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Senate Holds Hearing on Behavioral Healthcare Policy Solutions

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing this week to examine how to improve access to behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment and address inequities.  Committee members voiced strong support for what is being recognized as a crisis in access, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Several senators noted the severe shortages in the behavioral health workforce and the need to better integrate physical and behavioral healthcare.

 

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CDC Reports Age and Race Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates only 11% of pregnant women in the CDC’s Vaccine Safety Datalink, which includes vaccine safety monitoring data from nine integrated health systems, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by May 8, compared with 25% of non-pregnant women.  Receipt of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy was highest among women aged 35-49 years (22.7%) and lowest among those aged 18-24 years (5.5%), and higher among Asian (24.7%) and white women (19.7%) than among Latinas (11.9%) and Black women (6.0%).

 

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Study of Long-Haul COVID-19 Prevalence Coincides with New CDC Treatment Guidance

About one-fifth of COVID-19 survivors whose initial disease was asymptomatic are developing one or more symptoms of Long-Haul COVID weeks or months later.  According to a study by FAIR Health, a not-for-profit dedicated to healthcare transparency, private insurance claims show people who had no symptoms of COVID-19 when they tested positive later develop symptoms associated with Long-Haul COVID.  

 

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