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    IntroductionThe lymphatic system is a network of vessels important for whole body fluid homeostasis, lipid absorption and immune cell trafficking.1 2 Lymphoedema buy ventolin over the counter uk is caused by lymphatic dysfunction, which leads to a priceline ventolin build-up of interstitial fluid within the tissues. This manifests with swelling of the extremities, usually of the legs but may involve other regions or segments of the body such as the upper limbs, face, trunk or genital area. There is an increased risk of infection due to disturbances in immune buy ventolin over the counter uk cell trafficking within the segment of compromised lymph drainage.3 Lymphatic dysfunction within the thorax and abdomen, here referred to as systemic/internal involvement (but can be referred to as visceral or central involvement), may present with pleural or pericardial effusions or ascites, any of which may be chylous, as well as intestinal or pulmonary lymphangiectasia, protein losing enteropathy or chylous reflux.The International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA) updated their classification for vascular anomalies in 2018.4 The vascular malformations are subgrouped into ‘combined’, which include more than one type of vessel, ‘simple’ (only involving one vessel type), and those ‘associated with other anomalies’.Lymphoedema due to a presumed genetic developmental fault in the structure or function of lymph conducting pathways is called primary lymphoedema.5 Some developmental faults can lead to overt structural defects of the lymph conducting pathways and are called lymphatic malformations. Such malformations if interfering with lymph drainage cause lymphoedema (truncal malformations) but some lymphatic malformations remain as isolated anomalies with no connection to main lymph drainage pathways and do not cause lymphoedema (non-truncal malformations).6 A primary lymphatic anomaly is an umbrella term referring to all lymphatic abnormalities arising from a developmental fault.For a long time, the diagnosis of primary lymphoedema was based largely on the age of presentation of the swelling, congenital, pubertal and late onset, with limited differentiation between the phenotypes. The discovery of the first causal gene, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3 for Milroy disease, indicated that a molecular diagnosis was possible.7 buy ventolin over the counter uk The first St George’s classification algorithm of primary lymphoedema and other primary lymphatic disorders was an attempt to guide a clearer categorisation of phenotypes and enable the discovery of further causal genes.8 Age of onset remained a key criterion, but the sites affected and associated features, for example, dysmorphology, distichiasis (aberrant eyelashes), varicose veins, vascular malformations and limb overgrowth were also considered, as was internal or systemic involvement, for example, fetal hydrops, intestinal lymphangiectasia, pleural and pericardial effusions and chylous reflux.

    A family history of lymphoedema with determination of the mode of inheritance was considered useful.More rigorous phenotyping facilitated the identification of subgroups of patients with the same broad category of primary lymphatic anomaly. These cohorts were then used for molecular buy ventolin over the counter uk studies to identify more causal genes. Once the genotype was known then crosschecking of the clinical characteristics, natural history and inheritance patterns was possible and an accurate phenotype defined. Investigations such as lymphoscintigraphy helped to refine the phenotype further and give insight into the mechanisms for the development buy ventolin over the counter uk of the lymphatic disorder. A first update of the classification was published in 2013.9The St George’s classification algorithm is intended to help clinicians categorise their patients and guide testing towards, where possible, a molecular diagnosis.

    This algorithm is criteria matching, that is, using certain key findings for buy ventolin over the counter uk classification through a multistep process of history taking, examination findings, mutation testing, etc. The next step using the information gathered is to advise on natural history, prognosis and risk (including genetic counselling) and to guide management. While a molecular diagnosis buy ventolin over the counter uk should provide the most specific and accurate diagnosis, it can be seen particularly with the postzygotic mosaic disorders that one genotype can be clinically very heterogenous so there will probably always be a place for good clinical phenotyping supported by investigation to guide management.Here, we present a second update of the St George’s classification algorithm to include newly discovered genes and to bring it in-line with the 2018 ISSVA classification for vascular anomalies.4 The results of an audit, the purpose of which was to determine how well the algorithm was performing as a diagnostic aid to classify patients with primary lymphatic anomalies and guide molecular testing are also presented.MethodsSt George’s classification algorithm of primary lymphatic anomaliesThe St George’s classification algorithm was updated (figure 1) and then applied, retrospectively, to all patients presenting to the national multidisciplinary ‘Primary and Paediatric Lymphoedema’ Clinic held at St George’s Hospital over a 1-year period. Careful phenotyping was undertaken both on clinical grounds and after selective investigations, for example, lymphoscintigraphy. Where possible and appropriate, targeted genetic testing was performed (this was prior to the introduction of a lymphoedema gene panel in our unit) for buy ventolin over the counter uk some of the genes listed in table 1.St George’s classification algorithm for primary lymphatic anomalies.

    The five main groupings (colour coded) with their various clinical subtypes of disease. Primary lymphoedema buy ventolin over the counter uk is the major clinical feature in the green, pink and purple sections. Text in red indicates the suggested genetic test and/or differential diagnosis for the subgroup, however, the indicated genes do not explain the cause of disease in all patients in each grouping. For example, only 70% of buy ventolin over the counter uk patients with Milroy disease are explained by mutations in FLT4/VEGFR3.33 FH, family history. +ve, positive.

    ˆ’ve, negative buy ventolin over the counter uk. (Image shared by St George’s Lymphovascular Research Group under the CC BY-SA 4.0 International licence on Wikimedia Commons)." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 1 St George’s classification algorithm for primary lymphatic anomalies. The five main groupings (colour coded) with their buy ventolin over the counter uk various clinical subtypes of disease. Primary lymphoedema is the major clinical feature in the green, pink and purple sections. Text in red indicates the suggested genetic test and/or differential diagnosis for the subgroup, however, the indicated genes do buy ventolin over the counter uk not explain the cause of disease in all patients in each grouping.

    For example, only 70% of patients with Milroy disease are explained by mutations in FLT4/VEGFR3.33 FH, family history. +ve, positive buy ventolin over the counter uk. ˆ’ve, negative. (Image shared by St George’s Lymphovascular Research Group under the CC BY-SA 4.0 International licence on Wikimedia Commons).View this table:Table 1 An overview of genetic disorders with primary lymphoedema as a frequent and dominant feature, categorised by inheritance and age of onsetWithin the St George’s classification algorithm (figure 1), there are five main categories of primary lymphatic anomalies. These are presented in the form of colour-coded sections with the individual subtypes (including genotypes) within buy ventolin over the counter uk the categories.

    For definitions of some of the terms used, see Glossary of Terms (see online supplementary section).Supplemental materialFirst, the yellow section includes the ‘vascular malformations associated with other anomalies’ and the ‘lymphatic malformations’ (as defined in the ‘Introduction’ section).Second, the patient is assessed for syndromes that have lymphoedema as a non-dominant feature (blue section), for example, the patient is dysmorphic with learning difficulties and possibly has other abnormalities.Then if not obviously syndromic, and the lymphatic problems are the dominant feature, further assessment and investigations for systemic/internal lymphatic dysfunction or central conducting anomalies (eg, chylothoraces, chylopericardial effusions, ascites or protein losing enteropathy) are undertaken (pink section). These include a careful buy ventolin over the counter uk medical history asking specifically about prenatal history (eg, hydrothoraces, fetal hydrops), chronic diarrhoea, abdominal bloating or discomfort with fatty foods, weight loss or faltering growth (in a child) or shortness of breath on exertion. Blood investigations (including serum albumin, immunoglobulins, lymphocyte subsets, faecal levels of calprotectin or alpha-1-antitrysin), echocardiograms and chest radiographs are helpful if central lymphatic dysfunction is suspected.Where none of the above features is present, then the age of onset is used to determine the grouping. The green section deals with congenital-onset primary lymphoedema (includes syndromes where lymphoedema is the dominant clinical buy ventolin over the counter uk problem, and which is present at birth or develops within the first year of life but is not associated with systemic/internal lymphatic dysfunction). The purple section addresses late-onset primary lymphoedema (ie, lymphoedema that is the dominant clinical problem, and which develops after the first year of life but is not associated with systemic/internal lymphatic dysfunction).

    It was decided not to differentiate between pubertal onset (praecox) buy ventolin over the counter uk and later onset in life (tarda) when it was discovered that one genotype such as FOXC2 can cause both.It is important to note that the specific diagnosis may be difficult in a neonate presenting with isolated congenital primary lymphoedema. A baby born with lymphoedema may later present with developmental delay, systemic involvement, progressive segmental overgrowth or a vascular malformation, which could suggest a diagnosis in one of the other categories. It should also be emphasised that each colour-coded buy ventolin over the counter uk section is not exclusive. Some somatic overgrowth anomalies may possess significant internal involvement. Also, lymphoedema distichiasis syndrome is allocated to the purple late-onset lymphoedema section because the dominant feature is the late-onset buy ventolin over the counter uk lymphoedema not the associated features, which make it a syndrome.

    The blue ‘syndromic’ section refers to conditions with a collection of features where lymphoedema is not the main characteristic. The algorithm is intended to guide a clinical diagnosis and target gene testing.Genetic methodologyFor the purposes of the audit, targeted genetic testing of FOXC2, VEGFR3, CCBE1, SOX18, RASopathy genes and PIK3CA was performed by Sanger sequencing buy ventolin over the counter uk of DNA extracted from lymphocytes or skin fibroblasts in patients in whom a specific genetic diagnosis was suspected. This was before the introduction of a lymphoedema gene panel. Some patients, who were either negative for the targeted genes or did not fit the relevant phenotypes of those genes, were included in Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) cohorts after classification, which then led buy ventolin over the counter uk to the identification of new disease genes such as EPHB4, GATA2, PIEZO1, GJC2 and FAT4.Retrospective audit of the St George’s Clinic for 2016A 12-month retrospective audit for the year 2016 (1 January 2016–31 December 2016) was performed. The aim of the audit was to look at the proportion of patients in each category of the classification algorithm and to look at the success of making a molecular diagnosis through use of the algorithm.

    The audit criteria required buy ventolin over the counter uk the patients to be seen in our specialist clinic, at any age, with a diagnosis of a primary lymphatic anomaly with data collected from medical records and laboratory results.ResultsResults of the retrospective auditOver a 12-month period in 2016, 227 patients were seen (age range 2 weeks to 70 years), 25.6% (n=58/227) of which were new patients. Over one-third (38%) of patients seen in the clinic had a family history of primary lymphoedema.Few patients had received genetic testing prior to referral to the clinic. Targeted genetic testing was completed buy ventolin over the counter uk in 63% (n=143) of the patients seen. At that time, a lymphoedema gene panel was not available, patients were only tested if the clinician felt there was a reasonable chance of finding a molecular cause, that is, testing was targeted.Of those tested, the underlying genetic cause was identified in 41% (n=59/143). Overall, a molecular diagnosis was made in 26% (59/227) buy ventolin over the counter uk of all the patients seen in 2016.Vascular malformations with associated anomalies and lymphatic malformations (yellow)This group presents with malformations in the structure and organisation of blood and lymphatic vessels with a patchy, segmental distribution.

    Lymphoedema may develop in combination with vascular malformations and segmental overgrowth (or occasionally, undergrowth) of tissues within the swollen limb, for example, muscle, skeletal or adipose tissues (figure 2A). The combination of lymphatic and vascular malformations in this group reflects the mutual embryological origins of the two vascular systems.A graphic representation of the 227 audited patients seen in clinic in 2016 and their distribution across the five categories buy ventolin over the counter uk from figure 1 (pie chart). (A–G) Images show features of each category. (A) Patients with postzygotic buy ventolin over the counter uk mutations often present with asymmetrical swelling and segmental overgrowth as this patient, who is mosaic for a mutation in KRAS. (B) Webbed neck in Noonan syndrome.

    (C) In rare cases, swellings can be widespread affecting all segments of the body such as in this child with biallelic CCBE1 mutations. (D) In milder forms, often just the dorsum of the foot is affected as in this baby buy ventolin over the counter uk with a VEGFR3 mutation. (E, F) Lower limb swelling and distichiasis (arrowheads in F) in a patient with a FOXC2 mutation. (G) Lymphoedema is a major cause of skin disease and affected patients suffer from severe and recurrent episodes of cutaneous infection, especially HPV-associated warts as seen in patients buy ventolin over the counter uk with GATA2 mutations. GLD, generalised lymphatic dysplasia." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 2 A graphic representation of the 227 audited patients seen in clinic in 2016 and their distribution across the five categories from figure 1 (pie chart).

    (A–G) Images buy ventolin over the counter uk show features of each category. (A) Patients with postzygotic mutations often present with asymmetrical swelling and segmental overgrowth as this patient, who is mosaic for a mutation in KRAS. (B) Webbed neck in Noonan buy ventolin over the counter uk syndrome. (C) In rare cases, swellings can be widespread affecting all segments of the body such as in this child with biallelic CCBE1 mutations. (D) In milder forms, often just the dorsum of the foot is affected buy ventolin over the counter uk as in this baby with a VEGFR3 mutation.

    (E, F) Lower limb swelling and distichiasis (arrowheads in F) in a patient with a FOXC2 mutation. (G) Lymphoedema is a major buy ventolin over the counter uk cause of skin disease and affected patients suffer from severe and recurrent episodes of cutaneous infection, especially HPV-associated warts as seen in patients with GATA2 mutations. GLD, generalised lymphatic dysplasia.These conditions are usually due to postzygotic mutations, for example, PIK3CA-related overgrowth spectrum (PROS)). Exceptions to this are capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation (MIM buy ventolin over the counter uk 608354) such as Parkes-Weber syndrome, which may be caused by heterozygous, germline mutations in RASA1.10Of the 227 patients seen in 2016, 17% (n=39) had lymphoedema associated with vascular malformations and/or segmental overgrowth (or undergrowth) (figure 2, pie chart) in comparison with 15% in 2010.8 It has been shown that postzygotic, gain of function mutations in PIK3CA may be responsible for many of the mosaic segmental overgrowth spectrum disorders.11 Postzygotic mutations are rarely identified in blood samples and therefore require a skin biopsy of the affected region. In the 2016 cohort, only 10 patients (26%) provided skin biopsies for genetic analysis, producing just one molecular diagnosis.

    More research in this field buy ventolin over the counter uk is required to identify the genetic basis for some of the conditions in this category. However, since the last revision, we have gained a much better understanding of the classification of some of these postzygotic mosaic conditions, therefore a brief review of the latest developments in this area is given in the online supplementary section.Syndromic lymphoedema (blue)Syndromes associated with primary lymphatic anomalies are listed in table 2 and include chromosomal abnormalities, single gene disorders and imprinting disorders. Patients attending the clinic with syndromic primary lymphoedema made up 13% (n=29) (figure 2, pie chart), similar to the 15% reported by buy ventolin over the counter uk Connell et al.8 Nearly three-quarters (72%, n=21) of this cohort had a molecular or chromosomal diagnosis. The most frequently seen syndromes were Noonan syndrome (n=8) (figure 2B), Turner syndrome (n=4) and Phelan McDermid syndrome (n=3).View this table:Table 2 An overview of ‘Known Syndromes’ with primary lymphoedema as a non-dominant association as referred to in the St George’s classification algorithm (figure 1, blue section)Lymphoedema with prenatal or postnatal systemic involvement (pink)In some conditions, lymphoedema may be associated with internal (systemic or visceral) disturbances of the lymphatic system within thorax or abdomen, for example, fetal hydrops, intestinal lymphangiectasia (presenting as protein-losing enteropathy), pulmonary lymphangiectasia or with pericardial and/or pleural effusions (often chylous), or chylous reflux (often into the genitalia). Broadly, there are buy ventolin over the counter uk two types of lymphoedema with systemic involvement.

    (A) ‘widespread’ swelling affecting all segments of the body (figure 2C), such as that seen in generalised lymphatic dysplasia (GLD). Due to faulty development, the structural or functional abnormality of the lymphatic system is buy ventolin over the counter uk affecting the whole body. One type is Hennekam-lymphangiectasia-lymphoedema syndrome12. (B) ‘patchy’ areas of swelling, for example, left arm and right leg, which have been named ‘multisegmental lymphatic dysplasia’ (MLD) (figure 1).Prenatally, these conditions may present with pleural effusions (hydrothoraces), or as non-immune fetal hydrops (the accumulation of fluid in at least buy ventolin over the counter uk two compartments of a fetus such as the abdominal cavity, pleura or subcutaneous oedema). Fifteen per cent of non-immune cases of hydrops are the result of lymphatic disorders, and approximately 20% are idiopathic, some of which may be due to, as yet, unidentified lymphatic abnormalities.13In our audit, this cohort accounted for 12% (n=27) of patients (figure 2, pie chart), slightly higher than the 8% reported in 2010.8 Molecular testing was carried out in 17 patients.

