dijo Ban, de Walgreens. €œPero quitar la presión del sistema de atención médica proporcionando vacunas por adelantado es algo que sí podemos hacer”. Julie Appleby synthroid side effects.

jappleby@kff.org, @Julie_Appleby Michelle Andrews. andrews.khn@gmail.com, @mandrews110 Related Topics Insurance Noticias En Español Public synthroid side effects Health CDC COVID-19 Insurers VaccinesThis story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). President Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president in a 70-minute speech from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday night.Speaking to a friendly crowd that didn’t appear to be observing social distancing conventions, and with few participants wearing masks, he touched on a range of topics, including many related to the COVID pandemic and health care in general.Throughout, the partisan crowd applauded and chanted “Four more years!. € And, even synthroid side effects as the nation’s COVID-19 death toll exceeded 180,000, Trump was upbeat. €œIn recent months, our nation and the entire planet has been struck by a new and powerful invisible enemy,” he said.

€œLike those brave Americans before us, we are meeting this challenge.”At the end of synthroid side effects the event, there were fireworks.Our partners at PolitiFact did an in-depth fact check on Trump’s entire acceptance speech. Here are the highlights related to the administration’s COVID-19 response and other health policy issues:“We developed, from scratch, the largest and most advanced testing system in the world.” This is partially right, but it needs context.It’s accurate that the U.S. Developed its COVID-19 testing system synthroid side effects from scratch, because the government didn’t accept the World Health Organization’s testing recipe. But whether the system is the “largest” or “most advanced” is subject to debate.The U.S. Has tested more individuals than any other synthroid side effects country.

But experts told us a more meaningful metric would be the percentage of positive tests out of all tests, indicating that not only sick people were getting tested. Another useful metric synthroid side effects would be the percentage of the population that has been tested. The U.S. Is one of the most populous countries but has tested a lower percentage of its population than synthroid side effects other countries. Don't Miss A Story Subscribe to KHN’s free Weekly Edition newsletter.

The U.S synthroid side effects. Was also slower than other countries in rolling out tests and amping up testing capacity. Even now, many states synthroid side effects are experiencing delays in reporting test results to positive individuals.As for “the most advanced,” Trump may be referring to new testing investments and systems, like Abbott’s recently announced $5, 15-minute rapid antigen test, which the company says will be about the size of a credit card, needs no instrumentation and comes with a phone app through which people can view their results. But Trump’s comment makes it sound as if these testing systems are already in place when they haven’t been distributed to the public.“The United States has among the lowest [COVID-19] case fatality rates of any major country in the world. The European Union’s case fatality rate is nearly three times higher than ours.”The case fatality rate measures the known number of cases against the known synthroid side effects number of deaths.

The European Union has a rate that’s about 2½ times greater than the United States.But the source of that data, Oxford University’s Our World in Data project, reports that “during an outbreak of a pandemic, the case fatality rate is a poor measure of the mortality risk of the disease.”A better way to measure the threat of the virus, experts say, is to look at the number of deaths per 100,000 residents. Viewed that way, the synthroid side effects U.S. Has the 10th-highest death rate in the world.“We will produce a vaccine before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner.”It’s far from guaranteed that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready before the end of the year.While researchers are making rapid strides, it’s not yet known precisely when the vaccine will be available to the public, which is what’s most important. Six vaccines are synthroid side effects in the third phase of testing, which involves thousands of patients. Like earlier synthroid side effects phases, this one looks at the safety of a vaccine but also examines its effectiveness and collects more data on side effects.

Results of the third phase will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for approval.The government website Operation Warp Speed seems less optimistic than Trump, announcing it “aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.”And federal health officials and other experts have generally predicted a vaccine will be available in early 2021. Federal committees are working on recommendations for vaccine distribution, synthroid side effects including which groups should get it first. €œFrom everything we’ve seen now — in the animal data, as well as the human data — we feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s synthroid side effects top infectious diseases expert. €œI don’t think it’s dreaming.”“Last month, I took on Big Pharma.

You think that is synthroid side effects easy?. I signed orders that would massively lower the cost of your prescription drugs.”Quite misleading. Trump signed four synthroid side effects executive orders on July 24 aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. But those orders haven’t taken effect yet — the text of one hasn’t even been made publicly available — and experts told us that, if implemented, the measures would be unlikely to result in significant drug price reductions for the majority of Americans.“We will always and very strongly protect patients with preexisting conditions, and that is a pledge from the entire Republican Party.”Trump’s pledge is undermined by his efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, the only law that guarantees people with preexisting conditions both receive health coverage and do not have to pay more for it than others do. In 2017, Trump supported congressional synthroid side effects efforts to repeal the ACA.

The Trump administration is now backing GOP-led efforts to overturn the ACA through a court case. And Trump has also expanded short-term health plans that don’t have to comply with the ACA.“Joe Biden recently raised his hand on the debate stage and promised he was going to give it away, your health care dollars to illegal immigrants, which is going to bring a massive number of immigrants into synthroid side effects our country.”This is misleading. During a June 2019 Democratic primary debate, candidates were asked. €œRaise your synthroid side effects hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants.” All candidates on stage, including Biden, raised their hands. They were not asked if that coverage would be free or subsidized.Biden supports extending health care access to all immigrants, regardless of immigration status.

A task force recommended that he allow immigrants who are in the country illegally to buy health insurance, without federal subsidies.“Joe Biden claims he has empathy for the vulnerable, yet the party he leads supports the extreme synthroid side effects late-term abortion of defenseless babies right up to the moment of birth.”This mischaracterizes the Democratic Party’s stance on abortion and Biden’s position.Biden has said he would codify the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade and related precedents. This would generally limit abortions to the first 20 synthroid side effects to 24 weeks of gestation. States are allowed under court rulings to ban abortion after the point at which a fetus can sustain life, usually considered to be between 24 and 28 weeks from the mother’s last menstrual period — and 43 states do. But the rulings require states to make exceptions “to preserve the life or health of the mother.” Late-term abortions are very rare, about 1%.The Democratic Party platform holds that “every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion — regardless of where she lives, how much money synthroid side effects she makes, or how she is insured.” It does not address late-term abortion.PolitiFact’s Daniel Funke, Jon Greenberg, Louis Jacobson, Noah Y.

Kim, Bill McCarthy, Samantha Putterman, Amy Sherman, Miriam Valverde and KHN reporter Victoria Knight contributed to this report. Related Topics Elections Health Industry Pharmaceuticals Public Health The Health Law Abortion COVID-19 Immigrants KHN synthroid side effects &. PolitiFact HealthCheck Preexisting Conditions Trump Administration VaccinesThis story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). Flu season will look different this year, as the country grapples with a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 172,000 people. Many Americans are synthroid side effects reluctant to visit a doctor’s office and public health officials worry people will shy away from being immunized.Although sometimes incorrectly regarded as just another bad cold, flu also kills tens of thousands of people in the U.S. Each year, with the very young, the elderly and those with underlying conditions the most vulnerable.

When coupled with the effects of COVID-19, public synthroid side effects health experts say it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot.If enough of the U.S. Population gets vaccinated — more than the 45% who did last flu season — it could help head off a nightmare scenario in the coming winter of hospitals stuffed with both COVID-19 patients and those suffering from severe effects of influenza.Aside from the potential burden on hospitals, there’s the possibility people could get both viruses — and “no one knows what happens if you get influenza and COVID [simultaneously] because it’s never happened before,” Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s secretary of health, told reporters this month.In response, manufacturers are producing more vaccine supply this synthroid side effects year, between 194 million and 198 million doses, or about 20 million more than they distributed last season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Email Sign-Up Subscribe to synthroid side effects KHN’s free Morning Briefing. As flu season approaches, here are some answers to a few common questions:Q.

When should I get my flu synthroid side effects shot?. Advertising has already begun, and some pharmacies and clinics have their supplies now. But, because the effectiveness of the vaccine can wane over time, the CDC recommends against a shot in August.Many pharmacies synthroid side effects and clinics will start immunizations in early September. Generally, influenza viruses start circulating in mid- to late October but become more widespread later, in the winter. It takes about two weeks after getting a shot for antibodies — which circulate in the blood and synthroid side effects thwart infections — to build up.

€œYoung, healthy people can begin getting their flu shots in September, and elderly people and other vulnerable populations can begin in October,” said Dr. Steve Miller, chief clinical officer for insurer Cigna.The CDC has recommended that people “get a flu vaccine by the end of October,” but noted it’s not too late to get one after that because shots “can still be beneficial and vaccination should be offered throughout the flu season.”Even so, some experts say not to wait too long this year — not only because of COVID-19, but synthroid side effects also in case a shortage develops because of overwhelming demand.Q. What are the reasons I should roll up my sleeve for this?. Get a shot because it protects you from catching the flu and spreading it to others, which may help lessen the burden on hospitals and medical staffs.And there’s another message that may resonate in this strange time.“It gives people a sense that there are some things you can control,” said Eduardo Sanchez, chief medical officer for prevention at the American Heart Association.While a flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, he said, getting one could help your doctors differentiate between the diseases if you synthroid side effects develop any symptoms — fever, cough, sore throat — they share.And even though flu shots won’t prevent all cases of the flu, getting vaccinated can lessen the severity if you do fall ill, he said.You cannot get influenza from having a flu vaccine.All eligible people, especially essential workers, those with underlying conditions and those at higher risk — including very young children and pregnant women — should seek protection, the CDC said. It recommends that children over 6 months old get vaccinated.Q.

What do we know about the effectiveness of this year’s vaccine? synthroid side effects. Flu vaccines — which must be developed anew each year because influenza viruses mutate — range in effectiveness annually, depending on how well they match the circulating virus. Last year’s formulation was estimated to be about 45% effective in preventing the flu overall, with about a 55% synthroid side effects effectiveness in children. The vaccines available in the U.S. This year are aimed at synthroid side effects preventing at least three strains of the virus, and most cover four.It isn’t yet known how well this year’s supply will match the strains that will circulate in the U.S.

Early indications from the Southern Hemisphere, which goes through its flu season during our summer, are encouraging. There, people practiced social distancing, wore masks and got vaccinated in greater numbers this synthroid side effects year — and global flu levels are lower than expected. Experts caution, however, not to count on a similarly mild season in the U.S., in part because masking and social distancing efforts vary widely.Q. What are insurance plans and health systems doing differently this synthroid side effects year?. Insurers and health systems contacted by KHN say they will follow CDC guidelines, which call for limiting and spacing out the number of people waiting in lines and vaccination areas.

Some are setting appointments for flu shots to help manage the flow.Health Fitness Concepts, a company that works with UnitedHealth Group and other businesses to set up flu shot clinics in the Northeast, said it is “encouraging smaller, more frequent events to support social distancing” and “requiring all forms to be completed and shirtsleeves rolled up synthroid side effects before entering the flu shot area.” Everyone will be required to wear masks.Also, nationally, some physician groups contracted with UnitedHealth will set up tent areas so shots can be given outdoors, a spokesperson said.Kaiser Permanente plans drive-thru vaccinations at some of its medical facilities and is testing touch-free screening and check-in procedures at some locations. (KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.)Geisinger Health, a regional health provider in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, said it, too, would have outdoor flu vaccination programs at its facilities.Additionally, “Geisinger is making it mandatory for all employees to receive the flu vaccine this year,” said Mark Shelly, the system’s director of infection prevention and control. €œBy taking this step, we hope to convey to synthroid side effects our neighbors the importance of the flu vaccine for everyone.”Q. Usually I get a flu shot at work. Will that be an option this synthroid side effects year?.

Aiming to avoid risky indoor gatherings, many employers are reluctant to sponsor the on-site flu clinics they’ve offered in years past. And with so many synthroid side effects people continuing to work from home, there’s less need to bring flu shots to employees on the job. Instead, many employers are encouraging workers to get shots from their primary care doctors, synthroid side effects at pharmacies or in other community settings. Insurance will generally cover the cost of the vaccine.Some employers are considering offering vouchers for flu shots to their uninsured workers or those who don’t participate in the company plan, said Julie Stone, managing director for health and benefits at Willis Towers Watson, a consulting firm. The vouchers could allow workers to get the shot at a particular lab at no cost, for example.Some employers are starting to think about how they might use their parking lots synthroid side effects for administering drive-thru flu shots, said Dr.

David Zieg, clinical services leader for benefits consultant Mercer.Although federal law allows employers to require employees to get flu shots, that step is typically taken only by health care facilities and some universities where people live and work closely together, Zieg said.Q. What are pharmacies doing to encourage people to synthroid side effects get flu shots?. Some pharmacies are making an extra push to get out into the community to offer flu shots.Walgreens, which has nearly 9,100 pharmacies nationwide, is continuing a partnership begun in 2015 with community organizations, churches and employers that has offered about 150,000 off-site and mobile flu clinics to date.The program places a special emphasis on working with vulnerable populations and in underserved areas, said Dr. Kevin Ban, chief medical officer for the drugstore synthroid side effects chain.Walgreens began offering flu shots in mid-August and is encouraging people not to delay getting vaccinated.Both Walgreens and CVS are encouraging people to schedule appointments and do paperwork online this year to minimize time spent in the stores.At CVS MinuteClinic locations, once patients have checked in for their flu shot, they must wait outside or in their car, since the indoor waiting areas are now closed.“We don’t have tons of arrows in our quiver against COVID,” Walgreens’ Ban said. €œTaking pressure off the health care system by providing vaccines in advance is one thing we can do.” Julie Appleby.

jappleby@kff.org, @Julie_Appleby Michelle synthroid side effects Andrews. andrews.khn@gmail.com, @mandrews110 Related Topics Insurance Public Health CDC COVID-19 Insurers VaccinesUse Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). As the smoke thickened near her home in Santa Cruz, California, last week, Amanda Smith kept asking herself the same questions. Should we synthroid side effects leave?. And where would we go?. The wildfire evacuation zone, at the time, synthroid side effects ended a few blocks from her house.

But she worried about what the air quality — which had reached the second-highest warning level, purple for “very unhealthy” — would do to her children’s lungs. Her 4-year-old twins had spent time in the neonatal intensive synthroid side effects care unit. One was later diagnosed with asthma, and last year was hospitalized with pneumonia.By Tuesday, said Smith, “we all had headaches, the kids were coughing a little bit, and it was raining ash.” The family had been conscientiously isolating at home because of the COVID pandemic, and leaving meant potential exposures. But on Wednesday, synthroid side effects Smith said, “I looked at my partner and said, maybe we should leave.”She called a friend in Orange County, about 380 miles south, who offered her parents’ empty condo. But the next day, the friend’s child spiked a fever — a possible case of COVID-19 — and the plan fell through amid the distraction.Amanda Smith takes a selfie of herself and her twin children in Santa Cruz, California, in April.

(Amanda Smith)So synthroid side effects Smith looked on Airbnb, careful to seek out hosts who detailed their COVID precautions, and found an apartment in San Bruno, about an hour’s drive north. She stuffed photos and documents into a suitcase, grabbed the go-bags, and her family headed out.“It’s coming out of our savings to stay here,” Smith said from the safety of her apartment rental, which runs about $1,150 a week. €œIt was a really fraught decision to leave, but as soon as we got over the hill and the sky was blue, I took a big sigh of relief and knew that it had been a good decision.”As the twin disasters synthroid side effects of COVID-19 and fire season sweep through California, thousands of residents like Smith are weighing difficult options, pitting risk against risk as they decide where to evacuate, whether from imminent flames or the toxic air. Amid a virulent pandemic, which is safest?. Doubling up at a friend’s home? synthroid side effects.

A hotel?. An evacuation center? synthroid side effects. And when do the risks of smoke inhalation outweigh the risk of a deadly infection?. €œObviously the most important thing is for people to do what they can to protect their lives, not only from the fire, but also synthroid side effects from COVID,” said Detective Rosemerry Blankswade, public information officer for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, which is helping coordinate response to the massive CZU Lightning Complex fires.“You have to evaluate the big picture here. If fire is your most imminent danger, maybe take the COVID risk.

But if you can avoid both of them, that’s obviously going to be synthroid side effects the best option. It’s kind of a synthroid side effects little bit of triage that we’re asking for people to do in their own lives right now.” Email Sign-Up Subscribe to KHN’s free Morning Briefing. In San Mateo, one of two counties where the CZU Lightning Complex fires are blazing, officials are advising people to head to an evacuation center, where county workers will assist them in finding a hotel room. Meanwhile, in neighboring Santa Cruz, where tens of thousands of residents have evacuated and shelters have limited space, officials are asking those synthroid side effects under orders to leave to stay with family and friends whenever possible.What’s the right choice when all options pose additional risks?. We spoke with several experts to help guide your thought process.You have to evacuate.

Where should synthroid side effects you go?. If your region is under an evacuation order, do not hesitate. Leave immediately synthroid side effects. If you can afford it, booking a room at a hotel or motel outside the evacuation zones may be the best option, said Dr. Michael Wilkes, a professor at the synthroid side effects University of California-Davis School of Medicine.

They almost always have air-conditioning units, which help filter the air from both smoke and virus. Many hotels are synthroid side effects implementing new cleaning processes. Ask staffers to detail what they’re doing to sanitize rooms, and consider skipping the daily cleaning service during your stay. You might also check review sites such as TripAdvisor to see what synthroid side effects other guests report. When possible, avoid the lobby and other shared spaces, and opt for contactless check-in.Amanda Smith at home in Santa Cruz, California, with her twin children.

Smith and synthroid side effects her family decided to voluntarily evacuate their home on Aug. 20, due to heavy smoke in the area from the CZU Lightning Complex fires in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. (Anna Maria Barry-Jester/KHN)With so many synthroid side effects people in Northern California fleeing the fires, many hotels are already full, especially in more remote areas. So what about staying with family or friends?. After months of being shut in synthroid side effects and avoiding close contact beyond immediate family, moving into someone else’s home means a host of potential exposures.

Consider whether you or anyone else in the home is at high risk from COVID-19 because of age or a preexisting condition.“If so, that’s a reason to think twice before going to someone’s home,” said Dr. Gina Solomon, a program director at the Oakland-based Public Health Institute.Consider, synthroid side effects too, what precautions your friends or family have been taking. Sheltering with someone whose job brings them into frequent contact with other people may not be as safe as sheltering with people who largely have been staying home. Another question is how crowded the home is synthroid side effects. If you have your own room and, preferably, your own bathroom, that makes staying with friends a better option.

If a separate bedroom is not available and smoky skies are not a problem, you might consider pitching a tent in their backyard.For synthroid side effects those with an RV or tent, camping can present another good option — although, with hundreds of wildfires burning across California, it may be challenging to drive far enough away to avoid fire and smoke. If you do camp, try to find a site away from wooded areas. And think synthroid side effects twice before using group bathrooms.Is an evacuation center safe?. Many counties have implemented new precautions at emergency shelters to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In Santa Cruz, for example, officials are scaling back the capacity in each shelter to allow for social distancing, providing tents for people to use as shielding inside and allowing camping in the parking lots.Still, synthroid side effects staying in a shelter should probably not be your first choice.

In terms synthroid side effects of COVID risk, deciding between a hotel and a friend’s house is “nipping at the edges,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, a clinical professor emeritus at the UC-Berkeley School of Public Health, while “being in a congregate setting is only better than being completely exposed to the elements.”If an evacuation shelter is your best immediate option, again, do not hesitate. €œYou have these standards you want to practice for yourselves,” Swartzberg said, “but when something synthroid side effects worse comes along, it trumps how careful we can be with COVID because the need for shelter is greater.” You can lower your risk of infection by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and sanitizing surfaces.Smith’s partner, Grant Whipple, walks with their children in Big Sur on March 7. That was their last camping trip before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Smith says. That area is synthroid side effects now under threat from wildfire.

(Amanda Smith)If you aren’t in a fire zone, should you invite friends and family to stay with you?. Deciding whether to open your home to friends who are evacuating is an intensely personal decision and may depend on whether anyone in your family has a preexisting condition.“I guess it depends on how good a friend they are and synthroid side effects how desperate they are,” said Swartzberg. It may also depend on how much space you have. If your guests can have their own bedroom and bathroom, it might be safer.If you do offer your home, experts advise against simply considering yourself synthroid side effects a new pod with your guests. Instead, take steps to lower your chances of infection.“It might not be pleasant, but wearing a mask anytime you’re not in your own bedroom is the safest way to go,” said Solomon.

Stay outside as much as possible, she added, and consider eating meals outdoors or eating in shifts to avoid being maskless with those synthroid side effects outside your family unit. Sanitize surfaces and wash hands frequently. If air quality permits, keep the windows open to improve airflow.If you’re in a region with synthroid side effects hazardous smoke conditions, should you leave?. If your area has dense smoke but no imminent fire risk, the thought of heading somewhere else may be appealing, especially if you have respiratory issues. But in most cases, Wilkes said, it would be safer not to leave your synthroid side effects COVID bubble.

