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    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — The pandemic has forced more than 8,500 licensed child care sites in Califorina to close, at least temporarily, amounting to tens of thousands of slots. As more and more parents return to work, families and providers are scrambling for solutions. A Belmont preschool, Footsteps at Nesbit Puma Cubs, is one of several Footsteps Child Care...
    The husband of a child care provider is facing a host of charges for allegedly sexually abusing children while they were in his wife’s care at their Long Island home, police announced. It is alleged that three children were sexually abused by Patchogue resident Angel Tacuri at separate times between 2010 and 2015 when the girls were between the ages...
                        On May 3, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 2006 which included a provision supporting to a vaccine passport ban. However, the law provided an exception for health care providers and facilities within the healthcare industry. DeSantis has been critical of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed to block businesses from requiring customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, but legislation he recently signed included a carve-out for the health-care industry. The measure crafted by DeSantis’ Republican legislative allies exempted hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, physician offices and ambulance providers, among many other health care providers....
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Lawsuits filed over COVID-19 liability claims could be harder to prove if a bill in the Texas legislature passes. Nursing homes accused of not doing enough to protect their staff from catching COVID-19 have been the target of multiple lawsuits filed by Texas nurses and health care workers, like Lisa Collins who spent three weeks on a...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health resumed its allocation of the Johnson & Johnson covid-19 vaccine to health care providers. After the CDC and FDA lifted its pause on administering the vaccine last week, state providers started giving out the vaccine this week with the supply they already had. READ MORE: Genesis Announces First U.S. Tour In...
    Vaccine hesitancy among long-term care staff remains a complex issue that goes beyond “selfishness,” the Pennsylvania Health Care Association said Thursday. “Two weeks ago, there were headlines that painted a picture of selfish, uninformed workers who refused to take the vaccine,” said Zach Shamberg, president and CEO of PHCA. “It’s not that simple.” The association, which represents more than...
    Widespread fraud, kickbacks and other abuses in an industry meant to provide comforting care for the dying are the focus of reform proposals that call for a temporary halt to new licenses and a crackdown on patient-recruiting schemes in California’s booming hospice business. A bill working its way through the state Senate would impose a one-year moratorium on new hospice...
    EXCLUSIVE: Eighteen Republican doctors and health care providers in Congress sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking when the COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted from the chamber, now that most members have been vaccinated.Reps. Michael Burgess of Texas, Andy Harris of Maryland and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio led the House GOP Doctors Caucus in sending the letter to Pelosi on Thursday. ...
    AURORA, Ill. (WLS) -- Gov. JB Pritzker announced $1.6 billion in federal aid to expand access to early childhood education and child care for children and families across the state in Aurora Friday.This includes $140 million in direct grants to childcare providers over the next three weeks, adding to the $290 million granted to child care providers earlier in the...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is funneling $39 billion in relief funds to states to help child care providers stay in business or reopen, which it says is the single largest investment in child care in US history.The money, which comes from the $1.9 trillion relief package that President Joe Biden signed last month, also will assist women in getting back to...
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to improve maternal health aimed at bettering pregnancy outcomes for minority women, as the U.S. recognizes Black Maternal Health Week. About 700 women across the country die annually from complications during pregnancy, delivery and post-partum. Black and Indigenous women are about three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as...
    The Biden administration on Thursday announced it is releasing the $39 billion in funding for the child care industry from the American Rescue Plan. The administration said the funds are going to states, territories and tribes and are for addressing the child care crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has lowered enrollment at child care facilities and caused some...
    Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) signed legislation on Monday that would allow some nurses in the state to perform abortions. As the Associated Press reports, the law allows advanced practice registered nurses to prescribe medication that ends pregnancies as well as perform aspiration abortion in the first trimester. Aspiration abortions are a type of surgery in which a vacuum...
    New York (CNN Business)Video calling has, for many, been key to staying connected with friends, family and coworkers as coronavirus forces people to stay apart. Now, the technology is being used to connect health care providers and patients in hospitals. Northwell Health, a New York health care system, is expanding a program to outfit coronavirus patients' rooms with Amazon Echo...
    (CNN)More than 500 people in the United Kingdom were put on do-not-resuscitate orders without their consent or their carers' consent during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study released by England's care watchdog on Thursday. "From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were concerns that 'do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation' (DNACPR) decisions were being made without involving people, or...
