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IntroductionEarly warning or ‘track-and-trigger’ scores (EWSs) are used to identify the deteriorating patient and reduce unwarranted variation in the incidence of adverse events.1 They were developed to enable timely escalation of sick patients lowest price zithromax to medical staff and are used in everyday clinical practice to guide changes in clinical management, admission to intensive care units (ICUs) and initiation of end-of-life care. Early track-and-trigger scores were based on aggregate vital signs. Many have been externally validated in hospital and prehospital settings as predictors of ICU admission and survival for sepsis,2 exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease3 and trauma.4 Machine learning and the rollout of integrated electronic health records lowest price zithromax have accelerated the development of sophisticated EWSs incorporating blood test and imaging results. These scores may provide ‘real-time’ information about ongoing clinical deterioration or a more rounded overall assessment of prognosis. Some of these tools may improve outcomes in patients with life-threatening pathology,5 but others are methodologically flawed and may have no or even adverse effects on patient care.1EWSs lose their salience lowest price zithromax when they fail to identify deteriorating patients and when staffing and resource limitations in overstretched healthcare systems prevent clinicians from taking timely action.

The buy antibiotics zithromax has placed immense pressure on health systems across the world, and adults with buy antibiotics may deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly.6 There is widespread concern that existing EWSs may underestimate illness severity in patients with buy antibiotics, providing clinicians with false reassurance and thus delaying treatment escalation.7 8 Several groups have therefore sought to assess the utility of existing track-and-trigger scores and develop and validate novel tools for adults with buy antibiotics. This article will outline the pitfalls of existing EWSs for adult patients with buy antibiotics, highlight key findings from studies of novel EWSs for buy antibiotics and discuss the ideal properties of a track-and-trigger score for buy antibiotics suitable for use around the world.What are EWSs and why lowest price zithromax are they useful in healthcare settings?. The first EWS emerged in the late 1990s. Early versions assigned numerical values to different lowest price zithromax vital signs, and other factors such as clinical intuition, with aggregate scores triggering escalation to medical staff. They were designed primarily to reduce the incidence of avoidable in-hospital cardiac arrests in ward settings by enabling timely transfer of sick patients to ICU.

Scores were developed with poor methodological rigour and in a haphazard fashion with local and regional variations, until regulatory bodies and professional organisations pressed for lowest price zithromax and developed standardised tools. For example, in the UK, the Royal College of Physicians developed the National Early Warning Score (NEWS), which was launched in 2012 and soon became mandatory in National Health Service hospitals.9 To reflect differences in physiological norms, distinct EWSs have been developed for adult, paediatric and obstetric populations. In recent years, novel or adapted scores have focused on different outcomes, such as cause-specific or all-cause mortality, and have been designed for use lowest price zithromax in different settings (such as the emergency department (ED) and in primary and prehospital care).There is some evidence that implementation of EWSs improves outcomes for patients with sepsis,10 and several studies support their utility in identifying critical illness in hospital and prehospital settings.11 12 EWSs also provide a common language for ‘sickness’ and aid triage and resource allocation, particularly in a zithromax setting. Nonetheless, frontline professionals are aware of their pitfalls, particularly for those scores based on physiological parameters. Isolated values must be interpreted with regard to trajectory and placed within a clinical context—junior doctors are often informed of a patient ‘triggering’ when they have had a high score for hours or even days and already been reviewed lowest price zithromax.

EWS based on vital signs can also provide false reassurance. Shocked patients on beta blockers lowest price zithromax may not mount a tachycardia, and patients with acute renal failure may show no respiratory, cardiovascular or neurological compromise despite requiring urgent renal replacement therapy.What are the problems with existing EWSs in relation to buy antibiotics?. Where clinically appropriate, the deteriorating patient with buy antibiotics requires urgent clinical review to determine the need for non-invasive ventilation (NIV) or intubation and mechanical ventilation (IMV). Delays in lowest price zithromax accessing these time-critical interventions may result in adverse outcomes. Depending on the patient’s age, comorbidities, level of frailty and the nature of their acute illness, their ceiling of care may be limited to NIV or even ward-based treatment, in which case deterioration may represent a terminal event and prompt a switch to end-of-life care.

Clinical signs of deterioration in hospitalised adults with buy antibiotics include a rising oxygen requirement, raised respiratory rate, use of accessory muscles of respiration and lowest price zithromax altered mental state.In NEWS2, the most widely used EWS in the UK, supplemental oxygen therapy scores two points, but once a patient is on oxygen this score does not change to reflect flow rate or oxygen delivery device. Work of breathing is not included in NEWS2, though it has been used as an inclusion criterion for NIV in buy antibiotics.13 NEWS2 was developed with a focus on sepsis and therefore assigns significant value to tachycardia and hypotension. However, cardiovascular compromise is relatively uncommon in moderate to severe buy antibiotics and may indicate additional pathology such as bacterial sepsis or pulmonary embolism.14 While respiratory rate may rise as patients with buy antibiotics deteriorate, there are widespread reports of ‘happy hypoxia’ in which the typical physiological response (tachypnoea and increased work of breathing) to and subjective experience of hypoxia (dyspnoea) are absent.15 16 A recent report suggesting that pulse oximetry monitoring may underestimate the frequency of hypoxaemia in black patients is of particular concern in the context of buy antibiotics.17Development of novel early warning and prognostic scores for lowest price zithromax buy antibioticsVarious research groups have investigated whether existing scores can accurately identify hospitalised patients with buy antibiotics who are at risk of clinical deterioration. Several studies have suggested that EWSs such as NEWS2 and the quick Sequential (Sepsis-related) Organ Failure Assessment, and prognostic tools such as CURB-65 perform poorly in cohorts of inpatients with buy antibiotics.18 19 This has spurred the development of dozens of bespoke early warning and prognostic scores for buy antibiotics through retrospective multivariable logistic regression of patient-level data.While outcomes of interest and time horizons vary, most models have combined vital signs with demographic factors, comorbidities and laboratory and imaging indices which reflect risk factors for severe disease or death. Variables of interest have typically been identified by expert clinicians or derived from observational studies highlighting risk factors for adverse outcomes in early buy antibiotics lowest price zithromax cohorts and for other respiratory illnesses such as bacterial pneumonia and influenza.

Researchers have developed these composite scores by assigning differential weight to each variable and then evaluating the clinical sensitivity and specificity of candidate models at different thresholds for clinical deterioration. Scores favouring variables derived from the wisdom of frontline clinicians may be more tractable in clinical settings but may lack the discriminative power offered lowest price zithromax by data-driven scores based on statistical analysis of routinely collected patient-level data. Several groups have sought to balance these tensions by asking panels of clinicians to review the relevance of candidate variables identified by statistical analyses.The trade-off between each model’s sensitivity and specificity can be represented by receiver operator characteristics (ROCs), which can be displayed graphically. By quantifying the ‘area under the ROC curve’ (AUROC) for new and existing models, it is possible lowest price zithromax to compare their performance. For existing and novel scores evaluated in buy antibiotics cohorts, this could mean discrimination between stable and deteriorating hospitalised patients—where deterioration is defined by the subsequent need for IMV or ICU level care—or patients at high or low risk of mortality at first presentation to the ED.

AUROC values lowest price zithromax always lie between 0 and 1. A value of 0.5 suggests that a model’s discrimination is no better than chance. We would consider an AUROC value over 0.75 to represent good clinical discrimination.20As outcomes such as ICU admission and mortality are relatively rare events, lowest price zithromax models derived from small populations are at risk of ‘overfitting’. Providing perfect results under study conditions but performing poorly in the real world. Some prognostic scores have combined the risk lowest price zithromax of antibiotics exposure with the risk of severe buy antibiotics, despite differences in their respective risk factors.

These risk prediction tools become less useful as exposures deviate from those seen in study conditions. This is particularly relevant to the issue of ethnic group differences in hospitalisation and mortality from buy antibiotics in the UK and USA, which likely reflect differences in exposure to antibiotics and confounding factors such as deprivation rather than any genetic differences in underlying risk profiles.21Furthermore, most novel prognostic and EWSs for buy antibiotics have been developed without prospective external validation in large and diverse patient cohorts. Unsurprisingly, a systematic review of prognostic scores for buy antibiotics suggests that most novel scores are poorly reported and likely overestimate their true predictive performance.22 This is supported by a recent single-centre external validation study, which found that NEWS2 score was a better predictor of clinical deterioration at 24 hours than 22 novel prognostic scores in a cohort of 411 hospitalised adults with buy antibiotics, with an AUROC of 0.76.23 The sole high-quality novel scores with similar performance to NEWS2 after external validation are the antibiotics Clinical Characterisation Consortium (4C) lowest price zithromax mortality (AUROC 0.78) and deterioration scores. Derived from multiethnic cohorts of over 30 000 hospitalised patients, these scores show real promise and have been widely adopted in the UK and beyond.The 4C mortality score combines patient age. Sex at lowest price zithromax birth.

Number of comorbidities. Respiratory rate, peripheral oxygen saturations and Glasgow Coma lowest price zithromax Scale at admission. And serum urea and C reactive protein concentrations to provide an estimate of untreated in-hospital mortality.24 Patients receive an aggregate score out of 21, with age alone providing up to 8 points. By providing an early assessment of prognosis at the front door, the 4C score might be used to guide treatment decisions, lowest price zithromax triage and clinical disposition. However, it is important to note that it predicts mortality rather than the need for NIV, IMV or ICU admission.

As such, lowest price zithromax it may be most useful at its extremes. Giving clinicians confidence to discharge patients with low mortality scores or prompt early conversations around treatment escalation with older patients requiring oxygen. The 4C deterioration score incorporates 11 variables and defines clinical deterioration more broadly, to encompass death, ICU admission and IMV.25 It can be used at first presentation to ED for community-acquired buy antibiotics or immediately after identification of lowest price zithromax nosocomial disease. This score may help to optimise resource allocation—for example, by prompting early transfer of high-risk patients to higher acuity settings—and inform discussions with patients and families to give them time to prepare for expected deterioration. Future studies should assess reattendance rates and ICU admissions among patients discharged from ED with low 4C mortality and deterioration scores.An important drawback of both scores is that their lowest price zithromax use may be impractical in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

A recent postmortem surveillance study suggests that buy antibiotics rates may have been significantly under-reported in Africa due to poor access to testing.26 The 4C scores are only useful after a diagnosis of buy antibiotics is confirmed. However, with restricted access to antibiotics antigen tests in the community and hospital settings, diagnosis is often lowest price zithromax made on clinical grounds alone. It can be difficult to distinguish buy antibiotics from decompensated heart failure and bacterial pneumonia. This confers a risk of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment and management based on irrelevant prognostic scores.Restricted access to ancillary diagnostic facilities may make it challenging to identify early signs of deterioration or determine prognosis in buy antibiotics lowest price zithromax even where it is possible to establish a diagnosis. In rural LMIC settings, poor access to blood tests and X-ray facilities will make it impossible to calculate the 4C scores.

This serves as an urgent reminder of the importance of health lowest price zithromax systems strengthening in remote LMIC settings, but even with sustained investment and political will it will take years to improve diagnostic capabilities and train local staff. As such, triage tools based on vital signs alone may be more practical and reproducible in these settings. The utility lowest price zithromax of routinely used EWSs already validated in LMICs—such as the universal vital assessment score developed in sub-Saharan Africa27—should be assessed in buy antibiotics cohorts alongside external validation of novel models like the PRIEST score developed in high-income settings.28 Simpler univariate scoring systems may also be effective. Among 411 adults admitted to a UK urban teaching hospital with buy antibiotics, admission oxygen saturation on room air alone was a strong predictor of deterioration and mortality.23 Healthcare workers and technicians could be rapidly trained to use pulse oximeters and flag patients with hypoxia to medical staff. This would also support lowest price zithromax judicious use of precious oxygen therapy.29 Unfortunately, oximeters remain scarce in countries such as Ethiopia,30 and their mass distribution in LMICs should be a priority as the zithromax evolves.Future workResearchers must reassess novel early warning and prognostic scores in light of growing population immunity to prevailing antibiotics strains through prior or vaccination, and the emergence of new variants associated with higher mortality.31 Most prognostic scores for buy antibiotics have a short time horizon.

They use vital signs and other prognostic markers measured at an index ED attendance or inpatient admission to predict short-term outcomes such as in-hospital mortality and discharge from hospital. However, with a recent retrospective cohort study demonstrating high rates of multiorgan dysfunction and all-cause mortality in buy antibiotics lowest price zithromax survivors at 140 days after hospital discharge,32 we need to develop models capable of predicting long-term survival and adverse consequences. Cox regression analyses, which, unlike standard ROC curve analyses, account for the time taken for an adverse event to occur,33 would be well suited to the development of these models.To date, most researchers have taken a crude approach to developing buy antibiotics scoring systems, using data from large populations of hospitalised adults assumed to be homogeneous. While evidence is mixed,34 some studies support the existence of distinct disease phenotypes, notably a hyperinflammatory lowest price zithromax subtype associated with higher risks of next-day escalation to higher level respiratory care and higher rates of ICU admission and mortality.35 We may see the emergence of novel scores for specific buy antibiotics phenotypes and must balance the tension between any additional discriminative benefits they offer and the extra cognitive load they place on overstretched healthcare professionals.In high-income settings, technology may help to ease this cognitive load and identify high-risk patients across the hospital as close to real time as possible, to aid resource allocation. Future studies should assess whether integration of scores into electronic health records reduces unwarranted variation in treatment escalation and disease outcomes.

