The largest recorded increase of drug overdose deaths occurred from May 2019 to May 2020, with a significant increase from March to May that was likely fueled by the staggering economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
March and April were the most challenging and caught the entire health system off-guard, said Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, the city’s public health system. “But the city had done very well considering it didn’t have much of the necessary resources,” he said.
Officials at community health centers that are considered the backbone of the safety net for the poor in the U.S., focused on health equity, say they are not receiving enough doses for their patients — the very at-risk residents the state needs to vaccinate.
The solid start to the three-month special enrollment period indicates a pent-up demand for health insurance as the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one-year mark and many people remain unemployed or unable to work as many hours as they did before the outbreak.
Democrats sorted through lingering disagreements over emergency jobless benefits and other issues, preparing to commence Senate debate on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan that would deliver a major victory to President Joe Biden.
Children and adolescents must be vaccinated to get the pandemic under control. Once a high percentage of the population is vaccinated or has had COVID-19, the disease may be no more disruptive than annual influenza seasons.
Proposed legislation would continue using Medicaid funds to place recipients on private health insurance. But, under the proposal, those who don't work or go to school could be moved to the traditional fee-for-service Medicaid program. More than 300,000 people are currently on the state's Medicaid expansion.
The center brings together nationally and internationally recognized researchers to focus on more than curing one of the most feared diseases. It also will work to end racial, ethnic, social and economic inequities that affect cancer diagnosis and treatment.