Health

As millions lose health insurance, Trump administration offers little help

President Trump and Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at a White House meeting in 2017, have taken few steps to alert consumers to their options for health coverage. <span class="copyright">(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)</span>
President Trump and Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at a White House meeting in 2017, have taken few steps to alert consumers to their options for health coverage. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

As millions of people lose jobs in the coronavirus outbreak, jeopardizing their health benefits, the Trump administration and many states are doing little if anything to connect Americans with other insurance coverage.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department hasn’t launched any special effort to publicize the availability of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or health plans being sold on marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

And federal officials haven’t made any substantial new commitment of money for outreach or to help people enroll in coverage.

In California and 11 other states that operate their own insurance marketplaces, state governments have created special enrollment periods to give people

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TESD Has Plan In Works For In-school Or Online Class Option

TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP — Administration at Tredyffrin-Easttown School District is still hashing out learning options for the fall 2020 reopening of schools. TESD is working on ways to allow students to attend school in person, or to use a distance learning option. The district will make public a draft of the district’s reopening plan next week.

As required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in response to the coronavirus emergency, the TESD Board of School Directors must approve a health and safety plan to reopen facilities.

TESD has slated the week of July 20 to present a draft of its reopening plan for student instruction and services this fall.

“Although there is still much uncertainty, if Chester County remains in the green phase or returns to the yellow phase, we plan to open T/E schools, but with significant modifications to accommodate safety and social distancing requirements,” said Richard Gusick, Superintendent of

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Why the government needs ‘maskfluencers’ to help spread the cover-up message

Maskfluencers jennifer aniston ivanka trump - Instagram: @JenniferAniston / Getty Images
Maskfluencers jennifer aniston ivanka trump – Instagram: @JenniferAniston / Getty Images

So you’re going to need a mask. The trouble is that wearing one isn’t easy or pleasant. It can feel claustrophobic, anonymising, steamy. The Government waited so long to mandate mask-wearing (they have been compulsory when on public transport and while shopping in Germany since April) that many people remain sceptical of their efficacy, as well as annoyed that they have to wear one at all.

To flip the social norm from not wearing masks to wearing them, the Government will need strong enforcement of the new law. And the support of some well-positioned maskfluencers. 

A maskfluencer, or mask influencer, can be anyone who makes mask-wearing look appealing enough to nudge us towards covering up. The Queen and Sir David Attenborough have been floated as ideal maskfluencers – public figures beyond reproach, who can sway the attitudes of a

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‘I love the Americans, I don’t want them up here,’ Ford says, vaccine may not be available until 2021

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 108,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,800 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 14

2:00 p.m.: ‘I don’t want them up here right now’

At a press conference on Tuesday, Ontario Premier Doug

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Opening border could ‘waste’ Canada’s efforts, vaccine may not be available until 2021, health official warns

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 107,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

July 14

1:15 p.m.: Spikes in COVID-19 cases ‘almost inevitable’

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said

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Why the government needs to deploy ‘maskfluencers’ to make face coverings appealing

Maskfluencers jennifer aniston ivanka trump - Instagram: @JenniferAniston / Getty Images
Maskfluencers jennifer aniston ivanka trump – Instagram: @JenniferAniston / Getty Images

So you’re going to need a mask. The trouble is that wearing one isn’t easy or pleasant. It can feel claustrophobic, anonymising, steamy. The British government waited so long to mandate mask-wearing that many people remain sceptical of their efficacy, as well as annoyed that they have to wear one at all.

To flip the social norm from not wearing masks to wearing them, the government will need strong enforcement of the new law. And the support of some well-positioned maskfluencers.

A maskfluencer, or mask influencer, can be anyone who makes mask-wearing look appealing enough to nudge members of the public toward covering up. The Queen and Sir David Attenborough have been floated as ideal maskfluencers – public figures beyond reproach whose promotion of mask-wearing could sway the attitudes of a nation. Just think of what Attenborough did for

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Los Angeles, San Diego to have online-only classes in fall

Districts will provide teachers and students with additional training for a better online learning experience

On July 13, the San Diego and Los Angeles Unified School Districts released a statement that they will begin their school year with online-only classes this fall.

Like many school districts in the country, the California network of educators have decided that digital learning is their option for the upcoming school year.

READ MORE: US debates school reopening, WHO warns ‘no return to normal’

The statement began, “on March 13, four months ago today, we made the difficult decision to close our schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.” The district acknowledged that much has changed since that time, “new research is available, additional information on school safety experiences from around the world, and updated health guidelines from state and county leaders.”

However, it notes, “Those countries that have managed to safely reopen schools

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Biases in algorithms hurt those looking for information on health

<span class="caption">Finding valid health care information on social media is harder than it seems.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/staff-members-view-the-new-iphone-x-in-the-apple-store-upon-news-photo/869708150?adppopup=true" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Carl Court/Getty Images">Carl Court/Getty Images</a></span>
Finding valid health care information on social media is harder than it seems. Carl Court/Getty Images

YouTube hosts millions of videos related to health care.

The Health Information National Trends Survey reports that 75% of Americans go to the internet first when looking for information about health or medical topics. YouTube is one of the most popular online platforms, with billions of views every day, and has emerged as a significant source of health information.

Several public health agencies, such as state health departments, have invested resources in YouTube as a channel for health communication. Patients with chronic health conditions especially rely on social media, including YouTube videos, to learn more about how to manage their conditions.

But video recommendations on such sites could exacerbate preexisting disparities in health.

A significant fraction of the U.S. population is estimated to have limited health literacy, or the capacity to obtain, process and

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4 things students should know about their health insurance and COVID-19 before heading to college this fall

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College students should weigh their health insurance options if they take in-person classes this fall. Geber86/GettyImages

As colleges and universities decide whether or not to reopen their campuses this fall, much of the discussion has focused on the ethics behind the decision and the associated health risks of in-person instruction.

As a researcher who studies health insurance policy, I see two important gaps in this discussion: 1) Who should pay the cost of treating the inevitable COVID-19 cases that will occur; and 2) What do college students need to know about their coverage?

Here are four things I think every college student – and those who care about them – should know about health insurance coverage when it comes to COVID-19.

1. Weigh coverage options

If you’re covered under a student health insurance plan through your school, it may be worth considering whether that is still your best option. The

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California’s 2 Largest School Districts Will Be Online-Only In The Fall, Officials Say

California’s two largest public school districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, will hold classes completely online when teaching resumes in the fall, officials announced Monday as the coronavirus continues to surge around the nation. 

Together the two districts enroll about 825,000 students and are the largest in the country to announce such plans. In a joint statement, officials said ongoing research around the coronavirus remained “incomplete” and federal guidelines were “vague and contradictory.”

“One fact is clear: those countries that have managed to safely reopen schools have done so with declining infection rates and on-demand testing available. California has neither,” the districts said. “The skyrocketing infection rates of the past few weeks make it clear the pandemic is not under control.”

Cases of the virus have continued to rise in most states in the U.S. More than 61,000 new infections were announced Monday, the second-highest during any point

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