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COVID-19

Kaiser Permanente, Big Player in State Vaccine Effort, Has Had Trouble Vaccinating Own Members

Older patients in several states where the California-based managed care giant operates complain they’ve had difficulty scheduling appointments and spotty communication from the health system. Some report it’s getting better, though.

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Firefighters — ‘Health Care Providers on a Truck’ — Signal Pandemic Burnout

Grappling with stagnant pay and a lack of personal protective equipment, firefighters are even more frustrated to find they are lower down the vaccine priority list than health care workers despite serving on the front lines of the medical system.

Podcast

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Good and Not-So-Good News on Covid

The FDA authorized the emergency use of a one-shot vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson, which could help accelerate the pace of vaccinations to prevent covid-19. But after a dramatic decline, case numbers are again rising, and several states are rolling back public health mitigation efforts. Mary Ellen McIntire of CQ Roll Call, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Sarah Karlin-Smith of the Pink Sheet join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Also this week, Rovner interviews KHN’s Jordan Rau about the latest KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” episode.

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COVID-19

One School District’s Struggle Over Public Health, Parents and Politics

California officials have been leery of reopening schools without tight protocols, a position favored by teachers unions that has met growing flak from local officials and parents. In Roseville, a suburb of Sacramento, the struggle has come to a head.

Navigating Aging

Reopening of Long-Term Care Facilities Is ‘an Absolute Necessity for Our Well-Being’

Relatives and advocates are calling for federal authorities to relax restrictions in long-term care institutions and grant special status to “essential caregivers” — family members or friends who provide critically important hands-on care — so they have the opportunity to tend to relatives in need.

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COVID-19

Accidentally Trashed, Thawed or Expired: Reports of Covid Vaccine Spoilage

As the speed of covid vaccinations picks up, so do the reports of doses going to waste. Health officials are trying to rein in waste without slowing down vaccinations.

COVID-19

To Help Farmworkers Get Covid Tests and Vaccine, Build Trust and a Safety Net

Testing and vaccinating essential workers on commercial farms and in meatpacking plants requires more than a pop-up clinic miles away. Missing work to get a test, or to quarantine after a positive result, can be financially devastating.

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COVID-19

Read our latest coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Medicare Cuts Payment to 774 Hospitals Over Patient Complications

Renowned medical centers are among the quarter of general hospitals that will lose 1% of Medicare payments for one year because their patients have high rates of bedsores, sepsis and other preventable complications.

Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

COVID-19

Lost on the Frontline

“Lost on the Frontline” is an ongoing project by Kaiser Health News and The Guardian that aims to document the lives of health care workers in the U.S. who died from COVID 19, and to investigate why so many are victims of the disease.

Asking Never Hurts

Asking Never Hurts

New California law makes it easier to get care for mental health and substance abuse.

Postcards

Colorful and revealing missives from the health care trenches in Sacramento and across California.

Postcard from the Coachella Valley

Photo Essay

Dispelling vaccine misinformation and myths in California’s breadbasket.

Bay Area Cities Go to War Over Gas Stoves in Homes and Restaurants

Environmentalists say gas appliances spew greenhouse gases and exacerbate asthma. Restaurant owners and chefs say you can’t cook food properly with electricity.

Spotlight

Illuminating the newsmakers and behind-the-scenes players who shape health care in California.

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California’s Rural Counties Endure a Deadly Covid Winter

In the past two months, covid-related infection and death rates have jumped exponentially in California’s least populated counties. The winter surge has scarred corners of the state that went largely unscathed for much of 2020.

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