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First Edition: July 1, 2022

Today’s early morning highlights from the most important information organizations. Note to readers: KHN’s First Edition won’t be revealed Monday, July 4. Look for it once more in your inbox Tuesday.

How To Get Rid Of Medical Debt — Or Avoid It In The First Place 

Lori Mangum was 32 when apple-size tumors sprouted on her head. Now — six years and 10 surgical procedures later — the pores and skin most cancers is gone. But her ache lives on, within the type of medical debt. Even with insurance coverage, Mangum paid $36,000 out-of-pocket, fees that stemmed from the hospital, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the pharmacy, and follow-up care. And she nonetheless has about $7,000 extra to pay. (Noguchi, 7/1)

Big Employers Are Offering Abortion Benefits. Will The Information Stay Safe? 

In response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Americans’ constitutional proper to abortion, giant employers thought they’d discovered a approach to assist employees dwelling in states the place abortions can be banned: present advantages to assist journey to different states for companies. But that answer is simply triggering questions. Experts warn that merely claiming the advantages might create paper trails for regulation enforcement officers in states criminalizing abortion. (Tahir, 7/1)

How Much Health Insurers Pay For Almost Everything Is About To Go Public

Consumers, employers, and nearly everybody else eager about well being care costs will quickly get an unprecedented have a look at what insurers pay for care, maybe serving to reply a query that has lengthy dogged those that purchase insurance coverage: Are we getting the most effective deal we will? As of July 1, well being insurers and self-insured employers should submit on web sites nearly each value they’ve negotiated with suppliers for well being care companies, merchandise by merchandise. About the one factor excluded are the costs paid for prescribed drugs, besides these administered in hospitals or medical doctors’ workplaces. (Appleby, 7/1)

LA’s First Heat Officer Says Helping Vulnerable Communities Is Key To Achieving Climate Goals 

As a baby rising up in San Jose, California, Marta Segura heard horrific tales from her mother and father about ladies fainting on the manufacturing unit traces and males overheating within the farm fields. They didn’t know these jobs uncovered them to life-threatening circumstances. Then, it hit residence. “My dad, himself, got really sick one time and almost died,” stated Segura, 58, the daughter of a bracero and a cannery employee. “That resonated with me as a kid.” (de Marco, 7/1)

California May Require Labels On Pot Products To Warn Of Mental Health Risks 

Liz Kirkaldie’s grandson was close to the highest of his class in highschool and a gifted jazz bassist when he began smoking pot. The extra critical he bought about music, the extra critical he bought about pot. And the extra critical he bought about pot, the extra paranoid, even psychotic, he turned. He began listening to voices. (Dembosky, 6/30)

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: A World Without ‘Roe’ 

It’s been lower than every week for the reason that Supreme Court struck down the constitutional proper to abortion and every passing day has produced extra questions than solutions. Doctors, employers, lawmakers, district attorneys, and ladies are all confused about what’s allowed and when. And issues received’t be sorted out for a while, it seems. Meanwhile, Congress handed and President Joe Biden signed a gun invoice that’s prone to do extra on the psychological well being entrance than it’s to curb mass capturing incidents. But if it curbs gun suicides, that may be a giant step ahead for public well being. (6/30)

The New York Times:
Biden Endorses Ending Filibuster To Codify Abortion Rights

President Biden on Thursday condemned what he known as the “outrageous behavior” of the Supreme Court in overturning Roe v. Wade and stated for the primary time that he supported ending the filibuster to guard a lady’s proper to an abortion and a broader constitutional proper to privateness. It was a hanging assertion from a president who’s steeped within the traditions of the Senate and has resisted calls from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party to scrap the longstanding Senate follow of requiring a 60-vote threshold to go laws. But in chiding the justices for a choice he known as “destabilizing” for the nation, the president stated it was time to push Congress to behave. (Shear and Tankersley, 6/30)

Biden Backs Filibuster Exception To Protect Abortion Access

Although Democrats already management the Senate by the narrowest of margins, there isn’t sufficient assist inside their caucus to vary the filibuster rule, which permits any member to dam laws until it receives 60 votes. But Biden’s assertion was the most recent indication that, if the celebration picks up a couple of extra seats within the midterm elections in November, Democrats might seize the chance to go laws making a nationwide proper to abortion. (Megerian, 6/30)

