Cancer, Health Costs, Health Insurance, Health Policy

In America, Cancer Patients Endure Debt on Top of Disease

Cancer kills about 600,000 people in the U.S. every year, making it a leading cause of death. Many more survive it, because of breakthroughs in medicines and therapies. But the high costs of modern-day care have left millions with a devastating financial burden. That’s forced patients and their families to make gut-wrenching sacrifices even as they confront a grave illness.

Coronavirus, Drugs, Health Policy

Lifesaving COVID Medications Can Be Hard to Come By

Early in the pandemic, states competed for the limited supply of ventilators, personal protective equipment and tests in a chaotic free-for-all. To avoid a repeat, the federal government is buying millions of doses of the COVID-19 therapeutic medications and allocating those to states, which in turn distribute them to pharmacies or hospitals. In many places, what is arriving is far less than the need.

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Coronavirus, Health Policy, Politics, Vaccines

Justices Block Broad Worker Vaccine Requirement, Allow Health Worker Mandate to Proceed

The OSHA rules are opposed by many business groups, led by the small business advocacy organization the National Federation of Independent Business. It argued that allowing the rules to take effect would leave businesses “irreparably harmed,” both by the costs of compliance and the possibility that workers would quit rather than accept the vaccine.