And given the expanse of California’s fires, anywhere you flee could end up having lousy air quality by the time you arrive.“The better part of rationality,” Wilkes said, “would be to stay at home, not exercise [outdoors], stay inside as much as you can, turn on the air conditioning.”California Healthline senior correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester contributed to this report. Jenny Gold synthroid side effects. jgold@kff.org, @JennyAGold Related Topics California Public Health States COVID-19 Environmental Health Natural DisastersIn the 2014 elections, Republicans rode a wave of anti-Affordable Care Act sentiment to pick up nine Senate seats, the largest gain for either party since 1980. Newly elected Republicans such as Cory Gardner in Colorado and synthroid side effects Steve Daines in Montana had hammered their Democratic opponents over the health care law during the campaign and promised to repeal it.Six years later, those senators are up for reelection. Not only is the law still around, but it’s gaining in popularity.

What was once a winning strategy has become a political liability.Public sentiment about the ACA, also known as Obamacare, has shifted considerably during the Trump administration after Republicans tried synthroid side effects but failed to repeal it. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, which has led to the loss of jobs and health insurance for millions of people, health care again looks poised to be a key issue for voters this election. Don't Miss A Story Subscribe to KHN’s free synthroid side effects Weekly Edition newsletter. With competitive races in Colorado, Montana, Arizona, North Carolina and Iowa pitting Republican incumbents who voted to repeal the ACA against Democratic challengers promising to protect it, attitudes surrounding the health law could help determine control of the Senate. Republicans hold a slim three-vote majority in the Senate but are defending synthroid side effects 23 seats in the Nov.

3 election. Only one Democratic Senate seat — in Alabama, where incumbent Doug Jones is up against former synthroid side effects Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville — is considered in play for Republicans.“The fall election will significantly revolve around people’s belief about what [candidates] will do for their health coverage,” said Dr. Daniel Derksen, a professor of public health at the University of Arizona.The Affordable Care Act has been a wedge issue since it was signed into law in 2010. Because it then took four years to enact, its opponents talked for years about how bad the not-yet-created marketplace for insurance would be, said Joe Hanel, spokesperson for the Colorado Health Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on health policy analysis. And they continued to attack the law as it took full effect in 2014.Gardner, for example, ran numerous campaign ads that year criticizing the ACA and, in particular, President Barack Obama’s assertion that “if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”But now, Hanel said, the ACA’s policies have become much more popular in Colorado as the costs of health exchange plans have dropped.

Thus, political messaging has changed, too.“This time it’s the opposite,” Hanel said. €œThe people bringing up the Affordable Care Act are the Democrats.”Despite Gardner’s multiple votes to repeal the ACA, he has largely avoided talking about the measure during the 2020 campaign. He even removed his pro-repeal position from his campaign website.Democratic attack ads in July blasted Gardner for repeatedly dodging questions in an interview with Colorado Public Radio about his stance on a lawsuit challenging the ACA.His opponent, Democrat John Hickenlooper, fully embraced the law when he was Colorado governor, using the measure to expand Medicaid eligibility to more low-income people and to create a state health insurance exchange. Now, he’s campaigning on that record, with promises to expand health care access even further.Polling DataPolling conducted by KFF for the past 10 years shows a shift in public opinion has occurred nationwide. (KHN is an editorially independent program of KFF, the Kaiser Family Foundation.)“Since Trump won the election in 2016, we now have consistently found that a larger share of the public holds favorable views” of the health law, said Ashley Kirzinger, associate director of public opinion and survey research for the foundation.

€œThis really solidified in 2017 after the failed repeal in the Senate.”The foundation’s polling found that, in July 2014, 55% of voters opposed the law, while 36% favored it. By July 2020, that had flipped, with 51% favoring the law and 38% opposing it. A shift was seen across all political groups, though 74% of Republicans still viewed it unfavorably in the latest poll.Public support for individual provisions of the ACA — such as protections for people with preexisting conditions or allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 — have proved even more popular than the law as a whole. And the provision that consistently polled unfavorably — the mandate that those without insurance must pay a fine — was eliminated in 2017.“We’re 10 years along and the sky hasn’t caved in,” said Sabrina Corlette, a health policy professor at Georgetown University.Political MessagingFollowing the passage of the ACA, Democrats didn’t reference the law in their campaigns, said Erika Franklin Fowler, a government professor at Wesleyan University and the director of the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political advertising.“They ran on any other issue they could find,” Fowler said.Republicans, she said, kept promising to “repeal and replace” but weren’t able to do so.Then, in the 2018 election, Democrats seized on the shift in public opinion, touting the effects of the law and criticizing Republicans for their attempts to overturn it.“In the decade I have been tracking political advertising, there wasn’t a single-issue topic that was as prominent as health care was in 2018,” she said.As the global health crisis rages, health care concerns again dominate political ads in the 2020 races, Fowler said, although most ads haven’t explicitly focused on the ACA. Many highlight Republicans’ support for the lawsuit challenging preexisting condition protections or specific provisions of the ACA that their votes would have overturned.

Republicans say they, too, will protect people with preexisting conditions but otherwise have largely avoided talking about the ACA.“Cory Gardner has been running a lot on his environmental bills and conservation funding,” Fowler said. €œIt’s not difficult to figure out why he’s doing that. It’s easier for him to tout that in a state like Colorado than it is to talk about health care.”Similar dynamics are playing out in other key Senate races. In Arizona, Republican Sen. Martha McSally was one of the more vocal advocates of repealing the ACA while she served in the House of Representatives.

She publicly acknowledged those votes may have hurt her 2018 Senate bid.“I did vote to repeal and replace Obamacare,” McSally said on conservative pundit Sean Hannity’s radio show during the 2018 campaign. €œI’m getting my ass kicked for it right now.”She indeed lost but was appointed to fill the seat of Sen. Jon Kyl after he resigned at the end of 2018. Now McSally is in a tight race with Democratic challenger Mark Kelly, an astronaut and the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords.“Kelly doesn’t have a track record of voting one way or another, but certainly in his campaign this is one of his top speaking points.

What he would do to expand coverage and reassure people that coverage won’t be taken away,” said Derksen, the University of Arizona professor.The ACA has proved a stumbling block for Republican Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Joni Ernst of Iowa. In Maine, GOP Sen. Susan Collins cast a key vote that prevented the repeal of the law but cast other votes that weakened it. She now also appears vulnerable — but more for her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and for not doing more to oppose President Donald Trump.In Montana, Daines, who voted to repeal the ACA, is trying to hold on to his seat against Democratic Gov.

Steve Bullock, who used the law to expand the state’s Medicaid enrollment in 2015. At its peak, nearly 1 in 10 Montanans were covered through the expansion.As more Montanans now face the high cost of paying for health care on their own amid pandemic-related job losses, Montana State University political science professor David Parker said he expects Democrats to talk about Daines’ votes to repeal cost-saving provisions of the ACA.“People are losing jobs, and their jobs bring health care with them,” Parker said. €œI don’t think it’s a good space for Daines to be right now.” Markian Hawryluk. MarkianH@kff.org, @MarkianHawryluk Related Topics Elections Health Care Costs Health Care Reform Insurance States Arizona Colorado Montana North Carolina Obamacare Plans.

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Enrolling in an synthroid side effects weight gain MSP - Automatic Enrollment &. Applications for People who Have Medicare What is Application Process?. 6.

Enrolling in an MSP for People age 65+ who Do Not Qualify for synthroid side effects weight gain Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" 7. What Happens After MSP Approved - How Part B Premium is Paid 8 Special Rules for QMBs - How Medicare Cost-Sharing Works 1. NO ASSET LIMIT!.

Since April 1, 2008, none of the three MSP programs have resource limits in New York -- which means many Medicare beneficiaries who might synthroid side effects weight gain not qualify for Medicaid because of excess resources can qualify for an MSP. 1.A. SUMMARY CHART OF MSP BENEFITS QMB SLIMB QI-1 Eligibility ASSET LIMIT NO LIMIT IN NEW YORK STATE INCOME LIMIT (2020) Single Couple Single Couple Single Couple $1,064 $1,437 $1,276 $1,724 $1,436 $1,940 Federal Poverty Level 100% FPL 100 – 120% FPL 120 – 135% FPL Benefits Pays Monthly Part B premium?.

YES, and also Part A premium if did not have synthroid side effects weight gain enough work quarters and meets citizenship requirement. See “Part A Buy-In” YES YES Pays Part A &. B deductibles &.

Co-insurance YES - with limitations NO synthroid side effects weight gain NO Retroactive to Filing of Application?. Yes - Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application. 18 NYCRR §360-7.8(b)(5) Yes – Retroactive to 3rd month before month of application, if eligible in prior months Yes – may be retroactive to 3rd month before month of applica-tion, but only within the current calendar year.

(No retro for synthroid side effects weight gain January application). See GIS 07 MA 027. Can Enroll in MSP and Medicaid at Same Time?.

YES synthroid side effects weight gain YES NO!. Must choose between QI-1 and Medicaid. Cannot have both, not even Medicaid with a spend-down.

2 synthroid side effects weight gain. INCOME LIMITS and RULES Each of the three MSP programs has different income eligibility requirements and provides different benefits. The income limits are tied to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

2019 FPL levels were released by NYS DOH in GIS 20 MA/02 - 2020 Federal Poverty Levels -- Attachment II and have been posted by Medicaid.gov and the National Council synthroid side effects weight gain on Aging and are in the chart below. NOTE. There is usually a lag in time of several weeks, or even months, from January 1st of each year until the new FPLs are release, and then before the new MSP income limits are officially implemented.

During this lag period, local Medicaid offices should continue to use the previous year's FPLs AND count the person's Social Security benefit amount from synthroid side effects weight gain the previous year - do NOT factor in the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment). Once the updated guidelines are released, districts will use the new FPLs and go ahead and factor in any COLA. See 2019 Fact Sheet on MSP in NYS by Medicare Rights Center ENGLISH SPANISH Income is determined by the same methodology as is used for determining in eligibility for SSI The rules for counting income for SSI-related (Aged 65+, Blind, or Disabled) Medicaid recipients, borrowed from the SSI program, apply to the MSP program, except for the new rules about counting household size for married couples.

N.Y synthroid side effects weight gain. Soc. Serv.

L. 367-a(3)(c)(2), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7, 89-ADM-7 p.7. Gross income is counted, although there are certain types of income that are disregarded.

The most common income disregards, also known as deductions, include. (a) The first $20 of your &. Your spouse's monthly income, earned or unearned ($20 per couple max).

(b) SSI EARNED INCOME DISREGARDS. * The first $65 of monthly wages of you and your spouse, * One-half of the remaining monthly wages (after the $65 is deducted). * Other work incentives including PASS plans, impairment related work expenses (IRWEs), blind work expenses, etc.

For information on these deductions, see The Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) and other guides in this article -- though written for the MBI-WPD, the work incentives apply to all Medicaid programs, including MSP, for people age 65+, disabled or blind. (c) monthly cost of any health insurance premiums but NOT the Part B premium, since Medicaid will now pay this premium (may deduct Medigap supplemental policies, vision, dental, or long term care insurance premiums, and the Part D premium but only to the extent the premium exceeds the Extra Help benchmark amount) (d) Food stamps not counted. You can get a more comprehensive listing of the SSI-related income disregards on the Medicaid income disregards chart.

As for all benefit programs based on financial need, it is usually advantageous to be considered a larger household, because the income limit is higher. The above chart shows that Households of TWO have a higher income limit than households of ONE. The MSP programs use the same rules as Medicaid does for the Disabled, Aged and Blind (DAB) which are borrowed from the SSI program for Medicaid recipients in the “SSI-related category.” Under these rules, a household can be only ONE or TWO.

18 NYCRR 360-4.2. See DAB Household Size Chart. Married persons can sometimes be ONE or TWO depending on arcane rules, which can force a Medicare beneficiary to be limited to the income limit for ONE person even though his spouse who is under 65 and not disabled has no income, and is supported by the client applying for an MSP.

EXAMPLE. Bob's Social Security is $1300/month. He is age 67 and has Medicare.

His wife, Nancy, is age 62 and is not disabled and does not work. Under the old rule, Bob was not eligible for an MSP because his income was above the Income limit for One, even though it was well under the Couple limit. In 2010, NYS DOH modified its rules so that all married individuals will be considered a household size of TWO.

DOH GIS 10 MA 10 Medicare Savings Program Household Size, June 4, 2010. This rule for household size is an exception to the rule applying SSI budgeting rules to the MSP program. Under these rules, Bob is now eligible for an MSP.

When is One Better than Two?. Of course, there may be couples where the non-applying spouse's income is too high, and disqualifies the applying spouse from an MSP. In such cases, "spousal refusal" may be used SSL 366.3(a).

(Link is to NYC HRA form, can be adapted for other counties). 3. The Three Medicare Savings Programs - what are they and how are they different?.

1. Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB). The QMB program provides the most comprehensive benefits.

Available to those with incomes at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), the QMB program covers virtually all Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Part B premiums, Part A premiums, if there are any, and any and all deductibles and co-insurance. QMB coverage is not retroactive.

The program’s benefits will begin the month after the month in which your client is found eligible. ** See special rules about cost-sharing for QMBs below - updated with new CMS directive issued January 2012 ** See NYC HRA QMB Recertification form ** Even if you do not have Part A automatically, because you did not have enough wages, you may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In Program, in which people eligible for QMB who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium (Materials by the Medicare Rights Center). 2.

Specifiedl Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). For those with incomes between 100% and 120% FPL, the SLMB program will cover Part B premiums only. SLMB is retroactive, however, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months.

3. Qualified Individual (QI-1). For those with incomes between 120% and 135% FPL, and not receiving Medicaid, the QI-1 program will cover Medicare Part B premiums only.

QI-1 is also retroactive, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months. However, QI-1 retroactive coverage can only be provided within the current calendar year. (GIS 07 MA 027) So if you apply in January, you get no retroactive coverage.

Q-I-1 recipients would be eligible for Medicaid with a spend-down, but if they want the Part B premium paid, they must choose between enrolling in QI-1 or Medicaid. They cannot be in both. It is their choice.

DOH MRG p. 19. In contrast, one may receive Medicaid and either QMB or SLIMB.

4. Four Special Benefits of MSPs (in addition to NO ASSET TEST). Benefit 1.

Back Door to Medicare Part D "Extra Help" or Low Income Subsidy -- All MSP recipients are automatically enrolled in Extra Help, the subsidy that makes Part D affordable. They have no Part D deductible or doughnut hole, the premium is subsidized, and they pay very low copayments. Once they are enrolled in Extra Help by virtue of enrollment in an MSP, they retain Extra Help for the entire calendar year, even if they lose MSP eligibility during that year.

The "Full" Extra Help subsidy has the same income limit as QI-1 - 135% FPL. However, many people may be eligible for QI-1 but not Extra Help because QI-1 and the other MSPs have no asset limit. People applying to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help might be rejected for this reason.

Recent (2009-10) changes to federal law called "MIPPA" requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share eligibility data with NYSDOH on all persons who apply for Extra Help/ the Low Income Subsidy. Data sent to NYSDOH from SSA will enable NYSDOH to open MSP cases on many clients. The effective date of the MSP application must be the same date as the Extra Help application.

Signatures will not be required from clients. In cases where the SSA data is incomplete, NYSDOH will forward what is collected to the local district for completion of an MSP application. The State implementing procedures are in DOH 2010 ADM-03.

Also see CMS "Dear State Medicaid Director" letter dated Feb. 18, 2010 Benefit 2. MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B Generally one must enroll in Part B within the strict enrollment periods after turning age 65 or after 24 months of Social Security Disability.

An exception is if you or your spouse are still working and insured under an employer sponsored group health plan, or if you have End Stage Renal Disease, and other factors, see this from Medicare Rights Center. If you fail to enroll within those short periods, you might have to pay higher Part B premiums for life as a Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP). Also, you may only enroll in Part B during the Annual Enrollment Period from January 1 - March 31st each year, with Part B not effective until the following July.

Enrollment in an MSP automatically eliminates such penalties... For life.. Even if one later ceases to be eligible for the MSP.

AND enrolling in an MSP will automatically result in becoming enrolled in Part B if you didn't already have it and only had Part A. See Medicare Rights Center flyer. Benefit 3.

No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover MSP Benefits Paid Generally speaking, states may place liens on the Estates of deceased Medicaid recipients to recover the cost of Medicaid services that were provided after the recipient reached the age of 55. Since 2002, states have not been allowed to recover the cost of Medicare premiums paid under MSPs. In 2010, Congress expanded protection for MSP benefits.

Beginning on January 1, 2010, states may not place liens on the Estates of Medicaid recipients who died after January 1, 2010 to recover costs for co-insurance paid under the QMB MSP program for services rendered after January 1, 2010. The federal government made this change in order to eliminate barriers to enrollment in MSPs. See NYS DOH GIS 10-MA-008 - Medicare Savings Program Changes in Estate Recovery The GIS clarifies that a client who receives both QMB and full Medicaid is exempt from estate recovery for these Medicare cost-sharing expenses.

Benefit 4. SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits not reduced despite increased income from MSP - at least temporarily Many people receive both SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits and MSP. Income for purposes of SNAP/Food Stamps is reduced by a deduction for medical expenses, which includes payment of the Part B premium.

Since approval for an MSP means that the client no longer pays for the Part B premium, his/her SNAP/Food Stamps income goes up, so their SNAP/Food Stamps go down. Here are some protections. Do these individuals have to report to their SNAP worker that their out of pocket medical costs have decreased?.

And will the household see a reduction in their SNAP benefits, since the decrease in medical expenses will increase their countable income?. The good news is that MSP households do NOT have to report the decrease in their medical expenses to the SNAP/Food Stamp office until their next SNAP/Food Stamp recertification. Even if they do report the change, or the local district finds out because the same worker is handling both the MSP and SNAP case, there should be no reduction in the household’s benefit until the next recertification.

New York’s SNAP policy per administrative directive 02 ADM-07 is to “freeze” the deduction for medical expenses between certification periods. Increases in medical expenses can be budgeted at the household’s request, but NYS never decreases a household’s medical expense deduction until the next recertification. Most elderly and disabled households have 24-month SNAP certification periods.

Eventually, though, the decrease in medical expenses will need to be reported when the household recertifies for SNAP, and the household should expect to see a decrease in their monthly SNAP benefit. It is really important to stress that the loss in SNAP benefits is NOT dollar for dollar. A $100 decrease in out of pocket medical expenses would translate roughly into a $30 drop in SNAP benefits.

See more info on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits by the Empire Justice Center, and on the State OTDA website. Some clients will be automatically enrolled in an MSP by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) shortly after attaining eligibility for Medicare. Others need to apply.

The 2010 "MIPPA" law introduced some improvements to increase MSP enrollment. See 3rd bullet below. Also, some people who had Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare have special procedures to have their Part B premium paid before they enroll in an MSP.

See below. WHO IS AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN AN MSP. Clients receiving even $1.00 of Supplemental Security Income should be automatically enrolled into a Medicare Savings Program (most often QMB) under New York State’s Medicare Savings Program Buy-in Agreement with the federal government once they become eligible for Medicare.

They should receive Medicare Parts A and B. Clients who are already eligible for Medicare when they apply for Medicaid should be automatically assessed for MSP eligibility when they apply for Medicaid. (NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 and GIS 05 MA 033).

Clients who apply to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help, but are rejected, should be contacted &. Enrolled into an MSP by the Medicaid program directly under new MIPPA procedures that require data sharing. Strategy TIP.

Since the Extra Help filing date will be assigned to the MSP application, it may help the client to apply online for Extra Help with the SSA, even knowing that this application will be rejected because of excess assets or other reason. SSA processes these requests quickly, and it will be routed to the State for MSP processing. Since MSP applications take a while, at least the filing date will be retroactive.

Note. The above strategy does not work as well for QMB, because the effective date of QMB is the month after the month of application. As a result, the retroactive effective date of Extra Help will be the month after the failed Extra Help application for those with QMB rather than SLMB/QI-1.

Applying for MSP Directly with Local Medicaid Program. Those who do not have Medicaid already must apply for an MSP through their local social services district. (See more in Section D.

Below re those who already have Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare. If you are applying for MSP only (not also Medicaid), you can use the simplified MSP application form (theDOH-4328(Rev. 8/2017-- English) (2017 Spanish version not yet available).

Either application form can be mailed in -- there is no interview requirement anymore for MSP or Medicaid. See 10 ADM-04. Applicants will need to submit proof of income, a copy of their Medicare card (front &.

Back), and proof of residency/address. See the application form for other instructions. One who is only eligible for QI-1 because of higher income may ONLY apply for an MSP, not for Medicaid too.

One may not receive Medicaid and QI-1 at the same time. If someone only eligible for QI-1 wants Medicaid, s/he may enroll in and deposit excess income into a pooled Supplemental Needs Trust, to bring her countable income down to the Medicaid level, which also qualifies him or her for SLIMB or QMB instead of QI-1. Advocates in NYC can sign up for a half-day "Deputization Training" conducted by the Medicare Rights Center, at which you'll be trained and authorized to complete an MSP application and to submit it via the Medicare Rights Center, which submits it to HRA without the client having to apply in person.