Scores could lowest price zithromax be calculated automatically with electronic alerts notifying clinicians of risk and prompting guideline-based clinical management. This could be used to support safe discharge of low-risk patients from the ED and gold-standard prescribing of remdesivir, dexamethasone and tocilizumab at different points in the disease course. The introduction of similar electronic alerts designed to improve the recognition and management of sepsis at a multisite London hospital Trust has previously been shown to reduce mortality.5Future lowest price zithromax studies which describe the development and validation of novel prognostic scores for buy antibiotics must be transparent about their intended purpose. It is often unclear if a score is designed for routine clinical use. To inform lowest price zithromax risk stratification in interventional studies or to separate different disease phenotypes in observational studies.

Prospective external validation may confirm that a novel score reliably discriminates between stable and deteriorating patients, but if the score is difficult to use or understand, it will not be widely adopted. In the UK, one of the key lowest price zithromax characteristics of the NEWS2 score is that it provides a universal ‘language for sickness’ which is widely understood by healthcare professionals of different stripes and seniority. Close collaboration between clinicians and statisticians at all stages of the research process should aid the development of robust scores which are clinically relevant, easy to use and align with workflow.Risk prediction tools such as Qbuy antibiotics have also been developed for patients in the community, to identify those at high risk of acquiring and poor outcomes and inform shielding guidelines.36 While they may help clinicians and public health agencies to implement targeted risk mitigation measures, they cannot discriminate between patients who can be managed safely in the community and those who require hospital care after acquiring buy antibiotics. The prevalidation RECAP-V0 is a promising tool which could help to identify patients in a community setting with suspected or confirmed buy antibiotics who require further evaluation in secondary care settings.37 Future work must seek to determine whether this and similar scores can support more integrated care across whole healthcare systems. For example, early admission of high-risk patients identified in the community may help to avoid spikes of critically ill patients presenting to ED lowest price zithromax in extremis and enable more equitable distribution of patients across wider hospital networks.

This is particularly important in LMICs, where access to advanced respiratory support and critical care is limited.ConclusionEWSs can support timely recognition of clinical deterioration and escalation to critical care or palliation. There are widespread concerns that existing scores such as NEWS2 may fail to identify the deteriorating patient with buy antibiotics as they place a premium on lowest price zithromax cardiovascular instability rather than respiratory dysfunction. Several research groups have used advanced statistical techniques to develop novel early warning and prognostic scores for patients hospitalised with buy antibiotics. While many of these scores are at high risk of bias, the 4C mortality and lowest price zithromax deterioration scores have been externally validated in high-income settings and offer useful insights which can inform clinical care. These scores might be used to optimise resource allocation, support discussions around treatment escalation and inform protocols for safe discharge.

Unfortunately, limited lowest price zithromax access to virological testing and laboratory and imaging facilities may blunt their utility in LMICs, where physiological scores may be more practical. Future work should focus on predicting long-term outcomes in buy antibiotics, improving user experience and identifying the optimum balance between the extra discrimination afforded by novel scores and their ease of use in everyday clinical practice.Ethics statementsPatient consent for publicationNot required.‘Of or belonging to another, not one’s own, foreign, strange.’From the Latin alienus, the etymology of the word ‘alien’ signifies much of what the word connotes. A certain unnatural and inhuman lowest price zithromax nature. Nonetheless, ever since the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798, the dehumanising term ‘alien’ has repeatedly been used to refer to immigrants in the USA. On his first day in office, President Biden sent Congress the US Citizenship Act of 2021, which notably lowest price zithromax sought to change the term ‘alien’ to ‘non-citizen’ in our immigration laws.

Much attention, therefore, has been given to this change and its implications within the realm of immigration, but we must also recognise the importance of similar semantic alterations within healthcare. For instance, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeatedly refers to ‘non-citizens’ as ‘aliens,’ and such terminology is ubiquitous throughout health policy and lowest price zithromax the literature more broadly. Eliciting notions of segregation, the term ‘alien’ relegates important communities to a second-class status. The buy antibiotics zithromax has exacerbated deep-rooted fissures of trust in the federal government and healthcare institutions, as demonstrated by a palpable hesitancy to receive the three authorised lowest price zithromax antibiotics treatments among non-citizen communities.1 2 In our efforts to curb the buy antibiotics zithromax, we cannot permit our diction to further intensify bias and, in turn, alienate immigrants from vaccination.Already, non-citizens in the USA face difficulties as they endeavour to navigate our complex healthcare system. These realities manifest themselves in disproportionately low levels of health insurance among non-citizens.

77% of lawfully present immigrants and 55% of undocumented immigrants as compared with 91% of citizens.3 While lowest price zithromax undocumented immigrants are entirely ineligible for Medicaid and ACA coverage, lawfully present immigrants are often precluded from these federal programmes because of fear, confusion and literacy challenges, as well as worries about being labelled as a ‘public charge’ (ie, receiving government benefits can make one ineligible for a green card or visa). Unfortunately, the prior administration empowered an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that aggressively targeted non-citizens, and, more broadly, our political climate has elevated rhetoric that voraciously maligns all immigrants. As such, it should come to no surprise that immigrants of all documentation statuses have quietly retreated from the public sphere and the healthcare system altogether.1 Countless reports have found that non-citizens increasingly avoid scheduling doctor’s appointments and refuse to answer the door for home health visits, which may help to explain why immigrants are less likely to receive preventive care services and are lowest price zithromax more likely to suffer from chronic diseases.1 4 5 While it may be secondary to challenges regarding access, exorbitant costs associated with care, or an unwillingness to put themselves and their families at risk,4 the health consequences are disastrous. In the context of buy antibiotics, non-citizens may avoid seeking medical advice until the last possible moment when the zithromax has already wrought immense damage on their bodies. Alienated from traditional avenues of care, non-citizens are often caught only in the fraying safety nets of urgent care clinics and emergency rooms with lowest price zithromax their severely exacerbated conditions.We have already seen the consequences of such disparities as it relates to the zithromax.

Constituting 13.7% of the US population, immigrant essential workers represent 16.3% of essential healthcare operations, 18.4% of essential retail and 20.2% of essential services, disproportionately serving as frontline personnel and sustaining countless industries on the backs of their labour.6 Whether it be this work as essential workers or high rates of poverty and other social risk factors, immigrants are at least twice as likely to be infected with buy antibiotics as native-born individuals and face significantly higher mortality rates.1 7 For instance, in the Dallas Fort-Worth Area, which sees one of the largest populations of undocumented immigrants in the nation, middle-aged Latino men are eight times more likely to die from buy antibiotics than their non-Latino white peers.2 While immigrants do not necessarily have significantly higher rates of underlying health conditions,8 various structural barriers and injustices prevent non-citizens from accessing care, contributing to these higher rates of and worse outcomes.These challenges and the resultant adverse health consequences can erode trust among non-citizens in health systems and federal institutions. Trust is broken in wake of discrimination in clinics lowest price zithromax. Trust is broken when non-citizens, without insurance, have to pay exorbitant sums to access healthcare. Trust is broken when trips to the hospital put one at risk of being lowest price zithromax deported. Trust is broken when non-citizens see community members dying needlessly from buy antibiotics.

In a zithromax that has burdened immigrants in particular, subtle lowest price zithromax mental assaults through stigmatising language only further deteriorate trust. Indeed, the term ‘alien’ implicitly removes non-citizens from the healthcare system and risks excluding them from the buy antibiotics vaccination rollout, exacerbating existing structural issues such as limited treatment availability in these communities.It is already well known that labelling individuals as ‘illegal aliens’ subjects them to more prejudice and discrimination than does the term ‘non-citizens’.9 Indeed, one study found that mental health professionals who thought about Latino immigrants as ‘undocumented immigrants’ viewed them more positively than those asked to think about Latino immigrants as ‘illegal aliens’.10 This finding should come to no surprise given that the derogatory term ‘alien’ defines someone by their immigration status rather than as a person with an immigration status. While ‘non-citizen’ does not entirely lowest price zithromax resolve the matter of people-first language, it represents a crucial step forward and conveys greater humanity to these individuals. If we cannot purge ‘alien’ from the medical vocabulary entirely, we betray the foundational ideal of equal healthcare for all and turn a blind eye to non-citizens, who represent 14% of the US population.Certainly, President Biden’s efforts to remove ‘alien’ from our immigration laws is a long-overdue first step to mitigate bias and build trust, but we must broaden our vision towards all realms, including healthcare. The federal government represents the face of the buy antibiotics treatment rollout, yet non-citizens largely lowest price zithromax do not trust the government to protect them and their communities.

This paucity of trust is complex and multifactorial, and revamping diction within complicated pieces of legislation may not have any immediate implications for rebuilding that faith. But the words that pervade policy—and their connotations—set lowest price zithromax the tone for how we collectively address these communities, as well as the dignity and respect they receive. A semantic transition towards ‘non-citizens’ may ultimately beget public health messaging which comes from bilingual community leaders, assurances that vaccination is free and does not carry a deportation risk, and local efforts to make the treatment accessible to all immigrants. These steps, in turn, may engender lowest price zithromax the political will to combat structural barriers that non-citizens face in navigating health institutions. At the end of the day, words matter, humanity matters.

During a zithromax indifferent to matters of citizenship, we must make sincere overtures to bridge access to care and deracinate stigmatising, dehumanising language from our vocabulary.Ethics statementsPatient consent for publicationNot required..

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Elon Musk on Friday unveiled a coin-sized prototype of a brain implant developed by his startup Neuralink to enable people who are paralyzed to operate smartphones and robotic limbs with their thoughts — and said the company had worked to “dramatically simplify” the device since presenting an earlier version last summer.In an zithromax price rite aid event live-streamed on YouTube to more than 150,000 viewers at one point, the company staged a demonstration in which it trotted out a pig named Gertrude that was said to have had the company’s device implanted in its head two months ago. The live stream showed what Musk claimed to be Gertrude’s real-time brain activity as it sniffed around a pen. At no point, though, did he provide evidence that the signals — rendered in beeps and bright blue wave patterns on screen — were, in fact, emanating from the zithromax price rite aid pig’s brain.A pig presented at a Neuralink demonstration was said to have one of the company’s brain implants in its head. YouTube screenshot“This is obviously sounding increasingly like a Black Mirror episode,” Musk said at one point during the event as he responded affirmatively to a question about whether the company’s implant could eventually be used to save and replay memories. €œThe future’s going to be weird.”advertisement Musk said that in July Neuralink received a zithromax price rite aid breakthrough device designation from the Food and Drug Administration — a regulatory pathway that could allow the company to soon start a clinical trial in people with paraplegia and tetraplegia.

The big reveal came after four former Neuralink employees told STAT that the company’s leaders have long fostered an internal culture characterized by rushed timelines and the “move fast and break things” ethos of a tech company — a pace sometimes at odds with the slow and incremental pace that’s typical of medical device development. Advertisement Friday’s event zithromax price rite aid began, 40 minutes late, with a glossy video about the company’s work — and then panned to Musk, standing in front of a blue curtain beside a gleaming new version of the company’s surgical “sewing machine” robot that could easily have been mistaken for a giant Apple device. Musk described the event as a “product demo” and said its primary purpose was to recruit potential new employees. It was unclear whether the demonstration was taking place at the company’s zithromax price rite aid Fremont, Calif., headquarters or elsewhere. Musk proceeded to reveal the new version of Neuralink’s brain implant, which he said was designed to fit snugly into the top of the skull.

Neuralink’s technological design has changed significantly since its last big update in zithromax price rite aid July 2019. At that time, the company’s brain implant system involved a credit-card sized device designed to be positioned behind the back of a person’s ear, with several wires stretching to the top of the skull. After demonstrating the pig’s brain activity at Friday’s event, Musk showed zithromax price rite aid video footage of a pig walking on a treadmill and said Neuralink’s device could be used to “predict the position of limbs with high accuracy.” That capability would be critical to allowing someone using the device to do something like controlling a prosthetic limb, for example.Neuralink for months has signaled that it initially plans to develop its device for people who are paralyzed. It said at its July 2019 event that it wanted to start human testing by the end of 2020. Receiving the breakthrough device designation from the FDA — designed to speed up the lengthy zithromax price rite aid regulatory process — is a step forward, but it by no means guarantees that a device will receive a green light, either in a short or longer-term time frame.

After Musk’s presentation, a handful of the company’s employees — all wearing masks, but seated only inches apart — joined him to take questions submitted on Twitter or from the small audience in the room.In typical fashion for a man who in 2018 sent a Tesla Roadster into space, Musk didn’t hesitate to use the event to cross-promote his electric car company. Asked whether the zithromax price rite aid Neuralink chip would allow people to summon their Tesla telepathically, Musk responded. €œDefinitely — of course.”Matthew MacDougall, the company’s head neurosurgeon, appearing in scrubs, said the company had so far only implanted its technology into the brain’s cortical surface, the coaster-width layer enveloping the brain, but added that it hoped to go deeper in the future. Still, Musk said zithromax price rite aid. €œYou could solve blindness, you could solve paralysis, you could solve hearing — you can solve a lot just by interfacing with the cortex.”Musk and MacDougall said they hoped to eventually implant Neuralink’s devices — which they referred to on stage simply as “links” — in the deeper structures of the brain, such as in the hypothalamus, which is believed to play a critical role in mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.There were no updates at the event of Neuralink’s research in monkeys, which the company has been conducting in partnership with the University of California, Davis since 2017.

