Weekly Reader - December 12, 2022

Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.

Weekly Reader - December 12, 2022
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Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.

  • Stopping the Churn: Why Some States Want to Guarantee Medicaid Coverage From Birth to Age 6. (Kaiser Health News) "Spurred by pandemic-era lessons, several states are rethinking their enrollment policies for the youngest Medicaid members. Oregon is leading the way after getting federal approval to implement a new continuous-enrollment policy."
  • U.S. Plans to End Mpox Emergency Declaration in Two Months. (New York Times) “With few new cases, the plan not to renew the emergency past Jan. 31 is an acknowledgment that the disease previously known as monkeypox has mostly been suppressed.”
  • Homelessness Among Older People Is on the Rise, Driven by Inflation and the Housing Crunch. (Kaiser Health News) "The housing affordability crisis, driven in part by the covid-19 pandemic, and high inflation are chipping away at their fixed incomes. Although data is limited, advocates for seniors and people who are homeless say greater numbers of adults are showing up at shelters across the country."
  • Covid hospitalizations rising post-Thanksgiving after an autumn lull. (The Washington Post) “A post-Thanksgiving uptick in covid-19 patients at U.S. hospitals is arriving even as health systems contend with waves of feverish, coughing people stricken with RSV and influenza infections.”
  • Thousands of Experts Hired to Aid Public Health Departments Are Losing Their Jobs. (Kaiser Health News) "The CDC Foundation, an independent nonprofit that supports the CDC’s work, anticipates that no more than about 800 of its 4,000 hires will ultimately staff those jurisdictions, spokesperson Pierce Nelson said."
  • Los Angeles County considers reinstating indoor mask mandate as COVID cases rise. (CBS News) “Los Angeles County is considering implementing an indoor mask mandate as COVID-19 hospitalizations climb and fears that a "tripledemic" of coronavirus, flu and RSV could strain hospitals.”