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Biden warns that Trump’s Supreme Court pick could end health care protections ‘in the midst of a pandemic’

Joe Biden warned Saturday that Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat, would help dismantle the Affordable Care Act if she is confirmed by the Senate.

In a statement issued as Trump was introducing Barrett in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, Biden noted that she had taken aim at the health care law put in place when he was vice president.

“She has a written track record of disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act,” Biden said in his statement. “She critiqued Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion upholding the law in 2012.”

In 2017, Barrett wrote a review of a book by libertarian law professor Randy Barnett in which she criticized the court’s justification for upholding the legality of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

“Chief Justice Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond

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With COVID Causing Financial Strife, Americans Taking a Hard Look at Health Care Spending

The hits just keep on coming for Americans struggling to keep up financially during a COVID-fueled economic downturn.

That’s the key takeaway from the annual 2020 Aflac WorkForces Report, which takes a magnifying glass to how employees and employers expect to approach health care benefits enrollment each year.

It’s not uncommon for Americans to adjust their health care benefits preferences, but the rising tide Aflac is seeing this year on other personal health care front is surprising.

This from the study:

— Nearly half of Americans (49%) said COVID-19 was a wake-up call to invest more time researching and selecting their health benefits. That’s because 67% of employees have experienced at least a minor financial impact due to the pandemic, including canceling trips (42%), loss of income (36%), or paying for a family member’s care (21%).

— The effect of COVID-19 represents a significant shift in employee habits, considering 92%

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Letter from Iowa health care system may shed light on hospital bed availability in South Dakota

9/25/20 10 p.m. UPDATE: As of 10:00 p.m. Friday, wording of the letter on the Orange City Area Health System’s website changed. The paragraph that once said hospitals in Sioux Falls and Sioux City were at “full capacity” now reads: “Some of the more acute patients who would typically be transferred to larger hospitals (in Sioux Falls and Sioux City) are being cared for locally due to increased demand. Sioux Falls-area hospitals have assured Sioux County health systems that they continue to accept critical COVID-19 patients, and it is well within their ability to do so.Dakota News Now obtained a screenshot of the article before the change was made (see below.)



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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – As of Friday, current COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Dakota remain at 194.

The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting that

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Democrats turn focus to health care for Supreme Court fight

Democrats are increasingly focusing on health care in pushing back on President Trump’s expected Supreme Court nominee, with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez warning Saturday that a bolstered conservative majority on the court could vote to overturn ObamaCare.



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Democrats turn focus to health care for Supreme Court fight

Perez, speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, warned that the issue of health care is at stake both in the presidential election on Nov. 3 and one week later when the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a Trump administration-backed lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

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“Health care is on the ballot on Nov. 3. Health care is on the docket on Nov. 10. And we are going to remind voters every single day,” Perez said.

“The American people with preexisting conditions understand that the Republicans had control of everything in 2017,

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ViiV Healthcare Announces New Research Report, “Here as I Am,” on Socio-Economic Forces Affecting Access to HIV Care for Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ViiV Healthcare today announced findings from “Here as I Am: A Listening Initiative with Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men Affected by HIV,” which found that for Latinx men, including cis and transgender men, who have sex with men (MSM), navigating sexual and cultural identity amid social pressures poses significant challenges to accessing healthcare.

According to the report, Latinx communities in the US face many of the same challenges as other communities of color, including poverty, poor access to education, poor housing and unreliable or unsafe public transportation, all of which impact health outcomes for Latinx MSM. On top of this, anti-immigrant laws spread fear and insecurity that keep these men and their communities from utilizing life-saving services including healthcare. When they do attempt to access care, many experience fear, discrimination and rejection from service and clinics.

“Despite progress made to decrease HIV diagnoses in

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How Allina, Blue Cross define the ‘value-based’ trend sweeping health care



The idea of new deal is that Allina Health will get a significant amount of its revenue based on how well it keeps 130,000 members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota healthier, as opposed to the volume of services provided.