    Nine of those tested had GLD, and pathogenic variants were identified in seven buy ventolin over the counter uk (78%). Five had biallelic variants in the PIEZO1 gene and one each with biallelic variants in FAT4 and SOX18. Interestingly, two of the families described by Connell et al, cases 3 and 4, have subsequently been found to be caused by biallelic variants in the PIEZO1 gene.8 14None of the eight patients, who presented with ‘patchy’ distribution of lymphoedema (MLD), had an identifiable molecular diagnosis. It is suspected that these patients could have a postzygotic mosaic mutation or WILD syndrome.15Since the last revision of the St George’s classification algorithm was published,9 five new buy ventolin over the counter uk causal genes associated with GLD and/or non-immune fetal hydrops have been identified. ADAMTS3,16 EPHB4,17 FAT4,18 FBXL719 and PIEZO114 20 and are reviewed in the online supplementary section.Congenital onset lymphoedema (green)In this category, congenital onset is defined as lymphoedema that is present at birth or develops within the first year of life.

    Bilateral lower limb swelling is the most frequent presentation (figure 2D), but the swelling may be unilateral and/or involve the arms, genitalia and/or face, depending on the underlying cause buy ventolin over the counter uk. There are a number of different genetic disorders presenting with congenital lymphoedema (table 1). Milroy disease buy ventolin over the counter uk (ORPHA79452. OMIM 153100) is the most common form, occurring as a result of pathogenic variants in FLT4/VEGFR3.21 22 The mutation may occur de novo, so a family history is not essential for this diagnosis. The lymphoedema is always confined buy ventolin over the counter uk to the lower limbs but may be unilateral, and may (rarely) involve the genitalia.

    Approximately 10% of mutation carriers do not have lymphoedema. Fetuses with Milroy disease may present antenatally with pedal oedema in the third trimester, and, in a few cases, with bilateral hydrothoraces, which resolve before birth.Pathogenic variants in VEGFC, the ligand for VEGFR3, have also been identified in association with congenital primary lymphoedema of Gordon (OMIM 615907), also affecting the lower limbs.23–26The congenital category represents 21% (n=47) of the patients seen in 2016 (figure 2, pie chart) compared with 24% in 2010.8 A pathogenic buy ventolin over the counter uk variant was identified in 19 of the 47 (40%) patients genetically tested in this category. The majority (n=18) had pathogenic variants identified in FLT4/VEGFR3 and, in one patient, a pathogenic variant in the GJC2 gene. A GJC2 mutation in a patient presenting with lymphoedema at birth buy ventolin over the counter uk is unusual but shows the variability of the phenotype.Many of the conditions listed under the other categories in the classification algorithm may initially present with congenital lymphoedema but systemic involvement, progressive overgrowth or vascular malformation may present later and are so reclassified. Likewise, some syndromic forms may present with congenital lymphoedema before any other manifestations, making diagnosis difficult at times.

    Thus, the diagnosis of ‘isolated’ congenital primary lymphoedema may be difficult in a neonate presenting buy ventolin over the counter uk with pedal oedema. Therefore, a molecular diagnosis in the neonatal period is clinically very useful in the management of these patients.Late-onset lymphoedema (purple)‘Late-onset’ lymphoedema is defined as presenting after the first year of life. Swelling can range from being unilateral, bilateral or can involve buy ventolin over the counter uk all four limbs and can present from early childhood up to adulthood (figures 1 and 2E). Some may present with unilateral swelling, but the contralateral limb may become involved later or show abnormalities on lymphoscintigram even when clinically uninvolved. The phenotypes also range from mild buy ventolin over the counter uk to severe.

    There are currently five genes known to be associated with late-onset lymphoedema. FOXC2 (figure 2F),27 GJC2,28 29 GATA2 (figure 2G),30 HGF31 buy ventolin over the counter uk and CELSR132 (table 1). For many patients the molecular cause remains elusive, particularly in those patients with Meige disease and late-onset (usually pubertal) unilateral lower limb lymphoedema.Late-onset primary lymphoedema accounted for 37% (n=85) in 2016 (figure 2, pie chart) comparable to the 36% reported in 2010.8 This category has a low number of molecular diagnoses (n=12. 14%) as there are buy ventolin over the counter uk currently no causative genes for Meige disease, which made up 36% (n=31) of patients in this category.DiscussionThis review presents an updated St George’s classification algorithm of primary lymphatic anomalies and brings it in-line with the ISSVA classification for vascular anomalies. It cites eight new causative genes since the last publication and highlights the areas where the genetic basis is still not known.

    This rapidly evolving field demonstrates that primary lymphoedema and vascular malformations are highly heterogenous.The audit reports an overall successful molecular diagnosis in 26% of patients seen in the buy ventolin over the counter uk clinic, but 41% of those patients selected for molecular testing. This is a considerable improvement on the rate of a molecular diagnosis since the algorithm was first published in 2010. Only two causal genes were known at that time buy ventolin over the counter uk. We can conclude from the audit that the algorithm works well in targeting mutation testing. Furthermore, use of the algorithm has led to the discovery of a number of causal genes.

    While it could be argued that the introduction of the lymphoedema gene panel obviates any need for targeted gene tests, we believe that matching a phenotype to a likely gene reduces wasteful testing and helps enormously buy ventolin over the counter uk in the interpretation of variants of unknown significance, which are becoming an increasing problem in the era of next-generation sequencing.Although providing a molecular diagnosis in one-quarter of all the patients with primary lymphoedema represents a considerable improvement from when the algorithm was last reviewed, the molecular diagnosis is still not identified in the majority of patients seen in the St George’s Clinic. In the diagnostic setting, the introduction of next-generation sequencing with a targeted (virtual) ‘lymphoedema gene panel’ may improve the diagnostic rate and broaden the phenotypic spectrum of many of the known genetic disorders. Understanding of the buy ventolin over the counter uk natural history of the disorder will enable appropriate surveillance of, for example, leukaemia in Emberger syndrome (GATA2), and allow investigations for known associated problems, for example, congenital heart disease in patients with lymphoedema distichiasis syndrome (FOXC2). Prenatal diagnosis for the more serious conditions also becomes possible. Knowledge of causal genes, buy ventolin over the counter uk and mechanisms of pathophysiology, provide an opportunity for new, improved treatments (personalised medicine) (eg, mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors for progressive overgrowth disorders).In conclusion, the St George’s classification algorithm for primary lymphatic anomalies has been further refined.

    With this review, we have provided insight into the most recently discovered genotypes and how this algorithm can be used in the clinic to guide management of patients with primary lymphoedema.IntroductionTriphalangeal thumb (TPT) is a rare congenital hand anomaly in which the thumb has three phalanges instead of two. TPT is usually inherited in buy ventolin over the counter uk an autosomal dominant trait and is therefore commonly seen in affected families. In 1994, Heutink et al located the pathogenic locus of TPT at chromosome 7q36.1 Subsequently, Lettice et al determined that point mutations in the zone of polarising activity regulatory sequence (ZRS) causes TPT and preaxial polydactyly.2 The ZRS is a long-range regulatory element residing in intron 5 of LMBR1 and regulates Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) expression in the embryonic limb bud. Since the identification of the ZRS region, buy ventolin over the counter uk 18 different point mutations in the ZRS have been reported in TPT families.3There is broad phenotypical variability among different point mutations in the ZRS. For example, variants on locations 323 and 739 in the ZRS cause mild presentations of isolated TPT.2 4 Alternatively, severe anomalies such as TPT accompanied with tibial hypoplasia have been observed in families with variants on position 404 and 406 in the ZRS.2 5–9 In mildly affected phenotypes, reduced penetrance is regularly observed.

    In families who are more severely affected however, no reports of reduced penetrance have been made.Identifying and reporting new variants in the ZRS is important for genotype-phenotype correlations buy ventolin over the counter uk in TPT families. Additionally, it will also help to further elucidate the exact molecular mechanism of the role of the ZRS in the regulation of SHH expression in the embryonic limb.We therefore report two families with variants in the ZRS. These variants buy ventolin over the counter uk were identified in Dutch families with isolated TPT. Additionally, unaffected family members shared these variants with affected family members. Although this observation suggests that the genotype is not buy ventolin over the counter uk fully penetrant, minor anomalies within these presumed unaffected family members indicate subclinical expression of a TPT phenotype rather than reduced penetrance of the genotype.

    We define subclinical phenotypes as anomalies that are not recognised by affected family members since they do not cause functional constraints in daily life, but can be recognised during clinical workup by experienced physicians.MethodsClinical evaluationFamilies 1 and 2 were identified at the outpatient clinic for Congenital Hand and Upper Limb Anomalies at the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The family members were clinically examined and buy ventolin over the counter uk consulted by a clinical geneticist. In family 1, peripheral blood samples were collected from the index patient, the mother and the grandfather of the index patient (figure 1). No blood samples were obtained from the brother of this patient as he was clinically unaffected and was below buy ventolin over the counter uk adult age.Overview of Dutch TPT family 1. (A) Pedigree of the Dutch TPT family 1.

    The index patient buy ventolin over the counter uk is patient III-2. (B) X-ray image of the hand of the index patient. An additional deltaphalanx is present in buy ventolin over the counter uk both thumbs. (C) X-ray image of the thumbs of patient III-2. Although there is no triphalangism present, the thumbs are remarkably broad buy ventolin over the counter uk.

    TPT, triphalangeal thumb." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 1 Overview of Dutch TPT family 1. (A) Pedigree of the Dutch TPT family 1. The index patient is patient III-2 buy ventolin over the counter uk. (B) X-ray image of the hand of the index patient. An additional deltaphalanx is present in both thumbs buy ventolin over the counter uk.

    (C) X-ray image of the thumbs of patient III-2. Although there is no triphalangism present, the thumbs buy ventolin over the counter uk are remarkably broad. TPT, triphalangeal thumb.In family 2, the index patient (III-2) visited the outpatient clinic for Congenital Hand and Upper Limb Anomalies at the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam with his parents. The other family members were visited as part of buy ventolin over the counter uk a field study. Included family members were clinically evaluated by a clinical geneticist, photographs were obtained and peripheral blood samples were collected (Figure 2, online supplementary figure 1).

    No radiographs were obtained during the field study.Supplemental materialOverview of Dutch TPT buy ventolin over the counter uk family 2. (A) Outtake of pedigree of the Dutch TPT family 2. (B) Images of patient III-2 and his father (II-2), buy ventolin over the counter uk showing triphalangism of both thumbs with one additional ray on the left hand. (C) Images of patients II-4 and I-1, showing no triphalangism but lack of thumb opposition and mild thenar hypoplasia. TPT, triphalangeal thumb." data-icon-position data-hide-link-title="0">Figure 2 Overview of buy ventolin over the counter uk Dutch TPT family 2.

    (A) Outtake of pedigree of the Dutch TPT family 2. (B) Images of patient III-2 and his father (II-2), buy ventolin over the counter uk showing triphalangism of both thumbs with one additional ray on the left hand. (C) Images of patients II-4 and I-1, showing no triphalangism but lack of thumb opposition and mild thenar hypoplasia. TPT, triphalangeal thumb.ZRS sequencingDNA samples were isolated buy ventolin over the counter uk from peripheral blood. The fragments were amplified using standard PCR.

    An 834 bp fragment covering the ZRS (774 bp) was sequenced in buy ventolin over the counter uk family members of both families (UCSC Genome Browser, hg19, chr7:156583766–156584600). Sequencing of PCR products was executed using Big Dye Terminator 3.1. Fragments were loaded on an ABI 3130 Sequence analyser and genetic analysis was performed with SeqScape Software (V.3.0).ResultsClinical report​Family 1Family buy ventolin over the counter uk 1 (figure 1A) consists of a nuclear family containing two affected patients with TPT. The index patient had a bilateral isolated TPT with an additional deltaphalanx (figure 1B). No other congenital hand or buy ventolin over the counter uk other anomalies were present.

    The mother of the index patient was born with a TPT accompanied with a rudimentary additional thumb on both hands, without any other hand or congenital anomaly (data not shown). The maternal grandfather of the index patient did not have a TPT or buy ventolin over the counter uk preaxial polydactyly. However, clinical examination of the hands revealed remarkable broadness of both thumbs and mild thenar hypoplasia. Although the X-ray image of the grandfather shows no duplication of the thumb or triphalangism, the broadness of the distal phalanges is striking (figure 1C).​Family 2Family 2 comprises a large seven-generation family (Figure 2A, online supplementary figure 1). The index patient (III-2) buy ventolin over the counter uk had bilateral TPT with preaxial polydactyly on the left hand.

    The father of the index patient (II-1) had bilateral TPT without preaxial polydactyly (figure 2B). All other buy ventolin over the counter uk family members reported they were not affected. Although the thumbs of family members I-1 and II-2 did not show clear features of triphalangism, further examination revealed that both family members had mild thenar hypoplasia and were unable to oppose both thumbs (figure 2C). No other congenital anomalies were present in family 2.Mutation analysisSequence analysis of the 774 bp ZRS, in intron 5 of LMBR1, revealed the presence of a heterozygous A to G transition in members of family buy ventolin over the counter uk 1 (g.156584405A>G, GRCh37/Hg19). Following the more commonly used nomenclature for loci of ZRS variants, introduced by Lettice et al,2 this variant can be defined as a 165A>G variant.2 This variant was present in the affected family members.

    Patient I-1 of family one also carried a 165A>G variant in the ZRS, despite not having TPT on either hand buy ventolin over the counter uk. This variant was not present in public databases dbSNP, Clinvar and HGMD. Additionally, this buy ventolin over the counter uk variant was not present in locally available WGS data sets (GoNL, Wellderly, Public54).10–12In family 2, we identified a 295T>variant in the ZRS (g.156584535T>C, GRCh37/Hg19). Two family members who did not have TPT carried the 295T>C variant. This variant has previously been reported in a British family with mild cases of TPT and reduced penetrance buy ventolin over the counter uk of the genotype.13 Additionally, transgenic enhancer assays in mice showed that the 295T>C variant causes ectopic expression in the embryonic limb and therefore confirms the pathogenicity of this variant.DiscussionIn this brief report, we describe two TPT families with either a 165A>G or 295T>C variant in the ZRS.

    The aim of this paper was to show that these observations of reduced penetrance in TPT families are in retrospect caused by mild and subclinical limb phenotypes without the presence of triphalangism and therefore raise awareness for thorough clinical examination in members of TPT families who are presumed to be unaffected.Ever since the identification of ZRS by Lettice et al in 2003, 18 variants in ZRS have been published in the literature.2 4 6–9 13–20 These variants are generally fully penetrant and have been found in families with either TPT or TPT with preaxial polydactyly. Exceptions to the above buy ventolin over the counter uk are point mutations on positions 105, 404 and 406 in ZRS, which cause more severe phenotypes like tibial hypoplasia and polysyndactyly.2 5–9 21Although most variants in ZRS are considered fully penetrant, reduced penetrance has been reported in several TPT families with variants on positions 295, 334, 463 and 739 in ZRS.13 14 16 17The first aim of this paper is to hypothesise that some of these observations might not be caused by reduced penetrance of the genotype, but by a subclinical expression of the phenotype. We base our hypothesis on two arguments. First, family buy ventolin over the counter uk members who were initially presumed unaffected do show minor anomalies or altered hand function when examined appropriately. In family 1 of this study, the grandfather did not have TPT but had evident broadness of the thumb.

    In family 2, patients with initially normal thumbs lacked the ability of buy ventolin over the counter uk opposition, which is caused by abnormal developmental patterning of the thumb. Although this observation is based on three patients from two families, we believe that these examples clearly illustrate our postulated hypothesis.Second, reports of non-penetrance are consistently associated with mild phenotypes in TPT families and not with severe TPT phenotypes, like tibial hypoplasia and polysyndactyly. This indicates that these observations buy ventolin over the counter uk only occur in TPT families where SHH expression is only slightly disrupted. In these families, the variability in the phenotypical spectrum is apparently broad enough that family members with variants in ZRS can present with subclinical phenotypes instead of TPT. However, it remains unclear why the disruption of SHH causes TPT in one family member and a subclinical phenotype in another buy ventolin over the counter uk.

