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    A federal judge in Louisiana issued a nationwide preliminary injunction Tuesday against President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. Judge Terry A. Doughty in the U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana ruled in favor of a request from Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to block an emergency regulation issued Nov. 4 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that required the COVID shot for nearly every full-time employee, part-time employee, volunteer, and contractor working at a wide range of healthcare facilities receiving Medicaid or Medicaid funding. Louisiana was joined in the lawsuit by attorneys general in 13 other states. OSHA SUSPENDS ENFORCEMENT OF COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE FOR LARGE BUSINESSES Doughty argued in his ruling that the Biden administration does not have the constitutional authority to go around Congress by issuing such a mandate. "If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands," he wrote. "If human nature and history teach anything, it...
    In July, President Joe Biden issued a series of rules requiring that federal workers, and workers at companies that receive federal contracts, must be vaccinated. That included health care workers who work for hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid payments. However, earlier this month, a three-judge panel in Texas blocked the implementation of the mandate for many large companies. Now, as The Washington Post reports, a federal district judge in Missouri has acted to block even the mandate for health care workers. That includes workers dealing face-to-(hopefully-masked-)face with COVID-19 patients in emergency rooms and workers caring for those most vulnerable to bad outcomes in nursing homes. What both rulings have in common is simple enough: Trump-appointed judges. Unsurprisingly, the ruling from District Judge Matthew Schelp is filled with the kind of political language that might be expected from a Trump appointee, with statements including claims that implementing the rule would create a “...politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate...” The ruling also flatly accepts unsupported claims by a group of Republican state attorneys, headed by radical right Missouri attorney...
    Nurses conduct coronavirus testing at a drive-thru site at in El Paso, Texas. In July, President Joe Biden issued a series of rules requiring that federal workers, and workers at companies that receive federal contracts, must be vaccinated. That included health care workers who work for hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid payments. However, earlier this month, a three-judge panel in Texas blocked the implementation of the mandate for many large companies. Now, as The Washington Post reports, a federal district judge in Missouri has acted to block even the mandate for health care workers. That includes workers dealing face-to-(hopefully-masked-)face with COVID-19 patients in emergency rooms and workers caring for those most vulnerable to bad outcomes in nursing homes. What both rulings have in common is simple enough: Trump-appointed judges. Unsurprisingly, the ruling from District Judge Matthew Schelp is filled with the kind of political language that might be expected from a Trump appointee, with statements including claims that implementing the rule would create a “...politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate...” The ruling also flatly accepts unsupported claims by a group of Republican...
    "Congress did not clearly authorize CMS to enact the this politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate, which Supreme Court precedent requires," he declared.What was the reaction?Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R), who led the lawsuit, celebrated the ruling. "Our system of checks & balances, federalism, separation of powers was meant to protect individual liberty. The belief in individual rights is one of America’s great legacies," he said. "Our win today vs. the Biden healthcare worker vaccine mandate is a win for workers & a win for liberty." CMS has not yet issued a statement. The agency, however, told Reuters it is reviewing the ruling and continued to claim that unvaccinated health care workers pose a threat to safety.
    "Congress did not clearly authorize CMS to enact the this politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate, which Supreme Court precedent requires," he declared.What was the reaction?Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R), who led the lawsuit, celebrated the ruling. "Our system of checks & balances, federalism, separation of powers was meant to protect individual liberty. The belief in individual rights is one of America’s great legacies," he said. "Our win today vs. the Biden healthcare worker vaccine mandate is a win for workers & a win for liberty." CMS has not yet issued a statement. The agency, however, told Reuters it is reviewing the ruling and continued to claim that unvaccinated health care workers pose a threat to safety.
    (CBS/AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states, including New Hampshire, that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement. The court order said that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid had no clear authority from Congress to enact the vaccine mandate for providers participating in the two government health care programs for the elderly, disabled and poor. READ MORE: Local Researchers Test COVID Samples To Determine Prevalence Of Omicron Variant In Massachusetts“This is a big win for New Hampshire’s health care system,” New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wrote on Twitter Monday. “Nursing homes were at risk of closure if the Biden mandate remained in place. This helps maintain the staff New Hampshire needs to care for our loved ones.” The preliminary injunction by St. Louis-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp applies to a coalition of suing states that, along with New Hampshire, includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. All those states...
    WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement.The court order said that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid had no clear authority from Congress to enact the vaccine mandate for providers participating in the two government health care programs for the elderly, disabled and poor.The preliminary injunction by St. Louis-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp applies to a coalition of suing states that includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. All those states have either a Republican attorney general or governor. Similar lawsuits also are pending in other states.The federal rule requires COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 17 million workers nationwide in about 76,000 health care facilities and home health care providers that get funding from the government health programs. Workers are to receive their first dose by Dec. 6 and their second shot by Jan. 4The court order against the health...
