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Can’t Masks the Fear

I’m a nursing scholar writing in response to a current article by Colleen DeGuzman about new pointers on masking from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (“The CDC’s New Guidelines on Covid Risk and Masking Send Confounding Signals,” March 9). I’m involved concerning the complicated messages that the CDC’s new pointers are sending. My concern is that we are going to change into much less vigilant, resulting in a big inflow of hospital admissions associated to covid-19 within the coming 12 months.

Since vaccination standing varies all through the nation/world, I fear that we’re leaving the door open for brand new variants of covid-19 to emerge. Although some teams similar to kids beneath age 5 will not be but eligible for the vaccine, these of us who’re eligible ought to preserve updated with vaccination and boosters in opposition to covid-19. Vaccines are a method we will gradual the emergence of recent covid-19 variants like omicron. I hope that we are going to proceed to be vigilant whatever the confusion these consistently altering pointers might trigger.

— Alejandra Avalos, Nice Hill, California

Regarding to learn this and hear @PublicHealth Govt Director is totally on board with CDC’s problematic new masking pointers. The rules have been criticized by plenty of public well being specialists.https://t.co/jlqjUMslRn

— Myra Batchelder – Nonetheless masking! (@myrabatchelder) March 13, 2022

— Myra Batchelder, New York Metropolis

Excessive NICU Invoice Hits Dwelling

I simply heard the story a few household’s shock $80,000 medical invoice for his or her kids’s NICU keep (“An $80,000 Tab for Newborns Lays Out a Loophole in the New Law to Curb Surprise Bills,” Feb. 23).

I can relate to this story very effectively as my spouse and I are going by way of an analogous scenario. Our child was born seven weeks early at an in-network facility. She was rushed into the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit as a result of her lungs weren’t inflated at delivery. She lived her first 41 days within the NICU.

Roughly 30 days into her hospital keep, we acquired a obscure letter from Pediatrix Obstetrix (Mednax) letting us know that the physicians offering her care have been out of community. I referred to as the telephone quantity that the letter offered for just a few days and acquired no response to my voicemails. I lastly acquired a response after I filed a criticism with the Higher Enterprise Bureau.

Our daughter was born over six months in the past, and we’re nonetheless coping with this weekly and haven’t any finish in sight. Nor do now we have any concept what’s going to be billed to us. Whereas now we have made headway in decreasing fees by repeatedly interesting claims, now we have needed to advocate for ourselves and spend numerous hours guaranteeing we don’t change into better victims of UnitedHealthcare and Mednax.

Thanks for shining mild on what must be thought-about unlawful enterprise practices of the medical insurance coverage business.

— Anthony Mancini, Flagstaff, Arizona

— Lori Nerbonne, Biddeford, Maine

No Surprises Act Is a Joke

As a senior on a set, low Social Safety retirement-only earnings, by no means having labored for any employer who provided retirement plans and by no means incomes greater than subsistence, I can let you know this: If I grew to become unwell or obtained injured, there isn’t a means I might search medical assist. Even with zero-premium Medicare Benefit, the copays and out-of-pocket caps and partially lined/not lined points can be not possible for me to cowl. Legislators proceed to present hospitals a move for dangerous habits with the intentional loopholes in laws. The No Surprises Act is a joke (“An $80,000 Tab for Newborns Lays Out a Loophole in the New Law to Curb Surprise Bills,” Feb. 23). As for me? I might merely select no medical remedy and let the chips fall the place they could. Not desirous about determined makes an attempt to feed the insatiably grasping maw that describes the American well being care system — a system totally designed and applied to create and preserve excessive poverty as the one possibility for many who don’t have deep pockets.

— Alexis Madison, Halsey, Oregon

— Dr. Kasia Hein-Peters, Las Vegas

Hooked on Earnings?