Enrolling in an MSP if you already have Medicaid, but just become eligible for Medicare Those who, prior to becoming enrolled in Medicare, had Medicaid through Affordable Care Act are eligible to have their Part B premiums paid by Medicaid (or the cost reimbursed) during the time it takes for them to transition to a Medicare Savings Program. In 2018, DOH clarified that reimbursement of the Part B premium will be made regardless of whether the individual is still in a Medicaid managed care (MMC) plan. GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare ( PDF) provides, "Due to efforts to transition individuals who gain Medicare eligibility and who require LTSS, individuals may not be disenrolled from MMC upon receipt of Medicare.

To facilitate the transition and not disadvantage the recipient, the Medicaid program is approving reimbursement of Part B premiums for enrollees in MMC." The procedure for getting the Part B premium paid is different for those whose Medicaid was administered by the NYS of Health Exchange (Marketplace), as opposed to their local social services district. The procedure is also different for those who obtain Medicare because they turn 65, as opposed to obtaining Medicare based on disability. Either way, Medicaid recipients who transition onto Medicare should be automatically evaluated for MSP eligibility at their next Medicaid recertification.

NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 Individuals can also affirmatively ask to be enrolled in MSP in between recertification periods. IF CLIENT HAD MEDICAID ON THE MARKETPLACE (NYS of Health Exchange) before obtaining Medicare. IF they obtain Medicare because they turn age 65, they will receive a letter from their local district asking them to "renew" Medicaid through their local district.

See 2014 LCM-02. Now, their Medicaid income limit will be lower than the MAGI limits ($842/ mo reduced from $1387/month) and they now will have an asset test. For this reason, some individuals may lose full Medicaid eligibility when they begin receiving Medicare.

People over age 65 who obtain Medicare do NOT keep "Marketplace Medicaid" for 12 months (continuous eligibility) See GIS 15 MA/022 - Continuous Coverage for MAGI Individuals. Since MSP has NO ASSET limit. Some individuals may be enrolled in the MSP even if they lose Medicaid, or if they now have a Medicaid spend-down.

If a Medicare/Medicaid recipient reports income that exceeds the Medicaid level, districts must evaluate the person’s eligibility for MSP. 08 OHIP/ADM-4 ​If you became eligible for Medicare based on disability and you are UNDER AGE 65, you are entitled to keep MAGI Medicaid for 12 months from the month it was last authorized, even if you now have income normally above the MAGI limit, and even though you now have Medicare. This is called Continuous Eligibility.

EXAMPLE. Sam, age 60, was last authorized for Medicaid on the Marketplace in June 2016. He became enrolled in Medicare based on disability in August 2016, and started receiving Social Security in the same month (he won a hearing approving Social Security disability benefits retroactively, after first being denied disability).

Even though his Social Security is too high, he can keep Medicaid for 12 months beginning June 2016. Sam has to pay for his Part B premium - it is deducted from his Social Security check. He may call the Marketplace and request a refund.

This will continue until the end of his 12 months of continues MAGI Medicaid eligibility. He will be reimbursed regardless of whether he is in a Medicaid managed care plan. See GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare (PDF) When that ends, he will renew Medicaid and apply for MSP with his local district.

Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid with a spenddown can opt whether or not to receive MSP. (Medicaid Reference Guide (MRG) p. 19).

Obtaining MSP may increase their spenddown. MIPPA - Outreach by Social Security Administration -- Under MIPPA, the SSA sends a form letter to people who may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program or Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy - LIS) that they may apply. The letters are.

· Beneficiary has Extra Help (LIS), but not MSP · Beneficiary has no Extra Help (LIS) or MSP 6. Enrolling in MSP for People Age 65+ who do Not have Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" Seniors WITHOUT MEDICARE PART A or B -- They may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In program, in which people eligible for QMB who are age 65+ who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll in Part A, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium. See Step-by-Step Guide by the Medicare Rights Center).

This guide explains the various steps in "conditionally enrolling" in Part A at the SSA office, which must be done before applying for QMB at the Medicaid office, which will then pay the Part A premium. See also GIS 04 MA/013. In June, 2018, the SSA revised the POMS manual procedures for the Part A Buy-In to to address inconsistencies and confusion in SSA field offices and help smooth the path for QMB enrollment.

The procedures are in the POMS Section HI 00801.140 "Premium-Free Part A Enrollments for Qualified Medicare BenefiIaries." It includes important clarifications, such as. SSA Field Offices should explain the QMB program and conditional enrollment process if an individual lacks premium-free Part A and appears to meet QMB requirements. SSA field offices can add notes to the “Remarks” section of the application and provide a screen shot to the individual so the individual can provide proof of conditional Part A enrollment when applying for QMB through the state Medicaid program.

Beneficiaries are allowed to complete the conditional application even if they owe Medicare premiums. In Part A Buy-in states like NYS, SSA should process conditional applications on a rolling basis (without regard to enrollment periods), even if the application coincides with the General Enrollment Period. (The General Enrollment Period is from Jan 1 to March 31st every year, in which anyone eligible may enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B to be effective on July 1st).

7. What happens after the MSP approval - How is Part B premium paid For all three MSP programs, the Medicaid program is now responsible for paying the Part B premiums, even though the MSP enrollee is not necessarily a recipient of Medicaid. The local Medicaid office (DSS/HRA) transmits the MSP approval to the NYS Department of Health – that information gets shared w/ SSA and CMS SSA stops deducting the Part B premiums out of the beneficiary’s Social Security check.

SSA also refunds any amounts owed to the recipient. (Note. This process can take awhile!.

!. !. ) CMS “deems” the MSP recipient eligible for Part D Extra Help/ Low Income Subsidy (LIS).

​Can the MSP be retroactive like Medicaid, back to 3 months before the application?. ​The answer is different for the 3 MSP programs. QMB -No Retroactive Eligibility – Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application.

18 NYCRR § 360-7.8(b)(5) SLIMB - YES - Retroactive Eligibility up to 3 months before the application, if was eligible This means applicant may be reimbursed for the 3 months of Part B benefits prior to the month of application. QI-1 - YES up to 3 months but only in the same calendar year. No retroactive eligibility to the previous year.

7. QMBs -Special Rules on Cost-Sharing. QMB is the only MSP program which pays not only the Part B premium, but also the Medicare co-insurance.

However, there are limitations. First, co-insurance will only be paid if the provide accepts Medicaid. Not all Medicare provides accept Medicaid.

Second, under recent changes in New York law, Medicaid will not always pay the Medicare co-insurance, even to a Medicaid provider. But even if the provider does not accept Medicaid, or if Medicaid does not pay the full co-insurance, the provider is banned from "balance billing" the QMB beneficiary for the co-insurance. Click here for an article that explains all of these rules.

This article was authored by the Empire Justice Center.THE PROBLEM. Meet Joe, whose Doctor has Billed him for the Medicare Coinsurance Joe Client is disabled and has SSD, Medicaid and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB). His health care is covered by Medicare, and Medicaid and the QMB program pick up his Medicare cost-sharing obligations.

Under Medicare Part B, his co-insurance is 20% of the Medicare-approved charge for most outpatient services. He went to the doctor recently and, as with any other Medicare beneficiary, the doctor handed him a bill for his co-pay. Now Joe has a bill that he can’t pay.

Read below to find out -- SHORT ANSWER. QMB or Medicaid will pay the Medicare coinsurance only in limited situations. First, the provider must be a Medicaid provider.

Second, even if the provider accepts Medicaid, under recent legislation in New York enacted in 2015 and 2016, QMB or Medicaid may pay only part of the coinsurance, or none at all. This depends in part on whether the beneficiary has Original Medicare or is in a Medicare Advantage plan, and in part on the type of service. However, the bottom line is that the provider is barred from "balance billing" a QMB beneficiary for the Medicare coinsurance.

Unfortunately, this creates tension between an individual and her doctors, pharmacies dispensing Part B medications, and other providers. Providers may not know they are not allowed to bill a QMB beneficiary for Medicare coinsurance, since they bill other Medicare beneficiaries. Even those who know may pressure their patients to pay, or simply decline to serve them.

These rights and the ramifications of these QMB rules are explained in this article. CMS is doing more education about QMB Rights. The Medicare Handbook, since 2017, gives information about QMB Protections.

Download the 2020 Medicare Handbook here. See pp. 53, 86.

1. To Which Providers will QMB or Medicaid Pay the Medicare Co-Insurance?. "Providers must enroll as Medicaid providers in order to bill Medicaid for the Medicare coinsurance." CMS Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs).

The CMS bulletin states, "If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules." If the provider chooses not to enroll as a Medicaid provider, they still may not "balance bill" the QMB recipient for the coinsurance. 2. How Does a Provider that DOES accept Medicaid Bill for a QMB Beneficiary?.

If beneficiary has Original Medicare -- The provider bills Medicaid - even if the QMB Beneficiary does not also have Medicaid. Medicaid is required to pay the provider for all Medicare Part A and B cost-sharing charges, even if the service is normally not covered by Medicaid (ie, chiropractic, podiatry and clinical social work care). Whatever reimbursement Medicaid pays the provider constitutes by law payment in full, and the provider cannot bill the beneficiary for any difference remaining.

42 U.S.C. § 1396a(n)(3)(A), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 If the QMB beneficiary is in a Medicare Advantage plan - The provider bills the Medicare Advantage plan, then bills Medicaid for the balance using a “16” code to get paid. The provider must include the amount it received from Medicare Advantage plan.

3. For a Provider who accepts Medicaid, How Much of the Medicare Coinsurance will be Paid for a QMB or Medicaid Beneficiary in NYS?. The answer to this question has changed by laws enacted in 2015 and 2016.

In the proposed 2019 State Budget, Gov. Cuomo has proposed to reduce how much Medicaid pays for the Medicare costs even further. The amount Medicaid pays is different depending on whether the individual has Original Medicare or is a Medicare Advantage plan, with better payment for those in Medicare Advantage plans.

The answer also differs based on the type of service. Part A Deductibles and Coinsurance - Medicaid pays the full Part A hospital deductible ($1,408 in 2020) and Skilled Nursing Facility coinsurance ($176/day) for days 20 - 100 of a rehab stay. Full payment is made for QMB beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients who have no spend-down.

Payments are reduced if the beneficiary has a Medicaid spend-down. For in-patient hospital deductible, Medicaid will pay only if six times the monthly spend-down has been met. For example, if Mary has a $200/month spend down which has not been met otherwise, Medicaid will pay only $164 of the hospital deductible (the amount exceeding 6 x $200).

See more on spend-down here. Medicare Part B - Deductible - Currently, Medicaid pays the full Medicare approved charges until the beneficiary has met the annual deductible, which is $198 in 2020. For example, Dr.

John charges $500 for a visit, for which the Medicare approved charge is $198. Medicaid pays the entire $198, meeting the deductible. If the beneficiary has a spend-down, then the Medicaid payment would be subject to the spend-down.

In the 2019 proposed state budget, Gov. Cuomo proposed to reduce the amount Medicaid pays toward the deductible to the same amount paid for coinsurance during the year, described below. This proposal was REJECTED by the state legislature.

Co-Insurance - The amount medicaid pays in NYS is different for Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. If individual has Original Medicare, QMB/Medicaid will pay the 20% Part B coinsurance only to the extent the total combined payment the provider receives from Medicare and Medicaid is the lesser of the Medicaid or Medicare rate for the service. For example, if the Medicare rate for a service is $100, the coinsurance is $20.

If the Medicaid rate for the same service is only $80 or less, Medicaid would pay nothing, as it would consider the doctor fully paid = the provider has received the full Medicaid rate, which is lesser than the Medicare rate. Exceptions - Medicaid/QMB wil pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate. ambulance and psychologists - The Gov's 2019 proposal to eliminate these exceptions was rejected.

hospital outpatient clinic, certain facilities operating under certificates issued under the Mental Hygiene Law for people with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disability, and chemical dependence (Mental Hygiene Law Articles 16, 31 or 32). SSL 367-a, subd. 1(d)(iii)-(v) , as amended 2015 If individual is in a Medicare Advantage plan, 85% of the copayment will be paid to the provider (must be a Medicaid provider), regardless of how low the Medicaid rate is.

This limit was enacted in the 2016 State Budget, and is better than what the Governor proposed - which was the same rule used in Original Medicare -- NONE of the copayment or coinsurance would be paid if the Medicaid rate was lower than the Medicare rate for the service, which is usually the case. This would have deterred doctors and other providers from being willing to treat them. SSL 367-a, subd.

1(d)(iv), added 2016. EXCEPTIONS. The Medicare Advantage plan must pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate.

ambulance ) psychologist ) The Gov's proposal in the 2019 budget to eliminate these exceptions was rejected by the legislature Example to illustrate the current rules. The Medicare rate for Mary's specialist visit is $185. The Medicaid rate for the same service is $120.

Current rules (since 2016). Medicare Advantage -- Medicare Advantage plan pays $135 and Mary is charged a copayment of $50 (amount varies by plan). Medicaid pays the specialist 85% of the $50 copayment, which is $42.50.

The doctor is prohibited by federal law from "balance billing" QMB beneficiaries for the balance of that copayment. Since provider is getting $177.50 of the $185 approved rate, provider will hopefully not be deterred from serving Mary or other QMBs/Medicaid recipients. Original Medicare - The 20% coinsurance is $37.

Medicaid pays none of the coinsurance because the Medicaid rate ($120) is lower than the amount the provider already received from Medicare ($148). For both Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare, if the bill was for a ambulance or psychologist, Medicaid would pay the full 20% coinsurance regardless of the Medicaid rate. The proposal to eliminate this exception was rejected by the legislature in 2019 budget.

. 4. May the Provider 'Balance Bill" a QMB Benficiary for the Coinsurance if Provider Does Not Accept Medicaid, or if Neither the Patient or Medicaid/QMB pays any coinsurance?.

No. Balance billing is banned by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. 42 U.S.C.

§ 1396a(n)(3)(A). In an Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs)," the federal Medicare agency - CMS - clarified that providers MAY NOT BILL QMB recipients for the Medicare coinsurance. This is true whether or not the provider is registered as a Medicaid provider.

If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules. This is a change in policy in implementing Section 1902(n)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act), as modified by section 4714 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which prohibits Medicare providers from balance-billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing. The CMS letter states, "All Medicare physicians, providers, and suppliers who offer services and supplies to QMBs are prohibited from billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing, including deductible, coinsurance, and copayments.

This section of the Act is available at. CMCS Informational Bulletin http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title19/1902.htm. QMBs have no legal obligation to make further payment to a provider or Medicare managed care plan for Part A or Part B cost sharing.

Providers who inappropriately bill QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing are subject to sanctions. Please note that the statute referenced above supersedes CMS State Medicaid Manual, Chapter 3, Eligibility, 3490.14 (b), which is no longer in effect, but may be causing confusion about QMB billing." The same information was sent to providers in this Medicare Learning Network bulletin, last revised in June 26, 2018. CMS reminded Medicare Advantage plans of the rule against Balance Billing in the 2017 Call Letter for plan renewals.

See this excerpt of the 2017 call letter by Justice in Aging - Prohibition on Billing Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees for Medicare Cost Sharing 5. How do QMB Beneficiaries Show a Provider that they have QMB and cannot be Billed for the Coinsurance?. It can be difficult to show a provider that one is a QMB.

It is especially difficult for providers who are not Medicaid providers to identify QMB's, since they do not have access to online Medicaid eligibility systems Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to verify their QMB Status and report a billing issue. If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer. See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec.

16, 2016. Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) that Medicare beneficiaries receive every three months state that QMBs have no financial liability for co-insurance for each Medicare-covered service listed on the MSN. The Remittance Advice (RA) that Medicare sends to providers shows the same information.

By spelling out billing protections on a service-by-service basis, the MSNs provide clarity for both the QMB beneficiary and the provider. Justice in Aging has posted samples of what the new MSNs look like here. They have also updated Justice in Aging’s Improper Billing Toolkit to incorporate references to the MSNs in its model letters that you can use to advocate for clients who have been improperly billed for Medicare-covered services.

CMS is implementing systems changes that will notify providers when they process a Medicare claim that the patient is QMB and has no cost-sharing liability. The Medicare Summary Notice sent to the beneficiary will also state that the beneficiary has QMB and no liability. These changes were scheduled to go into effect in October 2017, but have been delayed.

Read more about them in this Justice in Aging Issue Brief on New Strategies in Fighting Improper Billing for QMBs (Feb. 2017). QMBs are issued a Medicaid benefit card (by mail), even if they do not also receive Medicaid.

The card is the mechanism for health care providers to bill the QMB program for the Medicare deductibles and co-pays. Unfortunately, the Medicaid card dos not indicate QMB eligibility. Not all people who have Medicaid also have QMB (they may have higher incomes and "spend down" to the Medicaid limits.

Advocates have asked for a special QMB card, or a notation on the Medicaid card to show that the individual has QMB. See this Report - a National Survey on QMB Identification Practices published by Justice in Aging, authored by Peter Travitsky, NYLAG EFLRP staff attorney. The Report, published in March 2017, documents how QMB beneficiaries could be better identified in order to ensure providers do not bill them improperly.

6. If you are Billed -​ Strategies Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to report a billing issue. If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer.

See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec. 16, 2016. Send a letter to the provider, using the Justice In Aging Model model letters to providers to explain QMB rights.​​​ both for Original Medicare (Letters 1-2) and Medicare Advantage (Letters 3-5) - see Overview of model letters.

Include a link to the CMS Medicare Learning Network Notice. Prohibition on Balance Billing Dually Eligible Individuals Enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program (revised June 26. 2018) In January 2017, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau issued this guide to QMB billing.

A consumer who has a problem with debt collection, may also submit a complaint online or call the CFPB at 1-855-411-2372. TTY/TDD users can call 1-855-729-2372. Medicare Advantage members should complain to their Medicare Advantage plan.

In its 2017 Call Letter, CMS stressed to Medicare Advantage contractors that federal regulations at 42 C.F.R. § 422.504 (g)(1)(iii), require that provider contracts must prohibit collection of deductibles and co-payments from dual eligibles and QMBs. Toolkit to Help Protect QMB Rights ​​In July 2015, CMS issued a report, "Access to Care Issues Among Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB's)" documenting how pervasive illegal attempts to bill QMBs for the Medicare coinsurance, including those who are members of managed care plans.

Justice in Aging, a national advocacy organization, has a project to educate beneficiaries about balance billing and to advocate for stronger protections for QMBs. Links to their webinars and other resources is at this link. Their information includes.

September 4, 2009, updated 6/20/20 by Valerie Bogart, NYLAG Author.

Summary Chart of synthroid side effects MSP Programs 2. Income Limits &. Rules and Household Size 3.

The Three MSP Programs - What are they synthroid side effects and how are they Different?. 4. FOUR Special Benefits of MSP Programs.

Back Door to Extra Help with Part D MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B - and allow enrollment in Part B synthroid side effects year-round outside of the short Annual Enrollment Period No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover Payment of Expenses Paid by MSP Food Stamps/SNAP not reduced by Decreased Medical Expenses when Enroll in MSP - at least temporarily 5. Enrolling in an MSP - Automatic Enrollment &. Applications for People who Have Medicare What is Application Process?.

6 synthroid side effects. Enrolling in an MSP for People age 65+ who Do Not Qualify for Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" 7. What Happens After MSP Approved - How Part B Premium is Paid 8 Special Rules for QMBs - How Medicare Cost-Sharing Works 1.

NO ASSET LIMIT! synthroid side effects. Since April 1, 2008, none of the three MSP programs have resource limits in New York -- which means many Medicare beneficiaries who might not qualify for Medicaid because of excess resources can qualify for an MSP. 1.A.

SUMMARY CHART OF MSP BENEFITS QMB SLIMB QI-1 Eligibility ASSET LIMIT NO LIMIT IN NEW YORK STATE INCOME LIMIT (2020) Single Couple Single Couple Single Couple $1,064 $1,437 $1,276 $1,724 $1,436 $1,940 Federal Poverty Level 100% FPL 100 – 120% FPL 120 – 135% FPL Benefits Pays Monthly Part synthroid side effects B premium?. YES, and also Part A premium if did not have enough work quarters and meets citizenship requirement. See “Part A Buy-In” YES YES Pays Part A &.

B deductibles & synthroid side effects. Co-insurance YES - with limitations NO NO Retroactive to Filing of Application?. Yes - Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application.

18 NYCRR §360-7.8(b)(5) synthroid side effects Yes – Retroactive to 3rd month before month of application, if eligible in prior months Yes – may be retroactive to 3rd month before month of applica-tion, but only within the current calendar year. (No retro for January application). See GIS 07 MA 027.

Can Enroll in MSP and synthroid side effects Medicaid at Same Time?. YES YES NO!. Must choose between QI-1 and Medicaid.

Cannot have both, not even Medicaid with synthroid side effects a spend-down. 2. INCOME LIMITS and RULES Each of the three MSP programs has different income eligibility requirements and provides different benefits.

The income limits synthroid side effects are tied to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). 2019 FPL levels were released by NYS DOH in GIS 20 MA/02 - 2020 Federal Poverty Levels -- Attachment II and have been posted by Medicaid.gov and the National Council on Aging and are in the chart below. NOTE.