    (CNN)A federal judge in Missouri issued an order Monday partially blocking the Biden administration from implementing a vaccine mandate for certain health care workers. The judge's order, which covers the 10 states that brought the case, played down the effectiveness of the vaccines and said that the "public would suffer little, if any, harm from maintaining the 'status quo' through the litigation of this case."The mandate came out of the US Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It covers certain health care staff at providers that participate in Medicare and Medicaid, and set a December 6 deadline for those workers to have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.It will be blocked in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming Vaccine inequity and hesitancy made the Omicron variant more likely, scientists sayUS District Judge Matthew Schelp, an appointee of President Donald Trump, said in a 32-page order that those challenging the mandate were likely to succeed in their arguments that CMS lacked the authority to...
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement. The court order said that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid had no clear authority from Congress to enact the vaccine mandate for providers participating in the two government health care programs for the elderly, disabled and poor. The preliminary injunction by St. Louis-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp applies to a coalition of suing states that includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Similar lawsuits also are pending in other states. The federal rule requires COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 17 million workers nationwide in about 76,000 health care facilities and home health care providers that get funding from the government health programs. Workers are to receive their first dose by Dec. 6 and their second shot by Jan. 4 The court order against the health care...
    In 2020, the holiday season preceded the worst COVID-19 surge the U.S. has faced since the pandemic began. Last year, the increase in daily virus cases began to accelerate in early December before peaking at more than 250,000 every day in early January. Now, Covid cases are rising once again in the U.S., with a seven-day rolling average of 95,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. This had led some experts to fear another winter surge is just around the corner.  Dr Richard Zane, the chief innovation officer at University of Colorado Health (UC Health), told DailyMail.com that because of the different circumstances of this year's wave when compared to last, hospitals may struggle to deal with the surge even more this time around. Some Colorado hospitals have already reached a breaking point, according to UC Health's Dr Richard Zane, and if things get worse the upcoming holiday surge could overwhelm the state's healthcare system One Chicago-base epidemiologist believes his state may have already put the worst of the pandemic behind them. Due to the high vaccination rate, combined...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While many Minnesotans enjoy the comfort of family and friends this Thanksgiving, Dr. Jess Boland and nurse Mikayla Reimers are caring for people they barley know: sick patients inside our hospitals battling COVID and other critical illness and trauma. “It still hurts to try everything we can do for someone and have them get worse regardless of that,” said Boland, a critical care physician at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. READ MORE: 'There’s No One Here To Help Us': Staff Shortages Devastating Senior Living Facility ResidentsBoland is frank about the situation: It can feel demoralizing battling a pandemic that’s still persisting after 20 months. It’s stressful and challenging, she said, to establish boundaries between her personal and professional life. But working on Thanksgiving Day, she still finds so much to be grateful for — her supportive co-workers, her family and her baby. And moments of gratitude people have shown her during challenging times. “It’ll be a family that has really been struggling with the critical care process, and all of a sudden, somebody does something that’s...
    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS SF/BCN) — A local union announced Tuesday that hundreds of airport workers will protest the next day at San Francisco International Airport to highlight demands for affordable health care benefits, according to union officials. The protest is scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the airport’s Terminal 3 on what is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year and will include about 200 workers — some non-union and some members of the Unite Here Local 2 union — who are cashiers and food service employees in airport terminals as well as those who prepare food and drinks served on planes. READ MORE: UPDATE: Shaken Holiday Shoppers Changing Plans in Wake Of Retail Smash-and-Grab Crime SpreeIn a news release from Unite Here, claims include workers being denied affordable family health care in the face of increased risk of COVID-19 due to exposure to holiday travelers, and the union keeping workers on part-time status so they can’t qualify for health care coverage. READ MORE: Embattled District Attorney Chesa Boudin: 'We Want Everyone To Feel Safe'...
    Lidia Vilorio, a home health aide, with her patient Martina Negron. There are about 800,000 people, elderly and disabled, who qualify for subsidized home care on waiting lists to get that care. Some will end up in nursing homes, where they don’t need to be and where the threat of COVID-19 lingers indefinitely. President Joe Biden and the majority of congressional Democrats want to fix that. They originally proposed $400 billion over the next 10 years to provide home and community-based health services. That’s since been whittled down to $150 billion, one indication that it’s a huge sector of society that just doesn’t have the power of, say, a defense contractor to fight for itself. “We Don’t Fix This Because We Just Don’t Care About Old People,” Joanne Kenen, Commonwealth Fund journalist-in-residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, writes in a op-ed for Politico. As a society, we don’t care about old people. It’s not just old people, but also disabled people. People who aren’t infants who need help feeding, bathing, and clothing themselves don’t have value in this society. The ancillary point is that...
