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Almost a year after the pandemic began, many public schools are still closed for personal classes. While there is growing evidence that schools are not a major source of infection, teachers and staff remain concerned about returning to class before vaccination.
In the meantime, people who have lost their health insurance will have another chance to enroll under the Affordable Care Act starting February 15. The official registration period ended in December. This time around, the Biden government is planning a major public outreach to inform millions of Americans that they may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage.
This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner from Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz from the New York Times, Alice Miranda Ollstein from Politico, and Anna Edney from Bloomberg News.
Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:
This week, too, Rovner interviewed Cara Anthony from KHN, who wrote the latest KHN NPR feature, “Bill of the Month” – about a couple and their newborn and a very arcane insurance rule. If you have an outrageous medical bill you want to share, please do so here.
For added recognition, panellists also recommend their favorite health stories of the week that they think you should also read:
Julie Rovner: The lily “The latest pandemic for women? Snapping Vaccine Appointments for Her Parents ”by Soo Youn
Anna Edney: Stat’s “Trump Officials Are Actively Working to Prevent States Getting Money to Introduce Vaccines Last Fall,” by Nicholas Florko
Alice Miranda Ollstein: “The New York Times’ 9 Best NY Health Officials Quit As Cuomo Scorns Expertise” by J. David Goodman, Joseph Goldstein, and Jesse McKinley
Margot Sanger-Katz: The New York Times, “How Rich Hospitals Benefit From Patients In Car Accidents,” by Sarah Kliff and Jessica Silver-Greenberg
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