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Woman, 101, reunites with family after COVID-19 quarantine

Apr. 18, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — More than most, Anna Shoemaker, 101, has adapted to changes brought on by national turmoil. Growing up on a farm, the Dunkirk native survived the Dust Bowl and dozens of other widespread natural disasters. She lived through the Great Depression and...

Pennsylvania sounds alarm on coronavirus vaccine hesitancy

Apr. 16, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

A growing number of unfilled appointments and low uptake among nursing home workers are early signs that vaccine hesitancy is becoming an issue in Pennsylvania, prompting state officials to sound the alarm Friday and urge residents to get their COVID-19 shots as quickly as possible. ...

Nursing home industry fears impact of 52 possible strikes

Apr. 14, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

The looming possibility of strikes at 52 or more nursing homes, roughly a third of the facilities in Connecticut, could exacerbate the financial instability of a sector still struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, a top representative of the state's nursing home industry warned...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Apr. 14, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ April 14 The Bowling Green Daily News on the recent approval of federal funding for a new nursing home for military veterans: More than a decade of diligent work...

Arizona daily virus count jumps as older cases included

Apr. 09, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The slight increases of COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona in recent days are to be expected and not necessarily cause for alarm, the state's top health official said Friday. “We’ve got schools returning, we’ve got people going back to...

Biden's ambitious expansion of long-term care sparks debate

Apr. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is proposing a major expansion of the government’s role in long-term care, but questions are being raised over his using the low-income Medicaid program and piggybacking the whole idea on an infrastructure bill. The White House...

Feds accuse former owner of assisted living home of fraud

Apr. 08, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The former owner of an assisted living facility in Virginia has been charged with fleecing the government out of more than $800,000. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Mable B. Jones, 77, of Richmond, faces 13 counts of wire fraud...

Genworth pulls plug on its acquisition by China Oceanwide

Apr. 07, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Insurer Genworth Financial has pulled the plug on its long-delayed acquisition by a Chinese company. The provider of mortgage and long-term care insurance based in Richmond, Virginia, said Tuesday that it had exercised its right to terminate the...

Oregon lawmakers look at improving long-term facilities

Apr. 07, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

Oregon lawmakers have been considering a bill which would establish staffing ratios in long-term care facilities based on patient needs. Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis who is Senate Bill 714's cosponsor, said there’s not a one-size fits all approach, KLCC reported. ...

Arizona governor signs COVID-19 liability shield

Apr. 05, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed legislation giving businesses, nursing homes and others a broad shield from lawsuits related to COVID-19, making Arizona the latest state to limit liability after the pandemic. Republican lawmakers approved the...