    (CNN)A federal judge said this weekend that she would not block the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for health care workers while a Florida lawsuit challenging the mandate moves forward.In her decision declining Florida's request for preliminary order blocking the health care worker mandate, US District Judge Casey Rodgers said that Florida had not shown "that irreparable injury will occur " if the court did not block the mandate before it starts to take effect next month.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has been a prominent opponent of President Joe Biden's efforts to mandate vaccines. The state is involved in other lawsuits challenging the Biden administration's mandate for federal contractors, as well as the vaccine rules issued by Occupational Safety and Health Administration. At DeSantis' urging, Florida's GOP-controlled legislature also passed last week bills that would impose fines on companies that require vaccines as a condition of employment."The affidavits in support of the motion include assertions of how the various agencies and institutions anticipate they may be adversely impacted by the mandate," the judge, a George W. Bush-appointee, wrote in an...
    People have trouble identifying the emotions of those who are wearing masks - but not when the face covering is see-through, a new study finds. A joint research team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital examined how the widespread use of masks affects the ability to non-verbally communicate. They compared the ability of the general population, health care workers and deaf people to identify a person's emotion through both a normal, opaque N95 mask, and a transparent mask. For each group, people were around four times more likely to identify an emotion correctly when the person was wearing a transparent mask. Researchers found that in all three study groups, general population (yellow), health care workers (blue) and hearing impaired health care workers (gray), around 80% of them were able to identify the correct emotion of the man wearing the mask if it was transparent. When the mask was opaque, they could only correctly identify his emotion 20% of the time Each participant in the surve was shown a video of a man smiling. In...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ahead of the big holiday weekend COVID cases are surging in the region. In Minnesota alone new cases are up 53% over the last 14 days. Minnesota hospitalizations due to COVID are up nearly 40% over the last 14 days. There are concerns the Thanksgiving holiday could lead to an even greater surge and most hospitals are back to putting off elective surgeries. The increase in hospitalizations is coming not just from a rise in COVID patients but also non-COVID emergencies, as well as preventative health checks many patients have been putting off. For health care workers, exhaustion and burnout set in long ago. Emily Allen is a critical care nurse who has been caring for COVID patients since the pandemic began. She was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning. “Our ICUS are completely full right now I’d say 70% of our patients are unfortunately unvaccinated but it’s not just the COVID patients, it’s all the ones that need surgical procedures and have life-threatening things going on. These COVID patients can stay in the ICU anywhere from...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Nurses and mental health clinicians in Northern California walked out today in solidarity of the engineers union who have yet to reach an agreement with Kaiser. This disruption had a significant impact on patient care here in the Bay Area.RELATED: Hundreds of striking Kaiser engineers rally in the streets of OaklandEarly Friday morning, Kaiser union workers rallied in Oakland for a second day in a row. Today nurses joined the walkout to show their support for engineers who have been on strike since their contract expired in September."We thought we were making headway. We thought we were going to get a fair deal, just market value based on what other engineers make in the Bay Area," said Mark Sutherland, a Kaiser engineer.Kaiser argues that between their salaries and benefits, their engineers are among the best compensated in their profession.Robin Watkins, a nurse at Kaiser, said his job is getting harder without the engineers."They should be back in the building doing what they do fixing the equipment, helping us take care of our patients. We can't do...
    Days after Kaiser reached an agreement with its pharmacists to avoid a strike earlier this week, the health care giant is bracing for thousands of workers to walk off the job at its Northern California medical centers on Thursday and Friday. Unions representing Kaiser nurses, mental health professionals and others say their members are prepared to strike in sympathy with Kaiser engineers, who have been picketing for better compensation for roughly two months. Around 40,000 members of three unions representing X-ray technicians, optometrists, phlebotomists, housekeepers and other employees are set to strike for a day if Kaiser and Local 39, which represents hundreds of engineers charged with keeping the health care provider’s buildings running smoothly, don’t reach an agreement by early Thursday morning. “We are sympathy striking because Kaiser has lost its way and is putting its drive for profits over people, hurting our patients and union co-workers,” said Ethan Ruskin, a health educator at Kaiser San Jose and a member of the SEIU-UHW, which is striking. “The Local 39 engineers play a critical role in maintaining our facilities and...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEFlorida lawmakers sped Tuesday toward passing a plan to prevent COVID-19 vaccination requirements and rejected an attempt to exclude hospitals, nursing homes and other health-care providers from the measure. The House, during the second day of a special legislative session called by Gov. Ron DeSantis, took up the plan and is poised to pass it Wednesday. The plan also cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee, preparing it to go to the full Senate on Wednesday. The House and Senate are considering identical bills (HB 1B and SB 2-B) to prevent vaccination requirements, with Republicans rejecting Democratic attempts to make changes. That included the House on Tuesday rejecting a proposed amendment to carve out hospitals, nursing homes and other health-care providers that take part in the Medicaid and Medicare programs. The state plan conflicts with a rule issued this month by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that seeks to require health-care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If health-care providers do not comply with federal rule, they would face financial penalties. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, said...
