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Longer Looks: Interesting Reads You Might Have Missed

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Each week, KHN finds longer stories for you to sit back and contemplate. This week’s selections include stories on COVID, psychedelic medicine, addiction, lethal injection, doctor and dental practices, and relationships.

Police Probe Neglect, Abuse Of Disabled Residents At Group Homes In Houston

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At least 35 abused or neglected residents were found living in “deplorable” conditions in the Caring Hands Group Home. The “person of interest” in the case, Carroll Shelton Richardson, is the home’s operator and reportedly ran seven other boarding homes in Houston.

Please Fly The Friendly Skies: United Aims To Lure Back Flyers With Tests

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Pilots will offer the tests on flights from San Francisco to Hawaii. News is on rising numbers of people searching for ways to lower anxiety, conflict managing for restaurant workers, no testing of seasonal farmworkers, forever chemical restrictions and more.

EU Deal Allows AstraZeneca Partial Immunity Over Vaccine Side-Effects

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The deal was struck in August and its liability clauses have not previously been reported, according to Reuters and CNBC. Other vaccine news is on the trials being run by Novavax and Sanofi, and more. And also: New York’s decision to review vaccines.

Chicago Nurses, Union Reach Deal After Ending Strike

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The contract guarantees the hiring of 160 more nurses, more protective gear and COVID hazard pay. In other news: California updates its “No Pharmacist Left Alone” law; Mayo Clinic Health System President Bobbie Gostout is retiring; Albertsons hires a former Amazon exec as its new senior VP of pharmacy and health; and more.

Source Of Postal Slowdown Linked To Higher-Ups, Records Show

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The Washington Post obtains more documents related to the U.S. Postal Service postal changes that delayed deliveries that conflict with USPS executives previous accounts. The moves have drawn public outrage due to the important role of the mail in efforts to keep voters safe during the pandemic.

‘We Use A Scalpel Rather Than A Bulldozer’: Why Justices Might Keep Obamacare

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The fate of the Affordable Care Act hinges on a separate legal argument called “severability,” or whether a smaller part of the law that is found unconstitutional can be wiped out while leaving the rest of the law intact. And the abortion issue influences the Supreme Court debate.

House Democrats Knock $1T Off Stimulus Proposal To Jump-Start Talks

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After stalling for months, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says coronavirus stimulus negotiations would resume as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells key House committee chairs to craft a new proposal that backs down on a previous $3.4-trillion ask. The new plan under discussion would cost closer to $2.4 trillion — which Republicans say is still too high.

Medicare Recipients Will Get $200 Card For Prescriptions, Trump Says

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He tucked the news into a speech about his health care vision but didn’t provide many details. It’s possible the cards may be intended to help seniors pay for the COVID vaccine, which reportedly might not be covered by Medicare.