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RELEASE: Repealing the ACA in the Middle of the Pandemic Would Undermine Women’s Health and Financial Security

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress released a new column that reveals how repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would prolong and worsen the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for women and their families, threaten women’s financial security, and augment gender inequities in accessing essential health care services. The piece comes in the midst of hearings to consider Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and less than four weeks before the court will hear oral arguments in a Trump administration-backed lawsuit to terminate the ACA during a pandemic.

The column warns that repealing the health care law amid compounding public health emergencies—COVID-19 and a maternal mortality crisis that is killing Black and Native American women at alarming rates—could yield disastrous consequences. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data indicate that pregnant people with COVID-19 have higher rates of hospitalization,

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The fitness industry will survive the pandemic, but it will look very different

For Fast Company’s Shape of Tomorrow series, we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19 era is transforming their industries. Here’s what’s been lost—and what could be gained—in the new world order.

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Joey Gonzalez is the CEO of Barry’s, which specializes in high intensity interval training and has nearly 70 studios across the U.S. and abroad. He is also a former instructor.

COVID has been a humbling experience. The first thing we did was launch free Instagram workouts, which kept out community engaged. Then we launched a digital platform, which we built in 14 days using the Zoom platform. We had a moderator who filled in to give a front-desk experience and to shout-out people in the classes to help our instructors.

We’re investing heavily in digital and it will be a permanent part of our business going forward. We’re going

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I’m a dentist. Even in this pandemic, oral health care is essential, especially for children.



Dental instruments on a tray. So far there have been zero transmissions of Coronavirus between dental offices and patients in San Diego County. ( Omar Bárcena)


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Dental instruments on a tray. So far there have been zero transmissions of Coronavirus between dental offices and patients in San Diego County. ( Omar Bárcena)

I am a parent and dentist whose personal and professional life has been upended by this pandemic. If you’re reading this, and haven’t gone through similar turmoil, I would like to meet you. While most of the country is trying to get a grip on what to do about the upcoming school year, those of us in the dental field are dealing with a debate of our own.

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released interim guidance advising routine, non-essential oral health care be postponed because of the coronavirus and transmission risks. Less than two weeks later, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a statement saying that it “respectfully yet strongly disagrees.” The inconsistent recommendations are adding confusion in

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Texans delaying or skipping health care visits during pandemic, study finds

More than a third of Texans have put off health care decisions and are now without health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to figures from the Episcopal Health Foundation, a Houston-based health advocacy organization.

In a survey of nearly 1,900 respondents conducted in September, 36 percent of Texans said they or someone in their household had skipped or postponed medical care because of COVID-19.

In the long run, those statistics don’t bode well for Texas, said Elena Marks, president of the Episcopal Health Foundation. Patients who delay or skip doctor’s visits are at higher risk of missing easily preventable illnesses. Without health insurance, many are likely to continue going without until an emergency sends them to the hospital.

“Some of the people who skipped care actually needed the care,” Marks said. “We’re bouncing back, but probably not at the rate we’ll make all of it up.”

ONE IN SEVEN:

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Beyond the Stigma: Mental health challenges at college during a pandemic (Commentary)

Jim Malatras has been the chancellor of the State University of New York system since August 2020. From July 2019 until his appointment as chancellor, he was president of SUNY’s Empire State College.

There is often a lot of pressure and anxiety that comes with being a college student. While mental health issues among college students are not new, the Covid-19 pandemic is exacerbating them. In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in late June, 63% of 18-to-24-year-olds reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the prevalence of depression among graduate and professional students is two times higher in 2020 compared to 2019.

But like the great diversity of our students at one of our 64 campuses across the state, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Institutions must enlist health professionals in their community, maximize touchpoints and support layers, mobilize young people who want to

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COVID-19 Health Innovation Collaborative Attracts Ideas from Across U.S. to Address Health Pandemic Challenges

Solutions aim to address gaps in pandemic response

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (GuideWell), the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, announced 13 health-tech companies from across the nation will showcase solutions that address some of the major challenges of the current health pandemic today at the GuideWell COVID-19 Health Innovation Collaborative Showcase. A virtual substance abuse support system and an AI-powered COVID-19 symptom attestation platform are among the concepts and prototypes that will be featured.