              more   Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr on Tuesday announced the state has filed a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. Kemp and Carr announced this in an emailed press release. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the emergency regulation this month. The regulation mandates full COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs by January 4, 2022. Kemp said in the press release that President Joe Biden’s mandate “will only worsen worker shortages in a critical-need area.” Carr, meanwhile, said in the press release that Biden is acting recklessly. “With this latest unconstitutional mandate, the Biden administration is targeting a health care community that is already reeling from the impacts of a global health pandemic,” Carr said. “Georgia health care providers, particularly those located in our rural areas, cannot afford to lose workers or lessen care services due to the unlawful actions of the federal government. We will continue to stand up for the rule of law and...
    Governor Brian P. Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr today announced the State of Georgia has filed a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for health care workers. The emergency regulation, issued on Nov. 5, 2021 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), mandates full COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs by Jan. 4, 2022. “After healthcare heroes went above and beyond the call of duty to keep Americans safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Biden is now threatening their livelihood if they refuse COVID-19 vaccination,” said Governor Kemp. “Yet another unlawful mandate from this administration will only worsen worker shortages in a critical-need area as we continue to balance the everyday healthcare needs of hardworking Georgians and fighting COVID-19. We will continue to fight this repeated, unconstitutional overreach by Joe Biden and his administration in court.” “President Biden’s reckless ‘one-size-fits-most’ approach to governing continues to create immense disruption and uncertainty for Georgia...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A second set of states has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. The latest suit, dated Monday, was filed in Louisiana on behalf of 12 states and comes less than a week after another lawsuit challenging the rule was filed in Missouri by a coalition of 10 states. “The federal government will not impose medical tyranny on Louisiana’s people without my best fight,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a news release announcing the lawsuit. Both lawsuits say the vaccine mandate threatens to drive away health care workers who refuse to get vaccinated at a time when such workers are badly needed. They also contend the rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services violates federal law and unconstitutionally encroaches on powers reserved to the states. The Louisiana lawsuit quotes from Friday’s order by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocking a broader Biden administration vaccine mandate that businesses with more than 100 workers require employees to be vaccinated by...
    (CNN) — In the search for workers in this tight labor market, companies have courted new hires with the promise of higher wages, sign-on bonuses, ample vacation time, and childcare. The latest: “No vaccine required.” That three-word phrase is popping up across online job listings (sometimes emphatically in all caps and accompanied by exclamation marks) as businesses seek to turn the federal government’s proposed vaccine decree on its head and attract employees — notably those from a talent pool that’s been turned off by or turned away from employers that require a Covid-19 vaccination. Under the series of federal regulations, which have met some legal challenges that could delay or stop their implementation, private businesses with more than 100 employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will be required to be fully vaccinated or, in some cases, undergo regular testing for the Covid-19 virus. And although the reasons behind the “no vaccine required” job listings vary by business — for some owners, it’s philosophical; for others, it’s desperation amid an unbalanced labor market — several employers say it’s working....
    Twelve states announced Monday they are suing the Biden Administration to block the vaccine mandate for health care workers, arguing the mandate is unconstitutional and violates several federal laws. Attorney generals from Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia announced the suit Monday, saying “the Biden Administration is playing statutory shell games with the courts, straining to justify an unjustifiable and unprecedented attempt to federalize public health policy and diminish the sovereign States’ constitutional powers.” “No statute authorizes the federal Executive to mandate vaccines to increase societal immunity,” the suit reads, noting President Joe Biden has touted the vaccine as a way to increase immunity. “The Administration’s solution? Use statutory schemes never before interpreted to allow federal vaccine mandates to shoehorn the President’s goals into the fabric of American society.” The suit argues against the mandate requiring Medicare and Medicaid health care workers to be vaccinated is unconstitutional and harms patient care as employees are forced to either take the shot or lose their job. “The Vaccine Mandate causes grave danger to...