    FatCamera | E+ | Getty Images There already was a child-care crisis in America. Then Covid hit. Child-care centers shut down. Working parents lost care and child-care workers found themselves without jobs. Parents, namely mothers, left jobs or reduced hours to fill the gap. The Biden administration and Congress responded with $39 billion in funding to child-care providers, signed into...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida could set up a stockpile of life-saving personal protective equipment and sell it to health-care practitioners at cost, under proposals now moving in the Legislature. Despite some concern from one lawmaker who cautioned the measure could turn a “government agency into an Amazon,” the House Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved its version...
    As public life shuttered in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Democratic U.S. Sens. Tina Smith and Elizabeth Warren proposed a $50 billion plan aimed at helping child care providers who faced dropping enrollment that threatened the industry’s survival. It took nearly a year, but Smith and Warren’s child care bailout is now largely a reality. The massive $1.9...
    Any working parent will likely call child care essential to going back to work, and D.C. is ensuring that providers have the financial help they need to stay in business. The District is allocating $10.7 million to a new grant program that will offer financial relief for licensed child care centers. It also created a $3 million fund for providers...
    For decades, policymakers have held up early childhood care and education programs as imperative to correct systemic inequities in our country by achieving positive outcomes like higher academic achievement, improved graduation rates and increased economic mobility. Now, as a global pandemic decimates the contributions of working women, the importance of supporting early childhood care and education programs is being highlighted...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Exactly one year after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Minnesota, nearly 55% of state’s educators have been vaccinated. On Saturday, Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the sacrifices Minnesota educators have made over the last year, as schools shut down and classrooms shifted into hybrid learning models. “Vaccinating more and more of our teachers and child care...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas teachers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Texas Department of State Health Services on Wednesday, March 3, notified all vaccine providers that they should immediately include school and child care workers in vaccine administration. READ MORE: The 12 COVID Tax Changes You Need To Know Before Filing This Year On Tuesday night, DSHS...
    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would halt public funding to any entities that advise women about their abortion options. Lawmakers voted 55-14 to send to the Senate the bill supporters say would stop some women from obtaining abortions. The bill would bar all public funding to any entity —...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s child care capacity can only meet about three-quarters of demand, a new report details, which could impede the state’s economic recovery if the child care crisis doesn’t change. By the end of 2020 there were about 223,000 child care spaces across Minnesota, according to a new report from the Center for Rural Policy and Development. But there’s a...
    (CNN)Shut out of the stimulus package that passed the House last week, hospitals and nursing homes are hoping they can convince the Senate to give them an additional infusion of funding in its version of the $1.9 trillion relief bill. More on Covid-19 relief Here's what you can expect to get from the $1.9 trillion House stimulus Congress already...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Nearly 2,000 child care providers in Maine are going to get rapid COVID-19 testing. Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew says 1,726 child care providers will be getting Bionex Now COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, with a goal of preserving the child care workforce and care for children. There are enough rapid tests for child care...
    When a San Francisco-based health care company came under fire this month over claims it didn’t properly screen the people it was vaccinating to be sure they were eligible, it set off a backlash and a question: Once vaccines are distributed, is anybody watching to be sure medical providers are following the rules? Surprisingly, though, it’s also prompting caution from...
    (CNN)Native people have been disproportionately hit by Covid-19, experiencing higher rates of infection, hospitalization and death than White people in the US. But when it comes to vaccine administration, tribal health providers are often outpacing counties and states. For the most part, the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in the US so far has been beset by long lines, glitchy websites and...
    When public schools closed last March, Tanya García watched attendance at her busy Hollywood day care plunge. Some days, only one toddler came. But in recent months, Angelica’s Daycare has been busier than ever — particularly among school-aged students. “Two of them came to our day care, and the mom was like, ‘They’re so far behind right now, please...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Another group of people is now eligible to receive a vaccine in Orange County.The county on Monday will start vaccinating people in Phase 1B, officials said. They include teachers, child care providers and food industry workers.County health officials say they are moving toward giving 30% of their vaccine supply to this group, depending on vaccine...