Judge Says Florida’s 15-Week Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional 

In a setback for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican lawmakers, a Florida decide has dominated {that a} new state regulation banning abortions at 15 weeks is unconstitutional and he intends to dam it from taking impact on Friday. In a verbal ruling on Thursday, Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Cooper stated he can be issuing a short lived statewide injunction that can go into impact as soon as he indicators the written order within the problem introduced by some Florida abortion suppliers. (Contorno, 6/30)

Beshear Denounces Near-Total Abortion Ban As ‘Extremist’ 

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday denounced a Kentucky regulation designed to impose a near-total ban on abortions as “extremist,” pointing to the shortage of exceptions for rape and incest victims as he pushed again on a problem that Republicans have made a policymaking precedence. (Schreiner, 6/30)

Connecticut Abortion Law, Tax Changes To Take Effect Friday

Connecticut’s first main abortion-related laws in years, which goals to legally shield suppliers and sufferers from different states’ bans on the process, will take impact Friday. The laws was handed by the Connecticut General Assembly in late April and signed into regulation by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont in May in response to a Texas regulation that authorizes lawsuits in opposition to clinics, medical doctors and others who carry out or facilitate a banned abortion, even in one other state. (Haigh, 6/30)

NY Faces Calls To Enshrine Abortion Rights In Constitution 

New York Democrats are contemplating enshrining abortion rights within the state structure following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, probably as a part of a broader modification that may additionally prohibit discrimination based mostly on gender expression. Lawmakers held a particular legislative session Thursday that Gov. Kathy Hochul known as primarily to go an emergency overhaul of the state’s gun allowing guidelines after they had been struck down by a Supreme Court ruling. (Villeneuve, 7/1)

Indigenous Tribes Push Back On Calls To Open Abortion Clinics On Federal Lands

Representatives for some Indigenous tribes inform Axios they don’t have any plans to arrange abortion clinics on their lands and would take offense at any non-Native Americans, together with progressives, telling them what to do. The Biden administration has made clear it has no plans to pursue such strikes, telling progressives who leaned on them to arrange abortion clinics on federal land in purple states that they are underestimating the authorized dangers and different problems. (Cai and Chen, 6/30)

The Washington Post:
Planned Parenthood Suspends Marketing Trackers On Abortion Search Pages 

Planned Parenthood stated it’ll take away the advertising trackers on its search pages associated to abortions and that no protected well being data has been breached to this point. The feedback got here after The Washington Post reported Wednesday findings from Lockdown Privacy, the maker of an app that blocks on-line trackers, exhibiting that when guests used the web site’s search perform to seek out an abortion supplier and start to schedule an appointment, Planned Parenthood shared information on these actions with third-party monitoring firms together with Google, Facebook and TikTookay. (Hunger, 6/30)

Modern Healthcare:
HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance After Abortion Ruling

Providers should not cite the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act as a motive to reveal a affected person’s abortion plan to regulation enforcement, the Health and Human Services Department stated Wednesday. Under HIPAA, healthcare suppliers are allowed to reveal—together with to regulation enforcement— a affected person’s medical data in the event that they consider it is wanted to forestall or reduce a “critical and imminent menace” to well being or security. (Kim Cohen, 6/30)

NBC News:
Post-Roe, ‘Camping’ Has Become Code For Abortions. Activists Say It May Put People At Risk.

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, social media has been flooded by posts from individuals providing to take individuals “tenting” — coded language for aiding individuals searching for abortions out of state. … A code isn’t a code “if you tell everybody what the code is,” said Kari Nixon, an assistant professor of English at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, who studies medical humanities. “There seems to be this sense of not taking this truly seriously enough.” (Sung and Goggin, 6/30)

The Hill:
Capitol Police Arrest 181 Abortion Rights Protesters Outside Senate Office Building

The U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday arrested 181 abortion rights demonstrators who protested exterior of a Senate workplace constructing lower than every week after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade choice. In a Twitter thread on Thursday, Capitol Police despatched out a journey advisory, warning that activists had been blocking the intersection of First Street and Constitution Avenue. Authorities stated they gave activists a second and third warning earlier than arrests started. (Oshin, 6/30)