At last July’s zithromax price rite aid event, Musk said — without providing evidence — that a monkey had controlled a computer with its brain.At that same July 2019 event, Neuralink released a preprint paper — published a few months later — that claimed to show that a series of Neuralink electrodes implanted in the brains of rats could record neural signals. Critically, the work did not show where in the brain the implanted electrodes were recording from, for how long they were recording, or whether the recordings could be linked to any of the rats’ bodily movements.In touting Friday’s event — and Neuralink’s technological capabilities — on Twitter in recent weeks, Musk spoke of “AI symbiosis while u wait” and referenced the “matrix in the matrix” — a science-fiction reference about revealing the true nature of reality. The progress the company reported on Friday fell far short zithromax price rite aid of that. Neuralink’s prototype is ambitious, but it has yet to show evidence that it can match up to the brain-machine interfaces developed by academic labs and other companies. Other groups have shown that they can listen in on neural activity and allow primates and people to control a computer cursor with their brain — so-called “read-out” technology — and have also shown that they can use electrical zithromax price rite aid stimulation to input information, such as a command or the heat of a hot cup of coffee, using “write-in” technology.

Neuralink said on Friday that its technology would have both read-out and write-in capabilities.Musk acknowledged that Neuralink still has a long way to go. In closing the event after more than 70 minutes, Musk said zithromax price rite aid. €œThere’s a tremendous amount of work to be done to go from here to a device that is widely available and affordable and reliable.”Following the news this week of what appears to have been the first confirmed case of a buy antibiotics re, other researchers have been coming forward with their own reports. One in Belgium, another in the Netherlands. And now, one in Nevada.What caught experts’ attention about the case of the zithromax price rite aid 25-year-old Reno man was not that he appears to have contracted antibiotics (the name of the zithromax that causes buy antibiotics) a second time.

Rather, it’s that his second bout was more serious than his first.Immunologists had expected that if the immune response generated after an initial could not prevent a second case, then it should at least stave off more severe illness. That’s what occurred with the first known re case, in a 33-year-old Hong Kong man.advertisement Still, despite what happened to the man in Nevada, researchers are stressing this is not a sky-is-falling situation or one that should result in firm zithromax price rite aid conclusions. They always presumed people would become vulnerable to buy antibiotics again some time after recovering from an initial case, based on how our immune systems respond to other respiratory zithromaxes, including other antibioticses. It’s possible that these early cases of re are outliers and have features that won’t apply to the tens of millions of other people who have already shaken off buy antibiotics.“There are millions and millions of cases,” said Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H zithromax price rite aid. Chan School of Public Health.

The real question that should get zithromax price rite aid the most focus, Mina said, is, “What happens to most people?. €advertisement But with more re reports likely to make it into the scientific literature soon, and from there into the mainstream press, here are some things to look for in assessing them.What’s the deal with the Nevada case?. The Reno resident in question first tested positive for antibiotics in April after coming down with a sore throat, cough, and headache, as well as nausea zithromax price rite aid and diarrhea. He got better over time and later tested negative twice. But then, some zithromax price rite aid 48 days later, the man started experiencing headaches, cough, and other symptoms again.

Eventually, he became so sick that he had to be hospitalized and was found to have pneumonia.Researchers sequenced zithromax samples from both of his s and found they were different, providing evidence that this was a new distinct from the first. What happens when we get buy antibiotics zithromax price rite aid in the first case?. Researchers are finding that, generally, people who get buy antibiotics develop a healthy immune response replete with both antibodies (molecules that can block pathogens from infecting cells) and T cells (which help wipe out the zithromax). This is what happens after other viral s.In addition to fending off the zithromax the first time, that immune response also creates memories of the zithromax price rite aid zithromax, should it try to invade a second time. It’s thought, then, that people who recover from buy antibiotics will typically be protected from another case for some amount of time.

With other antibioticses, protection is thought to last for perhaps a little less than a year to zithromax price rite aid about three years.But researchers can’t tell how long immunity will last with a new pathogen (like antibiotics) until people start getting reinfected. They also don’t know exactly what mechanisms provide protection against buy antibiotics, nor do they know what levels of antibodies or T cells are required to signal that someone is protected through a blood test. (These are called the “correlates zithromax price rite aid of protection.”) Why do experts expect second cases to be milder?. With other zithromaxes, protective immunity doesn’t just vanish one day. Instead, it wanes zithromax price rite aid over time.

Researchers have then hypothesized that with antibiotics, perhaps our immune systems might not always be able to prevent it from getting a toehold in our cells — to halt entirely — but that it could still put up enough of a fight to guard us from getting really sick. Again, this zithromax price rite aid is what happens with other respiratory pathogens.And it’s why some researchers actually looked at the Hong Kong case with relief. The man had mild to moderate buy antibiotics symptoms during the first case, but was asymptomatic the second time. It was a demonstration, experts said, of what you would zithromax price rite aid want your immune system to do. (The case was only detected because the man’s sample was taken at the airport when he arrived back in Hong Kong after traveling in Europe.)“The fact that somebody may get reinfected is not surprising,” Malik Peiris, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong, told STAT earlier this week about the first re.

€œBut the re didn’t cause disease, so that’s the first point.”The Nevada case, then, provides a counterexample to that. What kind of zithromax price rite aid immune response did the person who was reinfected generate initially?. Earlier, we described the robust immune response that most people who have buy antibiotics seem to mount. But that zithromax price rite aid was a generalization. s and the immune responses they induce in different people are “heterogeneous,” said Sarah Cobey, an epidemiologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago.Older people often generate weaker immune responses than younger people.

Some studies have also indicated that milder cases of buy antibiotics induce tamer immune responses that might not provide as lasting or as thorough of a defense as stronger zithromax price rite aid immune responses. The man in Hong Kong, for example, did not generate antibodies to the zithromax after his first , at least to the level that could be detected by blood tests. Perhaps that explains why he contracted the zithromax again just about 4 1/2 months after recovering from his initial .In the Nevada case, researchers did not test what kind of immune response the zithromax price rite aid man generated after the first case.“ is not some binary event,” Cobey said. And with re, “there’s going to be some viral replication, but the question is how much is the immune system getting engaged?. €What might be broadly meaningful is when people zithromax price rite aid who mounted robust immune responses start getting reinfected, and how severe their second cases are.

Are people who have buy antibiotics a second time infectious?. As discussed, immune memory can prevent re zithromax price rite aid. If it can’t, it might stave off serious illness. But there’s a third aspect of this, too.“The most important question for re, with the most serious implications for controlling the zithromax, is whether reinfected people can transmit the zithromax to others,” Columbia University virologist Angela Rasmussen zithromax price rite aid wrote in Slate this week.Unfortunately, neither the Hong Kong nor the Reno studies looked at this question. But if most people who get reinfected don’t spread the zithromax, that’s obviously good news.

What happens when people broadly become susceptible again? zithromax price rite aid. Whether it’s six months after the first or nine months or a year or longer, at some point, protection for most people who recover from buy antibiotics is expected to wane. And without the arrival of a treatment zithromax price rite aid and broad uptake of it, that could change the dynamics of local outbreaks.In some communities, it’s thought that more than 20% of residents have experienced an initial buy antibiotics case, and are thus theoretically protected from another case for some time. That is still below the point of herd immunity — when enough people are immune that transmission doesn’t occur — but still, the fewer vulnerable people there are, the less likely spread is to occur.On the flip side though, if more people become susceptible to the zithromax again, that could increase the risk of transmission. Modelers are starting to factor that possibility into their forecasts.A crucial question for which there is not an answer yet is whether what happened to the man in Reno, where the second case was more severe than the first, remains a rare occurrence, as researchers expect and hope zithromax price rite aid.

As the Nevada researchers wrote, “the generalizability of this finding is unknown.”An advocacy group has asked the Department of Defense to investigate what it called “an apparent failure” by Moderna (MRNA) to disclose millions of dollars in awards received from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in patent applications the company filed for treatments.In a letter to the agency, Knowledge Ecology International explained that a review of dozens of patent applications found the company received approximately $20 million from the federal government in grants several years ago and the funds “likely” led to the creation of its treatment technology. This was used to develop treatments to combat different zithromaxes, such as Zika and, later, the zithromax that causes buy antibiotics.In arguing for an investigation, the advocacy group maintained Moderna is obligated under federal law to zithromax price rite aid disclose the grants that led to nearly a dozen specific patent applications and explained the financial support means the U.S. Government would have certain rights over the patents. In other zithromax price rite aid words, U.S. Taxpayers would have an ownership stake in treatments developed by the company.advertisement “This clarifies the public’s right in the inventions,” said Jamie Love, who heads Knowledge Ecology International, a nonprofit that tracks patents and access to medicines issues.

€œThe disclosure (also) changes the narrative about who has financed the inventive activity, often the most risky part of development.” One particular patent assigned to Moderna concerns methods and compositions that can be used specifically against zithromax price rite aid antibioticses, including buy antibiotics. The patent names a Moderna scientist and a former Moderna scientist as inventors, both of which acknowledged performing work under the DARPA awards in two academic papers, according to the report by the advocacy group.advertisement The group examined the 126 patents assigned to Moderna or ModernaTx as well as 154 patent applications. €œDespite the evidence that multiple inventions were conceived in the course of research supported by the DARPA awards, not a single one of the patents or applications assigned to Moderna disclose U.S. Federal government funding,” the zithromax price rite aid report stated.[UPDATE. A DARPA spokesman sent us this over the weekend.

€œIt appears that all past and present DARPA awards to Moderna include the requirement to report the role of government zithromax price rite aid funding for related inventions. Further, DARPA is actively researching agency awards to Moderna to identify which patents and pending patents, if any at all, may be associated with DARPA support. This effort is ongoing.”]We asked Moderna zithromax price rite aid for comment and will update you accordingly.The missive to the Department of Defense follows a recent analysis by Public Citizen, another advocacy group, indicating the National Institutes of Health may own mRNA-1273, the Moderna treatment candidate for buy antibiotics. The advocacy group noted the federal government filed multiple patents covering the treatment and two patent applications, in particular, list federal scientists as co-inventors.The analyses are part of a larger campaign among advocacy groups and others in the U.S. And elsewhere to zithromax price rite aid ensure that buy antibiotics medical products are available to poor populations around the world.

The concern reflects the unprecedented global demand for therapies and treatments, and a race among wealthy nations to snap up supplies from treatment makers. In the U.S., the effort has focused on the extent to which the federal government has provided taxpayer dollars to zithromax price rite aid different companies to help fund their discoveries. In some cases, advocates argue that federal funding matters because it clarifies the rights that the U.S. Government has to ensure a therapy or treatment is available to Americans on reasonable terms.One example has been remdesivir, the Gilead zithromax price rite aid Sciences (GILD) treatment being given to hospitalized buy antibiotics patients. The role played by the U.S.

Government in developing remdesivir to combat antibioticses involved contributions from government personnel at such agencies as the zithromax price rite aid U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.As for the Moderna treatment, earlier this month, the company was awarded a $1.525 billion contract by the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of its buy antibiotics treatment. The agreement zithromax price rite aid also includes an option to purchase another 400 million doses, although the terms were not disclosed. In announcing the agreement, the government said it would ensure Americans receive the buy antibiotics treatment at no cost, although they may be charged by health care providers for administering a shot.In this instance, however, Love said the “letter is not about price or profits. It’s about (Moderna) not owning zithromax price rite aid up to DARPA funding inventions.

If the U.S. Wants to pay for all of the development of Moderna’s treatment, as Moderna now acknowledges, and throw in a few more billion now, and an option zithromax price rite aid to spend billions more, it’s not unreasonable to have some transparency over who paid for their inventions.”This is not the first time Moderna has been accused of insufficient disclosure. Earlier this month, Knowledge Ecology International and Public Citizen maintained the company failed to disclose development costs in a $955 million contract awarded by BARDA for its buy antibiotics treatment. In all, the federal government has awarded the company approximately $2.5 billion to develop the treatment.The coming few weeks represent a crucial moment for an ambitious zithromax price rite aid plan to try to secure buy antibiotics treatments for roughly 170 countries around the world without the deep pockets to compete for what will be scarce initial supplies.Under the plan, countries that want to pool resources to buy treatments must notify the World Health Organization and other organizers — Gavi, the treatment Alliance, as well as the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations — of their intentions by Monday. That means it’s fish-or-cut-bait time for the so-called COVAX facility.Already, wealthy countries — the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and Australia, among others, as well as the European Union — have opted to buy their own treatment, signing bilateral contracts with manufacturers that have secured billions of doses of treatment already.

That raises the possibility that less wealthy countries will be boxed out of supplies.advertisement And yet Richard Hatchett, the CEO of CEPI, insists there is a path to billions of doses of treatment for the zithromax price rite aid rest of the world in 2021. STAT spoke with Hatchett this week. A transcript zithromax price rite aid of the conversation, lightly edited for clarity and length, follows. You said this is a critical time for CEPI. Can you explain what needs to happen between now and mid-September for this joint purchasing approach to be a success?.

