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‘Explained by KHN’: Health Insurance Help in Covid Relief Law

[embedded content] The twists and turns of the American health system can sometimes leave people lost, confused and looking for answers. We’ve created a new video series — “Explained by KHN” — in which our correspondents and editors answer common health care and health policy questions.  The $1.9 trillion covid relief package that President Joe […]

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Court of Federal Claims Rejects Taxpayer Games in Partial Payment FBAR Civil Penalty Refund Suit (4/10/21)

In Mendu v. United States, 2021 U.S. Claims LEXIS 537 (4/7/21), Mendu filed a partial payment FBAR penalty refund suit for $1,000 and the Government counterclaimed for the unpaid balance on the FBAR assessment of about $752,000 (plus additions).  The Court made these key holdings: https://www.taxnotes.com/research/federal/court-documents/court-opinions-and-orders/claims-court-holds-fbar-penalties-are-not-internal-revenue-taxes/4m251 The Court has jurisdiction over a  partial payment FBAR […]

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Journalists Document True Toll of Covid on Health Care’s Front-Line Force

Senior KHN correspondent Christina Jewett spoke on Thursday with NPR’s “Morning Edition” and the PBS NewsHour about the yearlong project, “Lost on the Frontline,” in which KHN and The Guardian counted and profiled health care workers who have died of covid-19. Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber joined WAMU’s “1A” to discuss vaccination rates on April 2. […]

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They Tested Negative for Covid. Still, They Have Long Covid Symptoms.

Kristin Novotny once led an active life, with regular CrossFit workouts and football in the front yard with her children — plus a job managing the kitchen at a middle school. Now, the 33-year-old mother of two from De Pere, Wisconsin, has to rest after any activity, even showering. Conversations leave her short of breath. […]

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Fauci Thanks US Health Workers for Sacrifices but Admits PPE Shortages Drove Up Death Toll

Dr. Anthony Fauci thanked America’s health care workers, who “every single day put themselves at risk” during the pandemic, even as he acknowledged that PPE shortages had contributed to the deaths of more than 3,600 of them. “We rightfully refer to these people without hyperbole — that they are true heroes and heroines,” he said […]

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Calls Mount for Biden to Track US Health Care Worker Deaths from Covid

Calls are mounting for the Biden administration to set up a national tracking system of covid-19 deaths among front-line health care workers to honor the thousands of nurses, doctors and support staffers who have died and ensure that future generations are not forced to make the same ultimate — and, in many cases, needless — […]

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FinCEN Seeks Comments on Issues in Corporate Transparency Act that May Require Regulations (4/7/21)

 FinCEN has announced an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking “public comment on a wide range of questions related to the implementation of the beneficial ownership information reporting provisions of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA).”  The announcement is here; the ANPRM is here in the Federal Register; the pdf of the ANPRM is here.   […]

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California Counties a Hodgepodge of Highs and Lows in Vaccinating Vulnerable Seniors

Even as California prepares to expand vaccine eligibility on April 15 to all residents age 16 and up, the state has managed to inoculate only about half its senior population — the 65-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death and serious illness in the pandemic. Overall, nearly 56% of California seniors have received the […]

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Missouri ‘Voted for This Lie,’ Says State Rep Trying to Block Medicaid Expansion

It is hard to qualify for Medicaid as an adult in Missouri. Single adults aren’t eligible for coverage through the state’s program — dubbed MO HealthNet — at all, and parents can’t make more than 21% of the federal poverty level: $5,400 in 2021 for a family of three. That was all set to change […]

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Montana Sticks to Its Patchwork Covid Vaccine Rollout as Eligibility Expands

MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana’s covid-19 vaccine distribution is among the most efficient in the nation, but closer examination reveals a patchwork of systems among counties and tribal governments that will be put to the test as the state opens vaccine eligibility to all people 16 and older starting this month. KHN, Montana Free Press and […]