    One example of how intrafamilial variability can be explained is based on a reported family, where different degrees of somatic mosaicism were associated with various phenotypes in affected family members.22 As the regulatory function of ZRS on SHH is extremely delicate and affected by timing, location and level of activity, it is plausible that the slightest alteration of one of these factors can cause this interindividual phenotypical variation.The second aim of this paper is to underline the importance of two aspects when clinically examining and counselling patients with an inherited type of TPT. First, it is important to clinically investigate the presumed unaffected family members, as these patients might not encounter functional problems buy ventolin over the counter uk in their daily life and will report they are unaffected. However, a distinct broadness of the thumb, a double flexion fold in the thumb or a duplicated lunula might indicate a discrete inclination for duplication of the thumb or the presence of an additional phalanx. Additionally, functional limitations regarding thumb strength or lack buy ventolin over the counter uk of opposition should be evaluated as well. Second, presumed unaffected family members should only be informed that their future offspring have a population-wide probability of having TPT or polydactyly after genetic evaluation.

    For complete reassurance, genetic evaluation of ZRS is also indicated for unaffected family members of mildly affected patients to verify whether they share the same disease-causing variant with their affected family members..

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    Across the country, the health concerns of the climate crisis are increasingly being recognized, pushing thousands of medical providers—doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, medical students—to become advocates for change. In my own practice, I explain to patients how the climate crisis affects their health. For example, apart from contributing to global ventolin without prescription warming, rising carbon dioxide levels increase the amount of pollen that plants produce as a consequence of higher rates of photosynthesis. This rise in pollen levels can lead to worsening allergy symptoms. Another example is fine particulate matter (known as PM2.5) associated with air pollution, much of it linked to the burning of fossil fuels that help drive the warming.

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    Callaway writes that “patents and intellectual property are not what’s standing in the way of fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines…rather, equitable access and affordable prices require collaboration between governments and vaccine ventolin without prescription makers,” according to the head of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in New York City, which reportedly is co-developing a COVID-19 vaccine. In an 8/22/20 essay for The Washington Post, Elizabeth Svoboda writes that many people in the U.S. Have become desensitized to the risks of SARS-CoV-2, which has led to some behavioral backsliding, especially in crowded places. €œThis habituation ventolin without prescription stems from a principle well-known in psychological therapy,” Svoboda writes. €œThe more we’re exposed to a given threat, the less intimidating it seems.” Some researchers recommend a return to stricter distancing, outdoor masking and stay-at-home orders, the essay suggests.

    But we also need authorities to “supply in-your-face reminders of those mandates, especially visual cues, so people won’t draw their own erroneous conclusions about what’s safe,” she writes. In any case, we should cultivate an awareness of the diminishing effectiveness of our “snap judgments about ventolin without prescription COVID-19’s dangers,” and make more careful decisions, a la Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's “slow thinking,” she advises. Ventilation discussions in public-health circles predate the current pandemic. Infection control theories born of the U.S. Experience with the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919 inspired engineers of the early 20th century to design steam-heating systems for buildings that could be effective in cold ventolin without prescription weather even with apartment windows open, reports Patrick Sisson for Bloomberg CityLab.

    That’s right. Steam-heat radiators were designed to be used with the open windows, allowing fresh air to gush in, which “health officials thought (correctly)…would ward off airborne diseases,” Sisson writes. The piece draws from a 1992 book “The Lost Art of Steam Heating,” by ventolin without prescription heating-systems researcher Dan Holohan. Radiators were designed, according to Holohan the story states, in response to a New York City Board of Health order that windows should remain open for ventilation in the winter. €œAnybody who’s thrown their windows open in January, when their apartment is stifling, is in an odd way, replicating what engineers hoped would happen a century ventolin without prescription ago,” Sisson writes (8/5/20).

    You might enjoy. €œJerry Seinfeld. So You Think New York Is ‘Dead’ ventolin without prescription (It’s not.)” (8/24/20).In four days of speeches lasting more than eight hours at the Republican National Convention, climate change was never mentioned as a threat to the country. That silence stands apart from the climate alarm bells that have been sounding since Donald Trump accepted his first nomination for president four years ago. Thousands of Americans have been killed in natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires during Trump’s first term in office.

    Each of those four years has been among the world’s hottest on record ventolin without prescription. Leaders of other nations have taken action as the United States ignores the issue. Even Wall Street has begun to take notice of how climate change could affect economic growth. None of that was apparent during the ventolin without prescription convention. Instead, Republican speakers insisted that the real concern was the climate ideas presented by Democrats.

    Many experts say that if climate change is left unanswered, it could cost trillions of dollars to the U.S. Economy. Republicans said the real costs would come from Democratic plans to restrain the use of fossil fuels. €œBiden has promised to abolish the production of American oil, coal, shale and natural gas—laying waste to the economies of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico,” Trump said. €œMillions of jobs will be lost, and energy prices will soar.” (Biden’s plan does not call for a fracking ban).

    Those sentiments play well with Trump’s core supporters, but they’re askew from what most voters believe, including younger Republicans, according to polls. They don’t reflect the events that many Americans are either experiencing or seeing online. Uncontrolled wildfires in California and the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana in 160 years. Even as an unrelinquishing pandemic has killed more than 180,000 people in the United States and kept millions of children across the country from returning to school, climate change remains on the minds of voters, polls show. Here are five climate themes that have advanced since Trump accepted his first nomination in 2016.

    Natural disasters More than 3,000 Americans have died in natural catastrophes during the past four years. Most of them were victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017. The massive Category 5 storm killed an estimated 2,975 people in Puerto Rico and forced thousands to flee the U.S. Territory. The devastation continues to have ripple effects three years later.

    Tens of thousands of people still live under leaky blue tarps. The island’s power supply, never reliable to begin with, has become far worse, and some parts of Puerto Rico were without power for a year. That was the same year that Hurricane Harvey dumped 60 inches of rain on parts of Houston, becoming the wettest cyclone on record. Tens of thousands of homes were damaged, and about 70 people were killed. Harvey caused more than $100 billion in damage, making it one of the costliest disasters to strike the United States.

    Record wildfires have also burned across the West. The 2018 Camp Fire in California was the deadliest. It killed 85 people and destroyed more than 10,000 homes. It was fueled by drought, an outcome of climate change. This week, California continued to battle the second- and third-largest wildfires in state history.

    Officials have connected the fires to climate change. €œAll but three of the Top 20 Largest #Wildfires have occurred since 2000, with 10 of these large and damaging wildfires occurring in the last decade,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection tweeted yesterday. €œAs fire weather continues to become more extreme, California is adjusting to fight these larger and more destructive wildfires.” Heat The Trump years have been some of the hottest since record-keeping began after the Civil War, according to NASA. After a record-warm July, this year may break the all-time annual heat record set in 2016. That’s a likely outcome, said Gavin Schmidt, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

    That’s notable because four years ago, the record warmth was fueled by El Niño, a band of warm water covering the tropical Pacific Ocean. That influence is absent this year, Schmidt said, and long-term trends point to rising heat. €œWe know that the trend is moving up. On average, every decade is warmer than the last,” he said. €œThe changes we’re seeing now are so far outside what would be possible in an un-globally-warmed world.” Public opinion Polling shows that voter concern about climate change has been growing for years and that it has not diminished as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Concern among some voters has spiked during Trump’s tenure. Before the virus, polling showed climate change was the second-most important issue for Democratic primary voters, behind only health care. Now, responding to the virus and restoring the economy top the list. But the public still wants the federal government to address climate change, recent polling shows. More Americans than ever—about 25%—view climate change as “extremely personally important,” according to a poll released last week by Stanford University, Resources for the Future and ReconMR.

    That number is twice as large as it was in 2006, said the poll, which surveyed 1,000 adults between May and August. It also found that 82% of respondents want the federal government to act on climate change. And three-quarters of those surveyed said they had personally experienced the effects of global warming. €œThe COVID-19 pandemic has offered a unique opportunity to learn how people feel about climate change when faced with a global crisis,” said Ray Kopp, vice president of research and policy engagement at Resources for the Future. €œThe claim that we can’t do anything about climate change without crashing the economy, or that we need to focus only on the pandemic and not do anything on climate right now, simply doesn’t resonate with Americans,” he said.

    The U.S. (and everyone else) Since Trump pledged to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in 2017, world leaders have pressed him to rejoin and to take the issue seriously. Among them are German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Last year, Trump said Prince Charles spent 90 minutes talking to him about climate change, trying to convince him to take stronger action and to once again make the United States a world leader. In response, Trump said he wanted “good climate,” but his administration has continued to roll back environmental safeguards meant to reduce emissions.

    In December, Macron said other governments, including China, Russia and the European Union, would lead the world in reducing emissions. The yearslong process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement won’t be done until November. Yesterday, Biden tweeted that if he wins the election, he would rejoin the pact on the first day of his presidency. Climate hits Wall Street This week, it was announced that Exxon Mobil Corp. Would be dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index.

    It’s a significant departure, as Exxon was the longest-tenured company on the Dow, having been listed for almost a century. It’s also a reflection of how oil companies have taken a financial hit amid growing concerns about climate change and as a result of declining consumption due to the pandemic. At the same time, some solar and wind companies have grown bigger than their fossil fuel competitors. The same factors that have weakened fossil fuel companies, including more aggressive climate targets, helped drive clean energy technologies. On Wall Street, business interests are increasingly warning the Federal Reserve and other regulators that climate change could pose a significant risk to the economy.

    Earlier this year, 40 investment firms and organizations that handle more than $1 trillion in assets urged Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to take action. They warned him that climate “threats have the potential to compound in ways we don’t yet understand, with disastrous impacts the likes of which we haven’t seen before.” Reprinted from Climatewire with permission from E&E News. E&E provides daily coverage of essential energy and environmental news at www.eenews.net..

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    Unfortunately, there will be no vaccine in six months or a year for the climate buy ventolin over the counter uk crisis. The only treatment is collective climate action in the present. Climate action is required of our elected leaders, and we must mandate it of ourselves.

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    The United States is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and we must vote for green policy. Legislative action and policy change work, as evidenced by the Clean Air Act and its subsequent amendments, which are projected to save 230,000 lives in 2020. The climate crisis is a public health issue, and we must start healing the planet in order to heal buy ventolin over the counter uk each other.

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    Women’s immune response to SARS-CoV-2 is stronger than men’s immune response to the virus, according to a study published 8/26/20 in Nature and covered the same day by Apoorva Mandavilli at The New York Times. The finding could explain why men “are twice as likely to become severely sick and to die [from COVID-19] as women of the same age,” Mandavilli writes. The study also suggests that older men might need multiple shots of a coronavirus vaccine compared perhaps with young women, buy ventolin over the counter uk who might need just one shot, according to an immunologist quoted in the story.

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    But the speed of antigen tests, three others of which previously received FDA emergency-use approval, could prove useful in relieving test backlogs. Abbott says its new antigen test will become available in September, the buy ventolin over the counter uk story states. Autopsies of 11 people who died of COVID-19 revealed that their spleens and lymph nodes lacked sites called germinal centers where B cells (immune cells) gather to “mature and refine their antibody response to the virus,” writes Jon Cohen at Science (8/25/20).

    The researchers compared tissue from the people who died of COVID-19 with tissue from 6 people who died of other causes, the story states. The finding, which confirms an buy ventolin over the counter uk earlier study’s findings in a smaller group, could provide insights into the progression of severe cases of COVID-19, the story states. The studies “establish a profound lack of [antibody] responses in the deceased population of COVID-19 patients,” says a Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) researcher who co-authored the smaller study and is quoted in the story.

    The missing germinal centers in severe COVID-19 patients could be linked to the biochemical “cytokine storms” that often occur in the dangerous, second phase of the disease, the HUST researcher is quoted as saying. Meanwhile, a MGH, MIT and Harvard immunologist who buy ventolin over the counter uk is a co-author of the newer study, published earlier this month in the journal Cell, says it won’t be difficult to stop SARS-CoV-2 with a vaccine. He is quoted as saying, “This is a piece of cake.” The United States, UK, Japan, and the European Union nations all have pre-ordered in bulk doses of vaccines under development to protect against SARS-CoV-2, reports Ewen Callaway at Nature (8/24/20).

    Some of these candidate vaccines could be approved in late 2020 or early 2021 at the earliest, the story states. But only "1 billion doses will be available buy ventolin over the counter uk by the fourth quarter of 2021,” according to a life-sciences market analytics firm, the story states. A different organization estimates 2 billion to 4 billion doses will be available by the end of 2021, the story states.

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    Callaway writes that “patents and intellectual property are not what’s standing in the way of fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines…rather, equitable access and affordable prices require collaboration between governments and vaccine makers,” according to the head of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in New York City, which reportedly is buy ventolin over the counter uk co-developing a COVID-19 vaccine. In an 8/22/20 essay for The Washington Post, Elizabeth Svoboda writes that many people in the U.S. Have become desensitized to the risks of SARS-CoV-2, which has led to some behavioral backsliding, especially in crowded places.

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    The piece draws from a 1992 book “The buy ventolin over the counter uk Lost Art of Steam Heating,” by heating-systems researcher Dan Holohan. Radiators were designed, according to Holohan the story states, in response to a New York City Board of Health order that windows should remain open for ventilation in the winter. €œAnybody who’s buy ventolin over the counter uk thrown their windows open in January, when their apartment is stifling, is in an odd way, replicating what engineers hoped would happen a century ago,” Sisson writes (8/5/20).

    You might enjoy. €œJerry Seinfeld. So You Think New York Is ‘Dead’ (It’s not.)” (8/24/20).In four days of speeches lasting more than eight hours at the Republican National Convention, buy ventolin over the counter uk climate change was never mentioned as a threat to the country.

    That silence stands apart from the climate alarm bells that have been sounding since Donald Trump accepted his first nomination for president four years ago. Thousands of Americans have been killed in natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires during Trump’s first term in office. Each of buy ventolin over the counter uk those four years has been among the world’s hottest on record.

    Leaders of other nations have taken action as the United States ignores the issue. Even Wall Street has begun to take notice of how climate change could affect economic growth. None of that was apparent during the convention buy ventolin over the counter uk.

    Instead, Republican speakers insisted that the real concern was the climate ideas presented by Democrats. Many experts say that if climate change is left unanswered, it could cost trillions of dollars to the U.S. Economy.

    Republicans said the real costs would come from Democratic plans to restrain the use of fossil fuels. €œBiden has promised to abolish the production of American oil, coal, shale and natural gas—laying waste to the economies of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico,” Trump said. €œMillions of jobs will be lost, and energy prices will soar.” (Biden’s plan does not call for a fracking ban).

    Those sentiments play well with Trump’s core supporters, but they’re askew from what most voters believe, including younger Republicans, according to polls. They don’t reflect the events that many Americans are either experiencing or seeing online. Uncontrolled wildfires in California and the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana in 160 years.

    Even as an unrelinquishing pandemic has killed more than 180,000 people in the United States and kept millions of children across the country from returning to school, climate change remains on the minds of voters, polls show. Here are five climate themes that have advanced since Trump accepted his first nomination in 2016. Natural disasters More than 3,000 Americans have died in natural catastrophes during the past four years.

    Most of them were victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017. The massive Category 5 storm killed an estimated 2,975 people in Puerto Rico and forced thousands to flee the U.S. Territory.

    The devastation continues to have ripple effects three years later. Tens of thousands of people still live under leaky blue tarps. The island’s power supply, never reliable to begin with, has become far worse, and some parts of Puerto Rico were without power for a year.

    That was the same year that Hurricane Harvey dumped 60 inches of rain on parts of Houston, becoming the wettest cyclone on record. Tens of thousands of homes were damaged, and about 70 people were killed. Harvey caused more than $100 billion in damage, making it one of the costliest disasters to strike the United States.

    Record wildfires have also burned across the West. The 2018 Camp Fire in California was the deadliest. It killed 85 people and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.

    It was fueled by drought, an outcome of climate change. This week, California continued to battle the second- and third-largest wildfires in state history. Officials have connected the fires to climate change.

    €œAll but three of the Top 20 Largest #Wildfires have occurred since 2000, with 10 of these large and damaging wildfires occurring in the last decade,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection tweeted yesterday. €œAs fire weather continues to become more extreme, California is adjusting to fight these larger and more destructive wildfires.” Heat The Trump years have been some of the hottest since record-keeping began after the Civil War, according to NASA. After a record-warm July, this year may break the all-time annual heat record set in 2016.

    That’s a likely outcome, said Gavin Schmidt, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. That’s notable because four years ago, the record warmth was fueled by El Niño, a band of warm water covering the tropical Pacific Ocean. That influence is absent this year, Schmidt said, and long-term trends point to rising heat.