NBC News:
Congresswoman Who Wrote Abortion Rights Bill Arrested At Rally Near Supreme Court

The House Democrat who launched a invoice final 12 months to enshrine abortion rights into federal regulation was amongst greater than 180 protesters who had been arrested Thursday at a pro-abortion rights rally close to the Supreme Court. Rep. Judy Chu of California was collaborating in a civil disobedience rally on Capitol grounds, “the place she was subsequently arrested alongside different activists,” her workplace stated in a information launch. (Richards, 6/30)

The Washington Post:
Men Are Rushing To Get Vasectomies After Supreme Court Overturns Roe V. Wade 

Philip Werthman, a Los Angeles urologist, additionally reported a “300 to 400 percent” improve within the variety of vasectomy consultations he has carried out. Esgar Guarín, an Iowa-based urologist who educated below Stein and makes a speciality of vasectomies, stated he has seen a “200 to 250 percent” improve in visitors on his web site providing data particularly about vasectomies.(Venkataramanan, 6/29)

After Abortion Ruling, Biotechs Developing Contraceptives Redouble Their Efforts

From San Diego to New Jersey, biotechs growing new types of contraception say they’re doubling down on these efforts after Roe v. Wade was overturned — even because the Supreme Court’s ruling clouded the way forward for contraception. Companies are scrambling to speed up analysis timelines, urgent insurers to cowl accredited merchandise, and forging forward to develop and ship all the pieces from on-demand, hormone-free feminine contraception to male contraception. (Wosen, 7/1)

The Washington Post:
Supreme Court Lets Vaccine Mandate Stand Without Religious Exemption 

Over the objection of three justices, the Supreme Court on Thursday left in place New York’s coronavirus vaccine requirement for health-care employees that drew a problem over its lack of a spiritual exemption. The courtroom’s order got here on the ultimate day of its time period, because the justices additionally introduced their remaining choices and what extra circumstances they are going to evaluation when the courtroom reconvenes in October. (Marimow and Barnes, 6/30)

The New York Times:
About 10 Percent Of National Guard Members Will Be In Violation Of A Federal Vaccine Mandate On Friday.

At midnight on Thursday, tens of 1000’s of National Guard troops who’ve but to show they’ve been vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus will probably be in violation of a direct order mandating their compliance. As a end result, they are going to now not be capable of drill with their models till they supply proof that they’ve been vaccinated or have acquired an exemption accredited by army leaders. (Ismay, Medina and Kannapell, 7/1)

Guard Could Lose 600 Minnesotans After Vaccine Deadline 

The Minnesota National Guard might lose tons of of troopers in the event that they don’t get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 instantly. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the U.S. Department of Defense’s deadline for getting pictures is Thursday. More than 95% of the Minnesota National Guard’s 13,000 members have been vaccinated however in keeping with the chances army officers offered that leaves greater than 600 members who might face dismissal. (6/30)

The Washington Post:
Omicron-Based Covid Booster Shots Will Roll Out This Fall 

This fall, vaccine makers will start rolling out coronavirus booster vaccines higher tailor-made to battle the present part of the pandemic. Two days after exterior consultants voted in favor of a brand new vaccine tailored to guard in opposition to omicron, the Food and Drug Administration introduced that the autumn pictures would come with a part from BA.4 and BA.5, the omicron subvariants gaining floor within the United States. (Johnson, 6/30)

Tweaked COVID Boosters In US Must Target Newer Omicron Types 

U.S. regulators instructed COVID-19 vaccine makers Thursday that any booster pictures tweaked for the autumn must add safety in opposition to the latest omicron relations. The Food and Drug Administration stated the unique vaccines can be used for anybody nonetheless getting their first sequence of pictures. But with immunity waning and the super-contagious omicron household of variants getting higher at dodging safety, the FDA determined boosters meant for fall wanted an replace. (Neergaard and Perrone, 6/30)

PBS NewsHour:
Rural Parents Are Less Likely To Say Their Pediatrician Recommended COVID Shots. Here’s Why That Matters

According to a survey of oldsters launched in March by the CDC, 4 out of 10 mother and father in rural communities stated their pediatricians – who normally rank among the many most trusted well being care suppliers – didn’t advocate that their sufferers get COVID vaccines, far a couple of out of 10 mother and father in city communities who stated the identical. (Santhanam, 6/30)