Advertisement The critical moment is now for countries to commit to the COVAX facility, because that will enable us to secure ample quantities of treatment and then to be able to convey when that treatment is likely to become available based on zithromax price rite aid current information.What we’re now here asking countries to do is to indicate their intent to participate by Aug. 31, and to make a binding commitment by Sept. 18. And to provide funds in support of that binding commitment by early October. Our negotiations with companies are already taking place and it will be important for us from a planning purpose that countries indicate their intent to participate.Those binding commitments we think will be sufficient to allow us to then secure the advance purchase agreements, particularly with those companies that don’t have a prior contractual obligation to COVAX.

And then obviously, we need the funds to live up to those advance purchase agreements.Is it possible this thing could still fall apart?. There appears to be some concern COVAX has been boxed out by rich countries. There was always a possibility that there wouldn’t be sufficient uptake. But I think we’re very encouraged at this point by the level of commitment, both from countries that would be beneficiaries of the advance market commitment — that’s the lower-income, lower-middle-income countries — as well as the self-financing countries. To have over 170 countries expressing interest in participating — they see the value.We’re much more encouraged now that it’s not going to fall apart.

We still need to bring it off to maximize its value. And we’re right at the crunch moment where countries are going to have to make these commitments. So, the next month is really absolutely critical to the facility. I am confident at this point that the world recognizes the value and wants it to work.I’ve been keeping tabs on advance purchase agreements that have been announced. And at this point, a small number of rich countries have nailed down a lot of treatment — more than 3 billion doses.

How hard does that make your job?. The fact that they’re doing it creates anxiety among other countries. And that in itself can accelerate the pace. So, I’m not going to say that we’re not watching that with concern.I will say that for COVAX and the facility, this is absolutely critical moment. I think we still have a window of opportunity between now and mid-September — when we’re asking that the self-financing countries to make their commitments — to make the facility real and to make it work.

Between doses that are committed to COVAX through the access agreements and other agreements — these are discussions with partners that CEPI has funded as well as partners that CEPI has not funded — we still see a pathway for COVAX to well over 3 billion doses in 2021.I think it’s really important to bear in mind is that there are at least a few countries — and I think the U.S. And the U.K. Most publicly — that may be in a situation of significant oversupply. I believe the U.S. And U.K.

Numbers, if you add them together, would result in enough treatment for 600 million people to receive two doses of treatment each. And, you know, there is no possible way that the U.S. Or the U.K. Can use that much treatment.So, there may be a lot of extra supply that looks like it’s been tied up sloshing around later. I don’t think that the bilateral deals that have been struck are going to prevent COVAX from achieving its goals.But if so much treatment has been pre-ordered by rich countries, can countries in the COVAX pool get enough for their needs?.

One of the things that we’ve argued through COVAX is that to control the zithromax or to end the acute phase of the zithromax to allow normalcy to start to reassert itself, you don’t have to vaccinate 100% of your population.You need to vaccinate those at greatest risk for bad outcomes and you need to vaccinate certain critical workers, particularly your health care workforce. And if you can achieve that goal, which for most countries means vaccinating between 20% and maybe 30% of the population, then you can transform the zithromax into something that is much more manageable. Then you can buy yourself time to vaccinate everybody who wants to be vaccinated.We’ve argued the COVAX facility really offers the world the best shot at doing that globally in the fastest possible way, as well as providing for equitable access. This is a case where doing the equitable thing is also doing the efficient thing.CEPI has provided funding to nine treatments. Is it true that all those manufacturers aren’t required to provide the COVAX facility with treatment?.

That is correct. One of the things that we did, and I think it was an important role that CEPI played early on, was that we moved money very, very quickly, in small increments. You know, some of the early contracts were only $5 million or $10 million, to get programs up and running while we potentially put in place much larger-scale, longer-term contracts.If you were doing it over again, would you have given money without strings attached?. Yes, I think I would have. I think that was critically important to initiating programs.Our contract with Moderna was established in about 48 hours.

And that provided critical funding to them to manufacture doses that got them into clinical trials within nine weeks of the genetic sequences [of the antibiotics zithromax] being released.And if you look at the nine programs that we’ve invested in, seven are in clinical trials. Two — the AstraZeneca program now and the Moderna program — are among the handful in Phase 3 clinical trials. And, I think the number of projects that that we funded initially, which started in kind of a biotech or academic phase that have now been picked up by large multinational corporations, there’s at least four. The Themis program being picked up by Merck, Oxford University by AstraZeneca, the University of Queensland by CSL, and Clover being in partnership with GSK, I think that speaks to the quality of the programs that we selected.So, I think that combination of rapid review, speed of funding, getting those programs started, getting them oriented in the right direction, I think all of that is critical to where we are now.Companies that got money from CEPI to build out production capacity — that money came with strings attached, right?. Yes, exactly.

So, where CEPI has made investments that create manufacturing, or secure manufacturing capacity, the commitment has been that the capacity that is attributable to the CEPI investment is committed — at least right of first refusal — to the global procurement facility.WASHINGTON — The Trump administration removed a top Food and Drug Administration communications official from her post on Friday in the wake of several controversial agency misstatements, a senior administration official confirmed to STAT.The spokeswoman, Emily Miller, had played a lead role in defending the FDA commissioner, Stephen Hahn, after he misrepresented data regarding the use of blood plasma from recovered buy antibiotics patients. The New York Times first reported Miller’s ouster. Miller’s tenure at as the top FDA spokeswoman lasted only 11 days. Her appointment was viewed with alarm by agency officials who felt her presence at the agency was emblematic of broader political pressure from the Trump administration, STAT first reported earlier this week.advertisement Before joining the FDA, Miller had no experience in health or medicine. Her former role as assistant commissioner for media affairs is typically not an appointment filled by political appointees.

The FDA’s communications arm typically maintains a neutral, nonpolitical tone.Miller’s appointment particularly alarmed FDA staff and outside scientists given her history in right-wing political advocacy and conservatism journalism. Her résumé included a stint as a Washington Times columnist, where she penned columns with titles that include “New Obamacare ads make young women look like sluts,” and a 2013 book on gun rights titled “Emily Gets Her Gun. But Obama Wants to Take Yours.”advertisement She also worked as a reporter for One America News Network, a right-wing cable channel that frequently espouses conspiracy theories and has declared an open alliance with President Trump.Miller quickly made her presence known at the FDA. In the wake of Hahn’s misstatements on blood plasma, she aggressively defended the commissioner, falsely claiming in a tweet that the therapy “has shown to be beneficial for 35% of patients.” An FDA press release on blood plasma, issued less than a week after her appointment, similarly alarmed agency insiders by trumpeting the emergency authorization as “Another Achievement in Administration’s Fight Against [the] zithromax.”.

Elon Musk on Friday unveiled a coin-sized prototype of a brain implant developed by his startup Neuralink to enable people who are paralyzed to operate smartphones and robotic limbs with their thoughts — and said the company had worked to “dramatically simplify” can i buy zithromax at a local drugstore the device since presenting an earlier version last summer.In an event live-streamed on YouTube to more than 150,000 viewers at one point, the company staged a demonstration in which it trotted out a pig named Gertrude that was said lowest price zithromax to have had the company’s device implanted in its head two months ago. The live stream showed what Musk claimed to be Gertrude’s real-time brain activity as it sniffed around a pen. At no point, though, did he provide evidence that the signals — rendered in beeps and bright blue wave patterns on screen — were, in fact, emanating from the lowest price zithromax pig’s brain.A pig presented at a Neuralink demonstration was said to have one of the company’s brain implants in its head. YouTube screenshot“This is obviously sounding increasingly like a Black Mirror episode,” Musk said at one point during the event as he responded affirmatively to a question about whether the company’s implant could eventually be used to save and replay memories. €œThe future’s going to be weird.”advertisement Musk said that in July Neuralink received a breakthrough device designation from the Food and Drug Administration — a regulatory pathway that could allow the company to soon start a clinical trial in people with paraplegia and lowest price zithromax tetraplegia.

The big reveal came after four former Neuralink employees told STAT that the company’s leaders have long fostered an internal culture characterized by rushed timelines and the “move fast and break things” ethos of a tech company — a pace sometimes at odds with the slow and incremental pace that’s typical of medical device development. Advertisement Friday’s event began, 40 minutes late, with a glossy video about the company’s work — and then panned to Musk, standing in front lowest price zithromax of a blue curtain beside a gleaming new version of the company’s surgical “sewing machine” robot that could easily have been mistaken for a giant Apple device. Musk described the event as a “product demo” and said its primary purpose was to recruit potential new employees. It was unclear whether the demonstration was taking place lowest price zithromax at the company’s Fremont, Calif., headquarters or elsewhere. Musk proceeded to reveal the new version of Neuralink’s brain implant, which he said was designed to fit snugly into the top of the skull.

Neuralink’s technological design has changed significantly lowest price zithromax since its last big update in July 2019. At that time, the company’s brain implant system involved a credit-card sized device designed to be positioned behind the back of a person’s ear, with several wires stretching to the top of the skull. After demonstrating the pig’s brain activity at Friday’s event, Musk showed video footage of a pig walking on a treadmill and said Neuralink’s device could be used to “predict the position of limbs with high accuracy.” That capability would be critical to allowing someone using the device to do something like controlling a prosthetic limb, for example.Neuralink for months has signaled that it initially plans to develop its device for people who are paralyzed lowest price zithromax. It said at its July 2019 event that it wanted to start human testing by the end of 2020. Receiving the breakthrough device designation from the FDA — designed to speed up the lengthy regulatory process — is a step forward, but it by no means guarantees that a device will receive a green light, lowest price zithromax either in a short or longer-term time frame.

After Musk’s presentation, a handful of the company’s employees — all wearing masks, but seated only inches apart — joined him to take questions submitted on Twitter or from the small audience in the room.In typical fashion for a man who in 2018 sent a Tesla Roadster into space, Musk didn’t hesitate to use the event to cross-promote his electric car company. Asked whether the Neuralink chip would lowest price zithromax allow people to summon their Tesla telepathically, Musk responded. €œDefinitely — of course.”Matthew MacDougall, the company’s head neurosurgeon, appearing in scrubs, said the company had so far only implanted its technology into the brain’s cortical surface, the coaster-width layer enveloping the brain, but added that it hoped to go deeper in the future. Still, Musk lowest price zithromax said. €œYou could solve blindness, you could solve paralysis, you could solve hearing — you can solve a lot just by interfacing with the cortex.”Musk and MacDougall said they hoped to eventually implant Neuralink’s devices — which they referred to on stage simply as “links” — in the deeper structures of the brain, such as in the hypothalamus, which is believed to play a critical role in mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.There were no updates at the event of Neuralink’s research in monkeys, which the company has been conducting in partnership with the University of California, Davis since 2017.

At last July’s event, Musk said — without providing evidence — that a monkey had controlled a computer with its brain.At that lowest price zithromax same July 2019 event, Neuralink released a preprint paper — published a few months later — that claimed to show that a series of Neuralink electrodes implanted in the brains of rats could record neural signals. Critically, the work did not show where in the brain the implanted electrodes were recording from, for how long they were recording, or whether the recordings could be linked to any of the rats’ bodily movements.In touting Friday’s event — and Neuralink’s technological capabilities — on Twitter in recent weeks, Musk spoke of “AI symbiosis while u wait” and referenced the “matrix in the matrix” — a science-fiction reference about revealing the true nature of reality. The progress the company reported on lowest price zithromax Friday fell far short of that. Neuralink’s prototype is ambitious, but it has yet to show evidence that it can match up to the brain-machine interfaces developed by academic labs and other companies. Other groups have shown that they can listen in on neural lowest price zithromax activity and allow primates and people to control a computer cursor with their brain — so-called “read-out” technology — and have also shown that they can use electrical stimulation to input information, such as a command or the heat of a hot cup of coffee, using “write-in” technology.

Neuralink said on Friday that its technology would have both read-out and write-in capabilities.Musk acknowledged that Neuralink still has a long way to go. In closing the event after more lowest price zithromax than 70 minutes, Musk said. €œThere’s a tremendous amount of work to be done to go from here to a device that is widely available and affordable and reliable.”Following the news this week of what appears to have been the first confirmed case of a buy antibiotics re, other researchers have been coming forward with their own reports. One in Belgium, another in the Netherlands. And now, one lowest price zithromax in Nevada.What caught experts’ attention about the case of the 25-year-old Reno man was not that he appears to have contracted antibiotics (the name of the zithromax that causes buy antibiotics) a second time.