There is usually a lag in time of several weeks, or even months, from January 1st of each year until the synthroid side effects new FPLs are release, and then before the new MSP income limits are officially implemented. During this lag period, local Medicaid offices should continue to use the previous year's FPLs AND count the person's Social Security benefit amount from the previous year - do NOT factor in the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment). Once the updated guidelines are released, districts will use the new FPLs and go ahead and factor in any COLA.

See 2019 Fact Sheet on MSP in NYS by Medicare Rights Center ENGLISH SPANISH Income is determined by the same methodology as is used for determining in eligibility for synthroid side effects SSI The rules for counting income for SSI-related (Aged 65+, Blind, or Disabled) Medicaid recipients, borrowed from the SSI program, apply to the MSP program, except for the new rules about counting household size for married couples. N.Y. Soc.

Serv. L. 367-a(3)(c)(2), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7, 89-ADM-7 p.7.

Gross income is counted, although there are certain types of income that are disregarded. The most common income disregards, also known as deductions, include. (a) The first $20 of your &.

Your spouse's monthly income, earned or unearned ($20 per couple max). (b) SSI EARNED INCOME DISREGARDS. * The first $65 of monthly wages of you and your spouse, * One-half of the remaining monthly wages (after the $65 is deducted).

* Other work incentives including PASS plans, impairment related work expenses (IRWEs), blind work expenses, etc. For information on these deductions, see The Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) and other guides in this article -- though written for the MBI-WPD, the work incentives apply to all Medicaid programs, including MSP, for people age 65+, disabled or blind. (c) monthly cost of any health insurance premiums but NOT the Part B premium, since Medicaid will now pay this premium (may deduct Medigap supplemental policies, vision, dental, or long term care insurance premiums, and the Part D premium but only to the extent the premium exceeds the Extra Help benchmark amount) (d) Food stamps not counted.

You can get a more comprehensive listing of the SSI-related income disregards on the Medicaid income disregards chart. As for all benefit programs based on financial need, it is usually advantageous to be considered a larger household, because the income limit is higher. The above chart shows that Households of TWO have a higher income limit than households of ONE.

The MSP programs use the same rules as Medicaid does for the Disabled, Aged and Blind (DAB) which are borrowed from the SSI program for Medicaid recipients in the “SSI-related category.” Under these rules, a household can be only ONE or TWO. 18 NYCRR 360-4.2. See DAB Household Size Chart.

Married persons can sometimes be ONE or TWO depending on arcane rules, which can force a Medicare beneficiary to be limited to the income limit for ONE person even though his spouse who is under 65 and not disabled has no income, and is supported by the client applying for an MSP. EXAMPLE. Bob's Social Security is $1300/month.

He is age 67 and has Medicare. His wife, Nancy, is age 62 and is not disabled and does not work. Under the old rule, Bob was not eligible for an MSP because his income was above the Income limit for One, even though it was well under the Couple limit.

In 2010, NYS DOH modified its rules so that all married individuals will be considered a household size of TWO. DOH GIS 10 MA 10 Medicare Savings Program Household Size, June 4, 2010. This rule for household size is an exception to the rule applying SSI budgeting rules to the MSP program.

Under these rules, Bob is now eligible for an MSP. When is One Better than Two?. Of course, there may be couples where the non-applying spouse's income is too high, and disqualifies the applying spouse from an MSP.

In such cases, "spousal refusal" may be used SSL 366.3(a). (Link is to NYC HRA form, can be adapted for other counties). 3.

The Three Medicare Savings Programs - what are they and how are they different?. 1. Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB).

The QMB program provides the most comprehensive benefits. Available to those with incomes at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), the QMB program covers virtually all Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Part B premiums, Part A premiums, if there are any, and any and all deductibles and co-insurance.

QMB coverage is not retroactive. The program’s benefits will begin the month after the month in which your client is found eligible. ** See special rules about cost-sharing for QMBs below - updated with new CMS directive issued January 2012 ** See NYC HRA QMB Recertification form ** Even if you do not have Part A automatically, because you did not have enough wages, you may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In Program, in which people eligible for QMB who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium (Materials by the Medicare Rights Center).

2. Specifiedl Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). For those with incomes between 100% and 120% FPL, the SLMB program will cover Part B premiums only.

SLMB is retroactive, however, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months. 3. Qualified Individual (QI-1).

For those with incomes between 120% and 135% FPL, and not receiving Medicaid, the QI-1 program will cover Medicare Part B premiums only. QI-1 is also retroactive, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months. However, QI-1 retroactive coverage can only be provided within the current calendar year.

(GIS 07 MA 027) So if you apply in January, you get no retroactive coverage. Q-I-1 recipients would be eligible for Medicaid with a spend-down, but if they want the Part B premium paid, they must choose between enrolling in QI-1 or Medicaid. They cannot be in both.

In contrast, one may receive Medicaid and either QMB or SLIMB. 4. Four Special Benefits of MSPs (in addition to NO ASSET TEST).

Benefit 1. Back Door to Medicare Part D "Extra Help" or Low Income Subsidy -- All MSP recipients are automatically enrolled in Extra Help, the subsidy that makes Part D affordable. They have no Part D deductible or doughnut hole, the premium is subsidized, and they pay very low copayments.

Once they are enrolled in Extra Help by virtue of enrollment in an MSP, they retain Extra Help for the entire calendar year, even if they lose MSP eligibility during that year. The "Full" Extra Help subsidy has the same income limit as QI-1 - 135% FPL. However, many people may be eligible for QI-1 but not Extra Help because QI-1 and the other MSPs have no asset limit.

People applying to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help might be rejected for this reason. Recent (2009-10) changes to federal law called "MIPPA" requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share eligibility data with NYSDOH on all persons who apply for Extra Help/ the Low Income Subsidy. Data sent to NYSDOH from SSA will enable NYSDOH to open MSP cases on many clients.

The effective date of the MSP application must be the same date as the Extra Help application. Signatures will not be required from clients. In cases where the SSA data is incomplete, NYSDOH will forward what is collected to the local district for completion of an MSP application.

The State implementing procedures are in DOH 2010 ADM-03. Also see CMS "Dear State Medicaid Director" letter dated Feb. 18, 2010 Benefit 2.

MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B Generally one must enroll in Part B within the strict enrollment periods after turning age 65 or after 24 months of Social Security Disability. An exception is if you or your spouse are still working and insured under an employer sponsored group health plan, or if you have End Stage Renal Disease, and other factors, see this from Medicare Rights Center. If you fail to enroll within those short periods, you might have to pay higher Part B premiums for life as a Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP).

Also, you may only enroll in Part B during the Annual Enrollment Period from January 1 - March 31st each year, with Part B not effective until the following July. Enrollment in an MSP automatically eliminates such penalties... For life..

Even if one later ceases to be eligible for the MSP. AND enrolling in an MSP will automatically result in becoming enrolled in Part B if you didn't already have it and only had Part A. See Medicare Rights Center flyer.

Benefit 3. No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover MSP Benefits Paid Generally speaking, states may place liens on the Estates of deceased Medicaid recipients to recover the cost of Medicaid services that were provided after the recipient reached the age of 55. Since 2002, states have not been allowed to recover the cost of Medicare premiums paid under MSPs.

In 2010, Congress expanded protection for MSP benefits. Beginning on January 1, 2010, states may not place liens on the Estates of Medicaid recipients who died after January 1, 2010 to recover costs for co-insurance paid under the QMB MSP program for services rendered after January 1, 2010. The federal government made this change in order to eliminate barriers to enrollment in MSPs.

See NYS DOH GIS 10-MA-008 - Medicare Savings Program Changes in Estate Recovery The GIS clarifies that a client who receives both QMB and full Medicaid is exempt from estate recovery for these Medicare cost-sharing expenses. Benefit 4. SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits not reduced despite increased income from MSP - at least temporarily Many people receive both SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits and MSP.

Income for purposes of SNAP/Food Stamps is reduced by a deduction for medical expenses, which includes payment of the Part B premium. Since approval for an MSP means that the client no longer pays for the Part B premium, his/her SNAP/Food Stamps income goes up, so their SNAP/Food Stamps go down. Here are some protections.

Do these individuals have to report to their SNAP worker that their out of pocket medical costs have decreased?. And will the household see a reduction in their SNAP benefits, since the decrease in medical expenses will increase their countable income?. The good news is that MSP households do NOT have to report the decrease in their medical expenses to the SNAP/Food Stamp office until their next SNAP/Food Stamp recertification.

Even if they do report the change, or the local district finds out because the same worker is handling both the MSP and SNAP case, there should be no reduction in the household’s benefit until the next recertification. New York’s SNAP policy per administrative directive 02 ADM-07 is to “freeze” the deduction for medical expenses between certification periods. Increases in medical expenses can be budgeted at the household’s request, but NYS never decreases a household’s medical expense deduction until the next recertification.

Most elderly and disabled households have 24-month SNAP certification periods. Eventually, though, the decrease in medical expenses will need to be reported when the household recertifies for SNAP, and the household should expect to see a decrease in their monthly SNAP benefit. It is really important to stress that the loss in SNAP benefits is NOT dollar for dollar.

A $100 decrease in out of pocket medical expenses would translate roughly into a $30 drop in SNAP benefits. See more info on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits by the Empire Justice Center, and on the State OTDA website. Some clients will be automatically enrolled in an MSP by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) shortly after attaining eligibility for Medicare.

Others need to apply. The 2010 "MIPPA" law introduced some improvements to increase MSP enrollment. See 3rd bullet below.

Also, some people who had Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare have special procedures to have their Part B premium paid before they enroll in an MSP. See below. WHO IS AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN AN MSP.

Clients receiving even $1.00 of Supplemental Security Income should be automatically enrolled into a Medicare Savings Program (most often QMB) under New York State’s Medicare Savings Program Buy-in Agreement with the federal government once they become eligible for Medicare. They should receive Medicare Parts A and B. Clients who are already eligible for Medicare when they apply for Medicaid should be automatically assessed for MSP eligibility when they apply for Medicaid.

(NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 and GIS 05 MA 033). Clients who apply to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help, but are rejected, should be contacted &. Enrolled into an MSP by the Medicaid program directly under new MIPPA procedures that require data sharing.

Strategy TIP. Since the Extra Help filing date will be assigned to the MSP application, it may help the client to apply online for Extra Help with the SSA, even knowing that this application will be rejected because of excess assets or other reason. SSA processes these requests quickly, and it will be routed to the State for MSP processing.

Since MSP applications take a while, at least the filing date will be retroactive. Note. The above strategy does not work as well for QMB, because the effective date of QMB is the month after the month of application.

As a result, the retroactive effective date of Extra Help will be the month after the failed Extra Help application for those with QMB rather than SLMB/QI-1. Applying for MSP Directly with Local Medicaid Program. Those who do not have Medicaid already must apply for an MSP through their local social services district.

(See more in Section D. Below re those who already have Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare. If you are applying for MSP only (not also Medicaid), you can use the simplified MSP application form (theDOH-4328(Rev.

8/2017-- English) (2017 Spanish version not yet available). Either application form can be mailed in -- there is no interview requirement anymore for MSP or Medicaid. See 10 ADM-04.

Applicants will need to submit proof of income, a copy of their Medicare card (front &. Back), and proof of residency/address. See the application form for other instructions.

One who is only eligible for QI-1 because of higher income may ONLY apply for an MSP, not for Medicaid too. One may not receive Medicaid and QI-1 at the same time. If someone only eligible for QI-1 wants Medicaid, s/he may enroll in and deposit excess income into a pooled Supplemental Needs Trust, to bring her countable income down to the Medicaid level, which also qualifies him or her for SLIMB or QMB instead of QI-1.

Advocates in NYC can sign up for a half-day "Deputization Training" conducted by the Medicare Rights Center, at which you'll be trained and authorized to complete an MSP application and to submit it via the Medicare Rights Center, which submits it to HRA without the client having to apply in person. Enrolling in an MSP if you already have Medicaid, but just become eligible for Medicare Those who, prior to becoming enrolled in Medicare, had Medicaid through Affordable Care Act are eligible to have their Part B premiums paid by Medicaid (or the cost reimbursed) during the time it takes for them to transition to a Medicare Savings Program. In 2018, DOH clarified that reimbursement of the Part B premium will be made regardless of whether the individual is still in a Medicaid managed care (MMC) plan.

GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare ( PDF) provides, "Due to efforts to transition individuals who gain Medicare eligibility and who require LTSS, individuals may not be disenrolled from MMC upon receipt of Medicare. To facilitate the transition and not disadvantage the recipient, the Medicaid program is approving reimbursement of Part B premiums for enrollees in MMC." The procedure for getting the Part B premium paid is different for those whose Medicaid was administered by the NYS of Health Exchange (Marketplace), as opposed to their local social services district. The procedure is also different for those who obtain Medicare because they turn 65, as opposed to obtaining Medicare based on disability.

Either way, Medicaid recipients who transition onto Medicare should be automatically evaluated for MSP eligibility at their next Medicaid recertification. NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 Individuals can also affirmatively ask to be enrolled in MSP in between recertification periods. IF CLIENT HAD MEDICAID ON THE MARKETPLACE (NYS of Health Exchange) before obtaining Medicare.

IF they obtain Medicare because they turn age 65, they will receive a letter from their local district asking them to "renew" Medicaid through their local district. See 2014 LCM-02. Now, their Medicaid income limit will be lower than the MAGI limits ($842/ mo reduced from $1387/month) and they now will have an asset test.

For this reason, some individuals may lose full Medicaid eligibility when they begin receiving Medicare. People over age 65 who obtain Medicare do NOT keep "Marketplace Medicaid" for 12 months (continuous eligibility) See GIS 15 MA/022 - Continuous Coverage for MAGI Individuals. Since MSP has NO ASSET limit.

Some individuals may be enrolled in the MSP even if they lose Medicaid, or if they now have a Medicaid spend-down. If a Medicare/Medicaid recipient reports income that exceeds the Medicaid level, districts must evaluate the person’s eligibility for MSP. 08 OHIP/ADM-4 ​If you became eligible for Medicare based on disability and you are UNDER AGE 65, you are entitled to keep MAGI Medicaid for 12 months from the month it was last authorized, even if you now have income normally above the MAGI limit, and even though you now have Medicare.

This is called Continuous Eligibility. EXAMPLE. Sam, age 60, was last authorized for Medicaid on the Marketplace in June 2016.

He became enrolled in Medicare based on disability in August 2016, and started receiving Social Security in the same month (he won a hearing approving Social Security disability benefits retroactively, after first being denied disability). Even though his Social Security is too high, he can keep Medicaid for 12 months beginning June 2016. Sam has to pay for his Part B premium - it is deducted from his Social Security check.

He may call the Marketplace and request a refund. This will continue until the end of his 12 months of continues MAGI Medicaid eligibility. He will be reimbursed regardless of whether he is in a Medicaid managed care plan.

See GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare (PDF) When that ends, he will renew Medicaid and apply for MSP with his local district. Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid with a spenddown can opt whether or not to receive MSP. (Medicaid Reference Guide (MRG) p.

19). Obtaining MSP may increase their spenddown. MIPPA - Outreach by Social Security Administration -- Under MIPPA, the SSA sends a form letter to people who may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program or Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy - LIS) that they may apply.

The letters are. · Beneficiary has Extra Help (LIS), but not MSP · Beneficiary has no Extra Help (LIS) or MSP 6. Enrolling in MSP for People Age 65+ who do Not have Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" Seniors WITHOUT MEDICARE PART A or B -- They may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In program, in which people eligible for QMB who are age 65+ who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll in Part A, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium.

See Step-by-Step Guide by the Medicare Rights Center). This guide explains the various steps in "conditionally enrolling" in Part A at the SSA office, which must be done before applying for QMB at the Medicaid office, which will then pay the Part A premium. See also GIS 04 MA/013.

In June, 2018, the SSA revised the POMS manual procedures for the Part A Buy-In to to address inconsistencies and confusion in SSA field offices and help smooth the path for QMB enrollment. The procedures are in the POMS Section HI 00801.140 "Premium-Free Part A Enrollments for Qualified Medicare BenefiIaries." It includes important clarifications, such as. SSA Field Offices should explain the QMB program and conditional enrollment process if an individual lacks premium-free Part A and appears to meet QMB requirements.

SSA field offices can add notes to the “Remarks” section of the application and provide a screen shot to the individual so the individual can provide proof of conditional Part A enrollment when applying for QMB through the state Medicaid program. Beneficiaries are allowed to complete the conditional application even if they owe Medicare premiums. In Part A Buy-in states like NYS, SSA should process conditional applications on a rolling basis (without regard to enrollment periods), even if the application coincides with the General Enrollment Period.

(The General Enrollment Period is from Jan 1 to March 31st every year, in which anyone eligible may enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B to be effective on July 1st). 7. What happens after the MSP approval - How is Part B premium paid For all three MSP programs, the Medicaid program is now responsible for paying the Part B premiums, even though the MSP enrollee is not necessarily a recipient of Medicaid.

The local Medicaid office (DSS/HRA) transmits the MSP approval to the NYS Department of Health – that information gets shared w/ SSA and CMS SSA stops deducting the Part B premiums out of the beneficiary’s Social Security check. SSA also refunds any amounts owed to the recipient. (Note.

) CMS “deems” the MSP recipient eligible for Part D Extra Help/ Low Income Subsidy (LIS). ​Can the MSP be retroactive like Medicaid, back to 3 months before the application?. ​The answer is different for the 3 MSP programs.

QMB -No Retroactive Eligibility – Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application. 18 NYCRR § 360-7.8(b)(5) SLIMB - YES - Retroactive Eligibility up to 3 months before the application, if was eligible This means applicant may be reimbursed for the 3 months of Part B benefits prior to the month of application. QI-1 - YES up to 3 months but only in the same calendar year.

No retroactive eligibility to the previous year. 7. QMBs -Special Rules on Cost-Sharing.

QMB is the only MSP program which pays not only the Part B premium, but also the Medicare co-insurance. However, there are limitations. First, co-insurance will only be paid if the provide accepts Medicaid.

Not all Medicare provides accept Medicaid. Second, under recent changes in New York law, Medicaid will not always pay the Medicare co-insurance, even to a Medicaid provider. But even if the provider does not accept Medicaid, or if Medicaid does not pay the full co-insurance, the provider is banned from "balance billing" the QMB beneficiary for the co-insurance.

Click here for an article that explains all of these rules. This article was authored by the Empire Justice Center.THE PROBLEM. Meet Joe, whose Doctor has Billed him for the Medicare Coinsurance Joe Client is disabled and has SSD, Medicaid and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB).

His health care is covered by Medicare, and Medicaid and the QMB program pick up his Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Under Medicare Part B, his co-insurance is 20% of the Medicare-approved charge for most outpatient services. He went to the doctor recently and, as with any other Medicare beneficiary, the doctor handed him a bill for his co-pay.

Now Joe has a bill that he can’t pay. Read below to find out -- SHORT ANSWER. QMB or Medicaid will pay the Medicare coinsurance only in limited situations.

First, the provider must be a Medicaid provider. Second, even if the provider accepts Medicaid, under recent legislation in New York enacted in 2015 and 2016, QMB or Medicaid may pay only part of the coinsurance, or none at all. This depends in part on whether the beneficiary has Original Medicare or is in a Medicare Advantage plan, and in part on the type of service.

However, the bottom line is that the provider is barred from "balance billing" a QMB beneficiary for the Medicare coinsurance. Unfortunately, this creates tension between an individual and her doctors, pharmacies dispensing Part B medications, and other providers. Providers may not know they are not allowed to bill a QMB beneficiary for Medicare coinsurance, since they bill other Medicare beneficiaries.

Even those who know may pressure their patients to pay, or simply decline to serve them. These rights and the ramifications of these QMB rules are explained in this article. CMS is doing more education about QMB Rights.

The Medicare Handbook, since 2017, gives information about QMB Protections. Download the 2020 Medicare Handbook here. See pp.

53, 86. 1. To Which Providers will QMB or Medicaid Pay the Medicare Co-Insurance?.

"Providers must enroll as Medicaid providers in order to bill Medicaid for the Medicare coinsurance." CMS Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs). The CMS bulletin states, "If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules." If the provider chooses not to enroll as a Medicaid provider, they still may not "balance bill" the QMB recipient for the coinsurance. 2.

How Does a Provider that DOES accept Medicaid Bill for a QMB Beneficiary?. If beneficiary has Original Medicare -- The provider bills Medicaid - even if the QMB Beneficiary does not also have Medicaid. Medicaid is required to pay the provider for all Medicare Part A and B cost-sharing charges, even if the service is normally not covered by Medicaid (ie, chiropractic, podiatry and clinical social work care).

Whatever reimbursement Medicaid pays the provider constitutes by law payment in full, and the provider cannot bill the beneficiary for any difference remaining. 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(n)(3)(A), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 If the QMB beneficiary is in a Medicare Advantage plan - The provider bills the Medicare Advantage plan, then bills Medicaid for the balance using a “16” code to get paid.