    €œWe know that the trend is moving up. On average, every decade is warmer than the last,” he said. €œThe changes we’re seeing now are so far outside what would be possible in an un-globally-warmed world.” Public opinion Polling shows that voter concern about climate change has been growing for years and that it has not diminished as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Concern among some voters has spiked during Trump’s tenure. Before the virus, polling showed climate change was the second-most important issue for Democratic primary voters, behind only health care. Now, responding to the virus and restoring the economy top the list.

    But the public still wants the federal government to address climate change, recent polling shows. More Americans than ever—about 25%—view climate change as “extremely personally important,” according to a poll released last week by Stanford University, Resources for the Future and ReconMR. That number is twice as large as it was in 2006, said the poll, which surveyed 1,000 adults between May and August.

    It also found that 82% of respondents want the federal government to act on climate change. And three-quarters of those surveyed said they had personally experienced the effects of global warming. €œThe COVID-19 pandemic has offered a unique opportunity to learn how people feel about climate change when faced with a global crisis,” said Ray Kopp, vice president of research and policy engagement at Resources for the Future.

    €œThe claim that we can’t do anything about climate change without crashing the economy, or that we need to focus only on the pandemic and not do anything on climate right now, simply doesn’t resonate with Americans,” he said. The U.S. (and everyone else) Since Trump pledged to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in 2017, world leaders have pressed him to rejoin and to take the issue seriously.

    Among them are German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Last year, Trump said Prince Charles spent 90 minutes talking to him about climate change, trying to convince him to take stronger action and to once again make the United States a world leader. In response, Trump said he wanted “good climate,” but his administration has continued to roll back environmental safeguards meant to reduce emissions.

    In December, Macron said other governments, including China, Russia and the European Union, would lead the world in reducing emissions. The yearslong process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement won’t be done until November. Yesterday, Biden tweeted that if he wins the election, he would rejoin the pact on the first day of his presidency.

    Climate hits Wall Street This week, it was announced that Exxon Mobil Corp. Would be dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index. It’s a significant departure, as Exxon was the longest-tenured company on the Dow, having been listed for almost a century.

    It’s also a reflection of how oil companies have taken a financial hit amid growing concerns about climate change and as a result of declining consumption due to the pandemic. At the same time, some solar and wind companies have grown bigger than their fossil fuel competitors. The same factors that have weakened fossil fuel companies, including more aggressive climate targets, helped drive clean energy technologies.

    On Wall Street, business interests are increasingly warning the Federal Reserve and other regulators that climate change could pose a significant risk to the economy. Earlier this year, 40 investment firms and organizations that handle more than $1 trillion in assets urged Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to take action. They warned him that climate “threats have the potential to compound in ways we don’t yet understand, with disastrous impacts the likes of which we haven’t seen before.” Reprinted from Climatewire with permission from E&E News.

    E&E provides daily coverage of essential energy and environmental news at www.eenews.net..

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    RESOURCE LEVELS -- Past Medicaid income and resource levels in NYS are shown on these oldNYC HRA charts for 2001 through 2019, in chronological order. These include Medicaid levels for MAGI and non-MAGI populations, Child Health Plus, MBI-WPD, buy ventolin over the counter uk Medicare Savings Programs and other public health programs in NYS. This article was authored by the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program of New York Legal Assistance Group.A huge barrier to people returning to the community from nursing homes is the high cost of housing. One way New York State is trying to address that barrier is with the Special Housing Disregard that allows certain members of Managed Long Term Care or FIDA plans to keep more of their income to pay for rent or other shelter costs, rather than having to "spend down" their "excess income" or spend-down on the cost of Medicaid home care.

    The special income standard for housing expenses helps pay for housing expenses buy ventolin over the counter uk to help certain nursing home or adult home residents to safely transition back to the community with MLTC. Originally it was just for former nursing home residents but in 2014 it was expanded to include people who lived in adult homes. GIS 14/MA-017 Since you are allowed to keep more of your income, you may no longer need to use a pooled trust. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - FACT SHEET on THREE buy ventolin over the counter uk ways to Reduce Spend-down, including this Special Income Standard.

    September 2018 NEWS -- Those already enrolled in MLTC plans before they are admitted to a nursing home or adult home may obtain this budgeting upon discharge, if they meet the other criteria below. "How nursing home administrators, adult home operators and MLTC plans should identify individuals who are eligible for the special income standard" and explains their duties to identify eligible individuals, and the MLTC plan must notify the local DSS that the individual may qualify. "Nursing home administrators, nursing home discharge planning staff, adult home operators and MLTC health plans are encouraged to identify individuals who may qualify for the special income standard, if they can be safely discharged back to the community from a nursing home and enroll in, or remain buy ventolin over the counter uk enrolled in, an MLTC plan. Once an individual has been accepted into an MLTC plan, the MLTC plan must notify the individual's local district of social services that the transition has occurred and that the individual may qualify for the special income standard.

    The special income standard will be effective upon enrollment into the MLTC plan, or, for nursing home residents already enrolled in an MLTC plan, the month of discharge to the community. Questions regarding the special income standard may be directed to buy ventolin over the counter uk DOH at 518-474-8887. Who is eligible for this special income standard?. must be age 18+, must have been in a nursing home or an adult home for 30 days or more, must have had Medicaid pay toward the nursing home care, and must enroll in or REMAIN ENROLLED IN a Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plan or FIDA plan upon leaving the nursing home or adult home must have a housing expense if married, spouse may not receive a "spousal impoverishment" allowance once the individual is enrolled in MLTC.

    How much is buy ventolin over the counter uk the allowance?. The rates vary by region and change yearly. Region Counties Deduction (2020) Central Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins $436 Long Island Nassau, Suffolk $1,361 NYC Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Queens, Richmond $1,451 (up from 1,300 in 2019) Northeastern Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington $483 North Metropolitan Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester $930 Rochester Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates $444 Western Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming $386 Past rates published as follows, available on DOH website 2020 rates published in Attachment I to GIS 19 MA/12 – 2020 Medicaid Levels and Other Updates 2019 rates published in Attachment 1 to GIS 18/MA015 - 2019 Medicaid Levels and Other Updates 2018 rates published in GIS 17 MA/020 - 2018 Medicaid Levels and Other Updates.

    The guidance on how the standardized amount of the disregard is calculated is found in NYS DOH 12- ADM-05. 2017 rate -- GIS 16 MA/018 - 2016 Medicaid Only Income and Resource Levels and Spousal Impoverishment Standards Attachment 12016 rate -- GIS 15-MA/0212015 rate -- Were not posted by DOH but were updated in WMS. 2015 Central $382 Long Island $1,147 NYC $1,001 Northeastern $440 N. Metropolitan $791 Rochester $388 Western $336 2014 rate -- GIS-14-MA/017 HOW DOES IT WORK?.

    Here is a sample budget for a single person in NYC with Social Security income of $2,386/month paying a Medigap premium of $261/mo. Gross monthly income $2,575.50 DEDUCT Health insurance premiums (Medicare Part B) - 135.50 (Medigap) - 261.00 DEDUCT Unearned income disregard - 20 DEDUCT Shelter deduction (NYC—2019) - 1,300 DEDUCT Income limit for single (2019) - 859 Excess income or Spend-down $0 WITH NO SPEND-DOWN, May NOT NEED POOLED TRUST!. HOW TO OBTAIN THE HOUSING DISREGARD. When you are ready to leave the nursing home or adult home, or soon after you leave, you or your MLTC plan must request that your local Medicaid program change your Medicaid budget to give you the Housing Disregard.

    See September 2018 NYS DOH Medicaid Update that requires MLTC plan to help you ask for it. The procedures in NYC are explained in this Troubleshooting guide. NYC Medicaid program prefers that your MLTC plan file the request, using Form MAP-3057E - Special income housing Expenses NH-MLTC.pdf and Form MAP-3047B - MLTC/NHED Cover Sheet Form MAP-259f (revised 7-31-18)(page 7 of PDF)(DIscharge Notice) - NH must file with HRA upon discharge, certifying resident was informed of availability of this disregard. GOVERNMENT DIRECTIVES (beginning with oldest).

    NYS DOH 12- ADM-05 - Special Income Standard for Housing Expenses for Individuals Discharged from a Nursing Facility who Enroll into the Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Program Attachment II - OHIP-0057 - Notice of Intent to Change Medicaid Coverage, (Recipient Discharged from a Skilled Nursing Facility and Enrolled in a Managed Long Term Care Plan) Attachment III - Attachment III – OHIP-0058 - Notice of Intent to Change Medicaid Coverage, (Recipient Disenrolled from a Managed Long Term Care Plan, No Special Income Standard) MLTC Policy 13.02. MLTC Housing Disregard NYC HRA Medicaid Alert Special Income Standard for housing expenses NH-MLTC 2-9-2013.pdf 2018-07-28 HRA MICSA ALERT Special Income Standard for Housing Expenses for Individuals Discharged from a Nursing Facility and who Enroll into the MLTC Program - update on previous policy. References Form MAP-259f (revised 7-31-18)(page 7 of PDF)(Discharge Notice) - NH must file with HRA upon discharge, certifying resident was informed of availability of this disregard. GIS 18 MA/012 - Special Income Standard for Housing Expenses for Certain Managed Long-Term Care Enrollees Who are Discharged from a Nursing Home issued Sept.

    28, 2018 - this finally implements the most recent Special Terms &. Conditions of the CMS 1115 Waiver that governs the MLTC program, dated Jan.

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    At high levels, as was the case during recent wildfires in the western United States, when PAHs are inhaled they can be harmful to human health. Despite PAHs being the first class of chemicals identified as cancer-causing, little is known about the carcinogenic potential of the more than 1,500 PAHs. Part of the challenge is that PAHs usually occur as a mixture of chemicals, making it difficult to tease apart roles of individual chemicals in the mixture.

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    1.A. SUMMARY CHART OF MSP BENEFITS QMB SLIMB QI-1 Eligibility ASSET LIMIT NO LIMIT IN NEW YORK STATE INCOME LIMIT (2020) Single Couple Single Couple Single Couple $1,064 $1,437 $1,276 $1,724 $1,436 $1,940 Federal Poverty Level 100% FPL 100 – 120% FPL 120 – 135% FPL Benefits Pays Monthly Part B premium?. YES, and also Part A premium if buy ventolin nebules online did not have enough work quarters and meets citizenship requirement. See “Part A Buy-In” YES YES Pays Part A &.

    B deductibles &. Co-insurance YES - with limitations NO buy ventolin nebules online NO Retroactive to Filing of Application?. Yes - Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application. 18 NYCRR §360-7.8(b)(5) Yes – Retroactive to 3rd month before month of application, if eligible in prior months Yes – may be retroactive to 3rd month before month of applica-tion, but only within the current calendar year.

    (No buy ventolin nebules online retro for January application). See GIS 07 MA 027. Can Enroll in MSP and Medicaid at Same Time?. YES buy ventolin nebules online YES NO!.

    Must choose between QI-1 and Medicaid. Cannot have both, not even Medicaid with a spend-down. 2 buy ventolin nebules online. INCOME LIMITS and RULES Each of the three MSP programs has different income eligibility requirements and provides different benefits.

    The income limits are tied to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). 2019 FPL levels were released by NYS DOH in GIS 20 MA/02 - 2020 Federal Poverty Levels -- Attachment II and have buy ventolin nebules online been posted by Medicaid.gov and the National Council on Aging and are in the chart below. NOTE. There is usually a lag in time of several weeks, or even months, from January 1st of each year until the new FPLs are release, and then before the new MSP income limits are officially implemented.

    During this lag buy ventolin nebules online period, local Medicaid offices should continue to use the previous year's FPLs AND count the person's Social Security benefit amount from the previous year - do NOT factor in the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment). Once the updated guidelines are released, districts will use the new FPLs and go ahead and factor in any COLA. See 2019 Fact Sheet on MSP in NYS by Medicare Rights Center ENGLISH SPANISH Income is determined by the same methodology as is used for determining in eligibility for SSI The rules for counting income for SSI-related (Aged 65+, Blind, or Disabled) Medicaid recipients, borrowed from the SSI program, apply to the MSP program, except for the new rules about counting household size for married couples. N.Y buy ventolin nebules online.

    Soc. Serv. L. 367-a(3)(c)(2), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7, 89-ADM-7 p.7.

    Gross income is counted, although there are certain types of income that are disregarded. The most common income disregards, also known as deductions, include. (a) The first $20 of your &. Your spouse's monthly income, earned or unearned ($20 per couple max).

    (b) SSI EARNED INCOME DISREGARDS. * The first $65 of monthly wages of you and your spouse, * One-half of the remaining monthly wages (after the $65 is deducted). * Other work incentives including PASS plans, impairment related work expenses (IRWEs), blind work expenses, etc. For information on these deductions, see The Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) and other guides in this article -- though written for the MBI-WPD, the work incentives apply to all Medicaid programs, including MSP, for people age 65+, disabled or blind.

    (c) monthly cost of any health insurance premiums but NOT the Part B premium, since Medicaid will now pay this premium (may deduct Medigap supplemental policies, vision, dental, or long term care insurance premiums, and the Part D premium but only to the extent the premium exceeds the Extra Help benchmark amount) (d) Food stamps not counted. You can get a more comprehensive listing of the SSI-related income disregards on the Medicaid income disregards chart. As for all benefit programs based on financial need, it is usually advantageous to be considered a larger household, because the income limit is higher. The above chart shows that Households of TWO have a higher income limit than households of ONE.

    The MSP programs use the same rules as Medicaid does for the Disabled, Aged and Blind (DAB) which are borrowed from the SSI program for Medicaid recipients in the “SSI-related category.” Under these rules, a household can be only ONE or TWO. 18 NYCRR 360-4.2. See DAB Household Size Chart. Married persons can sometimes be ONE or TWO depending on arcane rules, which can force a Medicare beneficiary to be limited to the income limit for ONE person even though his spouse who is under 65 and not disabled has no income, and is supported by the client applying for an MSP.

    EXAMPLE. Bob's Social Security is $1300/month. He is age 67 and has Medicare. His wife, Nancy, is age 62 and is not disabled and does not work.

    Under the old rule, Bob was not eligible for an MSP because his income was above the Income limit for One, even though it was well under the Couple limit. In 2010, NYS DOH modified its rules so that all married individuals will be considered a household size of TWO. DOH GIS 10 MA 10 Medicare Savings Program Household Size, June 4, 2010. This rule for household size is an exception to the rule applying SSI budgeting rules to the MSP program.

    Under these rules, Bob is now eligible for an MSP. When is One Better than Two?. Of course, there may be couples where the non-applying spouse's income is too high, and disqualifies the applying spouse from an MSP. In such cases, "spousal refusal" may be used SSL 366.3(a).

    (Link is to NYC HRA form, can be adapted for other counties). 3. The Three Medicare Savings Programs - what are they and how are they different?. 1.

    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.

    QMB coverage is not retroactive. The program’s benefits will begin the month after the month in which your client is found eligible. ** See special rules about cost-sharing for QMBs below - updated with new CMS directive issued January 2012 ** See NYC HRA QMB Recertification form ** Even if you do not have Part A automatically, because you did not have enough wages, you may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In Program, in which people eligible for QMB who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium (Materials by the Medicare Rights Center). 2.

    Specifiedl Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). For those with incomes between 100% and 120% FPL, the SLMB program will cover Part B premiums only. SLMB is retroactive, however, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months. 3.

    Qualified Individual (QI-1). For those with incomes between 120% and 135% FPL, and not receiving Medicaid, the QI-1 program will cover Medicare Part B premiums only. QI-1 is also retroactive, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months. However, QI-1 retroactive coverage can only be provided within the current calendar year.

    (GIS 07 MA 027) So if you apply in January, you get no retroactive coverage. Q-I-1 recipients would be eligible for Medicaid with a spend-down, but if they want the Part B premium paid, they must choose between enrolling in QI-1 or Medicaid. They cannot be in both. It is their choice.

    DOH MRG p. 19. In contrast, one may receive Medicaid and either QMB or SLIMB. 4.

    Four Special Benefits of MSPs (in addition to NO ASSET TEST). Benefit 1. Back Door to Medicare Part D "Extra Help" or Low Income Subsidy -- All MSP recipients are automatically enrolled in Extra Help, the subsidy that makes Part D affordable. They have no Part D deductible or doughnut hole, the premium is subsidized, and they pay very low copayments.

