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Editorial: Mental health and COVID-19 | Editorial



Mental health



It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during this extraordinary time of economic uncertainty and societal upheaval.

Our routines have changed. For the most part, schools remain shuttered, moving from the physical classroom to the virtual realm. Unemployment spiked. You don’t leave home without a face mask and an ample supply of hand sanitizer. Some of us wear gloves. For the most part, no more hugs or handshakes. Social distancing is the new social norm.

Recent studies bear out how the global coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on our mental health.

Nearly one-quarter of people in the United States are experiencing symptoms of depression, according to a study published earlier this month in the medical journal, JAMA Network Open. That’s almost three times the number before

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If Trump is elected, even ‘heroes’ could lose health insurance | Editorial

Those of you who have diabetes or cancer know all about this: If Republicans succeed in killing the Affordable Care Act, insurers could refuse to cover you or charge you more, based on your pre-existing condition.

But what about the tens of millions of people now risking their lives in this pandemic to save us from absolute ruin – those who care for the elderly in nursing homes, restock supermarket or warehouse shelves, or drive delivery trucks? Few realize that they could fall into this group too, of higher risk people who can’t get insured.

More than 6 million COVID patients, along with many others who test positive or are at risk of infection because of their jobs could face discrimination by insurers. “They’d just turn you down,” says Karen Pollitz of the Kaiser Family Foundation. And insurers with a heart would be put at a competitive disadvantage in this

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Editorial: Biden would boost access to health care

Ten years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care remains a critical issue.

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have put health care front and center with unparalleled urgency. In just seven months, the virus has swept through every corner of our nation, killing more than 200,000 Americans, taxing medical professionals to the point of collapse and leaving millions without jobs.

Because roughly half of working Americans get their health insurance through their employers, families now find that coverage threatened at a time when it might be needed most. Should the ACA be repealed by the U.S. Supreme Court, millions of Americans could lose health insurance.

Even before the pandemic, Texas had the highest uninsured rate of any state at 18.4 percent, double the rate of the nation as a whole in 2019. It didn’t have to be

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The Editorial Board: ‘Behavioral health team’ is start on relieving police of duty they don’t need | Editorial



Henley

Monique Henley, daughter of Willie Henley, who was shot by Buffalo police after police say he hit an officer with a baseball bat, embraces a supporter during a protest in Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Sunday.


Derek Gee



Mayor Byron W. Brown’s announcement about a “behavioral health team” came too late for the man carrying an aluminum baseball bat and walking the city streets. Its establishment is a step in the right direction, but it’s time to take the responsibility for dealing with the mentally ill off the shoulders of police.

Willie N. Henley, 60, was shot by a police officer at Genesee and Ash streets after he allegedly swung the bat and hit the officer’s female partner. Henley was in stable condition shortly after the Sept. 12 incident. He faces one count of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to District

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