Rather, it’s that his second bout was more serious than his first.Immunologists had expected that if the immune response generated after an initial could not prevent a second case, then it should at least stave off more severe illness. That’s what occurred with the first known re case, in a 33-year-old Hong Kong man.advertisement Still, despite what happened to lowest price zithromax the man in Nevada, researchers are stressing this is not a sky-is-falling situation or one that should result in firm conclusions. They always presumed people would become vulnerable to buy antibiotics again some time after recovering from an initial case, based on how our immune systems respond to other respiratory zithromaxes, including other antibioticses. It’s possible that these early cases of re are outliers and have features that won’t apply to the tens of millions of other people who have already shaken off buy antibiotics.“There are millions and millions of cases,” said Michael Mina, an epidemiologist lowest price zithromax at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The real question that should get the most lowest price zithromax focus, Mina said, is, “What happens to most people?. €advertisement But with more re reports likely to make it into the scientific literature soon, and from there into the mainstream press, here are some things to look for in assessing them.What’s the deal with the Nevada case?. The Reno resident in question first tested positive for antibiotics in April lowest price zithromax after coming down with a sore throat, cough, and headache, as well as nausea and diarrhea. He got better over time and later tested negative twice. But then, some 48 days later, lowest price zithromax the man started experiencing headaches, cough, and other symptoms again.

Eventually, he became so sick that he had to be hospitalized and was found to have pneumonia.Researchers sequenced zithromax samples from both of his s and found they were different, providing evidence that this was a new distinct from the first. What happens lowest price zithromax when we get buy antibiotics in the first case?. Researchers are finding that, generally, people who get buy antibiotics develop a healthy immune response replete with both antibodies (molecules that can block pathogens from infecting cells) and T cells (which help wipe out the zithromax). This is what happens after other viral s.In addition to fending off the zithromax the first time, that immune response lowest price zithromax also creates memories of the zithromax, should it try to invade a second time. It’s thought, then, that people who recover from buy antibiotics will typically be protected from another case for some amount of time.

With other antibioticses, protection is thought to last for perhaps a little less than a year to about three years.But researchers can’t tell how long immunity will last with a new pathogen (like antibiotics) until people lowest price zithromax start getting reinfected. They also don’t know exactly what mechanisms provide protection against buy antibiotics, nor do they know what levels of antibodies or T cells are required to signal that someone is protected through a blood test. (These are called the “correlates lowest price zithromax of protection.”) Why do experts expect second cases to be milder?. With other zithromaxes, protective immunity doesn’t just vanish one day. Instead, it wanes over time lowest price zithromax.

Researchers have then hypothesized that with antibiotics, perhaps our immune systems might not always be able to prevent it from getting a toehold in our cells — to halt entirely — but that it could still put up enough of a fight to guard us from getting really sick. Again, this is lowest price zithromax what happens with other respiratory pathogens.And it’s why some researchers actually looked at the Hong Kong case with relief. The man had mild to moderate buy antibiotics symptoms during the first case, but was asymptomatic the second time. It was a demonstration, experts said, of what you would want your immune system lowest price zithromax to do. (The case was only detected because the man’s sample was taken at the airport when he arrived back in Hong Kong after traveling in Europe.)“The fact that somebody may get reinfected is not surprising,” Malik Peiris, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong, told STAT earlier this week about the first re.

€œBut the re didn’t cause disease, so that’s the first point.”The Nevada case, then, provides a counterexample to that. What kind of lowest price zithromax immune response did the person who was reinfected generate initially?. Earlier, we described the robust immune response that most people who have buy antibiotics seem to mount. But that was a lowest price zithromax generalization. s and the immune responses they induce in different people are “heterogeneous,” said Sarah Cobey, an epidemiologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago.Older people often generate weaker immune responses than younger people.

Some studies have also indicated that milder cases of buy antibiotics induce tamer immune responses that might not provide as lasting or as thorough of lowest price zithromax a defense as stronger immune responses. The man in Hong Kong, for example, did not generate antibodies to the zithromax after his first , at least to the level that could be detected by blood tests. Perhaps that explains why he contracted the zithromax again just about 4 1/2 months after recovering from his initial .In the Nevada case, researchers did not test what kind of immune response the man lowest price zithromax generated after the first case.“ is not some binary event,” Cobey said. And with re, “there’s going to be some viral replication, but the question is how much is the immune system getting engaged?. €What might be broadly meaningful is when people who mounted robust immune responses start getting lowest price zithromax reinfected, and how severe their second cases are.

Are people who have buy antibiotics a second time infectious?. As discussed, immune memory can prevent lowest price zithromax re. If it can’t, it might stave off serious illness. But there’s a third aspect of this, too.“The most important question for re, with the most serious implications for controlling the zithromax, is whether reinfected people can transmit the zithromax to others,” Columbia University virologist Angela Rasmussen wrote in Slate this week.Unfortunately, neither the Hong Kong nor the Reno studies looked lowest price zithromax at this question. But if most people who get reinfected don’t spread the zithromax, that’s obviously good news.

What lowest price zithromax happens when people broadly become susceptible again?. Whether it’s six months after the first or nine months or a year or longer, at some point, protection for most people who recover from buy antibiotics is expected to wane. And without the arrival of a treatment and broad uptake of it, that could change the dynamics lowest price zithromax of local outbreaks.In some communities, it’s thought that more than 20% of residents have experienced an initial buy antibiotics case, and are thus theoretically protected from another case for some time. That is still below the point of herd immunity — when enough people are immune that transmission doesn’t occur — but still, the fewer vulnerable people there are, the less likely spread is to occur.On the flip side though, if more people become susceptible to the zithromax again, that could increase the risk of transmission. Modelers are starting to factor that possibility into lowest price zithromax their forecasts.A crucial question for which there is not an answer yet is whether what happened to the man in Reno, where the second case was more severe than the first, remains a rare occurrence, as researchers expect and hope.

As the Nevada researchers wrote, “the generalizability of this finding is unknown.”An advocacy group has asked the Department of Defense to investigate what it called “an apparent failure” by Moderna (MRNA) to disclose millions of dollars in awards received from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in patent applications the company filed for treatments.In a letter to the agency, Knowledge Ecology International explained that a review of dozens of patent applications found the company received approximately $20 million from the federal government in grants several years ago and the funds “likely” led to the creation of its treatment technology. This was used to develop treatments to combat different zithromaxes, such as Zika and, later, the zithromax that causes buy antibiotics.In arguing for an investigation, the advocacy group maintained Moderna is obligated under federal law lowest price zithromax to disclose the grants that led to nearly a dozen specific patent applications and explained the financial support means the U.S. Government would have certain rights over the patents. In other words, lowest price zithromax U.S. Taxpayers would have an ownership stake in treatments developed by the company.advertisement “This clarifies the public’s right in the inventions,” said Jamie Love, who heads Knowledge Ecology International, a nonprofit that tracks patents and access to medicines issues.

€œThe disclosure (also) changes the narrative about who has financed the inventive activity, often the most risky part of development.” One particular patent assigned to Moderna concerns methods and compositions that can be used specifically against antibioticses, lowest price zithromax including buy antibiotics. The patent names a Moderna scientist and a former Moderna scientist as inventors, both of which acknowledged performing work under the DARPA awards in two academic papers, according to the report by the advocacy group.advertisement The group examined the 126 patents assigned to Moderna or ModernaTx as well as 154 patent applications. €œDespite the Read Full Report evidence that multiple inventions were conceived in the course of research supported by the DARPA awards, not a single one of the patents or applications assigned to Moderna disclose U.S. Federal government lowest price zithromax funding,” the report stated.[UPDATE. A DARPA spokesman sent us this over the weekend.

€œIt appears that all lowest price zithromax past and present DARPA awards to Moderna include the requirement to report the role of government funding for related inventions. Further, DARPA is actively researching agency awards to Moderna to identify which patents and pending patents, if any at all, may be associated with DARPA support. This effort is ongoing.”]We asked Moderna for comment and will update you accordingly.The missive to the Department of Defense follows a recent analysis by Public Citizen, lowest price zithromax another advocacy group, indicating the National Institutes of Health may own mRNA-1273, the Moderna treatment candidate for buy antibiotics. The advocacy group noted the federal government filed multiple patents covering the treatment and two patent applications, in particular, list federal scientists as co-inventors.The analyses are part of a larger campaign among advocacy groups and others in the U.S. And elsewhere to ensure that buy antibiotics medical products are available to poor populations around the world lowest price zithromax.

The concern reflects the unprecedented global demand for therapies and treatments, and a race among wealthy nations to snap up supplies from treatment makers. In lowest price zithromax the U.S., the effort has focused on the extent to which the federal government has provided taxpayer dollars to different companies to help fund their discoveries. In some cases, advocates argue that federal funding matters because it clarifies the rights that the U.S. Government has to ensure a therapy or treatment is available to Americans on reasonable terms.One example has been remdesivir, the Gilead Sciences (GILD) treatment being given to lowest price zithromax hospitalized buy antibiotics patients. The role played by the U.S.

Government in developing remdesivir to combat antibioticses involved contributions from government personnel at such lowest price zithromax agencies as the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.As for the Moderna treatment, earlier this month, the company was awarded a $1.525 billion contract by the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of its buy antibiotics treatment. The agreement also includes an option to lowest price zithromax purchase another 400 million doses, although the terms were not disclosed. In announcing the agreement, the government said it would ensure Americans receive the buy antibiotics treatment at no cost, although they may be charged by health care providers for administering a shot.In this instance, however, Love said the “letter is not about price or profits. It’s about (Moderna) not owning up to DARPA funding lowest price zithromax inventions.

If the U.S. Wants to pay lowest price zithromax for all of the development of Moderna’s treatment, as Moderna now acknowledges, and throw in a few more billion now, and an option to spend billions more, it’s not unreasonable to have some transparency over who paid for their inventions.”This is not the first time Moderna has been accused of insufficient disclosure. Earlier this month, Knowledge Ecology International and Public Citizen maintained the company failed to disclose development costs in a $955 million contract awarded by BARDA for its buy antibiotics treatment. In all, the federal government has awarded the company approximately $2.5 lowest price zithromax billion to develop the treatment.The coming few weeks represent a crucial moment for an ambitious plan to try to secure buy antibiotics treatments for roughly 170 countries around the world without the deep pockets to compete for what will be scarce initial supplies.Under the plan, countries that want to pool resources to buy treatments must notify the World Health Organization and other organizers — Gavi, the treatment Alliance, as well as the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations — of their intentions by Monday. That means it’s fish-or-cut-bait time for the so-called COVAX facility.Already, wealthy countries — the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and Australia, among others, as well as the European Union — have opted to buy their own treatment, signing bilateral contracts with manufacturers that have secured billions of doses of treatment already.

That raises lowest price zithromax the possibility that less wealthy countries will be boxed out of supplies.advertisement And yet Richard Hatchett, the CEO of CEPI, insists there is a path to billions of doses of treatment for the rest of the world in 2021. STAT spoke with Hatchett this week. A transcript of the conversation, lightly edited for clarity and length, lowest price zithromax follows. You said this is a critical time for CEPI. Can you explain what needs to happen between now and mid-September for this joint purchasing approach to be a success?.

Advertisement The critical lowest price zithromax moment is now for countries to commit to the COVAX facility, because that will enable us to secure ample quantities of treatment and then to be able to convey when that treatment is likely to become available based on current information.What we’re now here asking countries to do is to indicate their intent to participate by Aug. 31, and to make a binding commitment by Sept. 18. And to provide funds in support of that binding commitment by early October. Our negotiations with companies are already taking place and it will be important for us from a planning purpose that countries indicate their intent to participate.Those binding commitments we think will be sufficient to allow us to then secure the advance purchase agreements, particularly with those companies that don’t have a prior contractual obligation to COVAX.

And then obviously, we need the funds to live up to those advance purchase agreements.Is it possible this thing could still fall apart?. There appears to be some concern COVAX has been boxed out by rich countries. There was always a possibility that there wouldn’t be sufficient uptake. But I think we’re very encouraged at this point by the level of commitment, both from countries that would be beneficiaries of the advance market commitment — that’s the lower-income, lower-middle-income countries — as well as the self-financing countries. To have over 170 countries expressing interest in participating — they see the value.We’re much more encouraged now that it’s not going to fall apart.

We still need to bring it off to maximize its value. And we’re right at the crunch moment where countries are going to have to make these commitments. So, the next month is really absolutely critical to the facility. I am confident at this point that the world recognizes the value and wants it to work.I’ve been keeping tabs on advance purchase agreements that have been announced. And at this point, a small number of rich countries have nailed down a lot of treatment — more than 3 billion doses.

How hard does that make your job?. The fact that they’re doing it creates anxiety among other countries. And that in itself can accelerate the pace. So, I’m not going to say that we’re not watching that with concern.I will say that for COVAX and the facility, this is absolutely critical moment. I think we still have a window of opportunity between now and mid-September — when we’re asking that the self-financing countries to make their commitments — to make the facility real and to make it work.

Between doses that are committed to COVAX through the access agreements and other agreements — these are discussions with partners that CEPI has funded as well as partners that CEPI has not funded — we still see a pathway for COVAX to well over 3 billion doses in 2021.I think it’s really important to bear in mind is that there are at least a few countries — and I think the U.S. And the U.K. Most publicly — that may be in a situation of significant oversupply. I believe the U.S. And U.K.

Numbers, if you add them together, would result in enough treatment for 600 million people to receive two doses of treatment each. And, you know, there is no possible way that the U.S. Or the U.K. Can use that much treatment.So, there may be a lot of extra supply that looks like it’s been tied up sloshing around later. I don’t think that the bilateral deals that have been struck are going to prevent COVAX from achieving its goals.But if so much treatment has been pre-ordered by rich countries, can countries in the COVAX pool get enough for their needs?.