Study Shows Long-Distance Spread Of COVID-19 In Some Indoor Settings

A brand new systematic evaluation of 18 research finds proof suggesting that long-distance airborne transmission (greater than 2 meters away) of SARS-CoV-2 would possibly happen in indoor settings comparable to eating places, workplaces, and venues for choirs. The research is revealed in The BMJ in the present day. … The authors discovered long-distance airborne transmission was possible in 16 of the 18 research. In 13 of the 18 research, the index affected person was asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. The most convincing proof of long-distance transmission got here from eight occasions the place singing occurred, the authors stated. (6/30)

The New York Times:
These TikTok Creators Are Fighting Health Myths 

A rising cohort of scientists, physicians, well being care professionals and teachers [are debunking] well being misinformation on TikTookay by “stitching” movies, which entails clipping present movies into new ones after which providing one’s personal enter. While social media platforms together with TikTookay have developed programs to flag vaccine misinformation, an ocean of different doubtful well being claims usually go unscrutinized — besides when particular person customers like him, who’ve precise medical data, push again. (Raphael, 6/29)

Roll Call:
Senate Drafts Last-Ditch Drug Pricing Plan Ahead Of Midterms

Senate Democrats are scraping collectively a last-minute plan to let Medicare negotiate costs instantly with producers for some prescribed drugs forward of the midterm elections, in keeping with a abstract of the plan obtained by CQ Roll Call. The effort makes an attempt to revive a key piece of Democrats’ sweeping social spending and local weather invoice after intra-party divisions killed the unique laws. (Clason, 6/30)

Democrats Tweak Their Drug Pricing Plan In Last-Ditch Effort To Pass Reforms

Senate Democrats are vetting a brand new, tweaked model of a drug pricing package deal as they hurtle towards a September deadline to go any main reforms. It’s not at all sure that Congress will go prescription drug pricing reform as a part of a broader home coverage package deal being hammered out between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and reasonable Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), however this week, the possibilities are wanting higher than ever. (Cohrs, 6/30)

Some Medical Debt Is Being Removed From US Credit Reports 

Help is coming for many individuals with medical debt on their credit score studies. Starting Friday, the three main U.S. credit score reporting firms will cease counting paid medical debt on the studies that banks, potential landlords and others use to guage creditworthiness. The firms additionally will begin giving individuals a 12 months to resolve delinquent medical debt that has been despatched to collections earlier than reporting it — up from six months beforehand. (Murphy, 6/30)

DOJ Fails To Report On Making Federal Websites Accessible To Disabled People

About 1 / 4 of Americans reside with a incapacity, however practically a 3rd of the most well-liked federal web sites are troublesome for disabled individuals to entry. It has been 10 years for the reason that Department of Justice filed a biennial report on the federal authorities’s compliance with accessibility requirements for data know-how, a bipartisan group of involved senators say. The studies are required by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. (Rajkumar, 6/30)

California First To Cover Health Care For All Immigrants 

California on Thursday turned the primary state to ensure free well being look after all low-income immigrants dwelling within the nation illegally, a transfer that can present protection for an extra 764,000 individuals at an eventual price of about $2.7 billion a 12 months. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion working price range that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 no matter their immigration standing. (Beam and Thompson, 7/1)

California Advances Bid To Create Legal Drug Injection Sites

The California Assembly on Thursday accredited a controversial invoice permitting Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco to arrange locations the place opioid customers might legally inject medication in supervised settings. The transfer follows greater than a 12 months of legislative consideration, with proponents saying it could save lives and detractors saying it could allow drug habit. (Thompson, 6/30)

Bay Area News Group:
Mosquitos With West Nile Virus Found In Milpitas

Insecticide spraying will happen in components of Milpitas on Thursday night time after public well being officers found mosquitos with West Nile virus. The affected areas embrace the central and western areas of Milpitas, in keeping with a map offered by the well being division. (Greschler, 6/30)

The New York Times:
One Dead And 22 Have Been Hospitalized In Listeria Outbreak Tied To Florida 

One individual has died and 22 individuals have been hospitalized in a listeria outbreak, with a lot of the contaminated individuals having been in Florida a few month earlier than they turned sick, the federal authorities stated Thursday. A meals supply has not been recognized as the reason for the outbreak, which has sickened individuals throughout 10 states from January 2021 by means of June 12, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a press release. (Patel, 6/30)

Navy Report: Multiple Errors Poisoned Pearl Harbor Water

A Navy investigation launched Thursday revealed that shoddy administration and human error brought about gas to leak into Pearl Harbor’s faucet water final 12 months, poisoning 1000’s of individuals and forcing army households to evacuate their properties for accommodations. (McAvoy, 7/1)

Cincinnati Enquirer:
Breast Cancer Bill Passes In Ohio, Will Rest Of Country Follow?