    The state's top law enforcement official is threatening legal action against health care providers who administer limited COVID-19 vaccines to people who aren't authorized yet. State Attorney General Aaron Frey sent a memo on Tuesday to the COVID-19 vaccine providers reminding them of requirements to only vaccinate people who are eligible to receive the drugs under the state's rollout...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – In a bipartisan vote, a House panel on Wednesday agreed to move forward with a bill that would make it harder to sue nursing homes, hospitals and physicians because of alleged negligence related to COVID-19. Members of the House Health & Human Services Committee voted 17-3 to introduce a proposal (PCB HHS 21-01) for the 2021 legislative...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md (WJZ) — Child care providers in Maryland will soon be getting economic help in the form of $60 million in pandemic relief grants. Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced that licensed child care providers are able to apply for Child Care Pandemic Relief Fund grants to help make ends meet. RELATED: 2 Arrested In Murder, Robbery Of Brian Bregman...
    Cash-strapped child care centers in Maryland will soon be able to able to apply for grants that will provide a total of $60 million to providers across the state. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the Child Care Pandemic Relief Fund in a news release Friday. The grant program aims to help child care providers with increased operation costs and make...
    By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday approved a measure allowing medical providers to refuse to treat someone because of their religious or moral beliefs, a move critics say will allow them to turn LGBTQ patients away. The majority-Republican Senate voted 27-6 in favor of the measure, which says health care workers...
    After a harrowing year, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. COVID-19 cases are trending downward, vaccinations are up, businesses are reopening and children are venturing back to school. But as Greater Minnesota communities look ahead to the post-pandemic future, a stubborn barrier to economic recovery remains: a dire lack of available child care....
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A Florida Senate committee has moved through a measure that would provide broad immunity to nursing homes, hospitals and physicians from coronavirus-related lawsuits. The move comes despite warnings from Democrats that the legislation would prevent people from pursuing legitimate claims. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 to advance the bill (SB 74), putting it on track to...
    Public service workers help people to check in at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Robstown, Texas, February 9, 2021.Go Nakamura | Reuters The Biden administration will partner with Texas officials to build three new community vaccination centers in Dallas, Arlington and Houston, a member of President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team announced Wednesday. The centers, which will be operational...
    Two new vaccination campaigns are kicking off in D.C. to help inoculate more of the District’s population. The first is a joint effort between D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Health and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to open vaccination appointments every Monday at noon and 7 p.m. for those who work at a licensed child care...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota hospitals are criticizing the state's coronavirus vaccine distribution system as inequitable, leaving some clinics and hospitals without doses for older, vulnerable patients. The Minnesota Hospital Association, in a letter to state Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, said some clinics haven't received vaccine doses in days. “Despite our ongoing partnership and our tireless efforts...
    For MPR, Catherine Rickert says: “A coalition of Minnesota’s hospitals says the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution system is hurting patients, and is asking the state Health Department give more shots to health care providers. In a letter to Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, the Minnesota Hospital Association wrote that some clinics haven’t received doses in days, leaving them unable to vaccinate...
    As Bay Area residents over 65 face delays, long waits and even cancellations of COVID-19 vaccination appointments, Santa Clara County officials have moved to expand vaccine access across both public and private hospital systems to expedite the rollout. Effective Thursday, anyone in the age bracket who lives or works in the county may schedule a vaccination appointment with any provider,...
    D.C. released early vaccine data on the race and ethnicity of residents who have received the coronavirus vaccine, but the District’s health officer said it is missing some key information — namely race and ethnicity. Health Officer Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said the data is incomplete, because the race and ethnicity of vaccine recipients have not always been recorded. “If health...
    More than 200 doctors booted from the Department of Veterans Affairs over poor-quality care may be treating veterans through the VAs networks of private MDs, Military.com reported. The watchdog Government Accountability Office review found up to 227 doctors fired from the VA nevertheless remained eligible to care for vets in community care programs, the military news site reported. The department...
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    As this fall’s COVID surge took hold, staff at CentraCare – Long Prairie Care Center, a nursing home and long-term care center in the central Minnesota town of Long Prairie, began to show clear signs of strain. “They were getting overwhelmed with small things,” said Jodi Hillmer, director of patient care services and interim director of long-term care. “Something small...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple had appointments to get their COVID-19 vaccines, until the city cut them off. They are not alone as the city was forced to cancel many shots. David Williams and his wife are eligible for the vaccine, and they’ve spent hours trying to secure a spot to get it, so when a friend shared a code that...