WHO says it is monitoring a new Covid variant called ‘mu’
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WHO says it is monitoring a new Covid variant called ‘mu’

The World Health Organization is monitoring a new coronavirus variant called “mu,” which the agency says has mutations that have the potential to evade immunity provided by a previous Covid-19 infection or vaccination. Mu — also known by scientists as B.1.621 — was added to the WHO’s list of variants “of interest” on Aug. 30, the international…

Unvaccinated patients have cost health care system $2.3B since June
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Unvaccinated patients have cost health care system $2.3B since June

Nearly three in 10 adults in the United States have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Although the toll on public health has been well-documented, increased hospitalizations also are also costing taxpayer-funded public insurance programs and workers and businesses who pay health insurance premiums. Although real-time data on the cost of all COVID-19 hospitalizations are not…

Delta Air Lines’ health insurance surcharge: Is it legal, and five other questions you may be asking
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Delta Air Lines’ health insurance surcharge: Is it legal, and five other questions you may be asking

Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Wednesday that it would impose a $200 monthly surcharge on employees who aren’t inoculated against Covid-19, pioneering an alternative to the vaccine mandates issued by other corporations as they seek to limit the spread of the highly contagious delta variant while reopening. Here, Max Nisen — who covers health care…

Survey reveals impact of COVID-19 on Americans’ approaches to health insurance
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Survey reveals impact of COVID-19 on Americans’ approaches to health insurance

COVID-19 has made Americans more anxious about dying, becoming disabled or needing long-term care, according to the results of a recent survey conducted on behalf of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), a global trade association of life insurance and financial services professionals. The survey provides insight from more than 1,050 U.S. residents about how…

Many insurers are no longer waiving cost sharing for COVID-19 treatment
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Many insurers are no longer waiving cost sharing for COVID-19 treatment

Last year, during the height of the pandemic, many insurers voluntarily waived patient cost sharing for COVID-19 treatment. Cost sharing is what a patient owes out of their own pocket, either through a deductible, copay or coinsurance. Insurers waived those costs while experiencing record profits due to many people across the country putting off care…

The Delta variant: Will dental offices be forced to close again?
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The Delta variant: Will dental offices be forced to close again?

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing widespread worry in the dental profession. Amber Auger, MPH, RDH, stresses the importance of vaccination and protocols for keeping patients and offices safe. As of this writing (August 2021), the Delta variant is sweeping the country, leaving us with active cases of COVID-19 at levels that we have…

Worried About the Coronavirus? Here’s What You Need to Know
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Worried About the Coronavirus? Here’s What You Need to Know

Anthem’s health plans waive member costs for COVID-19 testing There’s a lot in the news lately about coronavirus and COVID-19. Here’s some information you can use to help protect yourself and the people you care about. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the immediate risk to the American public is low right…