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The idea of new deal is that Allina Health will get a significant amount of its revenue based on how well it keeps 130,000 members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota healthier, as opposed to the volume of services provided.

A new deal between Allina Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota may be a long-promised fix to incentives in health care that create higher costs without making people better.

In health care jargon, the fix is called value-based care, a term that’s close to meaningless to an industry outsider.

The idea is that Allina will get a significant amount of its revenue based on how well it keeps 130,000 members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota healthier, as opposed to the volume of services provided.

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The leaders of Allina and Blue Cross “have been envisioning a

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MedicalVeda Announces a Defi Based Medical Health Care Protocol

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Toronto, Canada, Sept. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MedicalVeda, a Canada based medical-tech company, has recently announced a strategic partnership with ExMarkets — a leading launchpad for blockchain projects. Under this partnership, MedicalVeda will offer its native token i.e. MVEDA Token to the public who can purchase the tokens at a predefined price and be part of a blockchain-based healthcare revolution in the making.  

 The CEO of MedicalVeda i.e., Amir Neghabian, present at the occasion, said, “MedicalVeda leverages modern-age technologies such as Blockchain, DeFi, Big Data, AI, Cryptography, and Smart Contracts to address the healthcare industry’s challenges surrounding data accessibility, data ownership, and funding required for medical purposes. It provides patients with a Defi based p2p lending platform for getting capital for medical purposes while also granting them the authority to access and get ownership of their medical records and incentivize this data by trading it in

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Upcoming CancerCare site closures could hurt patient care, staff say in letter to premier, health minister



a sign on the side of a building: CancerCare Manitoba announced on Sept. 4 that it will be closing two of its Winnipeg locations, following a review of the organization.


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CancerCare Manitoba announced on Sept. 4 that it will be closing two of its Winnipeg locations, following a review of the organization.

CancerCare Manitoba staff are concerned that the upcoming closure of two sites in Winnipeg could be detrimental to patients’ health, and goes against the mission of the organization, according to a letter sent to the provincial government earlier this month.

The provincial cancer care agency announced on Sept. 4 that people receiving outpatient cancer care at Concordia Hospital and Seven Oaks General Hospital were told to make plans for accessing care elsewhere in Winnipeg. Those sites are going to shut down, according to a news release, with a planned consolidation of CancerCare’s six Manitoba sites to four expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“To say we are disappointed is a huge understatement,” staff members from the Concordia location wrote in a letter

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Health care for detainees needs full investigation

Claims that some women who are being held in detention have undergone reproductive surgical procedures without their prior knowledge or consent have been levied against the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Ga.

Allegations of insufficient medical care exacerbated by COVID-19, coupled with echoes of possible medical experimentation raised in a whistleblower complaint, must be thoroughly investigated to assure against a repeat of the historic contraceptive coercion and medical experimentation on Black, Latina and Indigenous women, as well as inmates.

Given our mission of striving for excellence in health care for all, the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) supports the call initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional leaders for the Department of Homeland Security to launch a full investigation of the concerns raised by a former nurse at the detention center who attested that detainees, referred to a yet-unnamed physician, faced unwarranted gynecologic procedures.

It should be

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Overnight Health Care: New wave of COVID-19 cases builds in US | Florida to lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, bars

Welcome to Friday’s Overnight Health Care.



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Overnight Health Care: New wave of COVID-19 cases builds in US | Florida to lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, bars | Trump stirs questions with $200 drug coupon plan

COVID-19 infections are on the rise, even as many Americans are back at work and school. Florida is letting restaurants and bars open without restrictions, and Trump’s sudden interest in sending seniors drug coupons is raising all sorts of questions.

We’ll start with the coronavirus big picture:

New wave of COVID-19 cases builds in US

The U.S. has never gotten control over the coronavirus. The pandemic has killed more than 200,000 people in America, but efforts that could slow the spread and truly lower the case count have never been fully embraced. So here we are.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases are rising again in the United States, building a new crescendo of

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