Dense breast tissue impacts about 1 in 10 ladies, in keeping with the Mayo Clinic. Just over 40% of ladies aged 40 and over have dense breast tissue present up on mammograms making it more durable to detect most cancers. And in Ohio, many extra screenings exterior of a mammogram, together with magnetic resonance imaging, weren’t lined by insurance coverage. That modified final week. (Sutherland, 6/30)

Appeals Court Won’t Block New Health Facilities For Jail 

A federal appeals courtroom Thursday upheld an order that the town of New Orleans construct new services for individuals jailed with psychological well being and medical wants. … The jail, referred to as the Orleans Justice Center, is below courtroom oversight as it really works to implement enhancements below an settlement, accredited in 2013, to settle a 2012 lawsuit over harmful circumstances. (6/30)

CDC Reports More Unexplained Hepatitis Cases In Kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday stated the variety of pediatric unexplained hepatitis circumstances within the United States has risen to 320, up from the 296 it reported earlier this week in an interim discovering report. The variety of affected states or jurisdictions remained at 42. (6/30)

The Hill:
Uber Report Details Thousands Of Sexual Assault Claims On Platform Amid Pandemic 

Uber acquired 3,824 sexual assault studies from its U.S. rides in 2019-20, a decline of 38 p.c from the earlier two years, in keeping with a security report the corporate launched Thursday. The firm stated the decline might be partially associated to the impacts of the pandemic, citing a drop from 2.3 billion rides in 2017-18 to 2.1 billion rides in 2019-20, but in addition hailed its latest security investments and strengthened background verify necessities. (Schonfeld, 6/30)

A Celldex Treatment Induces Symptom Relief In Patients With Chronic Hives

An experimental drug from Celldex Therapeutics induced full symptom reduction in half of sufferers with power and extreme hives — research outcomes which might be nonetheless preliminary however recommend a brand new technique to tamp down immune reactions that may set off the debilitating pores and skin situation. The new information additionally validate Celldex’s strategic choice, taken two years in the past, to pivot to therapies for autoimmune illness, following a number of setbacks with most cancers therapies. (Feuerstein, 6/30)

The New York Times:
North Korea Suggests ‘Alien Things’ From The South Brought Covid 

North Korea recommended on Friday that the coronavirus had entered the nation on international objects from South Korea, saying that its first reported outbreak had begun in villages close to the nations’ border after individuals there touched “alien things.” North Korea didn’t instantly blame the outbreak on the South. But its State Emergency Epidemic Prevention Headquarters warned its individuals to “vigilantly deal with alien things” introduced throughout the border by “balloons,” wind or “other climate phenomena.” (Sang-Hun, 7/1)

Monkeypox Soars In Europe, With More Than 4,000 Cases

New information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization European regional workplace reveals the monkeypox outbreak in Europe has grown to 4,177 circumstances in lower than 2 months, with the United Kingdom producing 25% of these circumstances. Germany has surpassed Spain and Portugal with a nationwide whole reaching 838 circumstances, in comparison with 736 circumstances in Spain and 365 in Portugal. France has 350 circumstances. (Soucheray, 6/30)

The Wall Street Journal:
Monkeypox’s Unusual Spread In Democratic Republic Of Congo Puzzles Researchers

Monkeypox, which has put the worldwide well being neighborhood on excessive alert since rising just lately in dozens of nations world-wide, can also be confounding researchers within the Democratic Republic of Congo, a rustic that has contended with the virus for many years. Researchers within the DRC say that the virus, which has been reported within the Central African nation since 1970, is being present in provinces the place it had by no means earlier than been seen. So far, they don’t know why. (Roland, 6/30)

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