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (PRNewsfoto/GuideWell)
GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation (PRNewsfoto/GuideWell)

All of the ideas focus on increasing the scope and scale of resources to reduce the complex stress factors COVID-19 is having on our country’s health care system. 

“Overcoming the health care challenges associated with COVID-19 requires out-of-the-box thinking from some of the brightest minds,” said Camille Harrison, senior vice president and chief operating officer

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President Trump’s attempt to end ACA health care protections during pandemic is reckless

President Donald Trump’s effort to terminate the Affordable Care Act during a deadly global pandemic is reckless and could be catastrophic for millions of Americans. Without health care, people will be less likely to seek treatment for their health conditions. As a medical student, I have seen firsthand the impact of delaying health care treatment due to lack of insurance or inability to pay. People may ignore concerning symptoms of COVID-19 to avoid co-pays and out-of-pocket costs.

Delaying care during this pandemic is not only dangerous to the individuals, but also to those around them, given the spread of the virus. This is particularly true for those with risk factors, such as diabetes or heart disease, who are at increased risk of complications.

Crippling the ACA poses a myriad of other obstacles for patients. For example, patients with pre-existing conditions, who were protected from discriminatory exclusion by the ACA, could

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71% of Healthcare Organizations Are More Concerned about Insider Threats Now than before the Pandemic

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Netwrix, a cybersecurity vendor that makes data security easy, today announced healthcare market findings from its 2020 Cyber Threats Report. Netwrix conducted this online survey in June 2020 to understand how the pandemic and ensuing work-from-home initiatives changed the IT risk landscape.

Because healthcare organizations are on the front line of the battle to contain COVID-19, they had to revise their cybersecurity priorities more quickly than perhaps any other vertical market. Pre-pandemic, they were mostly concerned about employees accidently sharing sensitive data (88%) and rogue admins (80%); today they are worried about phishing (87%), admin mistakes (71%) and data theft by employees (71%).

As it turns out, their perceptions of risk are both founded and unfounded. They are correct to be concerned about phishing and IT staff errors, since those types of incidents were experienced by 37% and 39% of respondents, respectively,

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Health professionals see rise in mammograms after drop due to pandemic | News

Valley hospitals are seeing an increase in mammograms this fall as women return to clinics for vital screenings many delayed during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Officials at both Evangelical Community Hospital and Geisinger said the number of mammograms dropped significantly in the spring, a trend that was seen nationally. In an interview earlier this month, Dr. Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, said some clinics in the U.S. have seen a 95% decline in mammography.

“For a disease like breast cancer, that’s really important,” Sharpless said. “Stage is the major determinant of outcome in breast cancer.”

“If you have regular screenings with mammograms, you can catch it very early,” said Geisinger’s Dr. Monica Froicu. “You can go to a biopsy, have surgery without chemotherapy. If a woman is discovered in Stage 1 or Stage 2, there is a 99 percent survival. If we can detect it when it’s so

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Pandemic forces mental health care workers to embrace online therapy

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Until recently, online therapy was a bridge too far for many practitioners in mental health care. But then came COVID-19. Because psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists could no longer treat their clients face-to-face, they switched en masse to online video platforms. In many cases it turned out to work better than expected, according to new research by the Eindhoven University of Technology. Among other things, many therapists are positive about the effectiveness of the therapy, the experienced flexibility, the lower threshold for contact and the lack of travel time. But there are disadvantages too, and online therapy doesn’t work for everyone.

In recent decades, more and more tools have been developed for remote therapy. Previous research has shown that this online form of treatment—also known as eMental Health—is on average as effective as face-to-face treatment, despite the distance between practitioner and client.

Nevertheless, up till now many

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