One of the things that we’ve argued through COVAX is that to control the zithromax or to end the acute phase of the zithromax to allow normalcy to start to reassert itself, you don’t have to vaccinate 100% of your population.You need to vaccinate those at greatest risk for bad outcomes and you need to vaccinate certain critical workers, particularly your health care workforce. And if you can achieve that goal, which for most countries means vaccinating between 20% and maybe 30% of the population, then you can transform the zithromax into something that is much more manageable. Then you can buy yourself time to vaccinate everybody who wants to be vaccinated.We’ve argued the COVAX facility really offers the world the best shot at doing that globally in the fastest possible way, as well as providing for equitable access. This is a case where doing the equitable thing is also doing the efficient thing.CEPI has provided funding to nine treatments. Is it true that all those manufacturers aren’t required to provide the COVAX facility with treatment?.

That is correct. One of the things that we did, and I think it was an important role that CEPI played early on, was that we moved money very, very quickly, in small increments. You know, some of the early contracts were only $5 million or $10 million, to get programs up and running while we potentially put in place much larger-scale, longer-term contracts.If you were doing it over again, would you have given money without strings attached?. Yes, I think I would have. I think that was critically important to initiating programs.Our contract with Moderna was established in about 48 hours.

And that provided critical funding to them to manufacture doses that got them into clinical trials within nine weeks of the genetic sequences [of the antibiotics zithromax] being released.And if you look at the nine programs that we’ve invested in, seven are in clinical trials. Two — the AstraZeneca program now and the Moderna program — are among the handful in Phase 3 clinical trials. And, I think the number of projects that that we funded initially, which started in kind of a biotech or academic phase that have now been picked up by large multinational corporations, there’s at least four. The Themis program being picked up by Merck, Oxford University by AstraZeneca, the University of Queensland by CSL, and Clover being in partnership with GSK, I think that speaks to the quality of the programs that we selected.So, I think that combination of rapid review, speed of funding, getting those programs started, getting them oriented in the right direction, I think all of that is critical to where we are now.Companies that got money from CEPI to build out production capacity — that money came with strings attached, right?. Yes, exactly.

So, where CEPI has made investments that create manufacturing, or secure manufacturing capacity, the commitment has been that the capacity that is attributable to the CEPI investment is committed — at least right of first refusal — to the global procurement facility.WASHINGTON — The Trump administration removed a top Food and Drug Administration communications official from her post on Friday in the wake of several controversial agency misstatements, a senior administration official confirmed to STAT.The spokeswoman, Emily Miller, had played a lead role in defending the FDA commissioner, Stephen Hahn, after he misrepresented data regarding the use of blood plasma from recovered buy antibiotics patients. The New York Times first reported Miller’s ouster. Miller’s tenure at as the top FDA spokeswoman lasted only 11 days. Her appointment was viewed with alarm by agency officials who felt her presence at the agency was emblematic of broader political pressure from the Trump administration, STAT first reported earlier this week.advertisement Before joining the FDA, Miller had no experience in health or medicine. Her former role as assistant commissioner for media affairs is typically not an appointment filled by political appointees.

The FDA’s communications arm typically maintains a neutral, nonpolitical tone.Miller’s appointment particularly alarmed FDA staff and outside scientists given her history in right-wing political advocacy and conservatism journalism. Her résumé included a stint as a Washington Times columnist, where she penned columns with titles that include “New Obamacare ads make young women look like sluts,” and a 2013 book on gun rights titled “Emily Gets Her Gun. But Obama Wants to Take Yours.”advertisement She also worked as a reporter for One America News Network, a right-wing cable channel that frequently espouses conspiracy theories and has declared an open alliance with President Trump.Miller quickly made her presence known at the FDA. In the wake of Hahn’s misstatements on blood plasma, she aggressively defended the commissioner, falsely claiming in a tweet that the therapy “has shown to be beneficial for 35% of patients.” An FDA press release on blood plasma, issued less than a week after her appointment, similarly alarmed agency insiders by trumpeting the emergency authorization as “Another Achievement in Administration’s Fight Against [the] zithromax.”.

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Maximizing health coverage for DAP what zithromax 500mg is used for clients. Before and after winning the case Outline prepared by Geoffrey Hale and Cathy Roberts - updated August 2012 This outline is intended to assist Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) advocates maximize health insurance coverage for clients they are representing on Social Security/SSI disability determinations. We begin with a discussion of coverage options available while what zithromax 500mg is used for your client’s DAP case is pending and then outline the effect winning the DAP case can have on your client’s access to health care coverage. How your client is affected will vary depending on the source and amount of disability income he or she receives after the successful appeal. I.

BACKGROUND what zithromax 500mg is used for. Public health coverage for your clients will primarily be provided by Medicaid and Medicare. The two programs are structured differently and have different eligibility criteria, but in order to provide the most complete coverage possible for your what zithromax 500mg is used for clients, they must work effectively together. Understanding their interactions is essential to ensuring benefits for your client. Here is a brief overview of the programs we will cover.

A. Medicaid. Medicaid is the public insurance program jointly funded by the federal, state and local governments for people of limited means. For federal Medicaid law, see 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., 42 C.F.R.

§ 430 et seq. Regular Medicaid is described in New York’s State Plan and codified at N.Y. Soc. Serv. L.

§§ 122, 131, 363- 369-1. 18 N.Y.C.R.R. § 360, 505. New York also offers several additional programs to provide health care benefits to those whose income might be too high for Regular Medicaid. i.

Family Health Plus (FHPlus) is an extension of New York’s Medicaid program that provides health coverage for adults who are over-income for regular Medicaid. FHPlus is described in New York’s 1115 waiver and codified at N.Y. Soc. Serv. L.

§369-ee. ii. Child Health Plus (CHPlus) is a sliding scale premium program for children who are over-income for regular Medicaid. CHPlus is codified at N.Y. Pub.

Health L. §2510 et seq. b. Medicare. Medicare is the federal health insurance program providing coverage for the elderly, disabled, and people with end-stage renal disease.

Medicare is codified under title XVIII of the Social Security Law, see 42 U.S.C. § 1395 et seq., 42 C.F.R. § 400 et seq. Medicare is divided into four parts. i.

Part A covers hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health, and hospice care, with some deductibles and coinsurance. Most people are eligible for Part A at no cost. See 42 U.S.C. § 1395c, 42 C.F.R. Pt.

406. ii. Part B provides medical insurance for doctor’s visits and other outpatient medical services. Medicare Part B has significant cost-sharing components. There are monthly premiums (the standard premium in 2012 is $99.90.

In addition, there is a $135 annual deductible (which will increase to $155 in 2010) as well as 20% co-insurance for most covered out-patient services. See 42 U.S.C. § 1395k, 42 C.F.R. Pt. 407.

iii. Part C, also called Medicare Advantage, provides traditional Medicare coverage (Parts A and B) through private managed care insurers. See 42 U.S.C. § 1395w, 42 C.F.R. Pt.

422. Premium amounts for Medicare Advantage plans vary. Some Medicare Advantage plans include prescription drug coverage. iv. Part D is an optional prescription drug benefit available to anyone with Medicare Parts A and B.

See 42 U.S.C. § 1395w, 42 C.F.R. § 423.30(a)(1)(i) and (ii). Unlike Parts A and B, Part D benefits are provided directly through private plans offered by insurance companies. In order to receive prescription drug coverage, a Medicare beneficiary must join a Part D Plan or participate in a Medicare Advantage plan that provides prescription drug coverage.

C. Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs). Funded by the State Medicaid program, MSPs help eligible individuals meet some or all of their cost-sharing obligations under Medicare. See N.Y. Soc.

Serv. L. § 367-a(3)(a), (b), and (d). There are three separate MSPs, each with different eligibility requirements and providing different benefits. i.

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB). The QMB program provides the most comprehensive benefits. Available to those with incomes at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), the QMB program covers virtually all Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Part B premiums, Part A premiums, if there are any, and any and all deductibles and co-insurance. ii.

Special Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). For those with incomes between 100% and 120% FPL, the SLMB program will cover Part B premiums only. iii. Qualified Individual (QI-1). For those with incomes between 120% and 135% FPL, but not otherwise Medicaid eligible, the QI-1 program covers Medicare Part B premiums.

D. Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS or “Extra Help”). LIS is a federal subsidy administered by CMS that helps Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and/or resources pay for some or most of the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. See 42 C.F.R. § 423.773.

Some of the costs covered in full or in part by LIS include the monthly premiums, annual deductible, co-payments, and the coverage gap. Individuals eligible for Medicaid, SSI, or MSP are deemed eligible for full LIS benefitsSee 42 C.F.R. § 423.773(c). LIS applications are treated as (“deemed”) applications for MSP benefits, See the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008, Pub. Law 110-275.

II. WHILE THE DAP APPEAL IS PENDING Does your client have health insurance?. If not, why isn’t s/he getting Medicaid, Family Health Plus or Child Health Plus?. There have been many recent changes which expand eligibility and streamline the application process. All/most of your DAP clients should qualify.

Significant changes to Medicaid include. Elimination of the resource test for certain categories of Medicaid applicants/recipients and all applicants to the Family Health Plus program. N.Y. Soc. Serv.

L. §369-ee (2), as amended by L. 2009, c. 58, pt. C, § 59-d.

As of October 1, 2009, a resource test is no longer required for these categories. Elimination of the fingerprinting requirement. N.Y. Soc. Serv.

L. §369-ee, as amended by L. 2009, c. 58, pt. C, § 62.

Elimination of the waiting period for CHPlus. N.Y. Pub. Health L. §2511, as amended by L.

2008, c. 58. Elimination of the face-to-face interview requirement for Medicaid, effective April 1, 2010. N.Y. Soc.

Serv. L. §366-a (1), as amended by L. 2009, c. 58, pt.

C, § 60. Higher income levels for Single Adults and Childless Couples. N.Y. Soc. Serv.

L. §366(1)(a)(1),(8) as amended by L. 2008, c. 58. See also.

GIS 08 MA/022. Higher income levels for Medicaid’s Medically Needy program. N.Y. Soc. Serv.

L. §366(2)(a)(7) as amended by L. 2008, c. 58. See also.

GIS 08 MA/022 More detailed information on recent changes to Medicaid is available at. III. AFTER CLIENT IS AWARDED DAP BENEFITS a. Medicaid eligibility. Clients receiving even $1.00 of SSI should qualify for Medicaid automatically.

The process for qualifying will differ, however, depending on the source of payment. 1. Clients Receiving SSI Only. i. These clients are eligible for full Medicaid without a spend-down.

ii. Medicaid coverage is automatic. No separate application/ recertification required. iii. Most SSI-only recipients are required to participate in Medicaid managed care.

2. Concurrent (SSI/SSD) cases. Eligible for full Medicaid since receiving SSI. See N.Y. Soc.

I. They can still qualify for Medicaid but may have a spend-down. Federal Law allows states to use a “spend-down” to extend Medicaid to “medically needy” persons in the federal mandatory categories (children, caretakers, elderly and disabled people) whose income or resources are above the eligibility level for regular Medicaid. See 42 U.S.C. § 1396 (a) (10) (ii) (XIII).

ii. Under spend-down, applicants in New York’s Medically Needy program can qualify for Medicaid once their income/resources, minus incurred medical expenses, fall below the specified level. For an explanation of spend-down, see 96 ADM 15. B. Family Health Plus Until your client qualifies for Medicare, those over-income for Medicaid may qualify for Family Health Plus without needing to satisfy a spend-down.

It covers adults without children with income up to 100% of the FPL and adults with children up to 150% of the FPL.[1] The eligibility tests are the same as for regular Medicaid with two additional requirements. Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 64 and they generally must be uninsured. See N.Y. Soc. Serv.

L. § 369-ee et. Seq. Once your client begins to receive Medicare, he or she will not be eligible for FHP, because FHP is generally only available to those without insurance. For more information on FHP see our article on Family Health Plus.

IV. LOOMING ISSUES - MEDICARE ELIGIBILITY (WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT) a. SSI-only cases Clients receiving only SSI aren’t eligible for Medicare until they turn 65, unless they also have End Stage Renal Disease. B. Concurrent (SSD and SSI) cases 1.

Medicare eligibility kicks in beginning with 25th month of SSD receipt. See 42 U.S.C. § 426(f). Exception. In 2000, Congress eliminated the 24-month waiting period for people diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) See 42 U.S.C.

§ 426 (h) 2. Enrollment in Medicare is a condition of eligibility for Medicaid coverage. These clients cannot decline Medicare coverage. (05 OMM/ADM 5. Medicaid Reference Guide p.

344.1) 3. Medicare coverage is not free. Although most individuals receive Part A without any premium, Part B has monthly premiums and significant cost-sharing components. 4. Medicaid and/or the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) should pick up most of Medicare’s cost sharing.

Most SSI beneficiaries are eligible not only for full Medicaid, but also for the most comprehensive MSP, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program. I. Parts A &. B (hospital and outpatient/doctors visits). A.

Medicaid will pick up premiums, deductibles, co-pays. N.Y. Soc. Serv. L.