The provider must include the amount it received from Medicare Advantage plan. 3. For a Provider who accepts Medicaid, How Much of the Medicare Coinsurance will be Paid for a QMB or Medicaid Beneficiary in NYS?.

The answer to this question has changed by laws enacted in 2015 and 2016. In the proposed 2019 State Budget, Gov. Cuomo has proposed to reduce how much Medicaid pays for the Medicare costs even further.

The amount Medicaid pays is different depending on whether the individual has Original Medicare or is a Medicare Advantage plan, with better payment for those in Medicare Advantage plans. The answer also differs based on the type of service. Part A Deductibles and Coinsurance - Medicaid pays the full Part A hospital deductible ($1,408 in 2020) and Skilled Nursing Facility coinsurance ($176/day) for days 20 - 100 of a rehab stay.

Full payment is made for QMB beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients who have no spend-down. Payments are reduced if the beneficiary has a Medicaid spend-down. For in-patient hospital deductible, Medicaid will pay only if six times the monthly spend-down has been met.

For example, if Mary has a $200/month spend down which has not been met otherwise, Medicaid will pay only $164 of the hospital deductible (the amount exceeding 6 x $200). See more on spend-down here. Medicare Part B - Deductible - Currently, Medicaid pays the full Medicare approved charges until the beneficiary has met the annual deductible, which is $198 in 2020.

For example, Dr. John charges $500 for a visit, for which the Medicare approved charge is $198. Medicaid pays the entire $198, meeting the deductible.

If the beneficiary has a spend-down, then the Medicaid payment would be subject to the spend-down. In the 2019 proposed state budget, Gov. Cuomo proposed to reduce the amount Medicaid pays toward the deductible to the same amount paid for coinsurance during the year, described below.

This proposal was REJECTED by the state legislature. Co-Insurance - The amount medicaid pays in NYS is different for Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. If individual has Original Medicare, QMB/Medicaid will pay the 20% Part B coinsurance only to the extent the total combined payment the provider receives from Medicare and Medicaid is the lesser of the Medicaid or Medicare rate for the service.

For example, if the Medicare rate for a service is $100, the coinsurance is $20. If the Medicaid rate for the same service is only $80 or less, Medicaid would pay nothing, as it would consider the doctor fully paid = the provider has received the full Medicaid rate, which is lesser than the Medicare rate. Exceptions - Medicaid/QMB wil pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate.

ambulance and psychologists - The Gov's 2019 proposal to eliminate these exceptions was rejected. hospital outpatient clinic, certain facilities operating under certificates issued under the Mental Hygiene Law for people with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disability, and chemical dependence (Mental Hygiene Law Articles 16, 31 or 32). SSL 367-a, subd.

1(d)(iii)-(v) , as amended 2015 If individual is in a Medicare Advantage plan, 85% of the copayment will be paid to the provider (must be a Medicaid provider), regardless of how low the Medicaid rate is. This limit was enacted in the 2016 State Budget, and is better than what the Governor proposed - which was the same rule used in Original Medicare -- NONE of the copayment or coinsurance would be paid if the Medicaid rate was lower than the Medicare rate for the service, which is usually the case. This would have deterred doctors and other providers from being willing to treat them.

SSL 367-a, subd. 1(d)(iv), added 2016. EXCEPTIONS.

The Medicare Advantage plan must pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate. ambulance ) psychologist ) The Gov's proposal in the 2019 budget to eliminate these exceptions was rejected by the legislature Example to illustrate the current rules. The Medicare rate for Mary's specialist visit is $185.

The Medicaid rate for the same service is $120. Current rules (since 2016). Medicare Advantage -- Medicare Advantage plan pays $135 and Mary is charged a copayment of $50 (amount varies by plan).

Medicaid pays the specialist 85% of the $50 copayment, which is $42.50. The doctor is prohibited by federal law from "balance billing" QMB beneficiaries for the balance of that copayment. Since provider is getting $177.50 of the $185 approved rate, provider will hopefully not be deterred from serving Mary or other QMBs/Medicaid recipients.

Original Medicare - The 20% coinsurance is $37. Medicaid pays none of the coinsurance because the Medicaid rate ($120) is lower than the amount the provider already received from Medicare ($148). For both Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare, if the bill was for a ambulance or psychologist, Medicaid would pay the full 20% coinsurance regardless of the Medicaid rate.

The proposal to eliminate this exception was rejected by the legislature in 2019 budget. . 4.

May the Provider 'Balance Bill" a QMB Benficiary for the Coinsurance if Provider Does Not Accept Medicaid, or if Neither the Patient or Medicaid/QMB pays any coinsurance?. No. Balance billing is banned by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

42 U.S.C. § 1396a(n)(3)(A). In an Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs)," the federal Medicare agency - CMS - clarified that providers MAY NOT BILL QMB recipients for the Medicare coinsurance.

This is true whether or not the provider is registered as a Medicaid provider. If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules. This is a change in policy in implementing Section 1902(n)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act), as modified by section 4714 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which prohibits Medicare providers from balance-billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing.

The CMS letter states, "All Medicare physicians, providers, and suppliers who offer services and supplies to QMBs are prohibited from billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing, including deductible, coinsurance, and copayments. This section of the Act is available at. CMCS Informational Bulletin http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title19/1902.htm.

QMBs have no legal obligation to make further payment to a provider or Medicare managed care plan for Part A or Part B cost sharing. Providers who inappropriately bill QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing are subject to sanctions. Please note that the statute referenced above supersedes CMS State Medicaid Manual, Chapter 3, Eligibility, 3490.14 (b), which is no longer in effect, but may be causing confusion about QMB billing." The same information was sent to providers in this Medicare Learning Network bulletin, last revised in June 26, 2018.

CMS reminded Medicare Advantage plans of the rule against Balance Billing in the 2017 Call Letter for plan renewals. See this excerpt of the 2017 call letter by Justice in Aging - Prohibition on Billing Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees for Medicare Cost Sharing 5. How do QMB Beneficiaries Show a Provider that they have QMB and cannot be Billed for the Coinsurance?.

It can be difficult to show a provider that one is a QMB. It is especially difficult for providers who are not Medicaid providers to identify QMB's, since they do not have access to online Medicaid eligibility systems Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to verify their QMB Status and report a billing issue. If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer.

See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec. 16, 2016. Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) that Medicare beneficiaries receive every three months state that QMBs have no financial liability for co-insurance for each Medicare-covered service listed on the MSN.

The Remittance Advice (RA) that Medicare sends to providers shows the same information. By spelling out billing protections on a service-by-service basis, the MSNs provide clarity for both the QMB beneficiary and the provider. Justice in Aging has posted samples of what the new MSNs look like here.

They have also updated Justice in Aging’s Improper Billing Toolkit to incorporate references to the MSNs in its model letters that you can use to advocate for clients who have been improperly billed for Medicare-covered services. CMS is implementing systems changes that will notify providers when they process a Medicare claim that the patient is QMB and has no cost-sharing liability. The Medicare Summary Notice sent to the beneficiary will also state that the beneficiary has QMB and no liability.

These changes were scheduled to go into effect in October 2017, but have been delayed. Read more about them in this Justice in Aging Issue Brief on New Strategies in Fighting Improper Billing for QMBs (Feb. 2017).

QMBs are issued a Medicaid benefit card (by mail), even if they do not also receive Medicaid. The card is the mechanism for health care providers to bill the QMB program for the Medicare deductibles and co-pays. Unfortunately, the Medicaid card dos not indicate QMB eligibility.

Not all people who have Medicaid also have QMB (they may have higher incomes and "spend down" to the Medicaid limits. Advocates have asked for a special QMB card, or a notation on the Medicaid card to show that the individual has QMB. See this Report - a National Survey on QMB Identification Practices published by Justice in Aging, authored by Peter Travitsky, NYLAG EFLRP staff attorney.

The Report, published in March 2017, documents how QMB beneficiaries could be better identified in order to ensure providers do not bill them improperly. 6. If you are Billed -​ Strategies Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to report a billing issue.

If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer. See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec. 16, 2016.

Send a letter to the provider, using the Justice In Aging Model model letters to providers to explain QMB rights.​​​ both for Original Medicare (Letters 1-2) and Medicare Advantage (Letters 3-5) - see Overview of model letters. Include a link to the CMS Medicare Learning Network Notice. Prohibition on Balance Billing Dually Eligible Individuals Enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program (revised June 26.

2018) In January 2017, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau issued this guide to QMB billing. A consumer who has a problem with debt collection, may also submit a complaint online or call the CFPB at 1-855-411-2372. TTY/TDD users can call 1-855-729-2372.

Medicare Advantage members should complain to their Medicare Advantage plan.

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Black men synthroid copay card are less likely to receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy for prostate cancer and more likely to have testicle(s) removed.Patients of color are more likely to be blamed for being too passive about their healthcare and less engaged in shared decisionmaking.“There’s a lot to be said about what’s being put in front of our learners starting in undergrad but especially in medical school,” said Dr. Nanette Lacuesta, director of the Physician Diversity Scholars Program at OhioHealth in Columbus. €œThere’s a lot of discussion about making sure that the images that are put in front of our students have different cultural considerations woven in.”To address those disparities, OhioHealth has focused on increasing the number of clinicians from underrepresented communities as well as providing cultural sensitivity training.“It helps if you’re an African American physician, but a Caucasian physician needs to understand that synthroid copay card too,” said Dr.

Mysheika Williams Roberts, Columbus’ health commissioner and a program mentor for the past 10 years.The system has partnered with three local medical schools to pair medical students from underrepresented communities with a mentor who can guide professional development and be a sponsor synthroid copay card for up to four years. The hope is that graduates will eventually match into OhioHealth residency programs. Now in synthroid copay card its 10th year, the Physician Diversity Scholars Program has been completed by 63 students.

17 have been matched to either residency or fellowship training at OhioHealth and six have become staff members.“We have a pretty good return on our investment,” Lacuesta said.But synthroid copay card that business case isn’t translating across the industry or down to medical education. During the 2018-19 school year, 6.2% of the nation’s more than 25,000 medical school graduates were African American, according to figures from the Association of American Medical Colleges, relatively the same proportion who graduated from medical schools in 2002.A sizable portion of Black doctors come from historically Black colleges and universities. Of the 12,219 Black graduates from all medical schools from 2009 to 2019, 14.3% were from HBCUs.“As the nation gets older and browner and darker and more colorful, it’s going to be even more of a problem to make sure that we have the kind of healthcare providers who reflect our population,” Hildreth said.Black people account for 22% of all coronavirus deaths, synthroid copay card according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That disparity has underscored a racial healthcare gap that can’t be ignored. And it has spurred academic leaders from historically Black medical schools to advocate for a targeted response from federal lawmakers, one that they say would have a lasting impact.Hildreth in May testified before Congress, asking for $5 billion over the next five years to help synthroid copay card historically Black medical schools address the impact COVID-19 has had on people of color.The money would help Meharry, Morehouse, Howard and Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles form a consortium to lead contact tracing and testing efforts within marginalized communities. Evidence has shown less testing and contact tracing occurring synthroid copay card in ethnic and racial minority communities compared with predominantly white communities, resulting in fewer tests being administered and less COVID-19 surveillance in minority neighborhoods.But the consortium’s role would go beyond just responding to the pandemic.

Hildreth said much of the funding would go toward the schools’ efforts to address the structural barriers to better health within those communities.“It changes conversations dramatically when there is a person of color sitting at those tables,” he added.Developing physician leaders of color has been the primary objective of a diversity program started in 2019 at UCI School of Medicine in California. The Leadership Education to Advance Diversity-African, Black and Caribbean, synthroid copay card or LEAD-ABC, is the first four-year program in the country specifically designed to recruit and train medical students to become physicians that will target reducing healthcare disparities in Black communities and other underserved areas.Evidence has shown a health benefit for minority patients who are treated by minority physicians.A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences of the United States of America found Black newborns were more than three times as likely to survive childbirth if they received care from Black doctors compared with white physicians.Dr. Peter Pronovost, chief quality and clinical transformation officer at University Hospitals health system in Cleveland, said such evidence should compel synthroid copay card healthcare organizations when possible to do more to offer patients of color opportunities to receive care from clinicians who share similar ethnicities.“Unfortunately we don’t have enough Black physicians to always provide that, but it could be engaging a community health worker who looks like them who’s trusted,” Pronovost said.Like at Meharry, the hope with the UCI program is that the focus on producing more clinicians of color to serve minority communities will improve the health of those patients and help establish greater bonds of trust in the medical field.“There are just these assumptions about African Americans that they abuse drugs and that they’re lazier that reflects in the kind of care that they’re given overall,” said Dr.

Carol Major, director of UCI’s LEAD-ABC program. €œWe need synthroid copay card to teach students and physicians-in-training to stop making these assumptions about a specific population based on the color of their skin.”While Lacuesta from OhioHealth acknowledges challenges remain, she’s said more schools have recognized the importance of addressing such issues around race and bias. She attributes some of that to the role the Affordable Care Act played in establishing targets for providers to reduce health inequities in access and outcomes.“Our world is changing, and people are realizing that structural racism is causing a bigger part in the health inequities not only among our patients but also in our learners,” Lacuesta said..

As the wind howled and the rain slammed down, a team of nurses, respiratory therapists and a doctor worked through the night to care for 19 tiny babies as Hurricane Laura slammed southwestern Louisiana.The babies, some on ventilators or eating through a feeding tube, seemed to weather synthroid side effects the storm just fine, said Dr. Juan Bossano, the medical synthroid side effects director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women. "They did very well.

They tolerated it very synthroid side effects well. We had a very good day," he said.Laura made landfall early Thursday morning as a Category 4 storm, packing top winds of 150 mph (241 kph), and pushing a storm surge as high as 15 feet in some areas.Hours before it made landfall, officials synthroid side effects had to move the babies from the women's hospital to the main hospital in the system after it became clear that storm surge could inundate the women's hospital, located on the southern end of Lake Charles. The hospital has its own generator and hospital administrator Alesha Alford said it was built to withstand hurricane force winds.

But in the single story facility, there's no room to move up synthroid side effects and storm surge in that area was expected to hit nine feet. In a roughly two-hour operation the babies in the intensive care unit were transferred by ambulance to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, a ten-story facility on the northern side of the city. Trucks carried needed equipment such as incubators.Alford said the storm hadn't yet hit but "the skies looked very ominous." She synthroid side effects said everyone pitched in to get supplies moved to the other hospital."It went as smooth as could be because we had everyone helping," she said.Alford said three mothers who couldn't be discharged from the women's hospital were also transferred.

Two of them synthroid side effects had their newborns with them while the child of the third mom was in the intensive care unit. Parents of the other children in the neonatal intensive care unit couldn't stay with them during the storm because there wasn't enough room so Bossano said one nurse was tasked with calling parents to keep them informed of how their children were doing. Bossano occasionally posted updates on Facebook.Once synthroid side effects they got situated at the larger hospital and the winds picked up, Alford said the patients were moved into the hallways.

To "protect our babies," mattresses were pushed up against synthroid side effects the windows to prevent flying glass although none of the windows ended up breaking.She said as huge gusts of wind started coming in, they could feel the building vibrate. In addition to Bossano, the medical staff consisted of two neonatal nurse practitioners, 14 nurses and three respiratory therapists who worked on 12-hour shifts. Some of the staff slept on air mattresses synthroid side effects in the hallway, Alford said.

After making it through the hurricane, the plan was to have the babies stay in Lake Charles synthroid side effects. While electricity was out in the city, the hospital has its own generator. But Alford said the city's water system has been so heavily damaged that it ultimately forced them to transfer the babies as well as other patients to other hospitals around the state Friday.Both Alford and Bossano repeatedly praised the nursing staff for their work in caring for synthroid side effects the babies that in some cases were born weighing only a pound or two.

Some of the nursing staff lost their houses in the storm, and they were worried about their own families, but they put those concerns aside to care for their tiny patients."Really the nurses and the respiratory therapists are the heroes here," Bosanno said. "They showed that synthroid side effects very clearly the way they performed."During his physician residency training about 15 years ago, Dr. Chris Colbert doesn’t recall health equity ever being acknowledged or discussed.“There was just African American residency (training) and the thought that this wasn’t synthroid side effects right,” said Colbert, who is African American and serves as assistant emergency medicine residency director and director of health disparities at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

€œBut we didn’t feel like we were in a place where we could say that out loud.”That sentiment has permeated medical education for generations, and many experts contend that’s part of the reason cultural and racial inequities persist in a nation that is growing more diverse. €œI think for a lot of organizations … they’ve just been able to check a box and then keep going” when it came to cultural synthroid side effects competency training, said Dr. James Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, one of three historically Black U.S.

Medical schools.Unless medical education moves beyond that mentality, clinicians are likely to continue ignoring the effect of their implicit or unconscious biases on their decisionmaking, which has resulted in:Perpetuation of assumptions that reinforce racist and culturally insensitive stereotypes, such as the notion that Black patients have a higher pain tolerance than whites, leading to misdiagnosed pain assessments that result in Black patients being less likely to receive synthroid side effects pain medication. Or when medical book publisher Pearson in 2017 came under scrutiny for such passages as “Arabs may not request pain medicine but instead thank Allah for pain if it synthroid side effects is the result of a healing medical procedure,” in its textbook, Nursing. A Concept-Based Approach to Learning.Lack of investigation into the root causes for the disparities.

Take breast cancer—Black women are 41% more likely to die from the disease than white women despite synthroid side effects having a slightly lower incidence rate. And while breast synthroid side effects cancer incidence rates are higher among Black women than white women under age 45, leading organizations, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, call for routine mammogram screening once every two years for all women between the ages of 50 and 74 at average risk for the disease.Less intervention, as the Joint Commission points out that non-white patients receive fewer cardiovascular interventions and fewer kidney transplants.

Black men are less likely to receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy for prostate cancer and more likely to have testicle(s) removed.Patients of color are more likely to be blamed for being too passive about their healthcare and less engaged in shared decisionmaking.“There’s a lot to be synthroid side effects said about what’s being put in front of our learners starting in undergrad but especially in medical school,” said Dr. Nanette Lacuesta, director of the Physician Diversity Scholars Program at OhioHealth in Columbus. €œThere’s a lot of discussion about making sure that the images that are put in front of our students have different cultural considerations woven in.”To address those disparities, OhioHealth has focused on increasing the number of clinicians from underrepresented communities as well as providing cultural sensitivity training.“It helps if you’re an African American physician, but a Caucasian physician needs to understand synthroid side effects that too,” said Dr.

Mysheika Williams Roberts, Columbus’ health commissioner and a program mentor for the past 10 years.The system has partnered with three local medical schools to pair medical students from underrepresented communities with a mentor who can guide professional development synthroid side effects and be a sponsor for up to four years. The hope is that graduates will eventually match into OhioHealth residency programs. Now in its 10th synthroid side effects year, the Physician Diversity Scholars Program has been completed by 63 students.

17 have been matched to either residency or fellowship training at OhioHealth and six have become synthroid side effects staff members.“We have a pretty good return on our investment,” Lacuesta said.But that business case isn’t translating across the industry or down to medical education. During the 2018-19 school year, 6.2% of the nation’s more than 25,000 medical school graduates were African American, according to figures from the Association of American Medical Colleges, relatively the same proportion who graduated from medical schools in 2002.A sizable portion of Black doctors come from historically Black colleges and universities. Of the 12,219 Black graduates from all medical schools from 2009 to 2019, 14.3% were from HBCUs.“As the nation gets older and browner and darker and more synthroid side effects colorful, it’s going to be even more of a problem to make sure that we have the kind of healthcare providers who reflect our population,” Hildreth said.Black people account for 22% of all coronavirus deaths, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That disparity has underscored a racial healthcare gap that can’t be ignored. And it has spurred academic leaders from historically Black medical schools to advocate for a targeted response from federal lawmakers, one that they say would have a lasting impact.Hildreth in May testified before Congress, asking for $5 billion over the next five years to help historically Black medical schools address the impact COVID-19 has had on people of color.The synthroid side effects money would help Meharry, Morehouse, Howard and Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles form a consortium to lead contact tracing and testing efforts within marginalized communities. Evidence has shown less testing and contact tracing occurring in ethnic and racial minority communities compared with predominantly white communities, resulting in fewer tests being administered and less COVID-19 surveillance in minority neighborhoods.But the consortium’s role would go beyond synthroid side effects just responding to the pandemic.

