A two-day strike of 220 medical tech workers and therapists at Allina Health in Minneapolis and Shakopee, Minnesota began Monday. The walkout took place one month after being overwhelmingly authorized by a vote of the workers. It took place despite being postponed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Minnesota union over threats of legal action by Allina Health.
Health care workers are seeking wage increases, better health care coverage and retirement plans, and increased paid time off as well as a general improvements in workplace safety. These concerns are especially pressing given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The SEIU had previously come to a temporary agreement with Allina that the company pay an initial one-time stipend to employees should they be exposed to the virus and need to quarantine. Workers are demanding that they be granted full wages and benefits during these periods to reduce the spread and risk
MARTINEZ — Contra Costa County’s jails will be monitored for at least three years to ensure health care conditions improve as laid out by a court-approved consent decree.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a settlement stemming from a complaint in 2016 by three inmates who alleged the county’s jails don’t meet standards of the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits subjecting criminal defendants to unduly harsh punishment, or requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Under the agreement reached with the Prison Law Office, which represented the plaintiffs, court-appointed experts will monitor the county’s progress in implementing two plans designed to improve jail conditions for medical and mental health care. The Prison Law Office will also monitor and be able to tour the jails. The county must prepare its own progress reports every six months.
While the agreement’s terms are officially effective for five years, county officials can seek to
Opinion: Sen. Martha McSally is right that her position on pre-existing conditions has been unfairly distorted. But she puts the blame in the wrong place.
In a recent telephonic town hall, Martha McSally reportedly said that the liberal media and liberal fact-checkers were in “collusion” to give voters the impression that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was the only way to protect people with pre-existing conditions.
“Collusion” is too strong of a word. But it is certainly true that McSally’s position on pre-existing conditions has been unfairly distorted. And it is arguably true, and I would make the argument, that there are better ways to ensure health care for people with pre-existing conditions than the method employed by Obamacare.
However, McSally is wrong to put most of the blame
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Friday touted President Trump’s new executive order aimed at protecting preexisting conditions in health care.
“It’s trying primarily to make sure any insurance company if they got someone covered that they can’t increase the premiums and essentially price that person out of coverage just because they happen to get sick or have a preexisting condition,” Mr. Meadows said on CBS’ “This Morning.”
“It’s the official policy of President Trump to make sure that any legislation, whether it’s new legislation moving forward, whether it’s executive orders or whatever else, that preexisting [conditions] will always be protected,” he added.
Currently, the Trump administration is supporting a lawsuit trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which included protections for those with preexisitng conditions that made it difficult or more expensive to find coverage.
In 2017, as part of the tax code overhaul, Congress zeroed out
A large new study finds that mental health care for many children in the U.S. falls far short, particularly when it comes to the follow-up treatment they receive.
The study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined insurance claims from children between the ages of 10 and 17 covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Of the more than 2 million children included in the study, nearly one in 10 had a claim related to mental illness between 2012 and 2018.
The authors found that only 71% of the children received treatment in the 3 months that followed an initial insurance claim — but the study found that rate varied widely from one ZIP code to the next. In the best-performing ZIP codes, nearly 90% of children received follow-up care within three months of an initial insurance claim. In the worst-performing areas, only half of the children