I learn your article on adjustments to methadone distribution (“Calls to Overhaul Methadone Distribution Intensify, but Clinics Resist,” March 3). I’m the director of a buprenorphine MAT (medication-assisted remedy) program. I sympathize with methadone program administrators relating to the gyrations one should undergo earlier than Medicaid will reimburse them, no matter being for-profit or nonprofit. Medicaid should simplify, with out shedding the flexibility to detect fraud. Talking cynically, although, I don’t see something bettering with out limiting the lobbyists’ affect over rules that perpetuate the established order, which is being pushed by revenue issues. The place there’s revenue, there’s greed, corruption of the legislative course of, and distortion of rules, for the advantage of the for-profit organizations. Making use of the proof base sounds nice, however lobbyists can overcome it simply. In abstract, I appreciated the article, which identified the issues with the present system of offering methadone to these whose lives rely upon entry to it, however fixing the issue could also be not possible given the affect that revenue should buy.

— Dr. Neil Flynn, Sacramento, California

You’ll by no means guess why clinics are so resistant to vary and looser restrictions… MONEY

Calls to Overhaul Methadone Distribution Intensify, however Clinics Resist https://t.co/6JnsX3UieG #SmartNews

— Lizzi Cochrane (@lizzicochrane) March 3, 2022

— Lizzi Cochrane, Kathleen, Georgia

A Tech Innovation That Solutions the Name

Some improvements are higher than others … for folks with some disabilities (“Pandemic Medical Innovations Leave Behind People With Disabilities,” March 11). As an 81-year-old with reasonably extreme listening to loss, I love Zoom conferences! I can’t perceive most masked audio system and, up to now, assembly with a gaggle of six or extra folks I typically had problem even with out masks. On Zoom, folks have a tendency to sit up, look instantly into the digital camera, ensure that their face is effectively lighted, and are cautious about not talking over others. If the host is aware of how you can allow it, closed captioning is offered. Sadly, my Kaiser Permanente supplier doesn’t use Zoom however fairly a way more restricted program, during which I can’t modify the scale of the speaker window and CC shouldn’t be obtainable.

— Mary Herzog, Napa, California

For a lot of deaf ppl contact with medical suppliers IS ANOTHER RISK on high of no matter ailment we’d have. (Additionally did this journalist actually use a FREE terp to conduct this interview? Do they know they’re CONTRIBUTING to the issue they’re writing about?) https://t.co/XxyNlkoJCF

— Dr. Martin (@a_joy_martin) March 13, 2022

— Amber J. Martin, New York Metropolis

A Present From a Gifted Author

My first marriage was to a girl with cerebral palsy, however that was way back. This story reawakened what I had realized from that have, forcefully and profoundly (“A Disabled Activist Speaks Out About Feeling ‘Disposable,’” Feb. 4).

My deep and heartfelt gratitude to Alice Wong, however right here I want to reward primarily the writing of Rachel Scheier. Nevertheless gifted and skilled Ms. Scheier could also be, her superbly crafted article was clearly a labor of affection. Presenting her interview with Ms. Wong within the type of an interview (fairly than merely reporting what she had realized) was an excellent concept and was brilliantly executed — conversational, easy, direct, clear, and cogent altogether, a really perfect mannequin for any journalism class. Like listening to Beethoven! A stunning and significant reward. Thanks.

— Richard A. Morgan, Berkeley, California

— Andrew Pulrang, Plattsburgh, New York

Placing Injustices of Judicial System in Perspective

Glorious story by LJ Dawson about an inmate serving a 42-month federal sentence for failure to gather payroll taxes (“Inmates Who Died Asked for Release Before Falling Ill With Covid,” Feb. 18). It might have been useful to quote the worth of the payroll taxes and examine that to the precise taxes paid by President Donald Trump and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos so the reader might resolve on the justification of the lady’s sentence.

— Joe Morris, Philadelphia

We love that extra information retailers are overlaying incarcerated of us, however can y’all *please* work on these headlines?

There are all the time higher phrases than inmates—for ex: Three ladies died avoidable deaths in a West Virginia jail in lower than every week

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— Scalawag (@scalawagmag) February 18, 2022

— The Scalawag Journal group, Durham, North Carolina