Hildreth said much of the funding would go toward the schools’ efforts to address the structural barriers to better health within those communities.“It changes conversations dramatically when there is a person of color sitting at those tables,” he added.Developing physician leaders of color has been the primary objective of a diversity program started in 2019 at UCI School of Medicine in California. The Leadership Education to Advance Diversity-African, Black and Caribbean, or LEAD-ABC, is the first four-year program in the country specifically designed to recruit and train medical students to become physicians that will target reducing healthcare disparities in Black communities and other underserved areas.Evidence has shown a health benefit for minority patients who are treated by minority physicians.A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences of the United States of America found Black newborns were more than three times as synthroid side effects likely to survive childbirth if they received care from Black doctors compared with white physicians.Dr. Peter Pronovost, chief quality and clinical transformation officer at University Hospitals health system in Cleveland, said such evidence should compel healthcare organizations when possible to do more to offer patients of color opportunities to receive care from clinicians who share similar ethnicities.“Unfortunately we don’t have enough Black physicians to always provide that, but it could be engaging a community health worker who looks like them who’s trusted,” Pronovost said.Like at Meharry, the hope with the UCI program is that the focus on producing more clinicians of color to serve minority communities will improve the health of those patients and help establish greater bonds of trust in the medical field.“There are just these assumptions about African Americans that they abuse drugs and that they’re lazier that reflects in the kind of care that they’re given overall,” said synthroid side effects Dr.

Carol Major, director of UCI’s LEAD-ABC program. €œWe need to teach students and physicians-in-training to stop making these assumptions about a specific population based on the color of synthroid side effects their skin.”While Lacuesta from OhioHealth acknowledges challenges remain, she’s said more schools have recognized the importance of addressing such issues around race and bias. She attributes some of that to the role the Affordable Care Act played in establishing targets for providers to reduce health inequities in access and outcomes.“Our world is changing, and people are realizing that structural racism is causing a bigger part in the health inequities not only among our patients but also in our learners,” Lacuesta said..

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Aug. 29, 2020 -- Chadwick Boseman, the star of the 2018 Marvel Studios megahit Black Panther, died of colon cancer Friday. He was 43. Boseman, who was diagnosed 4 years ago, had kept his condition a secret. He filmed his recent movies ''during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy," according to a statement issued on his Twitter account.

When the actor was diagnosed in 2016, the cancer was at stage III -- meaning it had already grown through the colon wall -- but then progressed to the more lethal stage IV, meaning it had spread beyond his colon. Messages of condolences and the hashtag #Wakandaforever, referring to the fictional African nation in the Black Panther film, flooded social media Friday evening. Oprah tweeted. "What a gentle gifted SOUL. Showing us all that Greatness in between surgeries and chemo.

The courage, the strength, the Power it takes to do that. This is what Dignity looks like. " Marvel Studios tweeted. "Your legacy will live on forever." Boseman was also known for his role as Jackie Robinson in the movie 42. Coincidentally, Friday was Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day, where every player on every team wears Robinson's number 42 on their jerseys.

Boseman's other starring roles include portraying James Brown in Get on Up and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. But his role as King T'Challa in Black Panther, the super hero protagonist, made him an icon and an inspiration. About Colon Cancer Boseman's death reflects a troubling recent trend, says Mark Hanna, MD, a colorectal surgeon at City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center near Los Angeles. "We have noticed an increasing incidence of colorectal cancer in young adults," says Hanna, who did not treat Boseman.

"I've seen patients as young as their early 20s." About 104,000 cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed this year, according to American Cancer Society estimates, and another 43,000 cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed. About 12% of those, or 18,000 cases, will be in people under age 50. As the rates have declined in older adults due to screening, rates in young adults have steadily risen. Younger patients are often diagnosed at a later stage than older adults, Hanna says, because patients and even their doctors don't think about the possibility of colon cancer. Because it is considered a cancer affecting older adults, many younger people may brush off the symptoms or delay getting medical attention, Hanna says.

In a survey of 885 colorectal cancer patients conducted by Colorectal Cancer Alliance earlier this year, 75% said they visited two or more doctors before getting their diagnosis, and 11% went to 10 or more before finding out. If found early, colon cancer is curable, Hanna says. About 50% of those with colon cancer will be diagnosed at stage I or II, which is considered localized disease, he says. "The majority have a very good prognosis." The 5-year survival rate is about 90% for both stage I and II. But when it progresses to stage III, the cancer has begun to grow into surrounding tissues and the lymph nodes, Hanna says, and the survival rate for 5 years drops to 75%.

About 25% of patients are diagnosed at stage III, he says. If the diagnosis is made at stage IV, the 5-year survival rate drops to about 10% or 15%, he says. Experts have been trying to figure out why more young adults are getting colon cancer and why some do so poorly. "Traditionally we thought that patients who are older would have a worse outlook," Hanna says, partly because they tend to have other medical conditions too. Some experts say that younger patients might have more ''genetically aggressive disease," Hanna says.

"Our understanding of colorectal cancer is becoming more nuanced, and we know that not all forms are the same." For instance, he says, testing is done for specific genetic mutations that have been tied to colon cancer. "It's not just about finding the mutations, but finding the drug that targets [that form] best." Paying Attention to Red Flags "If you have any of what we call the red flag signs, do not ignore your symptoms no matter what your age is," Hanna says. Those are. In 2018, the American Cancer Society changed its guidelines for screening, recommending those at average risk start at age 45, not 50. The screening can be stool-based testing, such as a fecal occult blood test, or visual, such as a colonoscopy.

Hanna says he orders a colonoscopy if the symptoms suggest colon cancer, regardless of a patient's age. Family history of colorectal cancer is a risk factor, as are being obese or overweight, being sedentary, and eating lots of red meat. Sources Mark Hanna, MD, colorectal surgeon and assistant clinical professor of surgery, City of Hope, Los Angeles. American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Colorectal Cancer." Twitter statement.

Chadwick Boseman. American Cancer Society. "Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors." American Cancer Society. '"Colorectal Cancer Rates Rise in Younger Adults." American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, May 29-31, 2020. American Cancer Society "Survival Rates for Colorectal Cancer." American Cancer Society.

"Colorectal Cancer Facts &. Figures. 2017-2019." © 2020 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 20% of Americans don't believe in vaccines, a new study finds.

Misinformed vaccine beliefs drive opposition to public vaccine policies even more than politics, education, religion or other factors, researchers say. The findings are based on a survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. Adults done in 2019, during the largest measles outbreak in 25 years. The researchers, from the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, found that negative misperceptions about vaccinations. reduced the likelihood of supporting mandatory childhood vaccines by 70%, reduced the likelihood of opposing religious exemptions by 66%, reduced the likelihood of opposing personal belief exemptions by 79%.

"There are real implications here for a vaccine for COVID-19," lead author Dominik Stecula said in an APPC news release. He conducted the research while at APPC and is now an assistant professor of political science at Colorado State University. "The negative vaccine beliefs we examined aren't limited only to the measles, mumps and rubella [MMR] vaccine, but are general attitudes about vaccination." Stecula called for an education campaign by public health professionals and journalists, among others, to preemptively correct misinformation and prepare the public to accept a COVID-19 vaccine. Overall, there was strong support for vaccination policies. 72% strongly or somewhat supported mandatory childhood vaccination, 60% strongly or somewhat opposed religious exemptions, 66% strongly or somewhat opposed vaccine exemptions based on personal beliefs.

"On the one hand, these are big majorities. Well above 50% of Americans support mandatory childhood vaccinations and oppose religious and personal belief exemptions to vaccination," said co-author Ozan Kuru, a former APPC researcher, now an assistant professor of communications at the National University of Singapore. "Still, we need a stronger consensus in the public to bolster pro-vaccine attitudes and legislation and thus achieve community immunity," he added in the release. A previous study from the 2018-2019 measles outbreak found that people who rely on social media were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines. And a more recent one found that people who got information from social media or conservative news outlets at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to be misinformed about how to prevent infection and hold conspiracy theories about it.

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, the number of Americans needed to be vaccinated to achieve community-wide immunity is not known, the researchers said. The findings were recently published online in the American Journal of Public Health.By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding mothers are unlikely to transmit the new coronavirus to their babies via their milk, researchers say. No cases of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have been documented, but questions about the potential risk remain. Researchers examined 64 samples of breast milk collected from 18 women across the United States who were infected with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19.

One sample tested positive for coronavirus RNA, but follow-up tests showed that the virus couldn't replicate and therefore, couldn't infect the breastfed infant, according to the study recently published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Detection of viral RNA does not equate to infection. It has to grow and multiply in order to be infectious and we did not find that in any of our samples," said study author Christina Chambers, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. She is also director of the Mommy's Milk Human Milk Research Biorepository. "Our findings suggest breast milk itself is not likely a source of infection for the infant," Chambers said in a UCSD news release.

To prevent transmission of the virus while breastfeeding, wearing a mask, hand-washing and sterilizing pumping equipment after each use are recommended. "We hope our results and future studies will give women the reassurance needed for them to breastfeed. Human milk provides invaluable benefits to mom and baby," said co-author Dr. Grace Aldrovandi, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. WebMD News from HealthDay Sources SOURCE.

University of California, San Diego, news release, Aug. 19, 2020 Copyright © 2013-2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.Nursing home staff will have to be tested regularly for COVID-19, and facilities that fail to do so will face fines, the Trump administration said Tuesday. Even though they account for less than 1% of the nation's population, long-term care facilities account for 42% of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, the Associated Press reported. There have been more than 70,000 deaths in U.S.

Nursing homes, according to the COVID Tracking Project. It's been months since the White House first urged governors to test all nursing home residents and staff, the AP reported. WebMD News from HealthDay Copyright © 2013-2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.August 28, 2020 -- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are packaged in containers that look like food items or drinks could cause injury or death if ingested, according to a new warning the FDA issued Thursday. Hand sanitizers are being packaged in beer cans, water bottles, juice bottles, vodka bottles and children’s food pouches, the FDA said.

Some sanitizers also contain flavors, such as chocolate or raspberry, which could cause confusion. €œI am increasingly concerned about hand sanitizer being packaged to appear to be consumable products, such as baby food or beverages,” Stephen Hahn, MD, the FDA commissioner, said in a statement. Accidentally drinking hand sanitizer — even a small amount — is potentially lethal to children. €œThese products could confuse consumers into accidentally ingesting a potentially deadly product,” he said. €œIt’s dangerous to add scents with food flavors to hand sanitizers which children could think smells like food, eat and get alcohol poisoning.” For example, the FDA received a report about a consumer who purchased a bottle that looked like drinkable water but was actually hand sanitizer.

In another report, a retailer informed the agency about a hand sanitizer product that was marketed in a pouch that looks like a children’s snack and had cartoons on it. Meanwhile, the FDA's warning list about dangerous hand sanitizers containing methanol continues to grow as some people are drinking the sanitizers to get an alcohol high. Others have believed a rumor, circulated online, that drinking the highly potent and toxic alcohol can disinfect the body, protecting them from COVID-19 infection. Earlier this month, the FDA also issued a warning about hand sanitizers contaminated with 1-propanol. Ingesting 1-propanol can cause central nervous system depression, which can be fatal, the agency says.

Symptoms of 1-propanol exposure can include confusion, decreased consciousness, and slowed pulse and breathing. One brand of sanitizer, Harmonic Nature S de RL de MI of Mexico, are labeled to contain ethanol or isopropyl alcohol but have tested positive for 1-propanol contamination. Poison control centers and state health departments have reported an increasing number of adverse events associated with hand sanitizer ingestion, including heart issues, nervous system problems, hospitalizations and deaths, according to the statement. The FDA encouraged consumers and health care professionals to report issues to the MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. The agency is working with manufacturers to recall confusing and dangerous products and is encouraging retailers to remove some products from shelves.

The FDA is also updating its list of hand sanitizer products that consumers should avoid. €œManufacturers should be vigilant about packaging and marketing their hand sanitizers in food or drink packages in an effort to mitigate any potential inadvertent use by consumers,” Hahn said..

Aug. 29, 2020 -- Chadwick Boseman, the star of the 2018 Marvel Studios megahit Black Panther, died of colon cancer Friday. He was 43.

Boseman, who was diagnosed 4 years ago, had kept his condition a secret. He filmed his recent movies ''during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy," according to a statement issued on his Twitter account. When the actor was diagnosed in 2016, the cancer was at stage III -- meaning it had already grown through the colon wall -- but then progressed to the more lethal stage IV, meaning it had spread beyond his colon.

Messages of condolences and the hashtag #Wakandaforever, referring to the fictional African nation in the Black Panther film, flooded social media Friday evening. Oprah tweeted. "What a gentle gifted SOUL.

Showing us all that Greatness in between surgeries and chemo. The courage, the strength, the Power it takes to do that. This is what Dignity looks like.

" Marvel Studios tweeted. "Your legacy will live on forever." Boseman was also known for his role as Jackie Robinson in the movie 42. Coincidentally, Friday was Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day, where every player on every team wears Robinson's number 42 on their jerseys.

Boseman's other starring roles include portraying James Brown in Get on Up and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. But his role as King T'Challa in Black Panther, the super hero protagonist, made him an icon and an inspiration.

About Colon Cancer Boseman's death reflects a troubling recent trend, says Mark Hanna, MD, a colorectal surgeon at City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center near Los Angeles. "We have noticed an increasing incidence of colorectal cancer in young adults," says Hanna, who did not treat Boseman. "I've seen patients as young as their early 20s." About 104,000 cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed this year, according to American Cancer Society estimates, and another 43,000 cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed.

About 12% of those, or 18,000 cases, will be in people under age 50. As the rates have declined in older adults due to screening, rates in young adults have steadily risen. Younger patients are often diagnosed at a later stage than older adults, Hanna says, because patients and even their doctors don't think about the possibility of colon cancer.

Because it is considered a cancer affecting older adults, many younger people may brush off the symptoms or delay getting medical attention, Hanna says. In a survey of 885 colorectal cancer patients conducted by Colorectal Cancer Alliance earlier this year, 75% said they visited two or more doctors before getting their diagnosis, and 11% went to 10 or more before finding out. If found early, colon cancer is curable, Hanna says.

About 50% of those with colon cancer will be diagnosed at stage I or II, which is considered localized disease, he says. "The majority have a very good prognosis." The 5-year survival rate is about 90% for both stage I and II. But when it progresses to stage III, the cancer has begun to grow into surrounding tissues and the lymph nodes, Hanna says, and the survival rate for 5 years drops to 75%.

About 25% of patients are diagnosed at stage III, he says. If the diagnosis is made at stage IV, the 5-year survival rate drops to about 10% or 15%, he says. Experts have been trying to figure out why more young adults are getting colon cancer and why some do so poorly.

"Traditionally we thought that patients who are older would have a worse outlook," Hanna says, partly because they tend to have other medical conditions too. Some experts say that younger patients might have more ''genetically aggressive disease," Hanna says. "Our understanding of colorectal cancer is becoming more nuanced, and we know that not all forms are the same." For instance, he says, testing is done for specific genetic mutations that have been tied to colon cancer.

"It's not just about finding the mutations, but finding the drug that targets [that form] best." Paying Attention to Red Flags "If you have any of what we call the red flag signs, do not ignore your symptoms no matter what your age is," Hanna says. Those are. In 2018, the American Cancer Society changed its guidelines for screening, recommending those at average risk start at age 45, not 50.

The screening can be stool-based testing, such as a fecal occult blood test, or visual, such as a colonoscopy. Hanna says he orders a colonoscopy if the symptoms suggest colon cancer, regardless of a patient's age. Family history of colorectal cancer is a risk factor, as are being obese or overweight, being sedentary, and eating lots of red meat.

Sources Mark Hanna, MD, colorectal surgeon and assistant clinical professor of surgery, City of Hope, Los Angeles. American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Colorectal Cancer." Twitter statement.

Chadwick Boseman. American Cancer Society. "Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors." American Cancer Society.

'"Colorectal Cancer Rates Rise in Younger Adults." American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, May 29-31, 2020. American Cancer Society "Survival Rates for Colorectal Cancer." American Cancer Society. "Colorectal Cancer Facts &.

Figures. 2017-2019." © 2020 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.FRIDAY, Aug.

28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 20% of Americans don't believe in vaccines, a new study finds. Misinformed vaccine beliefs drive opposition to public vaccine policies even more than politics, education, religion or other factors, researchers say. The findings are based on a survey of nearly 2,000 U.S.

Adults done in 2019, during the largest measles outbreak in 25 years. The researchers, from the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, found that negative misperceptions about vaccinations. reduced the likelihood of supporting mandatory childhood vaccines by 70%, reduced the likelihood of opposing religious exemptions by 66%, reduced the likelihood of opposing personal belief exemptions by 79%.

"There are real implications here for a vaccine for COVID-19," lead author Dominik Stecula said in an APPC news release. He conducted the research while at APPC and is now an assistant professor of political science at Colorado State University. "The negative vaccine beliefs we examined aren't limited only to the measles, mumps and rubella [MMR] vaccine, but are general attitudes about vaccination." Stecula called for an education campaign by public health professionals and journalists, among others, to preemptively correct misinformation and prepare the public to accept a COVID-19 vaccine.

Overall, there was strong support for vaccination policies. 72% strongly or somewhat supported mandatory childhood vaccination, 60% strongly or somewhat opposed religious exemptions, 66% strongly or somewhat opposed vaccine exemptions based on personal beliefs. "On the one hand, these are big majorities.

Well above 50% of Americans support mandatory childhood vaccinations and oppose religious and personal belief exemptions to vaccination," said co-author Ozan Kuru, a former APPC researcher, now an assistant professor of communications at the National University of Singapore. "Still, we need a stronger consensus in the public to bolster pro-vaccine attitudes and legislation and thus achieve community immunity," he added in the release. A previous study from the 2018-2019 measles outbreak found that people who rely on social media were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines.

And a more recent one found that people who got information from social media or conservative news outlets at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to be misinformed about how to prevent infection and hold conspiracy theories about it. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, the number of Americans needed to be vaccinated to achieve community-wide immunity is not known, the researchers said. The findings were recently published online in the American Journal of Public Health.By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug.

28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding mothers are unlikely to transmit the new coronavirus to their babies via their milk, researchers say. No cases of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have been documented, but questions about the potential risk remain. Researchers examined 64 samples of breast milk collected from 18 women across the United States who were infected with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19.

One sample tested positive for coronavirus RNA, but follow-up tests showed that the virus couldn't replicate and therefore, couldn't infect the breastfed infant, according to the study recently published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Detection of viral RNA does not equate to infection. It has to grow and multiply in order to be infectious and we did not find that in any of our samples," said study author Christina Chambers, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego.

She is also director of the Mommy's Milk Human Milk Research Biorepository. "Our findings suggest breast milk itself is not likely a source of infection for the infant," Chambers said in a UCSD news release. To prevent transmission of the virus while breastfeeding, wearing a mask, hand-washing and sterilizing pumping equipment after each use are recommended.

"We hope our results and future studies will give women the reassurance needed for them to breastfeed. Human milk provides invaluable benefits to mom and baby," said co-author Dr. Grace Aldrovandi, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

WebMD News from HealthDay Sources SOURCE. University of California, San Diego, news release, Aug. 19, 2020 Copyright © 2013-2020 HealthDay.

All rights reserved.Nursing home staff will have to be tested regularly for COVID-19, and facilities that fail to do so will face fines, the Trump administration said Tuesday. Even though they account for less than 1% of the nation's population, long-term care facilities account for 42% of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, the Associated Press reported. There have been more than 70,000 deaths in U.S.

Nursing homes, according to the COVID Tracking Project. It's been months since the White House first urged governors to test all nursing home residents and staff, the AP reported. WebMD News from HealthDay Copyright © 2013-2020 HealthDay.

All rights reserved.August 28, 2020 -- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are packaged in containers that look like food items or drinks could cause injury or death if ingested, according to a new warning the FDA issued Thursday. Hand sanitizers are being packaged in beer cans, water bottles, juice bottles, vodka bottles and children’s food pouches, the FDA said. Some sanitizers also contain flavors, such as chocolate or raspberry, which could cause confusion.

€œI am increasingly concerned about hand sanitizer being packaged to appear to be consumable products, such as baby food or beverages,” Stephen Hahn, MD, the FDA commissioner, said in a statement. Accidentally drinking hand sanitizer — even a small amount — is potentially lethal to children. €œThese products could confuse consumers into accidentally ingesting a potentially deadly product,” he said.

€œIt’s dangerous to add scents with food flavors to hand sanitizers which children could think smells like food, eat and get alcohol poisoning.” For example, the FDA received a report about a consumer who purchased a bottle that looked like drinkable water but was actually hand sanitizer. In another report, a retailer informed the agency about a hand sanitizer product that was marketed in a pouch that looks like a children’s snack and had cartoons on it. Meanwhile, the FDA's warning list about dangerous hand sanitizers containing methanol continues to grow as some people are drinking the sanitizers to get an alcohol high.

Others have believed a rumor, circulated online, that drinking the highly potent and toxic alcohol can disinfect the body, protecting them from COVID-19 infection. Earlier this month, the FDA also issued a warning about hand sanitizers contaminated with 1-propanol. Ingesting 1-propanol can cause central nervous system depression, which can be fatal, the agency says.

Symptoms of 1-propanol exposure can include confusion, decreased consciousness, and slowed pulse and breathing. One brand of sanitizer, Harmonic Nature S de RL de MI of Mexico, are labeled to contain ethanol or isopropyl alcohol but have tested positive for 1-propanol contamination. Poison control centers and state health departments have reported an increasing number of adverse events associated with hand sanitizer ingestion, including heart issues, nervous system problems, hospitalizations and deaths, according to the statement.

