California population decline continued in 2021

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The pandemic was partly responsible for California’s population decline for the second year in a row. Developmental issues in pandemic babies in Wisconsin, Kansas, the expansion of postpartum care and more are also in the news.

AP: California population plummets again in second year of pandemic

The most populous state in the country is shrinking. California’s population has shrunk again in 2021 for the second consecutive year, state officials said Monday, due to a slowdown in births and immigration coupled with an increase in deaths and people leaving. the state. With approximately 39,185,605 residents, California is still the most populous state in the United States, putting it far ahead of second-place Texas with 29.5 million people. But after years of strong growth California has moved significantly closer to the 40 million population mark, the state’s population is now roughly back to what it was in 2016 after shrinking by 117 552 people this year. (Beam, 5/3)

In pediatrics, pregnancy news across the country —

USA Today: Wisconsin babies born during COVID are experiencing developmental delays

When Eli Niemi was 6 months old, he only rolled from belly to back once. Most babies this age are able to do this, but Eli’s mum Allie said he didn’t do it regularly until he was 10 months old. Eli held his head well, but Allie said he didn’t feel like moving much otherwise. Later, he wasn’t stacking blocks or climbing on furniture as expected. The Niemis are grateful to have been connected with local child development resources at the hospital shortly after Eli’s birth, helping them track his progress and catch up on gross motor skills, which strengthens the muscle groups that allow children to move with balance and confidence as they age. (Hilton and Heim, 5/2)

Kansas Reflector: Kansas lawmakers expand postpartum care for new Medicaid-covered mothers

The Kansas Legislature and Governor Laura Kelly took a step toward alleviating that suffering with the passage of Senate Bill 267 extending the state’s postpartum Medicaid coverage from 60 days after birth to 12. month. More than 30% of births in Kansas are covered by Medicaid or KanCare. The law’s provisions are expected to improve postpartum services for about 9,000 Kansas mothers. Reform was an option for states created by Congress under the US federal bailout law. Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia and Louisiana are also among the states also adopting the extension which became available on April 1 and would be in effect for five years. In Kansas, several legislative committees have recommended passage of the postpartum policy. The change was also endorsed by 29 state organizations. (Carpenter, 5/2)

North Carolina Health News: Doulas In NC Fight Black Preschool, Infant Death Rate

In 2016, Cindy McMillan was shocked to learn that babies born to women of color in her home community of Buncombe County were three times more likely to die in their first year than white babies. Now, she works to improve health outcomes for women of color and their babies, as the executive director of Sistas Caring 4 Sistas, a community doula service in Asheville. The White House recognized Black Maternal Health Week in April as a reminder of racial disparities in maternal health care, but disparities in black maternal health remain a problem in North Carolina and the United States. Black women and people of childbearing age are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Thompson, 5/3)

The Star Tribune: Mysterious cases of pediatric hepatitis investigated in Minnesota

A South Dakota child awaiting a liver transplant in Minneapolis appears to be among those affected by a mysterious outbreak of pediatric hepatitis. Tests at M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital on Monday morning showed the little one had adenovirus in her blood. A common strain of the virus has been linked to hundreds of cases worldwide of unexplained hepatitis in children – including at least five of the nine cases in Alabama that were reported last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement it was reviewing “multiple” hospital reports while the Wisconsin Department of Health Services was reviewing four cases, including that of a deceased child. (Olson, 5/2)

In news on other health issues across the states –

Anchorage Daily News: Anchorage COVID-19 clinic that operated in former hotel comes under scrutiny

Few had heard of an Anchorage company called WEKA before it moved into a makeshift clinic in a former city-owned hotel last fall, administering a coronavirus treatment called monoclonal antibodies. at the height of a crushing pandemic outbreak. Until then, the private security and transportation company, owned by Todd and Crystal Herring, had operated largely behind the scenes, escorting mental health patients throughout Alaska and providing security for hospitals and other facilities. That changed last October, when Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson made an offer to WEKA: a free space to give monoclonal antibody infusions to the public. (Boots Thériault, Goodykoontz, 5/2)

The Baltimore Sun: ‘Test to treat’ now available at State Center’s COVID-19 testing site in Baltimore

People who test positive for COVID-19 with a rapid test at the State Center in Baltimore can now be evaluated immediately for the antiviral drug Paxlovid which has been shown to be effective in stemming severe cases. The State Center is already a state-run regional center for testing and vaccinations, and Maryland Department of Health officials decided to add the federally designated “Test to Treat” program to make the prescription more accessible. It’s already available at 50 pharmacies and urgent care centers across the state, including CVS MinuteClinics and ExpressCare. An online locator is hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services. (Cohn, 5/2)

The Star Tribune: State leaders praise frontline worker bonuses, insurance deal

Hundreds of thousands of pandemic frontline workers in Minnesota will receive payments of around $750 and businesses will be spared a huge tax hike under a deal celebrated Monday at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. of the state marking the greatest achievement so far of this legislative session. It was a moment workers and business owners had waited months to see, as lawmakers struggled to broker a deal until the final weeks of an election-politics-tinged session. (Van Berkel, 5/2)

Salt Lake Tribune: 83 Former Provo OB-GYN Patients Say He Touched Them Inappropriately

A woman lying in her hospital bed at Utah Valley Hospital in 2010 panicked when she saw the doctor who would deliver her baby. “Don’t let him touch me,” the woman said, pleading with her husband and the nurse. Three weeks earlier, while working as a nurse at Timpanogos Regional Hospital, this same woman said she saw Dr. David H. Broadbent ignoring the cries and pain of another woman preparing to give birth. The situation upset her so much, she said, that she warned Broadbent that she would report it to the chief obstetrics ward if it happened again. (Jacob, 5/2)

Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles anti-camping law is a patchwork of compliance

The posted deadline for each tent and cabin to leave arrived on a Monday. Yet by noon, life continued at its rambling pace as people began to bustle in the dozen structures pressed against the railing above the 101 Freeway in downtown LA’s “Tomorrow,” said Harvey Hernandez, 58, a longtime resident of downtown streets who showed his awareness of the city’s anti-camping law with a button pinned to his shirt quoting the ordinance by number: “41.18 = Death”. (Smith, Oreskes, Zahniser and Vives, 5/2)

KHN: States Watch Massachusetts Tackle Hospital Building Boom, Costs

A Massachusetts health care cost watchdog and a broad coalition including consumers, health systems and insurers helped stop the state’s largest — and most expensive — hospital system in April from collapsing. expand into suburban Boston. Advocates for more affordable care hope regulators’ decision to hold Mass General Brigham accountable for its high costs will usher in a new era of aggressive action to curb hospital expansions that drive up spending. Their next goal is a proposed $435 million expansion by Boston Children’s Hospital. (Meyer, 5/3)

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