    Once they are enrolled in Extra Help by virtue of enrollment in an MSP, they retain Extra Help for the entire calendar year, even if they lose MSP eligibility during that year. The "Full" Extra Help subsidy has the same income limit as QI-1 - 135% FPL. However, many people may be eligible for QI-1 but not Extra Help because QI-1 and the other MSPs have no asset limit. People applying to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help might be rejected for this reason.

    Recent (2009-10) changes to federal law called "MIPPA" requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share eligibility data with NYSDOH on all persons who apply for Extra Help/ the Low Income Subsidy. Data sent to NYSDOH from SSA will enable NYSDOH to open MSP cases on many clients. The effective date of the MSP application must be the same date as the Extra Help application. Signatures will not be required from clients.

    In cases where the SSA data is incomplete, NYSDOH will forward what is collected to the local district for completion of an MSP application. The State implementing procedures are in DOH 2010 ADM-03. Also see CMS "Dear State Medicaid Director" letter dated Feb. 18, 2010 Benefit 2.

    MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B Generally one must enroll in Part B within the strict enrollment periods after turning age 65 or after 24 months of Social Security Disability. An exception is if you or your spouse are still working and insured under an employer sponsored group health plan, or if you have End Stage Renal Disease, and other factors, see this from Medicare Rights Center. If you fail to enroll within those short periods, you might have to pay higher Part B premiums for life as a Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP). Also, you may only enroll in Part B during the Annual Enrollment Period from January 1 - March 31st each year, with Part B not effective until the following July.

    Enrollment in an MSP automatically eliminates such penalties... For life.. Even if one later ceases to be eligible for the MSP. AND enrolling in an MSP will automatically result in becoming enrolled in Part B if you didn't already have it and only had Part A.

    See Medicare Rights Center flyer. Benefit 3. No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover MSP Benefits Paid Generally speaking, states may place liens on the Estates of deceased Medicaid recipients to recover the cost of Medicaid services that were provided after the recipient reached the age of 55. Since 2002, states have not been allowed to recover the cost of Medicare premiums paid under MSPs.

    In 2010, Congress expanded protection for MSP benefits. Beginning on January 1, 2010, states may not place liens on the Estates of Medicaid recipients who died after January 1, 2010 to recover costs for co-insurance paid under the QMB MSP program for services rendered after January 1, 2010. The federal government made this change in order to eliminate barriers to enrollment in MSPs. See NYS DOH GIS 10-MA-008 - Medicare Savings Program Changes in Estate Recovery The GIS clarifies that a client who receives both QMB and full Medicaid is exempt from estate recovery for these Medicare cost-sharing expenses.

    Benefit 4. SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits not reduced despite increased income from MSP - at least temporarily Many people receive both SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits and MSP. Income for purposes of SNAP/Food Stamps is reduced by a deduction for medical expenses, which includes payment of the Part B premium. Since approval for an MSP means that the client no longer pays for the Part B premium, his/her SNAP/Food Stamps income goes up, so their SNAP/Food Stamps go down.

    Here are some protections. Do these individuals have to report to their SNAP worker that their out of pocket medical costs have decreased?. And will the household see a reduction in their SNAP benefits, since the decrease in medical expenses will increase their countable income?. The good news is that MSP households do NOT have to report the decrease in their medical expenses to the SNAP/Food Stamp office until their next SNAP/Food Stamp recertification.

    Even if they do report the change, or the local district finds out because the same worker is handling both the MSP and SNAP case, there should be no reduction in the household’s benefit until the next recertification. New York’s SNAP policy per administrative directive 02 ADM-07 is to “freeze” the deduction for medical expenses between certification periods. Increases in medical expenses can be budgeted at the household’s request, but NYS never decreases a household’s medical expense deduction until the next recertification. Most elderly and disabled households have 24-month SNAP certification periods.

    Eventually, though, the decrease in medical expenses will need to be reported when the household recertifies for SNAP, and the household should expect to see a decrease in their monthly SNAP benefit. It is really important to stress that the loss in SNAP benefits is NOT dollar for dollar. A $100 decrease in out of pocket medical expenses would translate roughly into a $30 drop in SNAP benefits. See more info on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits by the Empire Justice Center, and on the State OTDA website.

    Some clients will be automatically enrolled in an MSP by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) shortly after attaining eligibility for Medicare. Others need to apply. The 2010 "MIPPA" law introduced some improvements to increase MSP enrollment. See 3rd bullet below.

    Also, some people who had Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare have special procedures to have their Part B premium paid before they enroll in an MSP. See below. WHO IS AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN AN MSP. Clients receiving even $1.00 of Supplemental Security Income should be automatically enrolled into a Medicare Savings Program (most often QMB) under New York State’s Medicare Savings Program Buy-in Agreement with the federal government once they become eligible for Medicare.

    They should receive Medicare Parts A and B. Clients who are already eligible for Medicare when they apply for Medicaid should be automatically assessed for MSP eligibility when they apply for Medicaid. (NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 and GIS 05 MA 033). Clients who apply to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help, but are rejected, should be contacted &.

    Enrolled into an MSP by the Medicaid program directly under new MIPPA procedures that require data sharing. Strategy TIP. Since the Extra Help filing date will be assigned to the MSP application, it may help the client to apply online for Extra Help with the SSA, even knowing that this application will be rejected because of excess assets or other reason. SSA processes these requests quickly, and it will be routed to the State for MSP processing.

    Since MSP applications take a while, at least the filing date will be retroactive. Note. The above strategy does not work as well for QMB, because the effective date of QMB is the month after the month of application. As a result, the retroactive effective date of Extra Help will be the month after the failed Extra Help application for those with QMB rather than SLMB/QI-1.

    Applying for MSP Directly with Local Medicaid Program. Those who do not have Medicaid already must apply for an MSP through their local social services district. (See more in Section D. Below re those who already have Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare.

    If you are applying for MSP only (not also Medicaid), you can use the simplified MSP application form (theDOH-4328(Rev. 8/2017-- English) (2017 Spanish version not yet available). Either application form can be mailed in -- there is no interview requirement anymore for MSP or Medicaid. See 10 ADM-04.

    Applicants will need to submit proof of income, a copy of their Medicare card (front &. Back), and proof of residency/address. See the application form for other instructions. One who is only eligible for QI-1 because of higher income may ONLY apply for an MSP, not for Medicaid too.

    One may not receive Medicaid and QI-1 at the same time. If someone only eligible for QI-1 wants Medicaid, s/he may enroll in and deposit excess income into a pooled Supplemental Needs Trust, to bring her countable income down to the Medicaid level, which also qualifies him or her for SLIMB or QMB instead of QI-1. Advocates in NYC can sign up for a half-day "Deputization Training" conducted by the Medicare Rights Center, at which you'll be trained and authorized to complete an MSP application and to submit it via the Medicare Rights Center, which submits it to HRA without the client having to apply in person. Enrolling in an MSP if you already have Medicaid, but just become eligible for Medicare Those who, prior to becoming enrolled in Medicare, had Medicaid through Affordable Care Act are eligible to have their Part B premiums paid by Medicaid (or the cost reimbursed) during the time it takes for them to transition to a Medicare Savings Program.

    In 2018, DOH clarified that reimbursement of the Part B premium will be made regardless of whether the individual is still in a Medicaid managed care (MMC) plan. GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare ( PDF) provides, "Due to efforts to transition individuals who gain Medicare eligibility and who require LTSS, individuals may not be disenrolled from MMC upon receipt of Medicare. To facilitate the transition and not disadvantage the recipient, the Medicaid program is approving reimbursement of Part B premiums for enrollees in MMC." The procedure for getting the Part B premium paid is different for those whose Medicaid was administered by the NYS of Health Exchange (Marketplace), as opposed to their local social services district. The procedure is also different for those who obtain Medicare because they turn 65, as opposed to obtaining Medicare based on disability.

    Either way, Medicaid recipients who transition onto Medicare should be automatically evaluated for MSP eligibility at their next Medicaid recertification. NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 Individuals can also affirmatively ask to be enrolled in MSP in between recertification periods. IF CLIENT HAD MEDICAID ON THE MARKETPLACE (NYS of Health Exchange) before obtaining Medicare. IF they obtain Medicare because they turn age 65, they will receive a letter from their local district asking them to "renew" Medicaid through their local district.

    See 2014 LCM-02. Now, their Medicaid income limit will be lower than the MAGI limits ($842/ mo reduced from $1387/month) and they now will have an asset test. For this reason, some individuals may lose full Medicaid eligibility when they begin receiving Medicare. People over age 65 who obtain Medicare do NOT keep "Marketplace Medicaid" for 12 months (continuous eligibility) See GIS 15 MA/022 - Continuous Coverage for MAGI Individuals.

    Since MSP has NO ASSET limit. Some individuals may be enrolled in the MSP even if they lose Medicaid, or if they now have a Medicaid spend-down. If a Medicare/Medicaid recipient reports income that exceeds the Medicaid level, districts must evaluate the person’s eligibility for MSP. 08 OHIP/ADM-4 ​If you became eligible for Medicare based on disability and you are UNDER AGE 65, you are entitled to keep MAGI Medicaid for 12 months from the month it was last authorized, even if you now have income normally above the MAGI limit, and even though you now have Medicare.

    This is called Continuous Eligibility. EXAMPLE. Sam, age 60, was last authorized for Medicaid on the Marketplace in June 2016. He became enrolled in Medicare based on disability in August 2016, and started receiving Social Security in the same month (he won a hearing approving Social Security disability benefits retroactively, after first being denied disability).

    Even though his Social Security is too high, he can keep Medicaid for 12 months beginning June 2016. Sam has to pay for his Part B premium - it is deducted from his Social Security check. He may call the Marketplace and request a refund. This will continue until the end of his 12 months of continues MAGI Medicaid eligibility.

    He will be reimbursed regardless of whether he is in a Medicaid managed care plan. See GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare (PDF) When that ends, he will renew Medicaid and apply for MSP with his local district. Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid with a spenddown can opt whether or not to receive MSP. (Medicaid Reference Guide (MRG) p.

    19). Obtaining MSP may increase their spenddown. MIPPA - Outreach by Social Security Administration -- Under MIPPA, the SSA sends a form letter to people who may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program or Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy - LIS) that they may apply. The letters are.

    · Beneficiary has Extra Help (LIS), but not MSP · Beneficiary has no Extra Help (LIS) or MSP 6. Enrolling in MSP for People Age 65+ who do Not have Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" Seniors WITHOUT MEDICARE PART A or B -- They may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In program, in which people eligible for QMB who are age 65+ who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll in Part A, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium. See Step-by-Step Guide by the Medicare Rights Center). This guide explains the various steps in "conditionally enrolling" in Part A at the SSA office, which must be done before applying for QMB at the Medicaid office, which will then pay the Part A premium.

    See also GIS 04 MA/013. In June, 2018, the SSA revised the POMS manual procedures for the Part A Buy-In to to address inconsistencies and confusion in SSA field offices and help smooth the path for QMB enrollment. The procedures are in the POMS Section HI 00801.140 "Premium-Free Part A Enrollments for Qualified Medicare BenefiIaries." It includes important clarifications, such as. SSA Field Offices should explain the QMB program and conditional enrollment process if an individual lacks premium-free Part A and appears to meet QMB requirements.

    SSA field offices can add notes to the “Remarks” section of the application and provide a screen shot to the individual so the individual can provide proof of conditional Part A enrollment when applying for QMB through the state Medicaid program. Beneficiaries are allowed to complete the conditional application even if they owe Medicare premiums. In Part A Buy-in states like NYS, SSA should process conditional applications on a rolling basis (without regard to enrollment periods), even if the application coincides with the General Enrollment Period. (The General Enrollment Period is from Jan 1 to March 31st every year, in which anyone eligible may enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B to be effective on July 1st).

    7. What happens after the MSP approval - How is Part B premium paid For all three MSP programs, the Medicaid program is now responsible for paying the Part B premiums, even though the MSP enrollee is not necessarily a recipient of Medicaid. The local Medicaid office (DSS/HRA) transmits the MSP approval to the NYS Department of Health – that information gets shared w/ SSA and CMS SSA stops deducting the Part B premiums out of the beneficiary’s Social Security check. SSA also refunds any amounts owed to the recipient.

    ) CMS “deems” the MSP recipient eligible for Part D Extra Help/ Low Income Subsidy (LIS). ​Can the MSP be retroactive like Medicaid, back to 3 months before the application?. ​The answer is different for the 3 MSP programs. QMB -No Retroactive Eligibility – Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application.

    18 NYCRR § 360-7.8(b)(5) SLIMB - YES - Retroactive Eligibility up to 3 months before the application, if was eligible This means applicant may be reimbursed for the 3 months of Part B benefits prior to the month of application. QI-1 - YES up to 3 months but only in the same calendar year. No retroactive eligibility to the previous year. 7.

    QMBs -Special Rules on Cost-Sharing. QMB is the only MSP program which pays not only the Part B premium, but also the Medicare co-insurance. However, there are limitations. First, co-insurance will only be paid if the provide accepts Medicaid.

    Not all Medicare provides accept Medicaid. Second, under recent changes in New York law, Medicaid will not always pay the Medicare co-insurance, even to a Medicaid provider. But even if the provider does not accept Medicaid, or if Medicaid does not pay the full co-insurance, the provider is banned from "balance billing" the QMB beneficiary for the co-insurance. Click here for an article that explains all of these rules.

    This article was authored by the Empire Justice Center.THE PROBLEM. Meet Joe, whose Doctor has Billed him for the Medicare Coinsurance Joe Client is disabled and has SSD, Medicaid and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB). His health care is covered by Medicare, and Medicaid and the QMB program pick up his Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Under Medicare Part B, his co-insurance is 20% of the Medicare-approved charge for most outpatient services.

    He went to the doctor recently and, as with any other Medicare beneficiary, the doctor handed him a bill for his co-pay. Now Joe has a bill that he can’t pay. Read below to find out -- SHORT ANSWER. QMB or Medicaid will pay the Medicare coinsurance only in limited situations.

    First, the provider must be a Medicaid provider. Second, even if the provider accepts Medicaid, under recent legislation in New York enacted in 2015 and 2016, QMB or Medicaid may pay only part of the coinsurance, or none at all. This depends in part on whether the beneficiary has Original Medicare or is in a Medicare Advantage plan, and in part on the type of service. However, the bottom line is that the provider is barred from "balance billing" a QMB beneficiary for the Medicare coinsurance.

    Unfortunately, this creates tension between an individual and her doctors, pharmacies dispensing Part B medications, and other providers. Providers may not know they are not allowed to bill a QMB beneficiary for Medicare coinsurance, since they bill other Medicare beneficiaries. Even those who know may pressure their patients to pay, or simply decline to serve them. These rights and the ramifications of these QMB rules are explained in this article.

    CMS is doing more education about QMB Rights. The Medicare Handbook, since 2017, gives information about QMB Protections. Download the 2020 Medicare Handbook here. See pp.

    53, 86. 1. To Which Providers will QMB or Medicaid Pay the Medicare Co-Insurance?. "Providers must enroll as Medicaid providers in order to bill Medicaid for the Medicare coinsurance." CMS Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs).

    The CMS bulletin states, "If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules." If the provider chooses not to enroll as a Medicaid provider, they still may not "balance bill" the QMB recipient for the coinsurance. 2. How Does a Provider that DOES accept Medicaid Bill for a QMB Beneficiary?. If beneficiary has Original Medicare -- The provider bills Medicaid - even if the QMB Beneficiary does not also have Medicaid.

    Medicaid is required to pay the provider for all Medicare Part A and B cost-sharing charges, even if the service is normally not covered by Medicaid (ie, chiropractic, podiatry and clinical social work care). Whatever reimbursement Medicaid pays the provider constitutes by law payment in full, and the provider cannot bill the beneficiary for any difference remaining. 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(n)(3)(A), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 If the QMB beneficiary is in a Medicare Advantage plan - The provider bills the Medicare Advantage plan, then bills Medicaid for the balance using a “16” code to get paid.

    The provider must include the amount it received from Medicare Advantage plan. 3. For a Provider who accepts Medicaid, How Much of the Medicare Coinsurance will be Paid for a QMB or Medicaid Beneficiary in NYS?. The answer to this question has changed by laws enacted in 2015 and 2016.

    In the proposed 2019 State Budget, Gov. Cuomo has proposed to reduce how much Medicaid pays for the Medicare costs even further. The amount Medicaid pays is different depending on whether the individual has Original Medicare or is a Medicare Advantage plan, with better payment for those in Medicare Advantage plans. The answer also differs based on the type of service.