The FDA encouraged consumers and health care professionals to report issues to the MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. The agency is working with manufacturers to recall confusing and dangerous products and is encouraging retailers to remove some products from shelves. The FDA is also updating its list of hand sanitizer products that consumers should avoid.

€œManufacturers should be vigilant about packaging and marketing their hand sanitizers in food or drink packages in an effort to mitigate any potential inadvertent use by consumers,” Hahn said..

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At the start of field work season, ecologist Jory Brinkerhoff usually advises his crew to watch out for synthroid labs summertime fevers. If you develop a fever at that time of year, he tells them, it’s probably not the flu, but a tick-borne illness.But this year, Brinkerhoff, who studies human risk for flea- and tick-transmitted diseases at the University of Richmond, didn’t know exactly what to tell his field crew. A fever synthroid labs in the middle of summer 2020 could mean a tick-borne illness. Or, it could mean COVID-19.With the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus still spreading across the country, some experts worry about the overlap between COVID-19 and Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacterium carried by black-legged ticks.

While it’s too soon to know exactly how the pandemic will affect Lyme disease rates this year, experts like Brinkerhoff wonder if more people spending time outside beating the quarantine blues could lead to synthroid labs more people being exposed to disease-carrying ticks. Some overlapping symptoms might also lead to delayed diagnosis and treatment of Lyme, he notes. At the same time, weather patterns in some parts of the country may actually lead to fewer Lyme disease cases this year. No matter synthroid labs the broader trends, there are things anyone getting outside can do to protect themselves from ticks.

Lyme Disease on the MoveOver the last few decades, Lyme disease has been on the rise in the United States. There are many overlapping synthroid labs reasons for this, says Brinkerhoff. Awareness has gone up since the 1970s, when Lyme was first described in the U.S. Landscape changes like cutting forests and building suburbs near wooded areas has put humans in closer contact with ticks and tick-carrying animals.

Deer populations have exploded in the last synthroid labs 100 years, he notes. And climate change is likely allowing ticks to spread to and thrive in new parts of the continent. This year, people have synthroid labs flocked to the great outdoors to escape their home quarantines and engage in socially-distant fun. It’s possible that more people trying to get outside could mean more people exposed to ticks and, therefore, Lyme disease, says Brinkerhoff, who wrote an article in The Conversation on the issue earlier this year.

Animals have been behaving differently during the pandemic as well, especially during the early days of lockdown, and it’s unclear if that could also have an effect on Lyme disease rates, he says.In some parts of the country, however, Lyme may be less of a concern this summer than it normally is. Maine is synthroid labs usually a Lyme hotspot in early summer, but unusually hot and dry weather this year may be keeping ticks close to the ground and away from human contact, says Robert P. Smith Jr., an infectious disease physician and director of the division of infectious diseases at Maine Medical Center. While it’s too early to tell, Lyme synthroid labs disease rates in Maine could actually go down this summer as a result, he says.Overlapping SymptomsWith everyone rightfully concerned about COVID-19, Lyme disease likely isn’t at the forefront of someone’s mind if they develop a fever.

Plus, about two-thirds of people with Lyme disease don’t remember being bitten by a tick, says Smith. Many who develop Lyme disease are bitten by poppy seed-sized immature ticks that can stay on the body unnoticed for two or three days before dropping off, he says.There is some overlap between COVID-19 and Lyme disease symptoms that could cause confusion. In both synthroid labs cases, people usually develop a fever and muscle aches, says Smith. He has heard secondhand about a few cases in Maine in which patients with these symptoms were first tested for COVID-19 and were later found to have Lyme disease.However, there are some crucial differences between the two illnesses, Smith says.

The majority of people synthroid labs with symptomatic COVID-19 will have a cough or shortness of breath, whereas Lyme disease generally has no respiratory component, says Smith. COVID-19 patients also have a higher risk for gastrointestinal issues, and Lyme patients do not. While not all people with Lyme disease develop a rash, 70 to 80 percent do, Smith notes. Rashes are not common symptoms synthroid labs for COVID-19 infections.

Receiving an accurate diagnosis and relatively quick treatment can greatly reduce the severity of a Lyme disease infection. €œIt doesn’t have to be synthroid labs immediate. If you think you might have Lyme disease, you need to get diagnosed with a week or so,” says Smith. €œThat’s usually very early in the disease and you can expect an excellent response to antibiotic treatment.” Delaying treatment by a couple of weeks can lead to more serious complications, including nerve-related symptoms, Lyme meningitis, facial muscle weakness (Bell’s palsy), Lyme arthritis and other conditions, he says.

While antibiotics are still effective at this stage, it tends to take synthroid labs longer to fully recover.Fortunately, for anyone concerned about safe outdoor excursions here and now, there are several practical steps you can take to avoid ticks. Use insect repellant and wear protective layers. Stick to the path instead of straying into dense synthroid labs underbrush, says Smith. When you return from an adventure, put your clothes in the washer and check yourself for ticks.

And if you do start to feel feverish a few days later, call your doctor and be sure to mention you’ve been spending time outside..

At the start of field work season, ecologist Jory Brinkerhoff usually advises his synthroid side effects crew to watch out for summertime fevers. If you develop a fever at that time of year, he tells them, it’s probably not the flu, but a tick-borne illness.But this year, Brinkerhoff, who studies human risk for flea- and tick-transmitted diseases at the University of Richmond, didn’t know exactly what to tell his field crew. A fever in the middle of summer 2020 could mean a tick-borne illness synthroid side effects. Or, it could mean COVID-19.With the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus still spreading across the country, some experts worry about the overlap between COVID-19 and Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacterium carried by black-legged ticks. While it’s too synthroid side effects soon to know exactly how the pandemic will affect Lyme disease rates this year, experts like Brinkerhoff wonder if more people spending time outside beating the quarantine blues could lead to more people being exposed to disease-carrying ticks.

Some overlapping symptoms might also lead to delayed diagnosis and treatment of Lyme, he notes. At the same time, weather patterns in some parts of the country may actually lead to fewer Lyme disease cases this year. No matter the broader trends, there are things anyone getting outside can do to synthroid side effects protect themselves from ticks. Lyme Disease on the MoveOver the last few decades, Lyme disease has been on the rise in the United States. There are many overlapping reasons for this, says synthroid side effects Brinkerhoff.

Awareness has gone up since the 1970s, when Lyme was first described in the U.S. Landscape changes like cutting forests and building suburbs near wooded areas has put humans in closer contact with ticks and tick-carrying animals. Deer populations have exploded in the last 100 years, synthroid side effects he notes. And climate change is likely allowing ticks to spread to and thrive in new parts of the continent. This year, people have flocked to the great synthroid side effects outdoors to escape their home quarantines and engage in socially-distant fun.

It’s possible that more people trying to get outside could mean more people exposed to ticks and, therefore, Lyme disease, says Brinkerhoff, who wrote an article in The Conversation on the issue earlier this year. Animals have been behaving differently during the pandemic as well, especially during the early days of lockdown, and it’s unclear if that could also have an effect on Lyme disease rates, he says.In some parts of the country, however, Lyme may be less of a concern this summer than it normally is. Maine is usually a Lyme hotspot in early summer, but unusually hot and dry weather this year may be keeping ticks close to the ground and away from human contact, says synthroid side effects Robert P. Smith Jr., an infectious disease physician and director of the division of infectious diseases at Maine Medical Center. While it’s too early to tell, Lyme disease rates in Maine could actually go down synthroid side effects this summer as a result, he says.Overlapping SymptomsWith everyone rightfully concerned about COVID-19, Lyme disease likely isn’t at the forefront of someone’s mind if they develop a fever.

Plus, about two-thirds of people with Lyme disease don’t remember being bitten by a tick, says Smith. Many who develop Lyme disease are bitten by poppy seed-sized immature ticks that can stay on the body unnoticed for two or three days before dropping off, he says.There is some overlap between COVID-19 and Lyme disease symptoms that could cause confusion. In both cases, people synthroid side effects usually develop a fever and muscle aches, says Smith. He has heard secondhand about a few cases in Maine in which patients with these symptoms were first tested for COVID-19 and were later found to have Lyme disease.However, there are some crucial differences between the two illnesses, Smith says. The majority of people with symptomatic synthroid side effects COVID-19 will have a cough or shortness of breath, whereas Lyme disease generally has no respiratory component, says Smith.

COVID-19 patients also have a higher risk for gastrointestinal issues, and Lyme patients do not. While not all people with Lyme disease develop a rash, 70 to 80 percent do, Smith notes. Rashes are synthroid side effects not common symptoms for COVID-19 infections. Receiving an accurate diagnosis and relatively quick treatment can greatly reduce the severity of a Lyme disease infection. €œIt doesn’t synthroid side effects have to be immediate.

If you think you might have Lyme disease, you need to get diagnosed with a week or so,” says Smith. €œThat’s usually very early in the disease and you can expect an excellent response to antibiotic treatment.” Delaying treatment by a couple of weeks can lead to more serious complications, including nerve-related symptoms, Lyme meningitis, facial muscle weakness (Bell’s palsy), Lyme arthritis and other conditions, he says. While antibiotics are still synthroid side effects effective at this stage, it tends to take longer to fully recover.Fortunately, for anyone concerned about safe outdoor excursions here and now, there are several practical steps you can take to avoid ticks. Use insect repellant and wear protective layers. Stick to the path instead of straying into synthroid side effects dense underbrush, says Smith.

When you return from an adventure, put your clothes in the washer and check yourself for ticks. And if you do start to feel feverish a few days later, call your doctor and be sure to mention you’ve been spending time outside..

Synthroid and gabapentin

Latest Coronavirus synthroid and gabapentin News By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News)A pair of new studies assert that synthroid and gabapentin the U.S. Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster, causing more deaths than thought and prolonging Americans' suffering more than any other country.The United States experienced a 20% increase over expected deaths between March and August 2020, with more than 225,500 people needlessly dying, said the lead researcher on the first study, Dr. Steven Woolf synthroid and gabapentin.

He's director synthroid and gabapentin of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health, in Richmond.All of those excess deaths can be laid at the feet of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inadequate U.S. Response to it, Woolf said.According to Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, "The research on excess mortality from COVID-19 really underscores what many of us have seen on a day-to-day basis synthroid and gabapentin. This pandemic was earth-shattering for this country, and the reverberations of the pandemic were felt everywhere and extended even to those who were never infected with the virus."As a result, the United States is first among developed nations in the number of citizens per capita who have died due to COVID-19.Worse, the U.S.

Pandemic continued synthroid and gabapentin on through the summer even as other countries managed to gain control over the new coronavirus, the second study reports.Between May and September, the United States experienced more than 31 excess deaths per 100,000 people, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and his colleague found.By comparison, other countries who have lost many people to COVID-19 -- Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Sweden -- had much synthroid and gabapentin lower excess death rates due to the pandemic over the summer, as they adopted tactics to halt transmission of the virus.For example, Sweden had about 15 excess deaths per 100,000, half as many as the United States, and the United Kingdom had about 14 excess deaths per 100,000."We knew it was bad. It's actually even worse," said Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon synthroid and gabapentin and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, Calif.The two new studies and an editorial by Fineberg were published online Oct.

12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The 20% increase in U.S. Deaths were synthroid and gabapentin all related to the pandemic, but not all were caused by the virus, Woolf said. COVID-19 was a documented cause in only 67% of those cases."The calculation of excess deaths shows that for every two Americans that we know are dying from COVID-19, an additional American is dying from causes other than COVID-19," Woolf said.The other pandemic-related deaths are due to:People not getting care in emergency situations -- for example, "the patient with chest pain who's scared to call 911 because they synthroid and gabapentin don't want to get the virus, and dies of a heart attack," Woolf said.Patients dying from chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart problems, because they didn't have access to the medical care that had helped them control their health problems.People suffering from pandemic-related anxiety, depression or stress who either die by suicide or die from an accidental overdose."The opioid epidemic hasn't gone away," Woolf said. "People under stress trying to cope with the strains of this pandemic may have taken a drug overdose and died.

We suspect some of those excess deaths are from these other causes."It's also likely that at least some of these unexplained excess deaths really are due to undetected COVID-19 infections, Woolf added.Woolf and his team synthroid and gabapentin also found that the U.S. Struggle with COVID-19 was compounded by decisions in some states to emerge from lockdown prematurely, without any good plan to control virus transmission."States like Florida, Texas, Arizona and others that made the choice to reopen early, like in late April or early May, their curves look very different," Woolf said. "You see a pattern of initially slowly rising and then surging excess synthroid and gabapentin deaths in the summer. That dragged out synthroid and gabapentin the length of their epidemic."By comparison, U.S.

States hit hardest early on -- such as New York and New Jersey -- had an early spike in mid-April that then fell rapidly "because they did a very good job of controlling community spread," Woolf said. Combined with the second study's global comparison, the studies "together say something very important," Woolf said.Other countries synthroid and gabapentin have taken effective steps to control the pandemic -- comprehensive travel bans, production of personal protective equipment (PPE), access to testing, and public health work like contact tracing."You find that the U.S. Faltered in each of those steps in a rather dramatic way," Woolf said.He pointed to the early travel ban that President Donald Trump often cites as proof that his administration effectively responded to the pandemic.The ban only applied to Chinese nationals, while other countries "really locked down arrivals into their country in a way that the U.S. Did not do," Woolf said."U.S synthroid and gabapentin.

Citizens were still flying synthroid and gabapentin in from China, but more importantly the virus was coming from Europe and there was no ban imposed there until March," Woolf said. "Those kinds of shortcomings in our response have led the U.S. To end up with a mortality rate that is exceeding those synthroid and gabapentin of other countries."Adalja agreed."It is also important to remember that we did not have to have this trajectory with the pandemic," Adalja said. "There were clear actions that could've been taken in January, February and March but were not and are still not."The United States failed to swing its industrial might behind an effort to develop a testing strategy, Adalja noted.The United States "also failed to fortify our public health infrastructure despite the fact we knew that this virus is going to come here and it would be a huge burden on case investigators and contact tracers," he added.

"There was also no effort to augment [personal protective synthroid and gabapentin equipment] until it became too late. Imagine if we would've started thinking about PPE in January and making strategic buys at that point in order to increase supply."All of this synthroid and gabapentin has added up to a staggering loss of life that, not coincidentally, has ravaged the U.S. Economy, Fineberg said."The economic consequences of this pandemic are stunning," he said. "They estimate it has essentially stripped away almost a full year of the whole nation's productivity, in their estimate a cost of $16 trillion synthroid and gabapentin.

That's made up of both direct health costs and other costs to the economy."Copyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights synthroid and gabapentin reserved. References synthroid and gabapentin SOURCES. Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, director, Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health, Richmond, Va..

Amesh Adalja, MD, senior scholar, Johns Hopkins Center synthroid and gabapentin for Health Security, Baltimore. Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, president, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Palo Alto, Calif.. Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct synthroid and gabapentin. 12, 2020, onlineLatest synthroid and gabapentin Pregnancy News By Amy NortonHealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Oct.

13, 2020 (HealthDay News)Children whose mothers were given an epidural during labor may face a slightly heightened risk of autism, a large, new study suggests.Researchers found that the rate of autism was a little higher among those kids, versus their peers whose mothers did not get epidural pain relief during childbirth. 1.9% versus 1.3%.The reasons for the difference are not yet synthroid and gabapentin known. And experts stressed that the findings do not prove epidurals directly raise the odds of a future autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis."I don't think people should be panicked," said senior researcher Anny Xiang, of Kaiser Permanente Southern California's Department of Research and Evaluation.For one, she said, the rates of ASD were low in both study groups.Instead, the findings point to a need for more research to better understand what is going on, Xiang said.Other experts agreed. Autism is a complex brain-based disorder, and it's thought that many synthroid and gabapentin factors -- before, during and after birth -- may influence the risk, said Dr.

Rahul Gupta, chief medical and health officer for the March of Dimes."It's quite unlikely synthroid and gabapentin that just the drugs used in epidural would cause ASD," he said.Gupta pointed to a bigger-picture question. Women who did or did not have epidurals during delivery may have differed from each other in various ways that the study could not take into account. They may have had different exposures synthroid and gabapentin to infections, environmental toxins or medications during pregnancy, for example.Gupta noted that a large U.S. Government study, called SEED, is digging into potential risk factors for autism.

It recently found an elevated risk among kids whose mothers were prescribed opioids painkillers shortly synthroid and gabapentin before they became pregnant.When it comes to medications in general, Gupta said, researchers need to learn more about the possible effects during pregnancy.Autism is a brain disorder that affects social skills, communication and behavior control. It affects about 1 in 54 children in the United States, according synthroid and gabapentin to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The disorder varies widely from one person to the next. Some children have milder problems with socializing and communicating, while others are profoundly affected -- speaking little, if at all, and getting wrapped up in synthroid and gabapentin repetitive, obsessive behaviors.Genes are thought to account for much of the risk of autism, but experts have long believed that environmental factors also play a role.Past studies have looked at mode of delivery.

Some have found that children born by cesarean section or labor induction have a higher risk of autism.This latest study, published Oct. 12 in JAMA Pediatrics, is the first to look at epidural use and autism synthroid and gabapentin risk.Xiang's team scoured electronic medical records for nearly 148,000 children born at Southern California hospitals between 2008 and 2015. All were synthroid and gabapentin delivered vaginally, and about three-quarters were exposed to epidural analgesia.Children in that exposed group had a somewhat higher rate of ASD diagnosis. The researchers used the medical records to try to account for other factors -- including the mother's age and education level, and health issues such as diabetes, obesity and smoking.Even then, children exposed to epidural analgesia remained at 37% greater risk of ASD, compared to unexposed kids.Xiang's team also looked at one possible explanation.

Epidurals can synthroid and gabapentin cause a fever and, in theory, that might affect newborns. But there was no clear link between moms' fevers during labor and the risk of autism. SLIDESHOW synthroid and gabapentin Parenting. Learn to Be a Better Parent See Slideshow Several medical groups responded to the study, saying it "does not provide credible scientific evidence that labor epidurals for pain relief cause autism."The groups, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said women should not be scared away from opting for an epidural."Very low levels of these [epidural] drugs are transferred to the infant, and there is no evidence that these very low levels of drug exposure cause any harm to an infant's brain," the groups said.Thomas Frazier, chief science officer for the advocacy group Autism Speaks, called the study "high-quality," and said it will hopefully spur more research.Frazier agreed there may be other explanations for the connection between epidural use and higher ASD risk -- such as synthroid and gabapentin infections or other prenatal factors.Copyright © 2020 HealthDay.

All rights reserved. From Parenting/Baby Resources Featured Centers Health Solutions From Our Sponsors synthroid and gabapentin References SOURCES. Anny Xiang, Ph.D., senior research scientist, Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, Calif.. Rahul Gupta, M.D., M.P.H., synthroid and gabapentin chief medical and health officer, March of Dimes, Arlington, Va..

Thomas Frazier, Ph.D., chief science officer, Autism synthroid and gabapentin Speaks, New York City. JAMA Pediatrics, Oct. 12, 2020, onlineLatest Heart News synthroid and gabapentin TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 (American Heart Association News)Blood clots in the veins – particularly those that break off and travel to the lungs – can be fatal and have become increasingly so.

Yet many adults know little about their risks synthroid and gabapentin or the growing evidence that healthy habits can help prevent clots."A key barrier in the United States is that awareness of this disease is not very good," Dr. Mary Cushman said of the condition known as venous thromboembolism.VTE includes two synthroid and gabapentin types of clots. Deep vein thrombosis, called DVT, usually in the leg, and pulmonary embolism, or PE, which is when a DVT breaks free and lodges in the lungs, where they often are fatal. There were roughly 370,000 PE and 857,000 DVT events in the United States in 2016, the last year for which statistics were available, according to American Heart Association estimates.Obesity and a lack of physical activity have long been associated with a higher risk for blood clots, along with family history, certain genetic factors and prior episodes of clotting.Cushman, medical director of the Thrombosis and synthroid and gabapentin Hemostasis Program at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, has spent years researching the impact of obesity and other lifestyle factors on these clots.Her work shows some of that risk can be lowered through lifestyle changes.

Her most recent study, published last month in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, measured the impact of seven metrics for cardiovascular health on people at high genetic risk for VTE. It found a strong association between two of those metrics – higher physical activity and ideal body weight – and a lower incidence of clots in synthroid and gabapentin people at high genetic risk."The size of the impact of physical activity and having a normal weight on reducing the risk of clots in those at high genetic risk was even more than I had imagined it might be," Cushman said. "If you have a high genetic risk for VTE and you did one to three bouts a week of physical activity (enough to work up a sweat), you'd have a 28% lower risk synthroid and gabapentin of developing clots. And, if your body mass index was less than 25, compared to someone who was obese (a BMI greater than 30), you'd have a 45% lower risk."The seven metrics, known as the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7, also include smoking status, total cholesterol, diet score, blood pressure and fasting glucose."Not all of these habits confer the same benefit," said Dr.

