Blake Farmer

reporter for WPLN, Nashville

Blake Farmer appears in the following:

Hospital Bills For Uninsured COVID-19 Patients Are Covered, But No One Tells Them

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The CARES Act provides funds to pay medical bills for uninsured COVID-19 patients. But a young man's death in Nashville, Tenn., shows people often don't know about the program until it's too late.


Nearly Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Face Financial Trouble

Monday, September 28, 2020

Plus, of all U.S. homes that include someone with a disability, 63% report serious financial hardship during the pandemic, and 37% have used up all or most of their savings.


U.S. Reaches COVID-19 Milestone: Death Toll Is Over 200,000

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

More than 200,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19. We hear from three areas of the country about how the pandemic has affected life there.


Challenges Of Ensuring Diversity In Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

Friday, September 11, 2020

There's a push to have minority volunteers take part in coronavirus vaccine trials. Recruitment is happening, but it often means overcoming a deep-seated mistrust of the medical system.


As COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Move At Warp Speed, Recruiting Black Volunteers Takes Time

Friday, September 11, 2020

Some pharmaceutical companies are well into the final phase of clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine. But efforts to recruit patients from minority groups are just beginning.


Another Holiday Weekend, Another Coronavirus Surge? Keep An Eye On Tourist Hot Spots

Friday, September 04, 2020

Many are worried that Labor Day will be like the Fourth of July and Memorial Day, when travel and celebrations fanned the flames of viral spread, especially across the U.S. South and West.


Look Up! Purple Martins Delight Downtown Nashville

Monday, August 31, 2020

The rare migratory birds have made a pit stop in downtown Nashville. Residents are delighted, turning out at dusk to catch a glimpse of the Purple Martins before they head south for winter.


Insurers May Only Pay For Coronavirus Tests When They're 'Medically Necessary'

Friday, June 19, 2020

Congress required health plans to fully cover COVID-19 testing, but insurance companies are starting to argue they should only have to pay if patients show symptoms or tests are ordered by a doctor.


Who Should Pay For COVID-19 Tests?

Monday, June 15, 2020

Congress required health plans to fully cover COVID-19 testing, but insurance companies say they should only have to pay if tests are "medically necessary" or ordered by a doctor.


New Coronavirus Hot Spots Emerge Across South And In California, As Northeast Slows

Friday, June 05, 2020

Nationwide, coronavirus infection numbers are trending down, but several states are seeing upticks, with the heaviest impact falling on communities of color and nursing home residents.


Some States See Upticks In Coronavirus Cases, While Numbers In Others Are Going Down

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Nationwide coronavirus infection numbers are trending down, but several states are seeing upticks, including California and in the South. In the Northeast, things are looking up as infections fall.


Tennessee's Secret To Plentiful Coronavirus Testing? Picking Up The Tab

Friday, May 15, 2020

As states move on from social distancing, they need plenty of coronavirus testing to prevent future outbreaks. But many communities face testing bottlenecks. Tennessee has a solution.


Tennessee Government Pays The Labs Directly For The Coronavirus Tests

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Only a few states have enough tests to ensure safe reopening. Most of those have a small population or have taken up unique approaches. The state of Tennessee has decided to pay for every single test.


New Jersey and Tennessee Plans For Reopening Differ Immensely

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The states of New Jersey and Tennessee have two very different plans for reopening their economies.


Nursing Homes Hit Hard As Virus Claims Thousands Of Lives Across U.S.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with WPLN's Blake Farmer from Nashville and KCUR's Peggy Lowe from Kansas City about how nursing homes are dealing with deadly outbreaks of COVID-19.


At Least 9,000 U.S. Health Care Workers Sickened With COVID-19, CDC Data Shows

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Newly released data shows the toll the disease is taking on doctors, nurses and other health care workers. Nurses' groups call for increased protection for frontline staff.


The Coronavirus Doesn't Discriminate, But U.S. Health Care Showing Familiar Biases

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Most available coronavirus data doesn't include ethnic or racial demographics, but public health experts say they fear the response to the pandemic will lead to predictable health care disparities.


The Coronavirus Doesn't Discriminate. U.S. Health Care May Be A Different Story

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The coronavirus doesn't discriminate in who it infects. But some doctors say the U.S. health care system's pandemic response is already showing familiar patterns of bias.


Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers Dies At 81

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The three-time Grammy-winning icon, whose hits included "Lucille," "Lady" and "The Gambler," died at home in Sandy Springs, Ga., his family said in a statement.


Coronavirus Pushes More Hospitals To Share Data About Inventories Of Protective Gear

Thursday, March 12, 2020

There is currently no central coordination of the supply of protective garb and masks in U.S. hospital inventories. A CDC project wants hospitals to share that information for the good of all.