IMPACT: Five New York state and local government agencies agreed to fix covid-19 vaccine websites to make them accessible for blind users following a @TheJusticeDept investigation spurred by our @KHNews story
If Missouri were on par with the national rate of vaccinations, that would be roughly equivalent to more than 162,000 additional people vaccinated, or almost the entire population of the city of Springfield.
Instead, MO is in the bottom of states for its rocky rollout.
The former director of the St. Louis health department put it simply:
“You get what we pay for."
Our 2020 @AP@KHNews#UnderfundedUnderThreat investigation found that Missouri public health staffing at the state level had fallen 8% from 2010 to 2019, a loss of 106 employees.
The company’s own studies show that, in its effort to create the “healthiest indoor environments in North America,” it leveraged something less impressive: the disinfecting power of ozone — a molecule considered hazardous and linked to the onset and worsening of asthma.
In an interview with @KHNews , CEO Joe Urso acknowledged that ActivePure's air cleaners that emit ozone account for 5% of sales, even though its marketing repeatedly claims “no chemicals or ozone.”
🚨 In at least 7 states, blind residents were unable to register for the vaccine without help
🚨 94 covid info and vaccine pages from the states had accessibility issues @webaim found
🚨 Phone alternatives were not available or had too long of lines
When blind people use the internet, they have software called screen readers read the text aloud to them.
If websites are not programmed properly, the software cannot read them aloud -- leaving blind people unable to register for #COVID19 vaccines.
How companies run by Perez and his associates were able to drive so many rural hospitals into the ground so quickly is a story about the fragility of health care in rural America and the types of money-making ventures that have flourished in America's fraught medical system
Perez and his associates would swoop in on struggling rural hospitals and then, prosecutors say, use them as a pass-through for a lab-billing scheme.
He said he was out to save rural hospitals; instead they allegedly brought in $400 million. 8 rural hospitals closed.
🚨🚨🚨 Amid the pandemic, at least 27 state and local public health leaders have resigned, retired or been fired across 13 states, due in part to a mix of backlash and stressful, nonstop working conditions.
Dr. Amy Acton, top health leader in Ohio, dealt with armed protesters at her house. She resigned yesterday. In California’s Orange County, the home address of health officer Dr. Nichole Quick, and her boyfriend’s name, were revealed in a public meeting. She resigned Monday.
I talked to Emily Brown, a member of @NACCHOalerts 's board and a rural health leader in rural Colorado. The day after a Facebook post criticized her and other officials’ weight and called for “armed citizens,” she was fired.
Nearly half of America's rural hospitals operate in the red on a normal day, much less during a global pandemic. The waves of canceled surgeries, labs and physical therapy means they may not have enough cash to make payroll in the coming weeks.
As one rural hospital CEO @RandyToblerMD looks at his older, sicker, underinsured patient population, he said he is afraid his MO hospital could last only until May. “In the truly safety-net areas, we’re being called to high duty,” he said. ”And we’re running on fumes.”
This is the story of how a Miami entrepreneur and his business associates amassed a rural hospital empire -- and drove it into the ground, devastating towns across the country. Communities lost more than life-saving medical care and hundreds of good jobs. khn.org/news/rural-hos…
Jorge A. Perez said he was out to save rural hospitals. It was his “secret sauce,” Perez would smilingly tell people in their no-stoplight towns. The money-making ventures he proposed sounded complicated, sure, but he said they would bring in enough cash to save their hospital.
But now the hospital empire his companies helped manage is in ruins, and some of the communities that once welcomed him can barely speak his name. As @barbfederostrov and I found in our months of reporting…
THREAD: Medicare Advantage is the health care Silicon Valley gold rush right now. Big tech is pouring BIG money into these plans. Little known fact though: Medicare Advantage plans overbill the government by nearly $10 BILLION a year.
Here in St. Louis, Silicon Valley force John Doerr invested with his brother into a company with a Medicare Advantage plan that’s now grown to be worth $1.64 billion — Essence Group Holdings Corp. It’s a health care darling in an area that prides itself on its emerging tech scene
It's been a great ride, from building a Morning Email list of ~1 million people to covering Ebola's resurgence. Grateful for the time I've had and ready to write for you on public health and more: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My longform profile of a mother sacrificing everything to try to save her daughter from a deadly disease that no one wants to cure:
Don't miss this amid the noise: The Democratic Republic of Congo is on a precipice as it awaits the results from a long-delayed presidential election that observers say was flawed. Helped by that chaos, an Ebola epidemic rages on. My latest and a thread: huffingtonpost.com/entry/ebola-ou…
DRC is home to over 80 million people and 2/3rds the size of Western Europe. It's never had a peaceful democratic transition of power. Outgoing President Joseph Kabila delayed elections 2 years, and his handpicked successor has been sanctioned for cracking down on the opposition.
The country is also facing the second largest Ebola outbreak of ALL TIME. That's 613 cases and 371 deaths -- 371 people that weren't there for the Christmas and New Year holidays. It's now reached epidemic level, @CDCgov tells me. And sadly, it continues to grow.
This is 2018 in America: We're handing out human poop bags as public health infrastructure has rotted so completely that vaccine-preventable hepatitis A is exploding nationwide. My investigation: huffingtonpost.com/entry/hepatiti…
Cases of hepatitis A, a vaccine-preventable disease that attacks the liver and is spread by fecal contamination, have tripled this past year as outbreaks pop up across the country among the homeless and drug-using populations. We're nearing 11,000 cases and 80 people have died.
The millions spent to fight it don’t address the root causes of the underlying problem: a decaying public health infrastructure, devastated by years of funding cuts, that can’t fully meet the twin needs of a population driven to homelessness and devastated by the opioid epidemic.
So there's a lot of news going on right now, but something that's continuing to get lost in the noise is the Ebola outbreak happening in a WAR ZONE along with the election turmoil in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Buckle in for my thread.
Right now, the DRC is facing the second largest Ebola outbreak OF ALL TIME. That's 560 cases and 336 deaths -- EVEN WITH an experimental vaccine and treatment. Why is it so bad? Take a look at what responders deal with when trying to stop the outbreak:
North Kivu, the primary province where the outbreak is occurring, has been wracked with violence. Attacks from rebel groups like the ADF or bands of Mai-Mai have ratcheted up. One health worker told @TheLancet “Ebola kills, but the rebels kill more." huffingtonpost.com/entry/ebola-ou…
My latest: The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, already the seventh largest in history, is on the verge of spinning out of control, according to the @WHO 1/9 huffingtonpost.com/entry/ebola-dr…
The outbreak, which started @MinSanteRDC tells me after a man in Mabalako found an infected dead cat and brought it back home to eat it, is facing a turning point. Political instability has led to rioting and suspicion of government forces, which has sidelined health workers 2/9
The response is being paused in an epicenter of Beni for a week -- an eternity in outbreak control. And one contact known to have Ebola is in a red zone -- inaccessible to health care responders and potentially spreading the disease. 3/9