    San Francisco (CNN Business)In the search for workers in this tight labor market, companies have courted new hires with the promise of higher wages, sign-on bonuses, ample vacation time, and childcare. The latest: "No vaccine required."That three-word phrase is popping up across online job listings (sometimes emphatically in all caps and accompanied by exclamation marks) as businesses seek to turn the federal government's proposed vaccine decree on its head and attract employees -- notably those from a talent pool that's been turned off by or turned away from employers that require a Covid-19 vaccination.Under the series of federal regulations, which have met some legal challenges that could delay or stop their implementation, private businesses with more than 100 employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will be required to be fully vaccinated or, in some cases, undergo regular testing for the Covid-19 virus. And although the reasons behind the "no vaccine required" job listings vary by business — for some owners, it's philosophical; for others, it's desperation amid an unbalanced labor market — several employers say it's working. Read...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A tentative deal was reached Saturday between Kaiser Permanente and union leaders that will prevent a strike by thousands of nurses and other health care workers who were planning to hit the picket line Monday at Kaiser facilities across Southern California and beyond. Kaiser and the Alliance of Health Care Unions agreed on a four-year contract covering nearly 50,000 health care employees in 22 local unions, according to union spokesman Jeff Rogers. READ MORE: One Killed, Five Injured In Two-Vehicle Crash On Freeway In Lynwood“The Alliance of Health Care Unions fought to preserve a Kaiser Permanente where patients can count on excellent patient care and service. This has guided our work for 24 years. This agreement will mean patients will continue to receive the best care, and Alliance members will have the best jobs,” said Hal Ruddick, executive director of the alliance. “This contract protects our patients, provides safe staffing, and guarantees fair wages and benefits for every Alliance member.” According to the union, the tentative deal includes: — Guaranteed across-the-board wage increases each year through...
    Thousands of health care workers who were demanding higher pay and better working conditions will stay on the job after a tentative agreement was reached with Kaiser Permanente, union representatives announced Saturday.The agreement, a four-year contract covering nearly 50,000 Kaiser employees in 22 local unions, avoids a strike that was set to begin Monday.Thousands of nurses and other health care workers at Kaiser in California and Oregon voted overwhelmingly last month to authorize the strike if negotiations failed. The strike would have impacted more than 300 hospitals and medical centers across Southern California.The tentative agreement includes across-the-board wage increases each year through 2025, no reductions in health benefits, and opportunities for career growth, according to the Alliance of Health Care Unions."The Alliance of Health Care Unions fought to preserve a Kaiser Permanente where patients can count on excellent patient care and service. This has guided our work for 24 years. This agreement will mean patients will continue to receive the best care, and Alliance members will have the best jobs," Executive Director Hal Ruddick of Alliance of Health Care Unions...
                       
    More than 19 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, our health care heroes are finding themselves at the epicenter of medical history — an experience that has been both fulfilling and exhausting. The pandemic has put a massive strain on the humans in health care, resulting in one in five health care workers leaving the field since COVID-19 began and another 30% considering a career change, intensifying the stress on those who are still hard at work on the frontlines. Adding to the strain: Care capacity at Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems is even lower now than it was last winter, and a recent 17% surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations stressed the system as it stretched to place patients who need hospital-level care of all kinds. Unlike the capacity issues our hospital and health systems faced in 2020, hospital beds and PPE are not now in short supply, but an even more valuable commodity is: health care staff. The shortage is getting worse by the day, with 17,500 health care workers leaving their jobs nationwide just last month due to a variety...
    (CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James urged the Supreme Court Wednesday to deny a request from a group of New York health care workers to block the state's vaccine mandate, arguing that the emergency rule requiring vaccinations for certain health care workers is necessary to combat the spread of the virus, which can lead to a "vicious cycle of staff shortages and deterioration of patient care."James' filing was in response to a lawsuit brought by three nurses and a group called We the Patriots USA, Inc., who object to the fact that while the mandate allows exemptions for those with medical objections, there is no exemption for people with religious objections.New York attorney general releases former Gov. Andrew Cuomos testimony and other documents from sexual harassment investigationIt's the latest dispute concerning the various types of mandates to reach the high court, and it is nearly identical to recent cases brought by workers in Maine. The court has yet to block a mandate, although the Maine mandate went into effect over the objection of three conservative justices.The nurses say they object...
