How Are Private Insurers Covering At-Home Rapid COVID Tests?

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, two COVID-19 emergency measures passed by Congress, private insurance companies generally have been required to cover COVID-19 tests ordered by providers, typically those conducted on site, such as in clinical or pop-up environments (providers can also seek […]Read More

Medicaid and At-Home COVID-19 Tests

As COVID cases have surged across the United States due to the new Omicron variant, the Biden Administration has stepped up efforts to expand testing capacity including by making at-home COVID tests more available.  Recent efforts include a new program that started January 18th to allow every household to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests […]Read More

Update on COVID-19 Vaccination of 5-11 Year Olds in the

It’s been more than two months since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children, ages 5-11, in the United States. We previously assessed pediatric vaccination uptake, finding that, after initial high demand, it had already slowed significantly. We also found a wide range in vaccination rates by state. […]Read More

Tourism trade wants test price cut

A medical worker performs a nasal swab test on a boy. (File photo) Tourism operators want the government to reduce the cost of a RT-PCR test as all inbound travellers have to bear a higher cost from undergoing two tests and an additional compulsory hotel booking on the fifth day due to a new rule […]Read More

Illinois Officials Say Omicron Cases Have Peaked In State

CHICAGO (AP) — The state’s top officials in the battle against COVID-19 on Wednesday reported that the vicious surge in the disease fueled by the omicron variant is slowing statewide and in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city. But even as record numbers of hospitalizations decline, authorities said health care resources are still stretched to the […]Read More

IT predictions for 2022 and beyond

Three key aspects stand out among the lessons business and IT leaders have learned during the ongoing disruption and uncertainty — the push toward human-centricity, the race to resilience and the ability to reach beyond expectations, according to Gartner Inc. “The lesson of the pandemic has been to expect the unexpected and be prepared to […]Read More

UK Lifts COVID Restrictions, Says Omicron Wave ‘Has Peaked’

LONDON (AP) — Face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places and schools in England and COVID-19 passports will be dropped for large events as infections level off in large parts of the country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson told lawmakers that the restrictions were being eased because government scientists […]Read More