§ 367-a (3) (a). For those not enrolled in an MSP, SSA normally deducts the Part B premium directly from the monthly check. However, SSI recipients are supposed to be enrolled automatically in QMB, and Medicaid is responsible for covering the premiums. Part B premiums should never be deducted from these clients’ checks.[1] Medicaid and QMB-only recipients should NEVER be billed directly for Part A or B services. Even non-Medicaid providers are supposed to be able to bill Medicaid directly for services.[2] Clients are only responsible for Medicaid co-pay amount.

See 42 U.S.C. § 1396a (n) ii. Part D (prescription drugs). a. Clients enrolled in Medicaid and/or MSP are deemed eligible for Low Income Subsidy (LIS aka Extra Help).

See 42 C.F.R. § 423.773(c). SSA POMS SI § 01715.005A.5. New York State If client doesn’t enroll in Part D plan on his/her own, s/he will be automatically assigned to a benchmark[3] plan. See 42 C.F.R.

§ 423.34 (d). LIS will pick up most of cost-sharing.[3] Because your clients are eligible for full LIS, they should have NO deductible and NO premium if they are in a benchmark plan, and will not be subject to the coverage gap (aka “donut hole”). See 42 C.F.R. §§ 423.780 and 423.782. The full LIS beneficiary will also have co-pays limited to either $1.10 or $3.30 (2010 amounts).

See 42 C.F.R. § 423.104 (d) (5) (A). Other important points to remember. - Medicaid co-pay rules do not apply to Part D drugs. - Your client’s plan may not cover all his/her drugs.

- You can help your clients find the plan that best suits their needs. To figure out what the best Part D plans are best for your particular client, go to www.medicare.gov. Click on “formulary finder” and plug in your client’s medication list. You can enroll in a Part D plan through www.medicare.gov, or by contacting the plan directly. €“ Your clients can switch plans at any time during the year.

Iii. Part C (“Medicare Advantage”). a. Medicare Advantage plans provide traditional Medicare coverage (Parts A and B) through private managed care insurers. See 42 U.S.C.

§ 1395w, 42 C.F.R. Pt. 422. Medicare Advantage participation is voluntary. For those clients enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans, the QMB cost sharing obligations are the same as they are under traditional Medicare.

Medicaid must cover any premiums required by the plan, up to the Part B premium amount. Medicaid must also cover any co-payments and co-insurance under the plan. As with traditional Medicare, both providers and plans are prohibited from billing the beneficiary directly for these co-payments. C. SSD only individuals.

1. Same Medicare eligibility criteria (24 month waiting period, except for persons w/ ALS). I. During the 24 month waiting period, explore eligibility for Medicaid or Family Health Plus. 2.

Once Medicare eligibility begins. ii. Parts A &. B. SSA will automatically enroll your client.

Part B premiums will be deducted from monthly Social Security benefits. (Part A will be free – no monthly premium) Clients have the right to decline ongoing Part B coverage, BUT this is almost never a good idea, and can cause all sorts of headaches if client ever wants to enroll in Part B in the future. (late enrollment penalty and can’t enroll outside of annual enrollment period, unless person is eligible for Medicare Savings Program – see more below) Clients can decline “retro” Part B coverage with no penalty on the Medicare side – just make sure they don’t actually need the coverage. Risky to decline if they had other coverage during the retro period – their other coverage may require that Medicare be utilized if available. Part A and Part B also have deductibles and co-pays.

Medicaid and/or the MSPs can help cover this cost sharing. iii. Part D. Client must affirmatively enroll in Part D, unless they receive LIS. See 42 U.S.C.

§ 1395w-101 (b) (2), 42 C.F.R. § 423.38 (a). Enrollment is done through individual private plans. LIS recipients will be auto-assigned to a Part D benchmark plan if they have not selected a plan on their own. Client can decline Part D coverage with no penalty if s/he has “comparable coverage.” 42 C.F.R.

§ 423.34 (d) (3) (i). If no comparable coverage, person faces possible late enrollment penalty &. Limited enrollment periods. 42 C.F.R. § 423.46.

However, clients receiving LIS do not incur any late enrollment penalty. 42 C.F.R. § 423.780 (e). Part D has a substantial cost-sharing component – deductibles, premiums and co-pays which vary from plan to plan. There is also the coverage gap, also known as “donut hole,” which can leave beneficiaries picking up 100% of the cost of their drugs until/unless a catastrophic spending limit is reached.

The LIS program can help with Part D cost-sharing. Use Medicare’s website to figure out what plan is best for your client. (Go to www.medicare.gov , click on “formulary finder” and plug in your client’s medication list. ) You can also enroll in a Part D plan directly through www.medicare.gov. Iii.

Help with Medicare cost-sharing a. Medicaid – After eligibility for Medicare starts, client may still be eligible for Medicaid, with or without a spend-down. There are lots of ways to help clients meet their spend-down – including - Medicare cost sharing amounts (deductibles, premiums, co-pays) - over the counter medications if prescribed by a doctor. - expenses paid by state-funded programs like EPIC and ADAP. - medical bills of person’s spouse or child.

- health insurance premiums. - joining a pooled Supplemental Needs Trust (SNT). B. Medicare Savings Program (MSP) – If client is not eligible for Medicaid, explore eligibility for Medicare Savings Program (MSP). MSP pays for Part B premiums and gets you into the Part D LIS.

There are no asset limits in the Medicare Savings Program. One of the MSPs (QMB), also covers all cost sharing for Parts A &. B. If your client is eligible for Medicaid AND MSP, enrolling in MSP may subject him/her to, or increase a spend-down, because Medicaid and the various MSPs have different income eligibility levels. It is the client’s choice as to whether or not to be enrolled into MSP.

C. Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS) – If your client is not eligible for MSP or Medicaid, s/he may still be eligible for Part D Low Income Subsidy. Applications for LIS are also be treated as applications for MSP, unless the client affirmatively indicates that s/he does not want to apply for MSP. d. Medicare supplemental insurance (Medigap) -- Medigap is supplemental private insurance coverage that covers all or some of the deductibles and coinsurance for Medicare Parts A and B.

Medigap is not available to people enrolled in Part C. E. Medicare Advantage – Medicare Advantage plans “package” Medicare (Part A and B) benefits, with or without Part D coverage, through a private health insurance plan. The cost-sharing structure (deductible, premium, co-pays) varies from plan to plan. For a list of Medicare Advantage plans in your area, go to www.medicare.gov – click on “find health plans.” f.

NY Prescription Saver Card -- NYP$ is a state-sponsored pharmacy discount card that can lower the cost of prescriptions by as much as 60 percent on generics and 30 percent on brand name drugs. Can be used during the Part D “donut hole” (coverage gap) g. For clients living with HIV. ADAP [AIDS Drug Assistance Program] ADAP provides free medications for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and opportunistic s. ADAP can be used to help meet a Medicaid spenddown and get into the Part D Low Income subsidy.

For more information about ADAP, go to V. GETTING MEDICAID IN THE DISABLED CATEGORY AFTER AN SSI/SSDI DENIAL What if your client's application for SSI or SSDI is denied based on SSA's finding that they were not "disabled?. " Obviously, you have your appeals work cut out for you, but in the meantime, what can they do about health insurance?. It is still possible to have Medicaid make a separate disability determination that is not controlled by the unfavorable SSA determination in certain situations. Specifically, an applicant is entitled to a new disability determination where he/she.

alleges a different or additional disabling condition than that considered by SSA in making its determination. Or alleges less than 12 months after the most recent unfavorable SSA disability determination that his/her condition has changed or deteriorated, alleges a new period of disability which meets the duration requirement, and SSA has refused to reopen or reconsider the allegations, or the individual is now ineligible for SSA benefits for a non-medical reason. Or alleges more than 12 months after the most recent unfavorable SSA disability determination that his/her condition has changed or deteriorated since the SSA determination and alleges a new period of disability which meets the duration requirement, and has not applied to SSA regarding these allegations. See GIS 10-MA-014 and 08 OHIP/INF-03.[4] [1] Potential wrinkle – for some clients Medicaid is not automatically pick up cost-sharing. In Monroe County we have had several cases where SSA began deducting Medicare Part B premiums from the checks of clients who were receiving SSI and Medicaid and then qualified for Medicare.

The process should be automatic. Please contact Geoffrey Hale in our Rochester office if you encounter any cases like this. [2]Under terms established to provide benefits for QMBs, a provider agreement necessary for reimbursement “may be executed through the submission of a claim to the Medicaid agency requesting Medicaid payment for Medicare deductibles and coinsurance for QMBs.” CMS State Medicaid Manual, Chapter 3, Eligibility, 3490.14 (b), available at. http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Manuals/PBM/itemdetail.asp?. ItemID=CMS021927.

[3]Benchmark plans are free if you are an LIS recipient. The amount of the benchmark changes from year to year. In 2013, a Part D plan in New York State is considered benchmark if it provides basic Part D coverage and its monthly premium is $43.22 or less. [4] These citations courtesy of Jim Murphy at Legal Services of Central New York. This site provides general information only.

This is not legal advice. You can only obtain legal advice from a lawyer. In addition, your use of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. To contact a lawyer, visit http://lawhelp.org/ny. We make every effort to keep these materials and links up-to-date and in accordance with New York City, New York state and federal law.

However, we do not guarantee the accuracy of this information..

Maximizing health lowest price zithromax coverage http://hannahshands.org/discount-levitra-pills for DAP clients. Before and after winning the case Outline prepared by Geoffrey Hale and Cathy Roberts - updated August 2012 This outline is intended to assist Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) advocates maximize health insurance coverage for clients they are representing on Social Security/SSI disability determinations. We begin with a discussion of coverage options available while your client’s lowest price zithromax DAP case is pending and then outline the effect winning the DAP case can have on your client’s access to health care coverage.

How your client is affected will vary depending on the source and amount of disability income he or she receives after the successful appeal. I. BACKGROUND lowest price zithromax.

Public health coverage for your clients will primarily be provided by Medicaid and Medicare. The two programs are structured differently and have different eligibility criteria, but in order to provide lowest price zithromax the most complete coverage possible for your clients, they must work effectively together. Understanding their interactions is essential to ensuring benefits for your client.

Here is a brief overview of the programs we will cover. A. Medicaid.

Medicaid is the public insurance program jointly funded by the federal, state and local governments for people of limited means. For federal Medicaid law, see 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., 42 C.F.R.

§ 430 et seq. Regular Medicaid is described in New York’s State Plan and codified at N.Y. Soc.

18 N.Y.C.R.R. § 360, 505. New York also offers several additional programs to provide health care benefits to those whose income might be too high for Regular Medicaid.

i. Family Health Plus (FHPlus) is an extension of New York’s Medicaid program that provides health coverage for adults who are over-income for regular Medicaid. FHPlus is described in New York’s 1115 waiver and codified at N.Y.

§369-ee. ii. Child Health Plus (CHPlus) is a sliding scale premium program for children who are over-income for regular Medicaid.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program providing coverage for the elderly, disabled, and people with end-stage renal disease. Medicare is codified under title XVIII of the Social Security Law, see 42 U.S.C. § 1395 et seq., 42 C.F.R.

§ 400 et seq. Medicare is divided into four parts. i.

Part A covers hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health, and hospice care, with some deductibles and coinsurance. Most people are eligible for Part A at no cost. See 42 U.S.C.

ii. Part B provides medical insurance for doctor’s visits and other outpatient medical services. Medicare Part B has significant cost-sharing components.

There are monthly premiums (the standard premium in 2012 is $99.90. In addition, there is a $135 annual deductible (which will increase to $155 in 2010) as well as 20% co-insurance for most covered out-patient services. See 42 U.S.C.

iii. Part C, also called Medicare Advantage, provides traditional Medicare coverage (Parts A and B) through private managed care insurers. See 42 U.S.C.

Premium amounts for Medicare Advantage plans vary. Some Medicare Advantage plans include prescription drug coverage. iv.

Part D is an optional prescription drug benefit available to anyone with Medicare Parts A and B. See 42 U.S.C. § 1395w, 42 C.F.R.

§ 423.30(a)(1)(i) and (ii). Unlike Parts A and B, Part D benefits are provided directly through private plans offered by insurance companies. In order to receive prescription drug coverage, a Medicare beneficiary must join a Part D Plan or participate in a Medicare Advantage plan that provides prescription drug coverage.

C. Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs). Funded by the State Medicaid program, MSPs help eligible individuals meet some or all of their cost-sharing obligations under Medicare.

L. § 367-a(3)(a), (b), and (d). There are three separate MSPs, each with different eligibility requirements and providing different benefits.

i. Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB). The QMB program provides the most comprehensive benefits.

Available to those with incomes at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), the QMB program covers virtually all Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Part B premiums, Part A premiums, if there are any, and any and all deductibles and co-insurance. ii.

Special Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). For those with incomes between 100% and 120% FPL, the SLMB program will cover Part B premiums only. iii.

Qualified Individual (QI-1). For those with incomes between 120% and 135% FPL, but not otherwise Medicaid eligible, the QI-1 program covers Medicare Part B premiums. D.

Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS or “Extra Help”). LIS is a federal subsidy administered by CMS that helps Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and/or resources pay for some or most of the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. See 42 C.F.R.

§ 423.773. Some of the costs covered in full or in part by LIS include the monthly premiums, annual deductible, co-payments, and the coverage gap. Individuals eligible for Medicaid, SSI, or MSP are deemed eligible for full LIS benefitsSee 42 C.F.R.

