With the inauguration of President Biden, health policy wonks are busy with predictions of the what, when and how of healthcare reform. Will there be a government option? Changes to the ACA? Answers to these and other questions will have to wait as President Biden tackles the top priority, the COVID-19 pandemic. In his first few days in office, the President issued a series of Executive Orders aimed at increasing vaccinations, food aid, testing supplies, personal protective equipment and more.
Speaking of policy, for this Weekend Reading Series, explore #HC Policy Front, with information on cutting healthcare waste, reduced barriers for ALS patients to get disability benefits and a podcast on President Biden’s health care agenda. Next, check of #Shot in the Arm for timely information on the state of COVID-19 vaccines. If you have been wondering what has happened to the flu, you will not want to miss #Where’s the Flu. Don’t miss #Life Hacks with tips for “pandemic life,” such as eating chips!
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. #Policy Front
- New York Times: Why It’s So Hard to Cut Waste in Health Care
- Kaiser Health News: After a Decade of Lobbying, ALS Patients Gain Faster Access to Disability Payments
- KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Biden Health Agenda – Summary & Podcast
2. #Shot in the Arm
- Kaiser Health News: Covid Vaccine Rollout Leaves Most Older Adults Confused Where to Get Shot
- Reuters: AstraZeneca’s initial EU delivery volumes of COVID- 19 vaccine to fall short
- Associated Press: Lucky few hit COVID-19 vaccine jackpot for rare extra doses
- CNET: No, you can’t buy a COVID vaccine online, so ignore that text
3. #Where’s the Flu?
- Science Magazine: COVID-19 measures also suppress flu—for now
- USA Today: Fact check: Post claims COVID-19 is another flu strain, misattributed to Cornell professor
- Mayo Clinic: COVID-19, cold, allergies and the flu: What are the differences?
4. #Life Hacks
- New York Times: I Recommend Eating Chips
- The Atlantic: Stop Keeping Score
- New York Times: ‘I Literally Had No One.’ Then the Foster Kittens Arrived.
- Washington Post: Spending the pandemic talking to yourself? If you live alone, you’re not alone.
Enjoy the weekend!
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