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Medicaid providers at the end of the line for federal COVID funding
5/23/2020 7:45:37 PM

By Julie Rovner   Albuquerque, New Mexico—Casa de Salud, a nonprofit clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides primary medical care, opioid addiction services and non-Western therapies, including acupuncture and reiki, to a largely low-income population. And, like so many other health care providers that serve as a safety net, its revenue — and its future — are threatened by the COVID-19 epidemic. Casa de Salud clinicians, staff and health apprentices stand outside their clinic, socially distanced.(COURTESY OF ELIZABETH BOYCE/CASA DE...

My wife tells me that I am childish
5/21/2020 11:46:20 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard--I don't know all the rest of you, but this whole COVID-19 thing is starting to wear thin on me. I have good days and bad days like everyone else, but my wife says that sometimes I tend to act like a big baby just because I have had enough with this virus.   To be fair, I am no treat to be around sometimes when we are stuck at home, and as a guy who makes his living by asking questions, that can wear thin on Janis. One example of this was the discussion we had about coffee creamer the other day.    I...

White House recommends tests for all nursing home residents
5/15/2020 2:32:26 PM

By Darlene Superville and Bernard Condon   WASHINGTON (AP)—With deaths mounting at the nation’s nursing homes, the White House strongly recommended to governors Monday that all residents and staff at such facilities be tested for the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Why the government is not ordering testing at the the nation’s more than 15,000 nursing homes was unclear. Nor was it clear why it is being recommended now, more than two months after the nation’s first major outbreak at a nursing home outside of Seattle that eventually killed 43...

What Older Diabetics Should Know About Coronavirus
5/15/2020 2:21:14 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are both in our late sixties and have diabetes. We would like to find out if our diabetes increases our risk of getting the coronavirus. Concerned Diabetics   Dear Concerned, Currently, there’s not enough data to show that people with diabetes are more likely to get coronavirus (COVID-19) than the general population. But the problem for diabetics is, if you do happen to contract the virus, your chance of developing serious complications are much higher. This is especially true if your diabetes isn’t well-controlled....

Focus on nursing home workers amid continued virus outbreaks
5/15/2020 2:15:51 PM

By Amy Taxin   For nearly two months, many nursing homes nationwide have been on virtual lockdown. Families of residents are not allowed inside, vendors have to drop deliveries outside and the only people coming in and out are health care workers and assistants. Despite all that, the outbreaks continue—possibly spread by the same nursing home workers who are risking their lives to tend to some of society's most vulnerable. In response, many workers are significantly increasing their own vigilance, nursing homes are adding safety measures, and the testing of...

Californians buy mom flowers as virus restrictions ease
5/15/2020 2:10:09 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—As California takes baby steps toward reopening public spaces, families who'd been cooped up for nearly two months spent Mother's Day in parks and on trails with reminders to keep up social distancing practices. Moms in cars were lauded at a weekend drive-through parade where people waved signs and blew horns outside Saddleback Church in Orange County. In Bakersfield, residents of the Kern River Transitional Care nursing home lined up on a sidewalk as family members drove by to wish their loved ones a happy Mother's Day. Gov. Gavin Newsom last...

Sowing seeds of life and hope
5/15/2020 2:08:53 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Parenting is a call and a blessing that can be a challenge under any circumstances. This has been a season like no other, but this Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate all mothers (and fathers, teachers, and caregivers) who sow seeds of life and hope for the future and pray that they will be able to keep moving through their own uncertainties and challenges while loving and sustaining the children in their care. As parents our instinct is to protect even when we know we cannot. I worry about my children and grandchildren every day as they go...

Is the EDD out of money?
5/14/2020 4:27:50 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- It looks like the EDD (Employment Development Department) in California has stolen a page from China's playbook and will not answer any questions about what is going on within the department.   The Tri County Sentry reached out to the media relations department at EDD and asked the following questions, based on the experiences encountered by employees seeking relief:   1. Alternate Base Period (ABP) program requires the Employment Development Department (EDD) to use more recently earned wages to...

Savvy Senior - How the Coronavirus Relief Law Helps Retirement Savers and Retirees
5/8/2020 4:02:19 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the retirement account changes that Congress recently passed in response to the coronavirus crisis? Seeking Answers   Dear Seeking, Tucked into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, that President Trump signed into law in late March were a series of changes that can help retirement savers in need of cash, as well as help preserve the retirement savings accounts of current retirees while the stock market is down. Here’s a rundown to how three provisions in the CARES Act might help...

'Field of Dreams': Fathers & sons, phantoms and phenoms
5/8/2020 4:01:02 PM

By Ronald Blum   NEW YORK (AP)—Baseball and tears, the ones streaking down cheeks. Tears, the kind leaving rifts between fathers and sons. “Field of Dreams” is about phantoms and phenoms on an unlikely diamond in an Iowa cornfield. Emotions gush like water across the grass, resonating three decades later because of the nerves the movie digs down to reach. “I remember, I think it was the very first test screening we had, it was in the LA area and it was a recruited audience and they didn't know anything about the movie,”...