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President Trump’s Medicare drug discount cards face uncertain path

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, are distancing themselves from the idea, each emphasizing that they were not consulted by the White House before the president’s announcement, said three officials familiar with their thinking. Still, Verma has been involved in the plan’s development, officials said.

The cards — and letters telling people they will be arriving — cannot be issued unless a plan is approved by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Health officials say OMB has been reviewing drafts, but a senior administration official declined to confirm that, saying only that a plan is at HHS.

Outside the administration, Trump’s intended drug debit cards are drawing criticism from the pharmaceutical industry, budget and health policy experts of both political parties, and even a conservative publication.

A trio of senior House and Senate Democrats is

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Disdainful Mark Meadows Refuses Reporter Request To Put On His Face Mask

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows refused to wear his face mask while speaking to reporters Monday outside the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Meadows has spent several days in close proximity to President Donald Trump, who is reportedly also refusing to wear a mask in the White House even though he was diagnosed with COVID-19 just over 10 days ago.

Meadows’ exposure to Trump since the president was discharged from Walter Reed hospital could make him a strong candidate for contracting COVID-19 and possibly being infectious. Meadows last tested negative for the coronavirus a week ago, NBC News reported.

Before speaking to journalists in the hallway during a break in the hearing, Meadows pulled a microphone stand away from them — and removed his face mask. When CNN reporter Kristin Wilson objected, Meadows replied: “I’m more than 10 feet away,”

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Cowboys face playoff chase without Prescott in weak NFC East

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) points skyward as he is carted off the field after sustaining a leg injury in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.

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Dak Prescott joined both his tackles and his tight end on the list of season-ending injuries for the Dallas offense when the star quarterback fractured his ankle in a gruesome scene against the New York Giants.

The emotional setback added to the challenge of trying to make the playoffs in coach Mike McCarthy’s first season, although the rally for a 37-34 victory behind backup Andy Dalton vaulted the Cowboys (2-3) to first place in the struggling NFC East.

“I know how much this means to him and how much being out there for this team means for him,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said of

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Morgan Wallen Slammed for Partying Without Face Mask Ahead of ‘SNL’ Performance

Morgan Wallen Slammed for Partying Without Face Mask Ahead of 'SNL' Performance
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The country music singer has landed in hot water for partying without wearing face mask with college kids in Alabama ahead of his scheduled ‘Saturday Night Live’ performance.

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Country newcomer Morgan Wallen has come under fire online for partying maskless with college kids in Alabama ahead of his scheduled performance on “Saturday Night Live“.

The singer is booked to make his debut as the musical guest for the iconic comedy show this weekend (10Oct20), but unlike cast and crewmembers, who have been taking social distancing and face covering regulations seriously in order to try and keep the New York set coronavirus-free, Wallen appears to have ignored such concerns.

He was in Tuscaloosa on Saturday (03Oct20) to attend the University of Alabama football team’s game against Texas A&M, and openly got drunk and partied with locals as they celebrated the Crimson Tide’s big win.

Fans filmed

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Sebastian Korda to face his ‘biggest idol’ Rafael Nadal in fourth round of the French Open

In fact, Sebastian drives the golf ball 275 yards either left- or right-handed – an ambidextrous facility that helps him with that double-handed backhand of his. He will need that shot in the next round when he faces the defending champion Rafael Nadal, a 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 winner over Stefano Travaglia of Italy.

In fact, Korda has known Nadal a long time. There is a cute picture of them together, dating back 11 years from the 2009 US Open – a tournament that Petr Korda attended while coaching fellow Czech Radek Stapanek.

While waiting for the Nadal result, Korda said “I’m praying that he wins. I mean, he’s my biggest idol. He’s one of the reasons I play tennis. Just watching him play, unbelievable competitor. Just from him I have the never-give-up mentality. Whenever I’m on court, I try to be like him.

“Growing up, I named my cat Rafa

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Coronavirus: SLO County school counselors face COVID-19 changes

The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic brought a new challenge for school mental health and academic success counselors as San Luis Obispo County districts transitioned to distance learning.

School counselors saw firsthand how many students found the switch to online classes traumatic and emotionally draining as school — some kids’ only safe space — was taken away from them.

“It was like instant isolation,” said Heather Senecal, a counselor at San Luis Obispo High School.

More often than usual, students are reporting feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired and anxious over classwork and the state of the world, counselors said.

Additionally, counselors can no longer meet students in their offices. Now, they must conduct counseling sessions on video chat platforms, over the phone or through email — making confidentiality an issue.

“We had to really make sure that they were in the right place to start counseling — like making sure that

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Face Masks and Hearing Loss

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Karen Franklin has not ventured out much from her home in Yonkers, N.Y., recently—and it’s not just because of fears of COVID-19. The 65-year-old has had hearing loss for over 30 years, and even with a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other, she now finds it too difficult to navigate a world where everyone suddenly communicates from behind a mask, often at a great distance. 

“I was at an outdoor baby shower a few weeks ago, with everyone wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart, and I felt completely clueless,” she says. “I could not hear people clearly, and I also couldn’t lip read, which often helps me if I miss a word or two. Up until now, I’ve never felt isolated because of my hearing loss. . . . But now it’s

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Boris Johnson has a week to sort out test and trace or face ‘bleak winter’, warns shadow health secretary

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)

Boris Johnson has one week to sort out the test and trace system or consign Britain to a “very bleak winter” of rising coronavirus infection and possible lockdown restrictions, Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has warned.

Although the prime minister has promised to increase testing numbers to 500,000 daily by the end of October, Mr Ashworth warned that this would not be soon enough to deal with fast-rising demand which has seen many turned away or told to travel hundreds of miles at a time when infections are doubling every week.

And he said that, rather than increasing capacity, the key decisions Mr Johnson must make now are to move the system away from the private companies which have failed to hit the required 80 per cent contact-tracing level and into the hands of local public health teams, and also to provide

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Boris Johnson has a week to sort out test and trace or face ‘bleak winter’, warns shadow health secretary

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth (UK Parliament)

Boris Johnson has one week to sort out the test and trace system or consign Britain to a “very bleak winter” of rising coronavirus infection and possible lockdown restrictions, Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has warned.

Although the prime minister has promised to increase testing numbers to 500,000 daily by the end of October, Mr Ashworth warned that this would not be soon enough to deal with fast-rising demand which has seen many turned away or told to travel hundreds of miles at a time when infections are doubling every week.

And he said that, rather than increasing capacity, the key decisions Mr Johnson must make now are to move the system away from the private companies which have failed to hit the required 80 per cent contact-tracing level and into the hands of local public health teams, and also to provide

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This Viral TikTok Claims a DIY Aspirin Face Mask Can Get Rid of Acne, but Is It Legit?

Photo credit: ironstealth - Getty Images
Photo credit: ironstealth – Getty Images

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TikTok is flooded with advice on just about everything, from kitchen hacks to fashion fixes to home decor DIYs. But one user is going viral after she posted a video using an aspirin face mask to get rid of her acne.

Mallory Le, a.k.a. @tellyourdogisayhello, says in the caption of her TikTok that an aspirin mask really helped clear up her skin. “I didn’t have to go on accutane again because of this trick,” she wrote.

In the TikTok, Le breaks down how she makes the mask. She takes two tablets of aspirin, breaks them down with a little water, and spreads the goo on her face. She then leaves it on for three minutes, before rinsing it off and patting her face dry with a towel. “Do this every few days,” she wrote, showing off her clear skin.

Plenty of people

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