Starting at the end of last year — and continuing into the spring — a growing number of insurers are quietly ending fee waivers for COVID treatment on some or all policies.
Federal health officials are investigating her death along with six other cases outside Oregon that included the death of a Virginia woman.
“Hundreds, if not thousands of these cards have already been sold and we want to put a stop to it,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
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The health care system, which had intermittent problems getting enough COVID-19 vaccine, appears to be the only Oregon hospital group unable to schedule appointments in a timely manner.
As more Americans are inoculated, a tiny but growing number are contending with the disturbing experience of getting COVID despite having had one shot or two.
“I think morale is very low,” said recent retiree Roberta O’Dell. “I’ve seen a lot of changes at that hospital, and these are not good.”
The Oregon Health Authority promised equity in vaccine distribution but people in wealthier ZIP codes are far more likely to have been vaccinated than in poorer areas.
Cases of the highly-infectious British variant are increasing but patients sickened by variants that first emerged in California outnumber all others.