    Ten Republican-led states sued the Biden administration on Wednesday to try to block a coronavirus vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The Associated Press reports: The lawsuit filed in a federal court in Missouri contends that the vaccine requirement threatens the jobs of millions of health care workers and could “exacerbate an alarming shortage” in health care fields, particularly in rural areas where some health workers have been hesitant to get the shots. […] The new lawsuit contends that the CMS vaccine requirement is unprecedented and unreasonably broad, affecting even volunteers and staff who don’t typically work with patients. The lawsuit argues that some health workers could lose their jobs instead of opting to receive the vaccine, which “jeopardizes the healthcare interests of rural Americans.” “The mandate is a blatant attempt to federalize public health issues involving vaccination that belong within the States’ police power,” the suit reads. Attorneys general from the following states joined the suit: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A coalition of 10 states sued the federal government on Wednesday to try to block a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers, marking a new front in the resistance by Republican-led states to the pandemic policies of President Joe Biden’s administration. The lawsuit filed in a federal court in Missouri contends that the vaccine requirement threatens the jobs of millions of health care workers and could “exacerbate an alarming shortage” in health care fields, particularly in rural areas where some health workers have been hesitant to get the shots. The suit follows similar ones by Republican-led states challenging new Biden administration rules that will require federal contractors to ensure their workers are vaccinated and that businesses with more than 100 employees require their workers to get vaccinated or wear masks and get tested weekly for the coronavirus. All of the mandates are scheduled to take effect Jan. 4. Biden’s administration contends that the federal rules supersede state policies prohibiting vaccine mandates and are essential to slowing the pandemic, which has killed more than...
    (CNN)Getting family health insurance on the job now costs workers and their employers more than $22,000 a year, on average. And companies have not been able to do much to make coverage more affordable, even though the coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the importance of health benefits.Employees foot about $6,000 of the tab, while companies pick up the rest, according to the 2021 Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey. The report, released Wednesday, found that the average annual premium rose 4% this year to $22,221.The average annual premium for a single staffer in 2021 hit $7,739, also up 4%. Workers pay about $1,300, and employers cover the remaining tab.About 155 million Americans rely on employer-sponsored coverage -- and they are paying a lot more for that benefit than they were a decade ago. The average family premium has increased 47%, more than wages or inflation, which rose 31% and 19%, respectively, Kaiser found.RELATED: US comes in last in health care rankings of high-income countriesRead MoreMeanwhile, the average deductible is roughly $1,669 among workers subject to an annual deductible, which must...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  Some Minnesota health care workers are suing over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Twenty employees of Northfield Hospital and Clinics, some with serious health concerns, have been fired for refusing the shot. They call it a “blanket denial” of their exemptions. It’s why their attorney believes this makes the case stand out. READ MORE: Minnesota Pollution Officials Add 15 Bodies Of Water To Impaired Waters ListMonday was Robyn Hobmeier’s first day unemployed in her adult life after spending 14 years as a register nurse at Northfield Hospital. “November of last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Hobmeier said. A double mastectomy lead to an infection and a positive COVID case this past summer. The experience put her in the hospital for days. “That was just one month after chemo, and I don’t want to put anything else in my body right now,” Hobmeier said. But last month her employer denied both the medical and religious exemptions she submitted the same day, firing her last week. Ellen Tichich is also suing her former employer. She was...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  Some Minnesota health care workers are suing over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Twenty employees of Northfield Hospital and Clinics, some with serious health concerns, have been fired for refusing the shot. They call it a “blanket denial” of their exemptions. It’s why their attorney believes this makes the case stand out. READ MORE: 'Millennial Farmer' Gives His Nearly 1M YouTube Subscribers A Glimpse At Life In Rural MinnesotaMonday was Robyn Hobmeier’s first day unemployed in her adult life after spending 14 years as a register nurse at Northfield Hospital. “November of last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Hobmeier said. A double mastectomy lead to an infection and a positive COVID case this past summer. The experience put her in the hospital for days. “That was just one month after chemo, and I don’t want to put anything else in my body right now,” Hobmeier said. But last month her employer denied both the medical and religious exemptions she submitted the same day, firing her last week. Ellen Tichich is also suing her former...
    Thousands of Kaiser workers are preparing to strike, calling for higher wages and better working conditions. In a move that could affect Kaiser pharmacies in the Bay Area and beyond, the Guild of Professional Pharmacists warned the health care giant its members planned to go on strike for a week beginning next Monday, Nov. 15. Separately, thousands of Kaiser workers in California, Oregon and Washington represented by unions belonging to the Alliance of Health Care Unions have also said they are planning to strike on Nov. 15. The unions, which represent nurses and other health care workers, accused Kaiser of proposing an unfair contract even amid “historic labor shortages” and droves of health care workers fleeing the industry. Already, Kaiser engineers — who are charged with making sure everything from plumbing and electricity to heating and cooling are working properly — have been on strike for weeks. In a statement, the pharmacy guild said that after bargaining for five months, “Kaiser took actions to end negotiations prematurely, engaged in direct dealing with members, imposed unreasonable deadlines for contract ratification together...