    Part A Deductibles and Coinsurance - Medicaid pays the full Part A hospital deductible ($1,408 in 2020) and Skilled Nursing Facility coinsurance ($176/day) for days 20 - 100 of a rehab stay. Full payment is made for QMB beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients who have no spend-down. Payments are reduced if the beneficiary has a Medicaid spend-down. For in-patient hospital deductible, Medicaid will pay only if six times the monthly spend-down has been met.

    For example, if Mary has a $200/month spend down which has not been met otherwise, Medicaid will pay only $164 of the hospital deductible (the amount exceeding 6 x $200). See more on spend-down here. Medicare Part B - Deductible - Currently, Medicaid pays the full Medicare approved charges until the beneficiary has met the annual deductible, which is $198 in 2020. For example, Dr.

    John charges $500 for a visit, for which the Medicare approved charge is $198. Medicaid pays the entire $198, meeting the deductible. If the beneficiary has a spend-down, then the Medicaid payment would be subject to the spend-down. In the 2019 proposed state budget, Gov.

    Cuomo proposed to reduce the amount Medicaid pays toward the deductible to the same amount paid for coinsurance during the year, described below. This proposal was REJECTED by the state legislature. Co-Insurance - The amount medicaid pays in NYS is different for Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. If individual has Original Medicare, QMB/Medicaid will pay the 20% Part B coinsurance only to the extent the total combined payment the provider receives from Medicare and Medicaid is the lesser of the Medicaid or Medicare rate for the service.

    For example, if the Medicare rate for a service is $100, the coinsurance is $20. If the Medicaid rate for the same service is only $80 or less, Medicaid would pay nothing, as it would consider the doctor fully paid = the provider has received the full Medicaid rate, which is lesser than the Medicare rate. Exceptions - Medicaid/QMB wil pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate. ambulance and psychologists - The Gov's 2019 proposal to eliminate these exceptions was rejected.

    hospital outpatient clinic, certain facilities operating under certificates issued under the Mental Hygiene Law for people with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disability, and chemical dependence (Mental Hygiene Law Articles 16, 31 or 32). SSL 367-a, subd. 1(d)(iii)-(v) , as amended 2015 If individual is in a Medicare Advantage plan, 85% of the copayment will be paid to the provider (must be a Medicaid provider), regardless of how low the Medicaid rate is. This limit was enacted in the 2016 State Budget, and is better than what the Governor proposed - which was the same rule used in Original Medicare -- NONE of the copayment or coinsurance would be paid if the Medicaid rate was lower than the Medicare rate for the service, which is usually the case.

    This would have deterred doctors and other providers from being willing to treat them. SSL 367-a, subd. 1(d)(iv), added 2016. EXCEPTIONS.

    The Medicare Advantage plan must pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate. ambulance ) psychologist ) The Gov's proposal in the 2019 budget to eliminate these exceptions was rejected by the legislature Example to illustrate the current rules. The Medicare rate for Mary's specialist visit is $185. The Medicaid rate for the same service is $120.

    Current rules (since 2016). Medicare Advantage -- Medicare Advantage plan pays $135 and Mary is charged a copayment of $50 (amount varies by plan). Medicaid pays the specialist 85% of the $50 copayment, which is $42.50. The doctor is prohibited by federal law from "balance billing" QMB beneficiaries for the balance of that copayment.

    Since provider is getting $177.50 of the $185 approved rate, provider will hopefully not be deterred from serving Mary or other QMBs/Medicaid recipients. Original Medicare - The 20% coinsurance is $37. Medicaid pays none of the coinsurance because the Medicaid rate ($120) is lower than the amount the provider already received from Medicare ($148). For both Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare, if the bill was for a ambulance or psychologist, Medicaid would pay the full 20% coinsurance regardless of the Medicaid rate.

    The proposal to eliminate this exception was rejected by the legislature in 2019 budget. . 4. May the Provider 'Balance Bill" a QMB Benficiary for the Coinsurance if Provider Does Not Accept Medicaid, or if Neither the Patient or Medicaid/QMB pays any coinsurance?.

    No. Balance billing is banned by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(n)(3)(A).

    In an Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs)," the federal Medicare agency - CMS - clarified that providers MAY NOT BILL QMB recipients for the Medicare coinsurance. This is true whether or not the provider is registered as a Medicaid provider. If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules. This is a change in policy in implementing Section 1902(n)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act), as modified by section 4714 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which prohibits Medicare providers from balance-billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing.

    The CMS letter states, "All Medicare physicians, providers, and suppliers who offer services and supplies to QMBs are prohibited from billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing, including deductible, coinsurance, and copayments. This section of the Act is available at. CMCS Informational Bulletin http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title19/1902.htm. QMBs have no legal obligation to make further payment to a provider or Medicare managed care plan for Part A or Part B cost sharing.

    Providers who inappropriately bill QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing are subject to sanctions. Please note that the statute referenced above supersedes CMS State Medicaid Manual, Chapter 3, Eligibility, 3490.14 (b), which is no longer in effect, but may be causing confusion about QMB billing." The same information was sent to providers in this Medicare Learning Network bulletin, last revised in June 26, 2018. CMS reminded Medicare Advantage plans of the rule against Balance Billing in the 2017 Call Letter for plan renewals. See this excerpt of the 2017 call letter by Justice in Aging - Prohibition on Billing Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees for Medicare Cost Sharing 5.

    How do QMB Beneficiaries Show a Provider that they have QMB and cannot be Billed for the Coinsurance?. It can be difficult to show a provider that one is a QMB. It is especially difficult for providers who are not Medicaid providers to identify QMB's, since they do not have access to online Medicaid eligibility systems Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to verify their QMB Status and report a billing issue. If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer.

    See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec. 16, 2016. Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) that Medicare beneficiaries receive every three months state that QMBs have no financial liability for co-insurance for each Medicare-covered service listed on the MSN. The Remittance Advice (RA) that Medicare sends to providers shows the same information.

    By spelling out billing protections on a service-by-service basis, the MSNs provide clarity for both the QMB beneficiary and the provider. Justice in Aging has posted samples of what the new MSNs look like here. They have also updated Justice in Aging’s Improper Billing Toolkit to incorporate references to the MSNs in its model letters that you can use to advocate for clients who have been improperly billed for Medicare-covered services. CMS is implementing systems changes that will notify providers when they process a Medicare claim that the patient is QMB and has no cost-sharing liability.

    The Medicare Summary Notice sent to the beneficiary will also state that the beneficiary has QMB and no liability. These changes were scheduled to go into effect in October 2017, but have been delayed. Read more about them in this Justice in Aging Issue Brief on New Strategies in Fighting Improper Billing for QMBs (Feb. 2017).

    QMBs are issued a Medicaid benefit card (by mail), even if they do not also receive Medicaid. The card is the mechanism for health care providers to bill the QMB program for the Medicare deductibles and co-pays. Unfortunately, the Medicaid card dos not indicate QMB eligibility. Not all people who have Medicaid also have QMB (they may have higher incomes and "spend down" to the Medicaid limits.

    Advocates have asked for a special QMB card, or a notation on the Medicaid card to show that the individual has QMB. See this Report - a National Survey on QMB Identification Practices published by Justice in Aging, authored by Peter Travitsky, NYLAG EFLRP staff attorney. The Report, published in March 2017, documents how QMB beneficiaries could be better identified in order to ensure providers do not bill them improperly. 6.

    If you are Billed -​ Strategies Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to report a billing issue. If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer. See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec. 16, 2016.

    Send a letter to the provider, using the Justice In Aging Model model letters to providers to explain QMB rights.​​​ both for Original Medicare (Letters 1-2) and Medicare Advantage (Letters 3-5) - see Overview of model letters. Include a link to the CMS Medicare Learning Network Notice. Prohibition on Balance Billing Dually Eligible Individuals Enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program (revised June 26. 2018) In January 2017, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau issued this guide to QMB billing.

    A consumer who has a problem with debt collection, may also submit a complaint online or call the CFPB at 1-855-411-2372. TTY/TDD users can call 1-855-729-2372. Medicare Advantage members should complain to their Medicare Advantage plan. In its 2017 Call Letter, CMS stressed to Medicare Advantage contractors that federal regulations at 42 C.F.R.

    § 422.504 (g)(1)(iii), require that provider contracts must prohibit collection of deductibles and co-payments from dual eligibles and QMBs. Toolkit to Help Protect QMB Rights ​​In July 2015, CMS issued a report, "Access to Care Issues Among Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB's)" documenting how pervasive illegal attempts to bill QMBs for the Medicare coinsurance, including those who are members of managed care plans. Justice in Aging, a national advocacy organization, has a project to educate beneficiaries about balance billing and to advocate for stronger protections for QMBs. Links to their webinars and other resources is at this link.

    Their information includes. September 4, 2009, updated 6/20/20 by Valerie Bogart, NYLAG Author. Cathy Roberts. Author.

    Geoffrey Hale This article was authored by the Empire Justice Center..

    6 buy ventolin over the counter uk. Enrolling in an MSP for People age 65+ who Do Not Qualify for Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" 7. What Happens After MSP Approved - How Part B Premium is Paid 8 Special Rules for QMBs - How Medicare Cost-Sharing Works 1. NO buy ventolin over the counter uk ASSET LIMIT!.

    Since April 1, 2008, none of the three MSP programs have resource limits in New York -- which means many Medicare beneficiaries who might not qualify for Medicaid because of excess resources can qualify for an MSP. 1.A. SUMMARY CHART OF MSP BENEFITS QMB SLIMB QI-1 buy ventolin over the counter uk Eligibility ASSET LIMIT NO LIMIT IN NEW YORK STATE INCOME LIMIT (2020) Single Couple Single Couple Single Couple $1,064 $1,437 $1,276 $1,724 $1,436 $1,940 Federal Poverty Level 100% FPL 100 – 120% FPL 120 – 135% FPL Benefits Pays Monthly Part B premium?. YES, and also Part A premium if did not have enough work quarters and meets citizenship requirement.

    See “Part A Buy-In” YES YES Pays Part A &. B deductibles buy ventolin over the counter uk &. Co-insurance YES - with limitations NO NO Retroactive to Filing of Application?. Yes - Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application.

    18 NYCRR §360-7.8(b)(5) Yes – Retroactive to 3rd month before month of application, if eligible in prior months Yes – may be retroactive to 3rd month before month of applica-tion, but only within buy ventolin over the counter uk the current calendar year. (No retro for January application). See GIS 07 MA 027. Can Enroll in MSP buy ventolin over the counter uk and Medicaid at Same Time?.

    YES YES NO!. Must choose between QI-1 and Medicaid. Cannot have both, not buy ventolin over the counter uk even Medicaid with a spend-down. 2.

    INCOME LIMITS and RULES Each of the three MSP programs has different income eligibility requirements and provides different benefits. The income limits are tied to the Federal buy ventolin over the counter uk Poverty Level (FPL). 2019 FPL levels were released by NYS DOH in GIS 20 MA/02 - 2020 Federal Poverty Levels -- Attachment II and have been posted by Medicaid.gov and the National Council on Aging and are in the chart below. NOTE.

    There is usually a lag in time of several weeks, or even months, from January 1st of each year until the new FPLs are release, and then before the new MSP income limits are officially buy ventolin over the counter uk implemented. During this lag period, local Medicaid offices should continue to use the previous year's FPLs AND count the person's Social Security benefit amount from the previous year - do NOT factor in the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment). Once the updated guidelines are released, districts will use the new FPLs and go ahead and factor in any COLA. See 2019 Fact Sheet on MSP in NYS by Medicare Rights Center ENGLISH SPANISH Income is determined by the same methodology as is used for determining in eligibility for SSI The rules for counting income for SSI-related (Aged 65+, Blind, or Disabled) Medicaid recipients, borrowed from the SSI program, apply to the MSP program, except for the buy ventolin over the counter uk new rules about counting household size for married couples.

    367-a(3)(c)(2), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7, 89-ADM-7 p.7. Gross income is counted, although there are certain types of income that are disregarded. The most common income disregards, also known as deductions, include. (a) The first $20 of your &.

    Your spouse's monthly income, earned or unearned ($20 per couple max). (b) SSI EARNED INCOME DISREGARDS. * The first $65 of monthly wages of you and your spouse, * One-half of the remaining monthly wages (after the $65 is deducted). * Other work incentives including PASS plans, impairment related work expenses (IRWEs), blind work expenses, etc.

    For information on these deductions, see The Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) and other guides in this article -- though written for the MBI-WPD, the work incentives apply to all Medicaid programs, including MSP, for people age 65+, disabled or blind. (c) monthly cost of any health insurance premiums but NOT the Part B premium, since Medicaid will now pay this premium (may deduct Medigap supplemental policies, vision, dental, or long term care insurance premiums, and the Part D premium but only to the extent the premium exceeds the Extra Help benchmark amount) (d) Food stamps not counted. You can get a more comprehensive listing of the SSI-related income disregards on the Medicaid income disregards chart. As for all benefit programs based on financial need, it is usually advantageous to be considered a larger household, because the income limit is higher.

    The above chart shows that Households of TWO have a higher income limit than households of ONE. The MSP programs use the same rules as Medicaid does for the Disabled, Aged and Blind (DAB) which are borrowed from the SSI program for Medicaid recipients in the “SSI-related category.” Under these rules, a household can be only ONE or TWO. 18 NYCRR 360-4.2. See DAB Household Size Chart.

    Married persons can sometimes be ONE or TWO depending on arcane rules, which can force a Medicare beneficiary to be limited to the income limit for ONE person even though his spouse who is under 65 and not disabled has no income, and is supported by the client applying for an MSP. EXAMPLE. Bob's Social Security is $1300/month. He is age 67 and has Medicare.

    His wife, Nancy, is age 62 and is not disabled and does not work. Under the old rule, Bob was not eligible for an MSP because his income was above the Income limit for One, even though it was well under the Couple limit. In 2010, NYS DOH modified its rules so that all married individuals will be considered a household size of TWO. DOH GIS 10 MA 10 Medicare Savings Program Household Size, June 4, 2010.

    This rule for household size is an exception to the rule applying SSI budgeting rules to the MSP program. Under these rules, Bob is now eligible for an MSP. When is One Better than Two?. Of course, there may be couples where the non-applying spouse's income is too high, and disqualifies the applying spouse from an MSP.

    In such cases, "spousal refusal" may be used SSL 366.3(a). (Link is to NYC HRA form, can be adapted for other counties). 3. The Three Medicare Savings Programs - what are they and how are they different?.

    1. 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. QMB coverage is not retroactive. The program’s benefits will begin the month after the month in which your client is found eligible. ** See special rules about cost-sharing for QMBs below - updated with new CMS directive issued January 2012 ** See NYC HRA QMB Recertification form ** Even if you do not have Part A automatically, because you did not have enough wages, you may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In Program, in which people eligible for QMB who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium (Materials by the Medicare Rights Center).

    2. Specifiedl Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). For those with incomes between 100% and 120% FPL, the SLMB program will cover Part B premiums only. SLMB is retroactive, however, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months.

    3. Qualified Individual (QI-1). For those with incomes between 120% and 135% FPL, and not receiving Medicaid, the QI-1 program will cover Medicare Part B premiums only. QI-1 is also retroactive, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months.

    However, QI-1 retroactive coverage can only be provided within the current calendar year. (GIS 07 MA 027) So if you apply in January, you get no retroactive coverage. Q-I-1 recipients would be eligible for Medicaid with a spend-down, but if they want the Part B premium paid, they must choose between enrolling in QI-1 or Medicaid. They cannot be in both.

    It is their choice. DOH MRG p. 19. In contrast, one may receive Medicaid and either QMB or SLIMB.

    4. Four Special Benefits of MSPs (in addition to NO ASSET TEST). Benefit 1. Back Door to Medicare Part D "Extra Help" or Low Income Subsidy -- All MSP recipients are automatically enrolled in Extra Help, the subsidy that makes Part D affordable.

    They have no Part D deductible or doughnut hole, the premium is subsidized, and they pay very low copayments. Once they are enrolled in Extra Help by virtue of enrollment in an MSP, they retain Extra Help for the entire calendar year, even if they lose MSP eligibility during that year. The "Full" Extra Help subsidy has the same income limit as QI-1 - 135% FPL. However, many people may be eligible for QI-1 but not Extra Help because QI-1 and the other MSPs have no asset limit.

