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‘Everyone Is Confused’: Federal Aid Getting Caught Up In Red Tape If It Even Gets To States At All

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Congress sent more than $150 billion in aid to states and cities two months ago, but many of the areas that need help the most have found they either don’t qualify or can’t get money. “I haven’t got any money to fight the pandemic. My fight of the pandemic is go in your house and stay there,” says Phil Stang, the volunteer mayor of Kimmswick, Missouri. Meanwhile, lawmakers say another relief package might not be coming until late July.

Pandemic, Protests Shine Light On Deep Health Disparities And Racism Baked Into Medical System

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During the pandemic, black Americans have been dying at about 2.4 times the rate of white Americans. But that’s just a snapshot of deep-rooted health disparities in the country. Not only are black Americans at a greater risk of certain diseases, they also face racism in the medical system that can lead to poorer outcomes. Meanwhile, health officials are still worried that the protests will lead to another surge in COVID-19 cases.

‘Juvenile Lifers’ Worry They’ll Lose Their Lives From COVID Before They Get Their Shot At Freedom

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The Supreme Court ruled that the cases of teenagers who were sentenced to life must be reviewed because they weren’t yet adults when they were charged with crimes. While thousands of sentences have been overturned, there’s still inmates who are waiting for their cases to be heard. In other news: what prison outbreaks can teach researchers about herd immunity, Massachusetts’ court refuses request to release prisoners and more.

Tragic Downside Of Social Distancing: These Seniors In Chicago Subsidized Housing Died Alone

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ProPublica investigates what can go wrong when volunteers who normally checked up on people living in a Chicago Housing Authority complex didn’t go over fears of the virus. Other public health news reports on anti-depressant shortages, insomnia, Zappos therapy, natural remedies for mental health upkeep, the strategies of immigrants and older people trying to survive, struggling with opioid addiction, new blood-testing normal, and play dates, as well.

Behind The Scenes: Sickened Health Care Workers Discuss Worries About Jobs, Their Families

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The New York Times reports on sacrifices made on the front lines by health care workers whose fears about dying and infecting their families are compounded by stressful work responsibilities. Other news on health care workers reports on one family member’s way of showing thanks; profiles of those who have died; the war-zone like feeling; potential layoffs for nurses; economic challenges for pediatricians; and a fired doctor sues a hospital.

As Opioid Overdoses Spike, Experts Worry Shut Down Is Undoing Years Of Effort Against Epidemic

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“How many more lives are we willing to sacrifice in the name of containing the virus?” said Elinore McCance-Katz, the Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for mental health and substance use. “We’ve worked so hard in states and communities across this country to combat epidemics like the opioids crisis. Why are we willing to forget those efforts now or deem them less important?”