Black Lives Do Matter

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It is hard to find words for the grief, the fear, and the anger that our Black brothers and sisters are feeling at this moment. The outrage and despair so many are experiencing right now are natural responses to the perpetual and unaccountable killing of innocent Black men and women at the hands of the police.

All of us have a role to play in addressing this deadly strain of racism and inaction — in our communities and in the nation as a whole. Whether it’s police killings or the disproportionate deaths from COVID-19, no one should tolerate a system that diminishes the value of Black lives. We must stand united for the health, safety, and just treatment of all.

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As COVID Cuts Deadly Path Through Indiana Prisons, Inmates Say Symptoms Ignored

Scottie Edwards died of COVID-19 just weeks before he would have gotten out of the Westville Correctional Facility in Indiana.

Edwards, 73, began showing symptoms of the disease in early April, according to the accounts of three inmates who lived with him in a dormitory. He was short of breath, had chest pain and could barely talk. He was also dizzy, sweaty and throwing up.

Edwards was serving a 40-year sentence for attempting to kill someone in 2001. He would have been released to home detention on May 1 but died on April 13. The next day, the Indiana Department of Correction sent out a statement that indicated Edwards’ symptoms came on suddenly: “The offender, a male over the age of 70, who did not have indications of illness, reported experiencing chest pains and trouble breathing on Monday.”

Edwards’ fellow inmates dispute the statement and say he had been seeking … Read more

Must-Reads Of The Week

The Big News

It was a short work week for those still able to work, but there was a considerable amount of health care news. That hasn’t changed.

The story that probably got the most attention was that the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 passed 100,000 people. It can be hard to get a handle on what that means. The Washington Post looked at the people who count the deaths and track the deaths.

There will be more. The Texas Tribune noted how the coronavirus was a threat to people living in homeless shelters. Nursing homes continue to be a major hot spot in this pandemic. Same goes for areas where poorer people live.

The Reopening

But another source of infections just might be the crowds of people who think all danger has passed and it’s time to frolic in close proximity with others.… Read more

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Still Seeking A Federal Coronavirus Strategy

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The Trump administration sent its COVID-19 testing strategy plan to Congress, formalizing its policy that most testing responsibilities should remain with individual states. Democrats in Congress complained that the U.S. needs a national strategy, but so far none has emerged.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, noticing that his popularity among seniors has been falling since the pandemic began, unveiled a plan to lower the cost of insulin for Medicare beneficiaries. However, while diabetes is a major problem for seniors in general and for Medicare’s budget, only a small minority takes insulin.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser … Read more

How California Can Advance Health Equity in the COVID-19 Era

Najee Ali’s temperature is taken at a free COVID-19 testing event for Black workers in Los Angeles on April 24, 2020. Photo: Ringo Chiu / ZUMA Wire

Communities of color, particularly Black people and Latinos, are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Black Californians make up 11% of deaths, nearly double their share of the state’s population. Latinos between age 18 and 34 account for two-thirds of all deaths in an age bracket considered by many to be at low risk of serious symptoms. Pacific Islanders are dying at a rate that is more than double their share of the state population. This pattern also holds true in nursing homes. Those with more than 25% Black and Latino residents are more than twice as likely to have at least one COVID-19 case as nursing homes with less than 5% Black and Latino residents, regardless of location, size, or … Read more