    Around 2,000 health care workers at South Buffalo Mercy Hospital have been on strike since Oct. 1. Now, they have a tentative agreement and picket lines are suspended while the workers vote whether to ratify the contract. The continuing John Deere strike is a reminder that workers sometimes vote down agreements that their union leaders bring them, but the Communications Workers of America hailed the tentative deal as a win, and from the summary the union offered, it looks like one. Not only did the workers beat back efforts to cut their health care benefits and get a significant raise over the course of the contract, but they won safe staffing ratios for the first time, with the new staffing levels to be fully implemented by January 1, 2023. That’s a significant advance for the workers and, of course, it’s also a win for patients who will be guaranteed care from workers who aren’t stretched across too many patients. ● FedEx is fiercely non-union. UPS workers are unionized. Guess which of the delivery companies is having labor shortage problems. Yep, the one that keeps its wages low and turnover...
    Thousands of Kaiser Permanente employees are set to go on strike Nov. 15., planning to walk out over pay and working conditions strained by the coronavirus pandemic.Thousands of nurses and other health care workers at Kaiser in California and Oregon voted overwhelmingly last month to authorize the strike.RELATED: Hundreds of striking Kaiser engineers rally in the streets of OaklandThe workers' union, the United Nurses Assns. of California/Union of Health Care Professionals, or UNAC/UHCP, says the strike will affect more than 360 hospitals and medical centers across Southern California.Kaiser, one of the nation's largest health care providers, has proposed a two-tiered wage and benefits system that would give newer employees lower pay and fewer health protections. The unions want Kaiser to abandon that plan. They also want 4% raises for each of the next three years and a commitment to hire more nurses to relieve staffing shortages. Kaiser has offered 1% a year, with additional lump sums, and says it must reduce labor costs to remain competitive.The regional strike vote comes amid national contract negotiations between Kaiser and the Alliance of...
    Since the pandemic’s beginning, I’ve thought a good deal about some of the jobs I’ve had in my career. When I hear about violence directed against teachers and school board members, I look back to issues I wrote about as a speechwriter for former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. Though I never remember covering anything like this current violence. When I see how flight attendants are being attacked by passengers, I think of my time as a Northwest Airlines spokesperson. Though I don’t recall having to handle anything the like of which we hear about on a nearly daily basis on planes throughout the country. But given the death and illness this pandemic has delivered, I most often think of the years I spent as a University of Minnesota medical center spokesperson. I was at the center, then as now renowned for its work in organ and bone marrow transplantation, when nearly every transplant done was the subject of some type of news story. When getting rid of Obamacare/the Affordable Care Act becomes a fighting topic, I think of...
    Members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers picket the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in 2018. James Quigg/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.More than 30,000 Kaiser Permanente workers plan to strike on November 15 if contract negotiations with the health network do not improve. Workers are fighting a proposal from Kaiser that would cut pay for future hires by up to 39 percent.  The decision to provide Kaiser with the 10-day notice required by federal labor law is a major escalation in what could soon become one of the largest health care strikes in recent history. It comes after Kaiser workers from unions across the country voted overwhelmingly last month to give union leaders the authority to call a strike. Roughly 20,000 workers are already on strike at major companies like Kellogg’s and John Deere as part of what was dubbed Striketober. The workers who plan to strike on November 15 are members of the the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals,...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Hours after the Biden administration moved forward with COVID-19 vaccination requirements for tens of millions of workers, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that Florida will join Georgia, Alabama and private plaintiffs in filing a legal challenge. The lawsuit, which is expected to be filed Friday at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, will challenge a rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration that will apply to employers with 100 or more workers. The rule will take effect Jan. 4 and require employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or test negative at least once a week. READ MORE: Pharmacies, Hospitals & Pediatrician Offices All Gearing Up To Offer COVID Vaccines To Kids 5 & UpDeSantis said Florida also will challenge a separate rule issued Thursday by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that will apply to health-care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes, that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Workers in the facilities will have to show they have received at least one dose of...
    There are additional requirements in the ETS. All covered employers must pay for the time it takes their employees to get vaccinated, including sick leave if vaccine side effects keep them from working. All unvaccinated employees will be forced to wear masks while in the workplace, under the administration's new rules. The Biden administration also issued new vaccination requirements for health care workers through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Any health care facility that participates in the Medicare or Medicaid program must require their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. There is no testing opt-out for health care workers. "Together, these rules will cover about 100 million Americans — two-thirds of all workers in America," Biden said. The president claimed that his vaccination requirements have broad public support and that contrary to news reports, "there have been no 'mass firings' and worker shortages because of vaccination requirements." He also said that vaccination requirements and safety rules in the workplace "are nothing new." "I'm calling on employers to act. Businesses have more power than ever...
