Patients billed up to $219 million in total for preventive services that should be free

Experts say these unexpected healthcare costs may discourage people from seeking recommended preventive care. Despite a sharp reduction in out-of-pocket (OOP) costs for preventive care since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, patients are still receiving unexpected bills for preventive services that should be free, according to a new study co-authored by a…

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Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 testing demonstrates power, versatility of academic labs

IMAGE: With testing capacity in short supply as COVID-19 spread across the globe, Virginia Tech scientists developed their own test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, and opened the… view more  Credit: Clayton Metz/Virginia Tech In the early days of the pandemic, scientists at Virginia Tech created a COVID-19 testing laboratory and novel test…

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White House Dispute Exposes Facebook Blind Spot on Misinformation

“The suggestion we haven’t put resources toward combating Covid misinformation and supporting the vaccine rollout is just not supported by the facts,” said Dani Lever, a Facebook spokeswoman. “With no standard definition for vaccine misinformation, and with both false and even true content (often shared by mainstream media outlets) potentially discouraging vaccine acceptance, we focus…

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