Peter Henke, a vascular surgeon who was not involved with the recent study."If you have a known family history of VTE, or if you synthroid and gabapentin have had a clot in the past, the message here is that for the most part, you can modify your risk for having a future clot," said Henke, the Leland Ira Doan Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "If you know you are at high risk, it is an impetus to adopt these seven lifestyle habits, which, frankly, everyone should adopt anyway."PE and DVT kill up to 100,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study published in August in the Journal of the American Heart Association found death rates for pulmonary embolism for the overall population, which had been falling, synthroid and gabapentin began rising over the past decade, with the biggest increases seen in those under 65.Cushman encourages people to learn the symptoms of VTE. They include swelling, pain or tenderness in the legs, red streaks or other skin synthroid and gabapentin discoloration, and skin that feels warm to the touch.

Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, chest pain, a rapid heart rate or lightheadedness. SLIDESHOW Heart synthroid and gabapentin Disease. Causes of a Heart Attack See Slideshow And find out your family history, she said. "If you have synthroid and gabapentin a close relative who had a clot, then your risk is twice as high as other people.

The more first-degree relatives you have who had clots – those are parents, children or siblings – the higher your risk."American Heart Association News covers synthroid and gabapentin heart and brain health. Not all views expressed in this story reflect the official position of the American Heart Association. Copyright is owned or held by the American Heart Association, Inc., synthroid and gabapentin and all rights are reserved. If you have questions or comments about this story, please email [email protected]Copyright © 2020 HealthDay.

All rights synthroid and gabapentin reserved. From Healthy Heart Resources Featured Centers Health Solutions From Our synthroid and gabapentin SponsorsLatest Pet Health News TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News)When it comes to bonding with your cat, the eyes have it.Narrowing your eyes -- the so-called "slow blink" -- may make humans more attractive to their feline friends, British researchers suggest. It also may synthroid and gabapentin make kitty smile back."As someone who has both studied animal behavior and is a cat owner, it's great to be able to show that cats and humans can communicate in this way.

It's something that many cat owners had already suspected, so it's exciting to have found evidence for it," said Karen McComb. She studies animal behavior at the University of Sussex School of Psychology in the United Kingdom.McComb said the study is the first to investigate the role of slow blinking in synthroid and gabapentin communication between people and cats.It's easy. Just narrow your eyes as you would in a relaxed smile, then close your eyes for a couple of seconds synthroid and gabapentin. "You'll find they respond in the same way themselves and you can start a sort of conversation," she said in a university news release.In one experiment, the researchers found that cats are more likely to slow blink after their owners have slow blinked at them, compared with when they don't interact at all.In a second experiment, cats were more likely to approach a researcher's outstretched hand after the researcher had slow blinked than when he or she had a neutral expression.According to study co-author Tasmin Humphrey, a doctoral student, "Understanding positive ways in which cats and humans interact can enhance public understanding of cats, improve feline welfare, and tell us more about the socio-cognitive abilities of this understudied species.

Our findings could potentially be used to assess the welfare of synthroid and gabapentin cats in a variety of settings, including veterinary practices and shelters."But why do cats behave this way?. Humphrey offered a theory. "Cats may have learned that humans reward them synthroid and gabapentin for responding to slow blinking. It is also possible that slow blinking in cats began as a synthroid and gabapentin way to interrupt an unbroken stare, which is potentially threatening in social interaction."The findings were published online Oct.

7 in the journal Scientific Reports.-- Steven ReinbergCopyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved synthroid and gabapentin. SLIDESHOW When Animal (Allergies) Attack. Pet Allergy Symptoms, Treatment See Slideshow synthroid and gabapentin References SOURCE.

University of Sussex, synthroid and gabapentin news release, Oct. 7, 2020Latest Prevention &. Wellness News synthroid and gabapentin TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News)After a serious case of COVID-19 you may have long-lasting immunity, a new study finds.The finding is reassuring to patients because the immune system makes antibodies in response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the researchers said."But there is a big knowledge gap in terms of how long these antibody responses last," said researcher Dr.

Richelle Charles of the division of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.Her team synthroid and gabapentin looked at more than 300 blood samples from COVID-19 patients, most of whom had severe cases. The samples were taken up to four months after symptoms appeared.The researchers found that measuring an antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG) was highly accurate in identifying infected patients who had symptoms for at least 14 days. The levels of antibodies remained high for four months and were linked with high levels of other protective antibodies, which didn't decrease over time."That means that people are very likely protected for that period of time," Charles said in a hospital news release. "We showed that key antibody responses to COVID-19 do persist."The researchers also found that COVID-19 patients had immunoglobulin A (IgA) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) responses that dropped to low levels within 2.5 months."We can say now that if a patient has IgA and IgM responses, they were likely infected with the virus within the last two months," Charles said.Knowing how long an immune response lasts can help get more accurate data about the spread of SARS-CoV-2, said study co-author Dr.

Jason Harris, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Mass General."Knowing how long antibody responses last is essential before we can use antibody testing to track the spread of COVID-19 and identify 'hot spots' of the disease," Harris added.The findings were published online Oct. 8 in the journal Science Immunology.-- Steven ReinbergCopyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved. References SOURCE.

Massachusetts General Hospital, news release, Oct. 8, 2020.

Latest Coronavirus News By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, synthroid side effects Oct. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News)A pair of new studies assert synthroid side effects that the U.S. Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster, causing more deaths than thought and prolonging Americans' suffering more than any other country.The United States experienced a 20% increase over expected deaths between March and August 2020, with more than 225,500 people needlessly dying, said the lead researcher on the first study, Dr. Steven Woolf synthroid side effects.

He's director of the Virginia Commonwealth synthroid side effects University Center on Society and Health, in Richmond.All of those excess deaths can be laid at the feet of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inadequate U.S. Response to it, Woolf said.According to Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, "The research on excess synthroid side effects mortality from COVID-19 really underscores what many of us have seen on a day-to-day basis. This pandemic was earth-shattering for this country, and the reverberations of the pandemic were felt everywhere and extended even to those who were never infected with the virus."As a result, the United States is first among developed nations in the number of citizens per capita who have died due to COVID-19.Worse, the U.S.

Pandemic continued on through the summer even as other countries managed to synthroid side effects gain control over the new coronavirus, the second study reports.Between May and September, the United States experienced more than 31 excess deaths per 100,000 people, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and his colleague found.By comparison, other countries who have lost many people to COVID-19 -- Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Sweden -- had much lower excess death rates due to the pandemic over the summer, as they adopted tactics to halt transmission of the virus.For example, Sweden had about 15 excess deaths per 100,000, half as many as the United States, and the United Kingdom had about synthroid side effects 14 excess deaths per 100,000."We knew it was bad. It's actually even worse," said Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon synthroid side effects and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, Calif.The two new studies and an editorial by Fineberg were published online Oct.

12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The 20% increase in U.S. Deaths were all related to the pandemic, but not all were caused by synthroid side effects the virus, Woolf said. COVID-19 was a documented cause in only 67% of those cases."The calculation of excess deaths shows that for every two Americans that we know are dying from COVID-19, an additional American is dying from causes other than COVID-19," Woolf said.The other pandemic-related deaths are due to:People not getting care in emergency situations -- for example, "the patient with chest pain who's scared to call 911 because they don't want to get the virus, and dies of a heart attack," Woolf said.Patients dying from chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart problems, because they didn't have access to the medical care that had helped them synthroid side effects control their health problems.People suffering from pandemic-related anxiety, depression or stress who either die by suicide or die from an accidental overdose."The opioid epidemic hasn't gone away," Woolf said. "People under stress trying to cope with the strains of this pandemic may have taken a drug overdose and died.

We suspect some of those excess deaths are from these other causes."It's also likely that at least some of these unexplained excess deaths really synthroid side effects are due to undetected COVID-19 infections, Woolf added.Woolf and his team also found that the U.S. Struggle with COVID-19 was compounded by decisions in some states to emerge from lockdown prematurely, without any good plan to control virus transmission."States like Florida, Texas, Arizona and others that made the choice to reopen early, like in late April or early May, their curves look very different," Woolf said. "You see a pattern of initially slowly rising and then surging synthroid side effects excess deaths in the summer. That dragged out synthroid side effects the length of their epidemic."By comparison, U.S.

States hit hardest early on -- such as New York and New Jersey -- had an early spike in mid-April that then fell rapidly "because they did a very good job of controlling community spread," Woolf said. Combined with the second study's global synthroid side effects comparison, the studies "together say something very important," Woolf said.Other countries have taken effective steps to control the pandemic -- comprehensive travel bans, production of personal protective equipment (PPE), access to testing, and public health work like contact tracing."You find that the U.S. Faltered in each of those steps in a rather dramatic way," Woolf said.He pointed to the early travel ban that President Donald Trump often cites as proof that his administration effectively responded to the pandemic.The ban only applied to Chinese nationals, while other countries "really locked down arrivals into their country in a way that the U.S. Did not do," Woolf synthroid side effects said."U.S.

Citizens were still flying in from China, but more importantly the virus was coming from Europe and there was no synthroid side effects ban imposed there until March," Woolf said. "Those kinds of shortcomings in our response have led the U.S. To end up with a mortality rate that is exceeding those of other countries."Adalja agreed."It is also important to remember that we did not have to have synthroid side effects this trajectory with the pandemic," Adalja said. "There were clear actions that could've been taken in January, February and March but were not and are still not."The United States failed to swing its industrial might behind an effort to develop a testing strategy, Adalja noted.The United States "also failed to fortify our public health infrastructure despite the fact we knew that this virus is going to come here and it would be a huge burden on case investigators and contact tracers," he added.

"There was also no effort to synthroid side effects augment [personal protective equipment] until it became too late. Imagine if we would've started thinking about PPE in January and making strategic buys at that point in order to increase synthroid side effects supply."All of this has added up to a staggering loss of life that, not coincidentally, has ravaged the U.S. Economy, Fineberg said."The economic consequences of this pandemic are stunning," he said. "They estimate it has essentially stripped away synthroid side effects almost a full year of the whole nation's productivity, in their estimate a cost of $16 trillion.

That's made up of both direct health costs and other costs to the economy."Copyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved synthroid side effects. References synthroid side effects SOURCES. Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, director, Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health, Richmond, Va..

Amesh Adalja, synthroid side effects MD, senior scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Baltimore. Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD, president, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Palo Alto, Calif.. Journal of the American Medical synthroid side effects Association, Oct. 12, 2020, onlineLatest Pregnancy News By Amy NortonHealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, synthroid side effects Oct.

13, 2020 (HealthDay News)Children whose mothers were given an epidural during labor may face a slightly heightened risk of autism, a large, new study suggests.Researchers found that the rate of autism was a little higher among those kids, versus their peers whose mothers did not get epidural pain relief during childbirth. 1.9% versus 1.3%.The reasons for the synthroid side effects difference are not yet known. And experts stressed that the findings do not prove epidurals directly raise the odds of a future autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis."I don't think people should be panicked," said senior researcher Anny Xiang, of Kaiser Permanente Southern California's Department of Research and Evaluation.For one, she said, the rates of ASD were low in both study groups.Instead, the findings point to a need for more research to better understand what is going on, Xiang said.Other experts agreed. Autism is a complex brain-based disorder, and it's thought that many factors -- before, during and synthroid side effects after birth -- may influence the risk, said Dr.

Rahul Gupta, chief medical and health officer for the March synthroid side effects of Dimes."It's quite unlikely that just the drugs used in epidural would cause ASD," he said.Gupta pointed to a bigger-picture question. Women who did or did not have epidurals during delivery may have differed from each other in various ways that the study could not take into account. They may have had different exposures to infections, environmental toxins or synthroid side effects medications during pregnancy, for example.Gupta noted that a large U.S. Government study, called SEED, is digging into potential risk factors for autism.

It recently found an elevated risk among kids whose mothers were prescribed opioids painkillers shortly before they became pregnant.When it comes to synthroid side effects medications in general, Gupta said, researchers need to learn more about the possible effects during pregnancy.Autism is a brain disorder that affects social skills, communication and behavior control. It affects synthroid side effects about 1 in 54 children in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The disorder varies widely from one person to the next. Some children have milder problems with socializing and communicating, while others are profoundly affected -- speaking little, synthroid side effects if at all, and getting wrapped up in repetitive, obsessive behaviors.Genes are thought to account for much of the risk of autism, but experts have long believed that environmental factors also play a role.Past studies have looked at mode of delivery.

Some have found that children born by cesarean section or labor induction have a higher risk of autism.This latest study, published Oct. 12 in JAMA Pediatrics, is the first to look at epidural use and autism risk.Xiang's team scoured electronic medical records synthroid side effects for nearly 148,000 children born at Southern California hospitals between 2008 and 2015. All were delivered vaginally, and about three-quarters were exposed to epidural analgesia.Children in that exposed group had a somewhat higher rate of synthroid side effects ASD diagnosis. The researchers used the medical records to try to account for other factors -- including the mother's age and education level, and health issues such as diabetes, obesity and smoking.Even then, children exposed to epidural analgesia remained at 37% greater risk of ASD, compared to unexposed kids.Xiang's team also looked at one possible explanation.

Epidurals can cause a fever and, in theory, that synthroid side effects might affect newborns. But there was no clear link between moms' fevers during labor and the risk of autism. SLIDESHOW synthroid side effects Parenting. Learn to Be a Better Parent See Slideshow Several medical groups responded to the study, saying it "does not provide credible scientific evidence that labor epidurals for pain relief cause autism."The groups, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said women should not be scared away from opting for an epidural."Very low levels of these [epidural] drugs are transferred to the infant, and there is no evidence that these very low levels of drug exposure cause any harm to an infant's brain," the groups said.Thomas Frazier, chief science officer for the advocacy group Autism Speaks, called the study "high-quality," and said it will hopefully spur more research.Frazier agreed there may be other explanations for the connection between epidural use and synthroid side effects higher ASD risk -- such as infections or other prenatal factors.Copyright © 2020 HealthDay.

All rights reserved. From Parenting/Baby Resources Featured Centers synthroid side effects Health Solutions From Our Sponsors References SOURCES. Anny Xiang, Ph.D., senior research scientist, Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena, Calif.. Rahul Gupta, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical synthroid side effects and health officer, March of Dimes, Arlington, Va..

Thomas Frazier, synthroid side effects Ph.D., chief science officer, Autism Speaks, New York City. JAMA Pediatrics, Oct. 12, 2020, onlineLatest Heart News synthroid side effects TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 (American Heart Association News)Blood clots in the veins – particularly those that break off and travel to the lungs – can be fatal and have become increasingly so.

Yet many adults know little about their risks or the growing evidence that healthy habits can help prevent clots."A key barrier in the United States is that awareness of this synthroid side effects disease is not very good," Dr. Mary Cushman said synthroid side effects of the condition known as venous thromboembolism.VTE includes two types of clots. Deep vein thrombosis, called DVT, usually in the leg, and pulmonary embolism, or PE, which is when a DVT breaks free and lodges in the lungs, where they often are fatal. There were roughly 370,000 PE and 857,000 DVT events in the United States synthroid side effects in 2016, the last year for which statistics were available, according to American Heart Association estimates.Obesity and a lack of physical activity have long been associated with a higher risk for blood clots, along with family history, certain genetic factors and prior episodes of clotting.Cushman, medical director of the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Program at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, has spent years researching the impact of obesity and other lifestyle factors on these clots.Her work shows some of that risk can be lowered through lifestyle changes.

Her most recent study, published last month in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, measured the impact of seven metrics for cardiovascular health on people at high genetic risk for VTE. It found a strong association between two of those metrics – higher physical activity and ideal body weight – and a lower incidence of clots in people at high genetic risk."The size of the impact of physical activity and having a normal weight on reducing the risk of synthroid side effects clots in those at high genetic risk was even more than I had imagined it might be," Cushman said. "If you have a high genetic risk for VTE and you did one to three bouts a week of physical activity (enough to work up a sweat), you'd synthroid side effects have a 28% lower risk of developing clots. And, if your body mass index was less than 25, compared to someone who was obese (a BMI greater than 30), you'd have a 45% lower risk."The seven metrics, known as the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7, also include smoking status, total cholesterol, diet score, blood pressure and fasting glucose."Not all of these habits confer the same benefit," said Dr.

Peter Henke, a vascular surgeon who was not involved with the recent study."If you have a known family history of VTE, or if you synthroid side effects have had a clot in the past, the message here is that for the most part, you can modify your risk for having a future clot," said Henke, the Leland Ira Doan Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "If you know you are at high risk, it is an impetus to adopt these seven lifestyle habits, which, frankly, everyone should adopt anyway."PE and DVT kill up to 100,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study published in August in the Journal synthroid side effects of the American Heart Association found death rates for pulmonary embolism for the overall population, which had been falling, began rising over the past decade, with the biggest increases seen in those under 65.Cushman encourages people to learn the symptoms of VTE. They include swelling, pain or tenderness in the legs, red streaks or other skin discoloration, and synthroid side effects skin that feels warm to the touch.

Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, chest pain, a rapid heart rate or lightheadedness. SLIDESHOW Heart Disease synthroid side effects. Causes of a Heart Attack See Slideshow And find out your family history, she said. "If you have a close relative who had a clot, then your risk is twice as high synthroid side effects as other people.

The more first-degree relatives you synthroid side effects have who had clots – those are parents, children or siblings – the higher your risk."American Heart Association News covers heart and brain health. Not all views expressed in this story reflect the official position of the American Heart Association. Copyright is owned or held by the American synthroid side effects Heart Association, Inc., and all rights are reserved. If you have questions or comments about this story, please email [email protected]Copyright © 2020 HealthDay.

All rights synthroid side effects reserved. From Healthy Heart Resources Featured Centers Health Solutions From synthroid side effects Our SponsorsLatest Pet Health News TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News)When it comes to bonding with your cat, the eyes have it.Narrowing your eyes -- the so-called "slow blink" -- may make humans more attractive to their feline friends, British researchers suggest. It also may make kitty smile back."As someone who has both studied animal behavior and is a cat owner, it's great to be able to show that cats and humans can communicate in synthroid side effects this way.

It's something that many cat owners had already suspected, so it's exciting to have found evidence for it," said Karen McComb. She studies animal behavior at the University synthroid side effects of Sussex School of Psychology in the United Kingdom.McComb said the study is the first to investigate the role of slow blinking in communication between people and cats.It's easy. Just narrow your eyes as you would in a relaxed smile, then close your eyes for a couple of synthroid side effects seconds. "You'll find they respond in the same way themselves and you can start a sort of conversation," she said in a university news release.In one experiment, the researchers found that cats are more likely to slow blink after their owners have slow blinked at them, compared with when they don't interact at all.In a second experiment, cats were more likely to approach a researcher's outstretched hand after the researcher had slow blinked than when he or she had a neutral expression.According to study co-author Tasmin Humphrey, a doctoral student, "Understanding positive ways in which cats and humans interact can enhance public understanding of cats, improve feline welfare, and tell us more about the socio-cognitive abilities of this understudied species.

Our findings could potentially be used to assess the welfare of cats in a variety synthroid side effects of settings, including veterinary practices and shelters."But why do cats behave this way?. Humphrey offered a theory. "Cats may synthroid side effects have learned that humans reward them for responding to slow blinking. It is also possible that slow blinking in cats began as a way to interrupt an unbroken stare, synthroid side effects which is potentially threatening in social interaction."The findings were published online Oct.

7 in the journal Scientific Reports.-- Steven ReinbergCopyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights synthroid side effects reserved. SLIDESHOW When Animal (Allergies) Attack. Pet Allergy Symptoms, Treatment synthroid side effects See Slideshow References SOURCE.

University of Sussex, news release, Oct synthroid side effects. 7, 2020Latest Prevention &. Wellness News TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News)After a serious case of COVID-19 you may have long-lasting immunity, a new study finds.The finding is reassuring to patients because the immune system makes antibodies in response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the researchers said."But there is a big knowledge gap in terms of how long these antibody responses last," said researcher Dr.

Richelle Charles of the division of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.Her team looked at more than 300 blood samples from COVID-19 patients, most of whom had severe cases. The samples were taken up to four months after symptoms appeared.The researchers found that measuring an antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG) was highly accurate in identifying infected patients who had symptoms for at least 14 days. The levels of antibodies remained high for four months and were linked with high levels of other protective antibodies, which didn't decrease over time."That means that people are very likely protected for that period of time," Charles said in a hospital news release. "We showed that key antibody responses to COVID-19 do persist."The researchers also found that COVID-19 patients had immunoglobulin A (IgA) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) responses that dropped to low levels within 2.5 months."We can say now that if a patient has IgA and IgM responses, they were likely infected with the virus within the last two months," Charles said.Knowing how long an immune response lasts can help get more accurate data about the spread of SARS-CoV-2, said study co-author Dr.

Jason Harris, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Mass General."Knowing how long antibody responses last is essential before we can use antibody testing to track the spread of COVID-19 and identify 'hot spots' of the disease," Harris added.The findings were published online Oct. 8 in the journal Science Immunology.-- Steven ReinbergCopyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved. References SOURCE.

Massachusetts General Hospital, news release, Oct. 8, 2020.


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