    People applying to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help might be rejected for this reason. Recent (2009-10) changes to federal law called "MIPPA" requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share eligibility data with NYSDOH on all persons who apply for Extra Help/ the Low Income Subsidy. Data sent to NYSDOH from SSA will enable NYSDOH to open MSP cases on many clients. The effective date of the MSP application must be the same date as the Extra Help application.

    Signatures will not be required from clients. In cases where the SSA data is incomplete, NYSDOH will forward what is collected to the local district for completion of an MSP application. The State implementing procedures are in DOH 2010 ADM-03. Also see CMS "Dear State Medicaid Director" letter dated Feb.

    18, 2010 Benefit 2. MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B Generally one must enroll in Part B within the strict enrollment periods after turning age 65 or after 24 months of Social Security Disability. An exception is if you or your spouse are still working and insured under an employer sponsored group health plan, or if you have End Stage Renal Disease, and other factors, see this from Medicare Rights Center. If you fail to enroll within those short periods, you might have to pay higher Part B premiums for life as a Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP).

    Also, you may only enroll in Part B during the Annual Enrollment Period from January 1 - March 31st each year, with Part B not effective until the following July. Enrollment in an MSP automatically eliminates such penalties... For life.. Even if one later ceases to be eligible for the MSP.

    AND enrolling in an MSP will automatically result in becoming enrolled in Part B if you didn't already have it and only had Part A. See Medicare Rights Center flyer. Benefit 3. No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover MSP Benefits Paid Generally speaking, states may place liens on the Estates of deceased Medicaid recipients to recover the cost of Medicaid services that were provided after the recipient reached the age of 55.

    Since 2002, states have not been allowed to recover the cost of Medicare premiums paid under MSPs. In 2010, Congress expanded protection for MSP benefits. Beginning on January 1, 2010, states may not place liens on the Estates of Medicaid recipients who died after January 1, 2010 to recover costs for co-insurance paid under the QMB MSP program for services rendered after January 1, 2010. The federal government made this change in order to eliminate barriers to enrollment in MSPs.

    See NYS DOH GIS 10-MA-008 - Medicare Savings Program Changes in Estate Recovery The GIS clarifies that a client who receives both QMB and full Medicaid is exempt from estate recovery for these Medicare cost-sharing expenses. Benefit 4. SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits not reduced despite increased income from MSP - at least temporarily Many people receive both SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits and MSP. Income for purposes of SNAP/Food Stamps is reduced by a deduction for medical expenses, which includes payment of the Part B premium.

    Since approval for an MSP means that the client no longer pays for the Part B premium, his/her SNAP/Food Stamps income goes up, so their SNAP/Food Stamps go down. Here are some protections. Do these individuals have to report to their SNAP worker that their out of pocket medical costs have decreased?. And will the household see a reduction in their SNAP benefits, since the decrease in medical expenses will increase their countable income?.

    The good news is that MSP households do NOT have to report the decrease in their medical expenses to the SNAP/Food Stamp office until their next SNAP/Food Stamp recertification. Even if they do report the change, or the local district finds out because the same worker is handling both the MSP and SNAP case, there should be no reduction in the household’s benefit until the next recertification. New York’s SNAP policy per administrative directive 02 ADM-07 is to “freeze” the deduction for medical expenses between certification periods. Increases in medical expenses can be budgeted at the household’s request, but NYS never decreases a household’s medical expense deduction until the next recertification.

    Most elderly and disabled households have 24-month SNAP certification periods. Eventually, though, the decrease in medical expenses will need to be reported when the household recertifies for SNAP, and the household should expect to see a decrease in their monthly SNAP benefit. It is really important to stress that the loss in SNAP benefits is NOT dollar for dollar. A $100 decrease in out of pocket medical expenses would translate roughly into a $30 drop in SNAP benefits.

    See more info on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits by the Empire Justice Center, and on the State OTDA website. Some clients will be automatically enrolled in an MSP by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) shortly after attaining eligibility for Medicare. Others need to apply. The 2010 "MIPPA" law introduced some improvements to increase MSP enrollment.

    See 3rd bullet below. Also, some people who had Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare have special procedures to have their Part B premium paid before they enroll in an MSP. See below. WHO IS AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN AN MSP.

    Clients receiving even $1.00 of Supplemental Security Income should be automatically enrolled into a Medicare Savings Program (most often QMB) under New York State’s Medicare Savings Program Buy-in Agreement with the federal government once they become eligible for Medicare. They should receive Medicare Parts A and B. Clients who are already eligible for Medicare when they apply for Medicaid should be automatically assessed for MSP eligibility when they apply for Medicaid. (NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 and GIS 05 MA 033).

    Clients who apply to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help, but are rejected, should be contacted &. Enrolled into an MSP by the Medicaid program directly under new MIPPA procedures that require data sharing. Strategy TIP. Since the Extra Help filing date will be assigned to the MSP application, it may help the client to apply online for Extra Help with the SSA, even knowing that this application will be rejected because of excess assets or other reason.

    SSA processes these requests quickly, and it will be routed to the State for MSP processing. Since MSP applications take a while, at least the filing date will be retroactive. Note. The above strategy does not work as well for QMB, because the effective date of QMB is the month after the month of application.

    As a result, the retroactive effective date of Extra Help will be the month after the failed Extra Help application for those with QMB rather than SLMB/QI-1. Applying for MSP Directly with Local Medicaid Program. Those who do not have Medicaid already must apply for an MSP through their local social services district. (See more in Section D.

    Below re those who already have Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare. If you are applying for MSP only (not also Medicaid), you can use the simplified MSP application form (theDOH-4328(Rev. 8/2017-- English) (2017 Spanish version not yet available). Either application form can be mailed in -- there is no interview requirement anymore for MSP or Medicaid.

    See 10 ADM-04. Applicants will need to submit proof of income, a copy of their Medicare card (front &. Back), and proof of residency/address. See the application form for other instructions.

    One who is only eligible for QI-1 because of higher income may ONLY apply for an MSP, not for Medicaid too. One may not receive Medicaid and QI-1 at the same time. If someone only eligible for QI-1 wants Medicaid, s/he may enroll in and deposit excess income into a pooled Supplemental Needs Trust, to bring her countable income down to the Medicaid level, which also qualifies him or her for SLIMB or QMB instead of QI-1. Advocates in NYC can sign up for a half-day "Deputization Training" conducted by the Medicare Rights Center, at which you'll be trained and authorized to complete an MSP application and to submit it via the Medicare Rights Center, which submits it to HRA without the client having to apply in person.

    Enrolling in an MSP if you already have Medicaid, but just become eligible for Medicare Those who, prior to becoming enrolled in Medicare, had Medicaid through Affordable Care Act are eligible to have their Part B premiums paid by Medicaid (or the cost reimbursed) during the time it takes for them to transition to a Medicare Savings Program. In 2018, DOH clarified that reimbursement of the Part B premium will be made regardless of whether the individual is still in a Medicaid managed care (MMC) plan. GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare ( PDF) provides, "Due to efforts to transition individuals who gain Medicare eligibility and who require LTSS, individuals may not be disenrolled from MMC upon receipt of Medicare. To facilitate the transition and not disadvantage the recipient, the Medicaid program is approving reimbursement of Part B premiums for enrollees in MMC." The procedure for getting the Part B premium paid is different for those whose Medicaid was administered by the NYS of Health Exchange (Marketplace), as opposed to their local social services district.

    The procedure is also different for those who obtain Medicare because they turn 65, as opposed to obtaining Medicare based on disability. Either way, Medicaid recipients who transition onto Medicare should be automatically evaluated for MSP eligibility at their next Medicaid recertification. NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 Individuals can also affirmatively ask to be enrolled in MSP in between recertification periods. IF CLIENT HAD MEDICAID ON THE MARKETPLACE (NYS of Health Exchange) before obtaining Medicare.

    IF they obtain Medicare because they turn age 65, they will receive a letter from their local district asking them to "renew" Medicaid through their local district. See 2014 LCM-02. Now, their Medicaid income limit will be lower than the MAGI limits ($842/ mo reduced from $1387/month) and they now will have an asset test. For this reason, some individuals may lose full Medicaid eligibility when they begin receiving Medicare.

    People over age 65 who obtain Medicare do NOT keep "Marketplace Medicaid" for 12 months (continuous eligibility) See GIS 15 MA/022 - Continuous Coverage for MAGI Individuals. Since MSP has NO ASSET limit. Some individuals may be enrolled in the MSP even if they lose Medicaid, or if they now have a Medicaid spend-down. If a Medicare/Medicaid recipient reports income that exceeds the Medicaid level, districts must evaluate the person’s eligibility for MSP.

    08 OHIP/ADM-4 ​If you became eligible for Medicare based on disability and you are UNDER AGE 65, you are entitled to keep MAGI Medicaid for 12 months from the month it was last authorized, even if you now have income normally above the MAGI limit, and even though you now have Medicare. This is called Continuous Eligibility. EXAMPLE. Sam, age 60, was last authorized for Medicaid on the Marketplace in June 2016.

    He became enrolled in Medicare based on disability in August 2016, and started receiving Social Security in the same month (he won a hearing approving Social Security disability benefits retroactively, after first being denied disability). Even though his Social Security is too high, he can keep Medicaid for 12 months beginning June 2016. Sam has to pay for his Part B premium - it is deducted from his Social Security check. He may call the Marketplace and request a refund.

    This will continue until the end of his 12 months of continues MAGI Medicaid eligibility. He will be reimbursed regardless of whether he is in a Medicaid managed care plan. See GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare (PDF) When that ends, he will renew Medicaid and apply for MSP with his local district. Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid with a spenddown can opt whether or not to receive MSP.

    (Medicaid Reference Guide (MRG) p. 19). Obtaining MSP may increase their spenddown. MIPPA - Outreach by Social Security Administration -- Under MIPPA, the SSA sends a form letter to people who may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program or Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy - LIS) that they may apply.

    The letters are. · Beneficiary has Extra Help (LIS), but not MSP · Beneficiary has no Extra Help (LIS) or MSP 6. Enrolling in MSP for People Age 65+ who do Not have Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" Seniors WITHOUT MEDICARE PART A or B -- They may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In program, in which people eligible for QMB who are age 65+ who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll in Part A, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium. See Step-by-Step Guide by the Medicare Rights Center).

    This guide explains the various steps in "conditionally enrolling" in Part A at the SSA office, which must be done before applying for QMB at the Medicaid office, which will then pay the Part A premium. See also GIS 04 MA/013. In June, 2018, the SSA revised the POMS manual procedures for the Part A Buy-In to to address inconsistencies and confusion in SSA field offices and help smooth the path for QMB enrollment. The procedures are in the POMS Section HI 00801.140 "Premium-Free Part A Enrollments for Qualified Medicare BenefiIaries." It includes important clarifications, such as.

    SSA Field Offices should explain the QMB program and conditional enrollment process if an individual lacks premium-free Part A and appears to meet QMB requirements. SSA field offices can add notes to the “Remarks” section of the application and provide a screen shot to the individual so the individual can provide proof of conditional Part A enrollment when applying for QMB through the state Medicaid program. Beneficiaries are allowed to complete the conditional application even if they owe Medicare premiums. In Part A Buy-in states like NYS, SSA should process conditional applications on a rolling basis (without regard to enrollment periods), even if the application coincides with the General Enrollment Period.

    (The General Enrollment Period is from Jan 1 to March 31st every year, in which anyone eligible may enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B to be effective on July 1st). 7. What happens after the MSP approval - How is Part B premium paid For all three MSP programs, the Medicaid program is now responsible for paying the Part B premiums, even though the MSP enrollee is not necessarily a recipient of Medicaid. The local Medicaid office (DSS/HRA) transmits the MSP approval to the NYS Department of Health – that information gets shared w/ SSA and CMS SSA stops deducting the Part B premiums out of the beneficiary’s Social Security check.

    SSA also refunds any amounts owed to the recipient. (Note. This process can take awhile!. !.

    !. ) CMS “deems” the MSP recipient eligible for Part D Extra Help/ Low Income Subsidy (LIS). ​Can the MSP be retroactive like Medicaid, back to 3 months before the application?. ​The answer is different for the 3 MSP programs.

    QMB -No Retroactive Eligibility – Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application. 18 NYCRR § 360-7.8(b)(5) SLIMB - YES - Retroactive Eligibility up to 3 months before the application, if was eligible This means applicant may be reimbursed for the 3 months of Part B benefits prior to the month of application. QI-1 - YES up to 3 months but only in the same calendar year. No retroactive eligibility to the previous year.

    7. QMBs -Special Rules on Cost-Sharing. QMB is the only MSP program which pays not only the Part B premium, but also the Medicare co-insurance. However, there are limitations.

    First, co-insurance will only be paid if the provide accepts Medicaid. Not all Medicare provides accept Medicaid. Second, under recent changes in New York law, Medicaid will not always pay the Medicare co-insurance, even to a Medicaid provider. But even if the provider does not accept Medicaid, or if Medicaid does not pay the full co-insurance, the provider is banned from "balance billing" the QMB beneficiary for the co-insurance.

    Click here for an article that explains all of these rules. This article was authored by the Empire Justice Center.THE PROBLEM. Meet Joe, whose Doctor has Billed him for the Medicare Coinsurance Joe Client is disabled and has SSD, Medicaid and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB). His health care is covered by Medicare, and Medicaid and the QMB program pick up his Medicare cost-sharing obligations.

    Under Medicare Part B, his co-insurance is 20% of the Medicare-approved charge for most outpatient services. He went to the doctor recently and, as with any other Medicare beneficiary, the doctor handed him a bill for his co-pay. Now Joe has a bill that he can’t pay. Read below to find out -- SHORT ANSWER.

    QMB or Medicaid will pay the Medicare coinsurance only in limited situations. First, the provider must be a Medicaid provider. Second, even if the provider accepts Medicaid, under recent legislation in New York enacted in 2015 and 2016, QMB or Medicaid may pay only part of the coinsurance, or none at all. This depends in part on whether the beneficiary has Original Medicare or is in a Medicare Advantage plan, and in part on the type of service.

    However, the bottom line is that the provider is barred from "balance billing" a QMB beneficiary for the Medicare coinsurance. Unfortunately, this creates tension between an individual and her doctors, pharmacies dispensing Part B medications, and other providers. Providers may not know they are not allowed to bill a QMB beneficiary for Medicare coinsurance, since they bill other Medicare beneficiaries. Even those who know may pressure their patients to pay, or simply decline to serve them.

    These rights and the ramifications of these QMB rules are explained in this article. CMS is doing more education about QMB Rights. The Medicare Handbook, since 2017, gives information about QMB Protections. Download the 2020 Medicare Handbook here.

    See pp. 53, 86. 1. To Which Providers will QMB or Medicaid Pay the Medicare Co-Insurance?.

    "Providers must enroll as Medicaid providers in order to bill Medicaid for the Medicare coinsurance." CMS Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs). The CMS bulletin states, "If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules." If the provider chooses not to enroll as a Medicaid provider, they still may not "balance bill" the QMB recipient for the coinsurance. 2. How Does a Provider that DOES accept Medicaid Bill for a QMB Beneficiary?.

    If beneficiary has Original Medicare -- The provider bills Medicaid - even if the QMB Beneficiary does not also have Medicaid. Medicaid is required to pay the provider for all Medicare Part A and B cost-sharing charges, even if the service is normally not covered by Medicaid (ie, chiropractic, podiatry and clinical social work care). Whatever reimbursement Medicaid pays the provider constitutes by law payment in full, and the provider cannot bill the beneficiary for any difference remaining. 42 U.S.C.

    § 1396a(n)(3)(A), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 If the QMB beneficiary is in a Medicare Advantage plan - The provider bills the Medicare Advantage plan, then bills Medicaid for the balance using a “16” code to get paid. The provider must include the amount it received from Medicare Advantage plan. 3. For a Provider who accepts Medicaid, How Much of the Medicare Coinsurance will be Paid for a QMB or Medicaid Beneficiary in NYS?.

    The answer to this question has changed by laws enacted in 2015 and 2016. In the proposed 2019 State Budget, Gov. Cuomo has proposed to reduce how much Medicaid pays for the Medicare costs even further. The amount Medicaid pays is different depending on whether the individual has Original Medicare or is a Medicare Advantage plan, with better payment for those in Medicare Advantage plans.

    The answer also differs based on the type of service. Part A Deductibles and Coinsurance - Medicaid pays the full Part A hospital deductible ($1,408 in 2020) and Skilled Nursing Facility coinsurance ($176/day) for days 20 - 100 of a rehab stay. Full payment is made for QMB beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients who have no spend-down. Payments are reduced if the beneficiary has a Medicaid spend-down.

