Public Health

New Updates on Coronavirus

New Updates on Coronavirus

To address the new coronavirus surge, the HHS has released new information on the coronavirus booster shots.  According to a joint statement from HHS and medical experts, new data suggests that a booster shot will provide maximum protection against the coronavirus for...

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Are You Equipped for the New Normal in Healthcare?

Are You Equipped for the New Normal in Healthcare?

The new normal is emerging with the passing of each wave of Covid-19 spikes. This new scenario is one where employers are having difficulty finding employees, high rates of employee and administrative burnout, and maintaining health care practices are becoming more...

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Are you Losing Patients Due to Poor Customer Service?

Are you Losing Patients Due to Poor Customer Service?

Patients expect the same level of customer service from healthcare providers that they get from other service industries. But customer service isn’t your core business—taking care of each patient’s healthcare needs is. When these realities collide, patient retention...

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CONNECTING LGBTQ+ INDIVIDUALS WITH INCLUSIVE HEALTH BENEFITS: PART 3

CONNECTING LGBTQ+ INDIVIDUALS WITH INCLUSIVE HEALTH BENEFITS: PART 3

Part 1 of this series discussed the cost and discriminatory issues members of the LGBTQ+ community face when trying to seek healthcare services. Part 2 provided an overview of how American Exchange helps members of the LGBTQ+ community find the right Federal...

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CONNECTING LGBTQ+ INDIVIDUALS WITH INCLUSIVE HEALTH BENEFITS: PART 2

CONNECTING LGBTQ+ INDIVIDUALS WITH INCLUSIVE HEALTH BENEFITS: PART 2

Part 1 of this series discussed the cost and discriminatory issues members of the LGBTQ+ community face when trying to seek healthcare services. This post shows how American Exchange’s enrollment specialists find affordable Federal marketplace insurance coverage that...

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Biden’s Proposed 2022 Budget Would Strengthen Healthcare Programs

Biden’s Proposed 2022 Budget Would Strengthen Healthcare Programs

Healthcare is a major focus of President Biden’s proposed $6 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The funding request includes a 23.4% increase in the Department of Health and Human Services’ budget, raising it to 133.7 billion. Numerous other agencies and programs...

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More COVID Funding a Much-Needed Shot in the Arm for Rural Communities

More COVID Funding a Much-Needed Shot in the Arm for Rural Communities

COVID cases and deaths are declining across the US, leading more states to open back up. But experts fear that COVID clusters, like those in North Carolina and Hawaii will occur, especially in rural counties where vaccination rates are lower (38.9%) than in urban...

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Providers Can Get Reimbursed for COVID Vaccine Administration Costs Not Covered by Insurance

Providers Can Get Reimbursed for COVID Vaccine Administration Costs Not Covered by Insurance

Healthcare providers, pharmacies, and mass immunizers can now recoup administration costs for COVID-19 vaccines given to underinsured patients whose plans do not cover administrative costs or that require some sort of cost-sharing, according to a May 3rd announcement...

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Rising STI Rates Impact Californians of all Ages

Rising STI Rates Impact Californians of all Ages

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have reached epidemic proportions across the United States, according to the CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2019 report. Like many states, California’s rates are outpacing the national average for the top three...

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Tips to Help Community Partners Improve COVID-19 Health Equity

Tips to Help Community Partners Improve COVID-19 Health Equity

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light healthcare inequities among the uninsured and underinsured, especially within American minority communities. Ensuring that these individuals receive care and protection against disease is a top priority among Community and...

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SEP Navigators Support Affordable Access to Care in Medicaid Restricted Markets

SEP Navigators Support Affordable Access to Care in Medicaid Restricted Markets

There has been a substantial increase in the number of individuals signing up for health insurance when compared to the previous years.  Over 528,000 Americans signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act from the start of the 2021 Special...

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HIV Cases Among Intravenous Drug Users Increase During COVID Epidemic: Part 1

HIV Cases Among Intravenous Drug Users Increase During COVID Epidemic: Part 1

The CDC estimated that at the end of 2018, 1.2 million Americans were living with HIV; 186,500 of those cases were a result of intravenous drug use (HIV Surveillance Report, 2020). This is a growing trend, as 2,492 newly diagnosed HIV cases were reported among people...

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North Carolina Reports Lowest Increase in Covid-19 Cases Since December 2020

North Carolina Reports Lowest Increase in Covid-19 Cases Since December 2020

North Carolina is making the path for other states to follow in their attempts to control the spread of Covid-19 in their underserved communities.   A lot of North Carolina’s underserved areas consist of African American and Latino populations who do not have the...

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Four Tips to Maximize COVID-19 Vaccine Reimbursement

Four Tips to Maximize COVID-19 Vaccine Reimbursement

Billing for COVID-19 vaccine administration has become a critical revenue source for health departments and community-based organizations throughout the nation. As more organizations are delivering the COVID-19 vaccines to high-risk minority and rural individuals, it...

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Sign Up for Health Insurance February 15 – May 15, 2021

Sign Up for Health Insurance February 15 – May 15, 2021

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Special Open Enrollment Period will allow new enrollments and/or changes from existing health plans If you don’t have health insurance you may be eligible to enroll in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan during the 2021 Special Open...

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Making Your CBO More Financially Viable

Making Your CBO More Financially Viable

Community-based organizations are struggling to meet the growing demand for services because of the economic fall-out from COVID-19. And it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better. The number of COVID-19 cases is rising across the country and...

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Expanding the Use of Nurse Practitioners in Illinois and Other States

Expanding the Use of Nurse Practitioners in Illinois and Other States

What is the problem? Since the onset of Covid-19, there has been a shortage of primary care physicians nationally.  Keeping consumers healthy is extremely important and that means maintaining primary care.  Over the years, studies have shown that maintaining...

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