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“Families First Coronavirus Response Act” risks limited testing, surprise patient billing, says Infectious Disease Society

March 17, 2020 – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) represents swift action by the House of Representatives to bolster federal responses to the spread of coronavirus and aims to reduce the pandemic’s impacts on Americans’ safety and financial security, while addressing an ongoing COVID-19 testing backlog. The Infectious Diseases Society of America, […]

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HPV vaccination rates remain critically low among younger adolescents in the US

Jan. 17, 2019 – Only about 16 percent of U.S. adolescents have been fully vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) by the time they turn 13, despite national recommendations that call for vaccination at 11 to 12 years of age. Published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, the new findings highlight the need for stronger efforts […]

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Insurance Denials for New Hepatitis C Drugs Remain High Nationwide, Study Suggests

June 7, 2018 – Highly effective drugs that can cure chronic hepatitis C infection in approximately 95 percent of patients first became available in the U.S. in 2014. But both public and private insurers continue to deny coverage for these costly drugs at high rates nationwide, despite efforts to remove treatment restrictions, according to a […]