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California Legislature Passes Mental Health Parity Law

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Virtual medical appointments are more common since the coronavirus pandemic began. But without physical exams, doctors may miss certain diagnoses and miss out on building relationships with patients. filadendron/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Adm. Brett P. Giroir, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, testified before Congress in June on the status of the pandemic. Fauci is just one of the public health leaders and their families across the U.S. who have received death threats and harassment since the pandemic began. Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Several influenza vaccines have been made in the form of a nasal spray, instead of an injection. The sprays confer two kinds of immunity to the recipient but can be difficult technologically to make. Tim Sloan /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What A Nasal Spray Vaccine Against COVID-19 Might Do Even Better Than A Shot

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An urgent care worker wears personal protective equipment in drive-up testing for the coronavirus in the Los Angeles area. Leading public health scientists tell journalist Alexis Madrigal that widespread at-home testing could help contain the virus. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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'Radical' Coronavirus Testing Plan Could Offer A 'Return To Normal,' Journalist Says

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CDC Changes Testing Guidelines To Exclude People With No COVID-19 Symptoms

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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn drew a hailstorm of criticism from scientists this week for mischaracterizing a study's findings in a way that hyped the benefits of convalescent plasma. He later apologized, but critics say the damage was done. Kevin Dietsch/AP hide caption

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"Before the appendectomy, I was looking for property and homes to purchase, and that is pretty much completely off the table right now," says Shannon Harness, a veteran who was uninsured when he had two appendicitis-related surgeries in 2019. The bills amounted to $80,232. Rachel Woolf for KHN hide caption

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Veteran's Appendectomy Launches Excruciating, Months-Long Battle Over Bill

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, pictured at the White House Sunday, defended the FDA's authorization of convalescent plasma treatment. Pete Marovich/Getty Images hide caption

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HHS Chief Alex Azar Defends Authorization Of Plasma To Treat COVID-19

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A COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on July 28. Go Nakamura/Getty Images hide caption

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When the pandemic hit this spring, U.S. rural hospitals lost an estimated 70% of their income as patients avoided the emergency room, doctor's appointments and elective surgeries. "It was devastating," says Maggie Elehwany of the National Rural Health Association. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Dinora Chinchilla is finally taking a month off after working seven consecutive months. Courtesy of Nicole Cataldi hide caption

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As Pandemic Persists, Health Care Heroes Beginning To Crack Under The Strain

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A drop-off at a day care last month in the Queens borough of New York City. Lindsey Nicholson/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Deborah Birx speaks to reporters this week outside the Arkansas Governor's Mansion in Little Rock. Birx indicated that data on U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations will move back to the CDC under a "revolutionary new data system" the agency is developing. Andrew DeMillo/AP hide caption

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University of Illinois graduate student Kristen Muñoz submits her saliva sample for coronavirus testing on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media hide caption

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Swab, Spit Or Stay Home? A Wide Variety Of Plans To Keep Coronavirus Off Campus

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