§ 423.773(c). LIS applications are treated as (“deemed”) applications for MSP benefits, See the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008, Pub. Law 110-275.

II. WHILE THE DAP APPEAL IS PENDING Does your client have health insurance?. If not, why isn’t s/he getting Medicaid, Family Health Plus or Child Health Plus?.

There have been many recent changes which expand eligibility and streamline the application process. All/most of your DAP clients should qualify. Significant changes to Medicaid include.

Elimination of the resource test for certain categories of Medicaid applicants/recipients and all applicants to the Family Health Plus program. N.Y. Soc.

As of October 1, 2009, a resource test is no longer required for these categories. Elimination of the fingerprinting requirement. N.Y.

§369-ee, as amended by L. 2009, c. 58, pt.

C, § 62. Elimination of the waiting period for CHPlus. N.Y.

2008, c. 58. Elimination of the face-to-face interview requirement for Medicaid, effective April 1, 2010.

58, pt. C, § 60. Higher income levels for Single Adults and Childless Couples.

L. §366(1)(a)(1),(8) as amended by L. 2008, c.

Higher income levels for Medicaid’s Medically Needy program. N.Y. Soc.

GIS 08 MA/022 More detailed information on recent changes to Medicaid is available at. III. AFTER CLIENT IS AWARDED DAP BENEFITS a.

Medicaid eligibility. Clients receiving even $1.00 of SSI should qualify for Medicaid automatically. The process for qualifying will differ, however, depending on the source of payment.

These clients are eligible for full Medicaid without a spend-down. See N.Y. Soc.

ii. Medicaid coverage is automatic. No separate application/ recertification required.

iii. Most SSI-only recipients are required to participate in Medicaid managed care. See N.Y.

Eligible for full Medicaid since receiving SSI. See N.Y. Soc.

They can still qualify for Medicaid but may have a spend-down. Federal Law allows states to use a “spend-down” to extend Medicaid to “medically needy” persons in the federal mandatory categories (children, caretakers, elderly and disabled people) whose income or resources are above the eligibility level for regular Medicaid. See 42 U.S.C.

§ 1396 (a) (10) (ii) (XIII). ii. Under spend-down, applicants in New York’s Medically Needy program can qualify for Medicaid once their income/resources, minus incurred medical expenses, fall below the specified level.

For an explanation of spend-down, see 96 ADM 15. B. Family Health Plus Until your client qualifies for Medicare, those over-income for Medicaid may qualify for Family Health Plus without needing to satisfy a spend-down.

It covers adults without children with income up to 100% of the FPL and adults with children up to 150% of the FPL.[1] The eligibility tests are the same as for regular Medicaid with two additional requirements. Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 64 and they generally must be uninsured. See N.Y.

§ 369-ee et. Seq. Once your client begins to receive Medicare, he or she will not be eligible for FHP, because FHP is generally only available to those without insurance.

For more information on FHP see our article on Family Health Plus. IV. LOOMING ISSUES - MEDICARE ELIGIBILITY (WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT) a.

SSI-only cases Clients receiving only SSI aren’t eligible for Medicare until they turn 65, unless they also have End Stage Renal Disease. B. Concurrent (SSD and SSI) cases 1.

Medicare eligibility kicks in beginning with 25th month of SSD receipt. See 42 U.S.C. § 426(f).

Exception. In 2000, Congress eliminated the 24-month waiting period for people diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) See 42 U.S.C. § 426 (h) 2.

Enrollment in Medicare is a condition of eligibility for Medicaid coverage. These clients cannot decline Medicare coverage. (05 OMM/ADM 5.

Medicaid Reference Guide p. 344.1) 3. Medicare coverage is not free.

Although most individuals receive Part A without any premium, Part B has monthly premiums and significant cost-sharing components. 4. Medicaid and/or the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) should pick up most of Medicare’s cost sharing.

Most SSI beneficiaries are eligible not only for full Medicaid, but also for the most comprehensive MSP, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program. I. Parts A &.

B (hospital and outpatient/doctors visits). A. Medicaid will pick up premiums, deductibles, co-pays.

L. § 367-a (3) (a). For those not enrolled in an MSP, SSA normally deducts the Part B premium directly from the monthly check.

However, SSI recipients are supposed to be enrolled automatically in QMB, and Medicaid is responsible for covering the premiums. Part B premiums should never be deducted from these clients’ checks.[1] Medicaid and QMB-only recipients should NEVER be billed directly for Part A or B services. Even non-Medicaid providers are supposed to be able to bill Medicaid directly for services.[2] Clients are only responsible for Medicaid co-pay amount.

See 42 U.S.C. § 1396a (n) ii. Part D (prescription drugs).

a. Clients enrolled in Medicaid and/or MSP are deemed eligible for Low Income Subsidy (LIS aka Extra Help). See 42 C.F.R.

§ 423.773(c). SSA POMS SI § 01715.005A.5. New York State If client doesn’t enroll in Part D plan on his/her own, s/he will be automatically assigned to a benchmark[3] plan.

See 42 C.F.R. § 423.34 (d). LIS will pick up most of cost-sharing.[3] Because your clients are eligible for full LIS, they should have NO deductible and NO premium if they are in a benchmark plan, and will not be subject to the coverage gap (aka “donut hole”).

See 42 C.F.R. §§ 423.780 and 423.782. The full LIS beneficiary will also have co-pays limited to either $1.10 or $3.30 (2010 amounts).

See 42 C.F.R. § 423.104 (d) (5) (A). Other important points to remember.

- Medicaid co-pay rules do not apply to Part D drugs. - Your client’s plan may not cover all his/her drugs. - You can help your clients find the plan that best suits their needs.

To figure out what the best Part D plans are best for your particular client, go to www.medicare.gov. Click on “formulary finder” and plug in your client’s medication list. You can enroll in a Part D plan through www.medicare.gov, or by contacting the plan directly.

€“ Your clients can switch plans at any time during the year. Iii. Part C (“Medicare Advantage”).

a. Medicare Advantage plans provide traditional Medicare coverage (Parts A and B) through private managed care insurers. See 42 U.S.C.

Medicare Advantage participation is voluntary. For those clients enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans, the QMB cost sharing obligations are the same as they are under traditional Medicare. Medicaid must cover any premiums required by the plan, up to the Part B premium amount.

Medicaid must also cover any co-payments and co-insurance under the plan. As with traditional Medicare, both providers and plans are prohibited from billing the beneficiary directly for these co-payments. C.

SSD only individuals. 1. Same Medicare eligibility criteria (24 month waiting period, except for persons w/ ALS).

I. During the 24 month waiting period, explore eligibility for Medicaid or Family Health Plus. 2.

Once Medicare eligibility begins. ii. Parts A &.

B. SSA will automatically enroll your client. Part B premiums will be deducted from monthly Social Security benefits.

(Part A will be free – no monthly premium) Clients have the right to decline ongoing Part B coverage, BUT this is almost never a good idea, and can cause all sorts of headaches if client ever wants to enroll in Part B in the future. (late enrollment penalty and can’t enroll outside of annual enrollment period, unless person is eligible for Medicare Savings Program – see more below) Clients can decline “retro” Part B coverage with no penalty on the Medicare side – just make sure they don’t actually need the coverage. Risky to decline if they had other coverage during the retro period – their other coverage may require that Medicare be utilized if available.

Part A and Part B also have deductibles and co-pays. Medicaid and/or the MSPs can help cover this cost sharing. iii.

Part D. Client must affirmatively enroll in Part D, unless they receive LIS. See 42 U.S.C.

§ 1395w-101 (b) (2), 42 C.F.R. § 423.38 (a). Enrollment is done through individual private plans.

LIS recipients will be auto-assigned to a Part D benchmark plan if they have not selected a plan on their own. Client can decline Part D coverage with no penalty if s/he has “comparable coverage.” 42 C.F.R. § 423.34 (d) (3) (i).

If no comparable coverage, person faces possible late enrollment penalty &. Limited enrollment periods. 42 C.F.R.

§ 423.46. However, clients receiving LIS do not incur any late enrollment penalty. 42 C.F.R.

§ 423.780 (e). Part D has a substantial cost-sharing component – deductibles, premiums and co-pays which vary from plan to plan. There is also the coverage gap, also known as “donut hole,” which can leave beneficiaries picking up 100% of the cost of their drugs until/unless a catastrophic spending limit is reached.

The LIS program can help with Part D cost-sharing. Use Medicare’s website to figure out what plan is best for your client. (Go to www.medicare.gov , click on “formulary finder” and plug in your client’s medication list.

) You can also enroll in a Part D plan directly through www.medicare.gov. Iii. Help with Medicare cost-sharing a.

Medicaid – After eligibility for Medicare starts, client may still be eligible for Medicaid, with or without a spend-down. There are lots of ways to help clients meet their spend-down – including - Medicare cost sharing amounts (deductibles, premiums, co-pays) - over the counter medications if prescribed by a doctor. - expenses paid by state-funded programs like EPIC and ADAP.

- medical bills of person’s spouse or child. - health insurance premiums. - joining a pooled Supplemental Needs Trust (SNT).

B. Medicare Savings Program (MSP) – If client is not eligible for Medicaid, explore eligibility for Medicare Savings Program (MSP). MSP pays for Part B premiums and gets you into the Part D LIS.

There are no asset limits in the Medicare Savings Program. One of the MSPs (QMB), also covers all cost sharing for Parts A &. B.

If your client is eligible for Medicaid AND MSP, enrolling in MSP may subject him/her to, or increase a spend-down, because Medicaid and the various MSPs have different income eligibility levels. It is the client’s choice as to whether or not to be enrolled into MSP. C.

Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS) – If your client is not eligible for MSP or Medicaid, s/he may still be eligible for Part D Low Income Subsidy. Applications for LIS are also be treated as applications for MSP, unless the client affirmatively indicates that s/he does not want to apply for MSP. d.

Medicare supplemental insurance (Medigap) -- Medigap is supplemental private insurance coverage that covers all or some of the deductibles and coinsurance for Medicare Parts A and B. Medigap is not available to people enrolled in Part C. E.

Medicare Advantage – Medicare Advantage plans “package” Medicare (Part A and B) benefits, with or without Part D coverage, through a private health insurance plan. The cost-sharing structure (deductible, premium, co-pays) varies from plan to plan. For a list of Medicare Advantage plans in your area, go to www.medicare.gov – click on “find health plans.” f.

NY Prescription Saver Card -- NYP$ is a state-sponsored pharmacy discount card that can lower the cost of prescriptions by as much as 60 percent on generics and 30 percent on brand name drugs. Can be used during the Part D “donut hole” (coverage gap) g. For clients living with HIV.

ADAP [AIDS Drug Assistance Program] ADAP provides free medications for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and opportunistic s. ADAP can be used to help meet a Medicaid spenddown and get into the Part D Low Income subsidy. For more information about ADAP, go to V.

GETTING MEDICAID IN THE DISABLED CATEGORY AFTER AN SSI/SSDI DENIAL What if your client's application for SSI or SSDI is denied based on SSA's finding that they were not "disabled?. " Obviously, you have your appeals work cut out for you, but in the meantime, what can they do about health insurance?. It is still possible to have Medicaid make a separate disability determination that is not controlled by the unfavorable SSA determination in certain situations.

Specifically, an applicant is entitled to a new disability determination where he/she. alleges a different or additional disabling condition than that considered by SSA in making its determination. Or alleges less than 12 months after the most recent unfavorable SSA disability determination that his/her condition has changed or deteriorated, alleges a new period of disability which meets the duration requirement, and SSA has refused to reopen or reconsider the allegations, or the individual is now ineligible for SSA benefits for a non-medical reason.

Or alleges more than 12 months after the most recent unfavorable SSA disability determination that his/her condition has changed or deteriorated since the SSA determination and alleges a new period of disability which meets the duration requirement, and has not applied to SSA regarding these allegations. See GIS 10-MA-014 and 08 OHIP/INF-03.[4] [1] Potential wrinkle – for some clients Medicaid is not automatically pick up cost-sharing. In Monroe County we have had several cases where SSA began deducting Medicare Part B premiums from the checks of clients who were receiving SSI and Medicaid and then qualified for Medicare.

The process should be automatic. Please contact Geoffrey Hale in our Rochester office if you encounter any cases like this. [2]Under terms established to provide benefits for QMBs, a provider agreement necessary for reimbursement “may be executed through the submission of a claim to the Medicaid agency requesting Medicaid payment for Medicare deductibles and coinsurance for QMBs.” CMS State Medicaid Manual, Chapter 3, Eligibility, 3490.14 (b), available at.

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Manuals/PBM/itemdetail.asp?. ItemID=CMS021927. [3]Benchmark plans are free if you are an LIS recipient.

The amount of the benchmark changes from year to year. In 2013, a Part D plan in New York State is considered benchmark if it provides basic Part D coverage and its monthly premium is $43.22 or less. [4] These citations courtesy of Jim Murphy at Legal Services of Central New York.

This site provides general information only. This is not legal advice. You can only obtain legal advice from a lawyer.

In addition, your use of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. To contact a lawyer, visit http://lawhelp.org/ny. We make every effort to keep these materials and links up-to-date and in accordance with New York City, New York state and federal law.

However, we do not guarantee the accuracy of this information..