Modern Healthcare Staff
John N. Frank
Last-minute congressional budget bills are normally Christmas tree measures full of goodies for all sorts of special interests. The budget measure Congress approved this weekend was no exception. In it, the food industry and local school districts got a special gift that likely will impact the health of many Americans and, in the long run, affect how much they need to spend on healthcare.
U.S. healthcare workers who volunteer to join the fight in Africa against Ebola have a new question to ask themselves these days: How would they feel about a 21-day quarantine when they get back home? Two healthcare workers on opposite sides of the country are answering that question very differently right now. In Maine, feisty nurse Kaci Hickox is refusing to abide by a state request that she self-quarantine herself for 21 days. Hickox was initially kept in a tent outside a New Jersey hospital after returning through Newark Airport from a stint volunteering in Sierra Leone. She's hired an attorney and threatened to sue first New Jersey, and now Maine, to be able to resume her normal daily life.