Blake Farmer appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
The states of New Jersey and Tennessee have two very different plans for reopening their economies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.