    (CNN) — The Biden administration announced Thursday that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect Jan. 4. The rules stipulate that employees that fall into those groups will need to have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated, either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, by January 4. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: How Global Shortages Are Affecting Consumers NationwideBiden touted new vaccine requirements rules released in a statement, calling on employers to act going forward. “Vaccination is the single best pathway out of this pandemic. And while I would have much preferred that requirements not become necessary, too many people remain unvaccinated for us to get out of this pandemic for good. So I instituted requirements — and they are working,” Biden said in a statement. Seeking to tamp down anti-vaccination talking points, Biden noted that there “have been no ‘mass firings’ and worker shortages because of vaccine requirements. “I’m calling on employers to...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — The Biden administration Thursday moved forward with COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employees of large businesses and healthcare workers, adding fuel to a debate that will be on display in Florida during a special legislative session this month. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued rules that will fully take effect on Jan. 4. READ MORE: Shots Fired When Police Went To Serve Warrant At Brownsville Home, No One HurtThe OSHA rule will apply to employers with 100 or more workers. It will require employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or test negative at least once a week — a measure that will cover 84 million workers nationally, according to a White House estimate. “COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on workers, and we continue to see dangerous levels of cases,” U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said in a prepared statement. “We must take action to implement this emergency temporary standard to contain the virus and protect people in the workplace against the grave...
    (CNN) — The Biden administration announced Thursday that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect January 4. The rules stipulate that employees that fall into those groups will need to have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated, either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, by January 4. Eighty-four million employees working at large employers and 17 million health care workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid will be covered by the rules implemented by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. READ MORE: World Premiere Of 'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' Bringing Magic To Franklin Institute“Together the OSHA and CMS rules, along with the other policies the administration has previously implemented means that over two thirds of all workers in the United States are now covered by vaccination policies,” a senior administration official said, discussing the new rules. “Higher vaccination rates protect our workers, reduce hospitalizations and deaths. It’s...
    By Jason Hoffman | CNN The Biden administration announced Thursday that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect January 4. The rules stipulate that employees that fall into those groups will need to have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated, either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, by January 4. Eighty-four million employees working at large employers and 17 million health care workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid will be covered by the rules implemented by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Together the OSHA and CMS rules, along with the other policies the administration has previously implemented means that over two thirds of all workers in the United States are now covered by vaccination policies,” a senior administration official said, discussing the new rules. “Higher vaccination rates protect our workers, reduce hospitalizations and deaths. It’s good for workers and importantly,...
    A Louisiana appeals court has issued a temporary setback for Ochsner Health as a lawsuit challenging the hospital chain’s employee COVID-19 vaccination mandate was sent back to a lower court for further review. Ochsner, the state’s largest health system, implemented a vaccination mandate for all employees in August. The policy set an Oct. 29 compliance deadline, after which unvaccinated health workers would be terminated. Dozens of employees in Shreveport sued the health care giant, but the case was dismissed early last month. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport, however, ruled Ochsner cannot penalize its employees while the vaccination mandate is still being challenged in court. Disciplining or firing unvaccinated employees “would unlawfully abridge certain alleged constitutional rights,” a three-judge panel said Thursday, one day before the vaccine deadline. The panel reversed a Caddo Parish district court’s dismissal, which it said was in “error,” and remanded the case back to state District Judge Craig Marcotte for a full hearing. “The matter is remanded to the trial court with instructions to enter a temporary restraining order enjoining any disciplinary action...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of Greek health care workers protested in central Athens against mandatory coronavirus vaccines for their profession Wednesday, a day after the government imposed more restrictions on unvaccinated Greeks amid a spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths. About 300 demonstrators chanted slogans and held up banners outside the parliament building, protesting regulations that call for unvaccinated health care workers to be suspended from their jobs. Health care unions have said they do not oppose the vaccines but object to them being required. Vaccines against the coronavirus are compulsory for workers in Greece’s health care sector and those working in care homes for the elderly. On Tuesday, Greece reported a record 6,700 new daily COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths, bringing the total in the country of around 11 million to over 750,000 infections and more than 16,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Intensive care units for COVID-19 patients are at over 28% capacity, while regular coronavirus wards in hospitals are nearly half full, officials said. Health Minister Thanos Plevris said Tuesday...