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Author: Pattie Lockard

Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States

Justin Franz September 8, 2020 When Tamarack Dispensary opened in the northwestern Montana city of Kalispell in 2009, medical marijuana was legal but still operating on the fringes of the conservative community. Times have changed. Owner Erin Bolster no longer receives surprised or puzzled looks […]

Dying Young: The Health Care Workers in Their 20s Killed by COVID-19

Alastair Gee, The Guardian August 13, 2020 Jasmine Obra believed that if it wasn’t for her brother Joshua, she wouldn’t exist. When 7-year-old Josh realized that his parents weren’t going to live forever, he asked for a sibling so he would never be alone. By […]

They Got A Big ER Bill Because Hospitals Couldn’t Test For Virus

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News July 7, 2020 Fresh off a Caribbean cruise in early March, John Campbell developed a cough and fever of 104 degrees. He went to his primary care physician and got a flu test, which came up negative. Then things got […]

Federal Help Falters As Nursing Homes Run Short Of Protective Equipment

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News June 11, 2020 Around the country, nursing homes trying to protect their residents from the coronavirus eagerly await boxes of masks, eyewear and gowns promised by the federal government. But all too often the packages deliver disappointment — if they […]

Testing Remains Inconsistent In Long-Term Care…

Laura Ungar May 12, 2020 Mary Lanham’s assisted living complex in Florida tested all residents for COVID-19 — once in March and again in April — even though no one showed symptoms. The preventive measure put her daughter’s mind at ease, since testing can detect […]

Shopping Abroad For Cheaper Medication? Here’s What You Need To Know

In its effort to temper the sky-high prices Americans pay for many vital medications, the Trump administration last month unveiled a plan that would legalize the importation of selected prescription drugs from countries where they sell for far less. But the plan addresses imports only at the […]

It’s time for Democrats to get their facts right on Medicare-for-all

 By Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, representing Washington’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House. In the wake of the second Democratic presidential debate, it is clear that Medicare-for-all has become a defining issue of the 2020 election. Earlier this year, when I introduced our comprehensive, […]

Nurses Heal California | CNA Lobby Day

I recently accompanied 400 of my favorite RNs from the California Nurses Association (CNA) Lobby Day at our California State Capitol, Sacramento. May Day started out with powerful speeches from the executive director of CNA/National Nurses United, Bonnie Castillo. Ms. Castillo spoke about the need […]