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It’s Day 6 of Covid, and a Rapid Antigen Test Comes Back Positive. Stay Home, Say Virologists.

What does it mean if a person’s rapid antigen test result comes back positive after five days of isolation due to covid-19? According to the experts, that person is most likely still carrying a viral load high enough to infect others. “Anytime you’re positive by one of these rapid at-home covid tests, it means that […]

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Court Rejects Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim Based On Counsel’s Delay In Preparation and Filing of Amended Returns (1/29/22)

In Evdokimow v. United States, No. 19-14130 (NLH), 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13110 (D.N.J. Jan. 25, 2022), CL here, the court rejected Evdokimow ‘s request for relief “to vacate, correct, or set aside his federal sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255.”  Evdokimow raised several claims for relief, all related to ineffective assistance of counsel.  […]

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In Super-Vaxxed Vermont, Covid Strikes — But Packs Far Less Punch

Even Eden, a snow-covered paradise in northern Vermont, is poisoned by omicron. The nearly vertical ascent of new coronavirus cases in recent weeks, before peaking in mid-January, affected nearly every mountain hamlet, every shuttered factory town, every frozen bucolic college campus in this state despite its near-perfect vaccination record. Of all the states, Vermont appeared […]

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Listen: Generous Deals, and a Few Unwanted Surprises, at Covered California

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. KHN Southern California correspondent Bernard J. Wolfson was on “Línea Abierta,” a Radio Bilingüe weekday news program, answering questions for a Spanish-speaking audience about his recent column on health plan enrollment through California’s Affordable Care Act marketplace, Covered California. Wolfson’s column discusses the extraordinary deals available […]

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Medicare Patients Win the Right to Appeal Gap in Nursing Home Coverage

A three-judge federal appeals court panel in Connecticut has likely ended an 11-year fight against a frustrating and confusing rule that left hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries without coverage for nursing home care, and no way to challenge a denial. The Jan. 25 ruling, which came in response to a 2011 class-action lawsuit eventually […]

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Record ACA Enrollment Puts Pressure on Congress

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. The Biden administration announced that 14.5 million Americans have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2022. That’s a record, and several states […]

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Ninth Circuit Clarifies Affirmative Act for Evasion of Assessment After Return Filed Can Restart Statute Of Limitations (1/27/22)

In United States v. Orrock , ___ F.4th ___, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 2373 (9th Cir. 1/26/22), CA9 here, the Court resolved potential confusion in the 9th Circuit as to whether the evasion of assessment statute of limitations runs from (i) the first date that all elements of the crime existed (often in evasion of […]

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CDC Tells Pharmacies to Give 4th Covid Shots to Immunocompromised Patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reached out to pharmacists Wednesday to reinforce the message that people with moderate to severe immune suppression are eligible for fourth covid shots. The conference call came a day after KHN reported that immunocompromised people were being turned away by pharmacy employees unfamiliar with the latest CDC guidelines. […]

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11th Cir. Remands For IRS To Re-Determine FBAR Penalties After Affirming Original Calculation Was Arbitrary And Capricious (1/26/22)

In United States v. Schwarzbaum, ___ F.4th ___, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS _____ (11th Cir. 1/25/22), CA11 here, The Court affirmed the district court’s holdings that (i) Schwarzbaum was liable for the FBAR civil willful penalty and (ii) that the IRS calculation of the willful penalty was arbitrary and capricious. Based on the latter holding, […]

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Farmacias rechazan a pacientes con problemas inmunes que necesitan una cuarta dosis de la vacuna contra covid

Los pacientes con sistemas inmunes debilitados, que tienen un riesgo mayor de covid-19 y sus complicaciones, dicen que las farmacias los rechazan cuando buscan dosis adicionales de las vacunas recomendadas por los funcionarios federales de salud. Alyson Smith se convirtió en elegible en enero para una cuarta dosis de la vacuna contra covid porque sus […]