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A Closer Look at the COVID-19 Vaccines

  On December 22, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that the COVID-19 vaccine be administered in phases. The state of Colorado is currently vaccinating eligible Coloradans for Phase 1A and the first half of Phase 1B. Phase 1A includes health care personnel who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period and long-term care facility (LTCF) residents, and Phase 1B includes Coloradans age 70 and older, moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, frontline essential workers, and continuity of state government. After Phase 1 is complete, the state will proceed with Phase 2 which is anticipated to begin this spring, and Phase 3, this summer.       With...

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A Step Toward Universal Health Care

    Illinois just became the first state to extend health care to noncitizen seniors age 65 and older, even if they are not living in the U.S. legally. Healthy Illinois, a state movement aimed to make quality, affordable, health care coverage accessible to all Illinois residents, pushed state lawmakers to offer health benefits to all low-income immigrants, but the legislature ultimately decided on an alternative program that will cover people 65 and older who are undocumented or have been legal permanent residents for less than five years. In order to enroll in the program, participants must have an income at or below the federal poverty level, which is $12,670 for an individual or $17,240 for a couple. The program...

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U.S. COVID-19 Vaccinations

      On December 14, the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in the U.S. in New York City to Sandra Lindsay, a Critical Care Nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The vaccine was manufactured by Pfizer, a U.S. pharmaceutical giant, in collaboration with BioNTech, a German biotechnology company. As of January 4, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and  Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are the only vaccines authorized and recommended to prevent the virus. However, there are currently three COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials.   The weekend prior to the first administered COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer began shipping out its vaccines from plants in Michigan and Wisconsin. A video released by The Wall Street Journal states that trucks carried more than 500,000...

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What Is Medicare?

      Medicare is a federal program primarily providing insurance to people over the age of 65. The program also provides coverage for certain people with disabilities and diseases. There are four different parts of the program, all of which cover specific services. These four parts fall under two main categories: Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. The coverage a person requires will determine the plan they choose to enroll in.         The four parts of Medicare are Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D. Part A provides inpatient and hospital coverage. An inpatient is a patient who has been formally admitted into a hospital by a doctor. Part A covers a variety of medical...

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What Is the Best Living Arrangement for My Loved One?

      Aging is natural. There comes a point in all of our lives when we may no longer be able to take care of ourselves. When our loved ones reach this age, it is important we choose the right living arrangement for them. There are a number of options one can choose depending on the level of care needed.     When deciding on a living arrangement for your loved one, it is important to consider their mental, physical, and emotional well-being. You will need to determine if they are able to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) on their own. ADLs is defined as fundamental skills that are required to care for oneself and includes tasks like...

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