    For in-patient hospital deductible, Medicaid will pay only if six times the monthly spend-down has been met. For example, if Mary has a $200/month spend down which has not been met otherwise, Medicaid will pay only $164 of the hospital deductible (the amount exceeding 6 x $200). See more on spend-down here. Medicare Part B - Deductible - Currently, Medicaid pays the full Medicare approved charges until the beneficiary has met the annual deductible, which is $198 in 2020.

    For example, Dr. John charges $500 for a visit, for which the Medicare approved charge is $198. Medicaid pays the entire $198, meeting the deductible. If the beneficiary has a spend-down, then the Medicaid payment would be subject to the spend-down.

    In the 2019 proposed state budget, Gov. Cuomo proposed to reduce the amount Medicaid pays toward the deductible to the same amount paid for coinsurance during the year, described below. This proposal was REJECTED by the state legislature. Co-Insurance - The amount medicaid pays in NYS is different for Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage.

    If individual has Original Medicare, QMB/Medicaid will pay the 20% Part B coinsurance only to the extent the total combined payment the provider receives from Medicare and Medicaid is the lesser of the Medicaid or Medicare rate for the service. For example, if the Medicare rate for a service is $100, the coinsurance is $20. If the Medicaid rate for the same service is only $80 or less, Medicaid would pay nothing, as it would consider the doctor fully paid = the provider has received the full Medicaid rate, which is lesser than the Medicare rate. Exceptions - Medicaid/QMB wil pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate.

    ambulance and psychologists - The Gov's 2019 proposal to eliminate these exceptions was rejected. hospital outpatient clinic, certain facilities operating under certificates issued under the Mental Hygiene Law for people with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disability, and chemical dependence (Mental Hygiene Law Articles 16, 31 or 32). SSL 367-a, subd. 1(d)(iii)-(v) , as amended 2015 If individual is in a Medicare Advantage plan, 85% of the copayment will be paid to the provider (must be a Medicaid provider), regardless of how low the Medicaid rate is.

    This limit was enacted in the 2016 State Budget, and is better than what the Governor proposed - which was the same rule used in Original Medicare -- NONE of the copayment or coinsurance would be paid if the Medicaid rate was lower than the Medicare rate for the service, which is usually the case. This would have deterred doctors and other providers from being willing to treat them. SSL 367-a, subd. 1(d)(iv), added 2016.

    EXCEPTIONS. The Medicare Advantage plan must pay the full coinsurance for the following services, regardless of the Medicaid rate. ambulance ) psychologist ) The Gov's proposal in the 2019 budget to eliminate these exceptions was rejected by the legislature Example to illustrate the current rules. The Medicare rate for Mary's specialist visit is $185.

    The Medicaid rate for the same service is $120. Current rules (since 2016). Medicare Advantage -- Medicare Advantage plan pays $135 and Mary is charged a copayment of $50 (amount varies by plan). Medicaid pays the specialist 85% of the $50 copayment, which is $42.50.

    The doctor is prohibited by federal law from "balance billing" QMB beneficiaries for the balance of that copayment. Since provider is getting $177.50 of the $185 approved rate, provider will hopefully not be deterred from serving Mary or other QMBs/Medicaid recipients. Original Medicare - The 20% coinsurance is $37. Medicaid pays none of the coinsurance because the Medicaid rate ($120) is lower than the amount the provider already received from Medicare ($148).

    For both Medicare Advantage and Original Medicare, if the bill was for a ambulance or psychologist, Medicaid would pay the full 20% coinsurance regardless of the Medicaid rate. The proposal to eliminate this exception was rejected by the legislature in 2019 budget. . 4.

    May the Provider 'Balance Bill" a QMB Benficiary for the Coinsurance if Provider Does Not Accept Medicaid, or if Neither the Patient or Medicaid/QMB pays any coinsurance?. No. Balance billing is banned by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. 42 U.S.C.

    § 1396a(n)(3)(A). In an Informational Bulletin issued January 6, 2012, titled "Billing for Services Provided to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs)," the federal Medicare agency - CMS - clarified that providers MAY NOT BILL QMB recipients for the Medicare coinsurance. This is true whether or not the provider is registered as a Medicaid provider. If the provider wants Medicaid to pay the coinsurance, then the provider must register as a Medicaid provider under the state rules.

    This is a change in policy in implementing Section 1902(n)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act), as modified by section 4714 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which prohibits Medicare providers from balance-billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing. The CMS letter states, "All Medicare physicians, providers, and suppliers who offer services and supplies to QMBs are prohibited from billing QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing, including deductible, coinsurance, and copayments. This section of the Act is available at. CMCS Informational Bulletin http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title19/1902.htm.

    QMBs have no legal obligation to make further payment to a provider or Medicare managed care plan for Part A or Part B cost sharing. Providers who inappropriately bill QMBs for Medicare cost-sharing are subject to sanctions. Please note that the statute referenced above supersedes CMS State Medicaid Manual, Chapter 3, Eligibility, 3490.14 (b), which is no longer in effect, but may be causing confusion about QMB billing." The same information was sent to providers in this Medicare Learning Network bulletin, last revised in June 26, 2018. CMS reminded Medicare Advantage plans of the rule against Balance Billing in the 2017 Call Letter for plan renewals.

    See this excerpt of the 2017 call letter by Justice in Aging - Prohibition on Billing Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees for Medicare Cost Sharing 5. How do QMB Beneficiaries Show a Provider that they have QMB and cannot be Billed for the Coinsurance?. It can be difficult to show a provider that one is a QMB. It is especially difficult for providers who are not Medicaid providers to identify QMB's, since they do not have access to online Medicaid eligibility systems Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to verify their QMB Status and report a billing issue.

    If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer. See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec. 16, 2016. Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) that Medicare beneficiaries receive every three months state that QMBs have no financial liability for co-insurance for each Medicare-covered service listed on the MSN.

    The Remittance Advice (RA) that Medicare sends to providers shows the same information. By spelling out billing protections on a service-by-service basis, the MSNs provide clarity for both the QMB beneficiary and the provider. Justice in Aging has posted samples of what the new MSNs look like here. They have also updated Justice in Aging’s Improper Billing Toolkit to incorporate references to the MSNs in its model letters that you can use to advocate for clients who have been improperly billed for Medicare-covered services.

    CMS is implementing systems changes that will notify providers when they process a Medicare claim that the patient is QMB and has no cost-sharing liability. The Medicare Summary Notice sent to the beneficiary will also state that the beneficiary has QMB and no liability. These changes were scheduled to go into effect in October 2017, but have been delayed. Read more about them in this Justice in Aging Issue Brief on New Strategies in Fighting Improper Billing for QMBs (Feb.

    2017). QMBs are issued a Medicaid benefit card (by mail), even if they do not also receive Medicaid. The card is the mechanism for health care providers to bill the QMB program for the Medicare deductibles and co-pays. Unfortunately, the Medicaid card dos not indicate QMB eligibility.

    Not all people who have Medicaid also have QMB (they may have higher incomes and "spend down" to the Medicaid limits. Advocates have asked for a special QMB card, or a notation on the Medicaid card to show that the individual has QMB. See this Report - a National Survey on QMB Identification Practices published by Justice in Aging, authored by Peter Travitsky, NYLAG EFLRP staff attorney. The Report, published in March 2017, documents how QMB beneficiaries could be better identified in order to ensure providers do not bill them improperly.

    6. If you are Billed -​ Strategies Consumers can now call 1-800-MEDICARE to report a billing issue. If a consumer reports a balance billng problem to this number, the Customer Service Rep can escalate the complaint to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), which will send a compliance letter to the provider with a copy to the consumer. See CMS Medicare Learning Network Bulletin effective Dec.

    16, 2016. Send a letter to the provider, using the Justice In Aging Model model letters to providers to explain QMB rights.​​​ both for Original Medicare (Letters 1-2) and Medicare Advantage (Letters 3-5) - see Overview of model letters. Include a link to the CMS Medicare Learning Network Notice. Prohibition on Balance Billing Dually Eligible Individuals Enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program (revised June 26.

    2018) In January 2017, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau issued this guide to QMB billing. A consumer who has a problem with debt collection, may also submit a complaint online or call the CFPB at 1-855-411-2372. TTY/TDD users can call 1-855-729-2372. Medicare Advantage members should complain to their Medicare Advantage plan.

    In its 2017 Call Letter, CMS stressed to Medicare Advantage contractors that federal regulations at 42 C.F.R. § 422.504 (g)(1)(iii), require that provider contracts must prohibit collection of deductibles and co-payments from dual eligibles and QMBs. Toolkit to Help Protect QMB Rights ​​In July 2015, CMS issued a report, "Access to Care Issues Among Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB's)" documenting how pervasive illegal attempts to bill QMBs for the Medicare coinsurance, including those who are members of managed care plans. Justice in Aging, a national advocacy organization, has a project to educate beneficiaries about balance billing and to advocate for stronger protections for QMBs.

    Links to their webinars and other resources is at this link. Their information includes. September 4, 2009, updated 6/20/20 by Valerie Bogart, NYLAG Author. Cathy Roberts.

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    As SARS-CoV-2 continues its global spread, it’s possible that one of the pillars of Covid-19 pandemic control — universal facial masking — might help reduce the severity buy generic ventolin of disease and ensure that a greater can you get high on ventolin proportion of new infections are asymptomatic. If this hypothesis is borne out, universal masking could become a form of “variolation” that would generate immunity and thereby slow the spread of the virus in the United States and elsewhere, as we await a vaccine.One important reason for population-wide facial masking became apparent in March, when reports started to circulate describing the high rates of SARS-CoV-2 viral shedding from the noses and mouths of patients who were presymptomatic or asymptomatic — shedding rates equivalent to those among symptomatic patients.1 Universal facial masking seemed to be a possible way to prevent transmission from asymptomatic infected people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) therefore recommended on April 3 that buy generic ventolin the public wear cloth face coverings in areas with high rates of community transmission — a recommendation that has been unevenly followed across the United States.Past evidence related to other respiratory viruses indicates that facial masking can also protect the wearer from becoming infected, by blocking viral particles from entering the nose and mouth.2 Epidemiologic investigations conducted around the world — especially in Asian countries that became accustomed to population-wide masking during the 2003 SARS pandemic — have suggested that there is a strong relationship between public masking and pandemic control. Recent data from Boston demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 infections decreased among health care workers after universal masking was implemented in municipal hospitals in late March.SARS-CoV-2 has the protean ability to cause myriad clinical manifestations, ranging from a complete lack of symptoms to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and death.

    Recent virologic, epidemiologic, and ecologic data have led to the hypothesis that facial masking may also reduce the severity of disease among people who do become infected.3 This possibility is consistent with a long-standing theory of viral pathogenesis, which holds that the severity of disease is proportionate to the viral inoculum received. Since 1938, researchers have explored, primarily in animal models, the concept of the lethal dose of a virus — or the dose at which 50% of exposed hosts die (LD50) buy generic ventolin. With viral infections in which host immune responses play a predominant role in viral pathogenesis, such as SARS-CoV-2, high doses of viral inoculum can overwhelm and dysregulate innate immune defenses, increasing the severity of disease. Indeed, down-regulating immunopathology is one mechanism by which dexamethasone improves outcomes in buy generic ventolin severe Covid-19 infection.

    As proof of concept of viral inocula influencing disease manifestations, higher doses of administered virus led to more severe manifestations of Covid-19 in a Syrian hamster model of SARS-CoV-2 infection.4If the viral inoculum matters in determining the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection, an additional hypothesized reason for wearing facial masks would be to reduce the viral inoculum to which the wearer is exposed and the subsequent clinical impact of the disease. Since masks can filter out some virus-containing droplets (with filtering capacity determined by mask type),2 masking might reduce the inoculum that an exposed person inhales. If this theory bears out, population-wide masking, with any type of mask that increases acceptability and adherence,2 might contribute to increasing the proportion of buy generic ventolin SARS-CoV-2 infections that are asymptomatic. The typical rate of asymptomatic infection with SARS-CoV-2 was estimated to be 40% by the CDC in mid-July, but asymptomatic infection rates are reported to be higher than 80% in settings with universal facial masking, which provides observational evidence for this hypothesis.

    Countries that have adopted population-wide masking have fared better buy generic ventolin in terms of rates of severe Covid-related illnesses and death, which, in environments with limited testing, suggests a shift from symptomatic to asymptomatic infections. Another experiment in the Syrian hamster model simulated surgical masking of the animals and showed that with simulated masking, hamsters were less likely to get infected, and if they did get infected, they either were asymptomatic or had milder symptoms than unmasked hamsters.The most obvious way to spare society the devastating effects of Covid-19 is to promote measures to reduce both transmission and severity of illness. But SARS-CoV-2 is highly transmissible, cannot be contained by syndromic-based surveillance alone,1 and is proving difficult to eradicate, even in regions that implemented strict initial control measures. Efforts to increase testing and containment in the United States have been buy generic ventolin ongoing and variably successful, owing in part to the recent increase in demand for testing.The hopes for vaccines are pinned not just on infection prevention.

    Most vaccine trials include a secondary outcome of decreasing the severity of illness, since increasing the proportion of cases in which disease is mild or asymptomatic would be a public health victory. Universal masking seems to reduce the rate of new infections. We hypothesize that by reducing the viral inoculum, it would also increase buy generic ventolin the proportion of infected people who remain asymptomatic.3In an outbreak on a closed Argentinian cruise ship, for example, where passengers were provided with surgical masks and staff with N95 masks, the rate of asymptomatic infection was 81% (as compared with 20% in earlier cruise ship outbreaks without universal masking). In two recent outbreaks in U.S.

    Food-processing plants, where all workers were issued masks each day and were required to wear them, buy generic ventolin the proportion of asymptomatic infections among the more than 500 people who became infected was 95%, with only 5% in each outbreak experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms.3 Case-fatality rates in countries with mandatory or enforced population-wide masking have remained low, even with resurgences of cases after lockdowns were lifted.Variolation was a process whereby people who were susceptible to smallpox were inoculated with material taken from a vesicle of a person with smallpox, with the intent of causing a mild infection and subsequent immunity. Variolation was practiced only until the introduction of the variola vaccine, which ultimately eradicated smallpox. Despite concerns regarding safety, worldwide distribution, and eventual uptake, the world has high hopes for a highly effective SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, and as of early September, 34 vaccine candidates were in clinical evaluation, with hundreds more in development.While we await the results of vaccine trials, however, any public health measure that could increase the proportion of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections may both make the infection less deadly and increase population-wide immunity without severe illnesses and deaths. Reinfection with buy generic ventolin SARS-CoV-2 seems to be rare, despite more than 8 months of circulation worldwide and as suggested by a macaque model.

    The scientific community has been clarifying for some time the humoral and cell-mediated components of the adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and the inadequacy of antibody-based seroprevalence studies to estimate the level of more durable T-cell and memory B-cell immunity to SARS-CoV-2. Promising data have been emerging in recent weeks suggesting that strong cell-mediated immunity results from even mild or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection,5 so any public health strategy that could reduce the severity of disease should increase population-wide immunity as well.To test our hypothesis that buy generic ventolin population-wide masking is one of those strategies, we need further studies comparing the rate of asymptomatic infection in areas with and areas without universal masking. To test the variolation hypothesis, we will need more studies comparing the strength and durability of SARS-CoV-2–specific T-cell immunity between people with asymptomatic infection and those with symptomatic infection, as well as a demonstration of the natural slowing of SARS-CoV-2 spread in areas with a high proportion of asymptomatic infections.Ultimately, combating the pandemic will involve driving down both transmission rates and severity of disease. Increasing evidence suggests that population-wide facial masking might benefit both components of the response.Trial Population Table 1.

    Table 1 buy generic ventolin. Demographic Characteristics of the Participants in the NVX-CoV2373 Trial at Enrollment. The trial was initiated on May 26, 2020. 134 participants buy generic ventolin underwent randomization between May 27 and June 6, 2020, including 3 participants who were to serve as backups for sentinel dosing and who immediately withdrew from the trial without being vaccinated (Fig.

    S1). Of the 131 participants who received injections, 23 received placebo (group A), 25 received 25-μg doses of rSARS-CoV-2 (group B), buy generic ventolin 29 received 5-μg doses of rSARS-CoV-2 plus Matrix-M1, including three sentinels (group C), 28 received 25-μg doses of rSARS-CoV-2 plus Matrix-M1, including three sentinels (group D), and 26 received a single 25-μg dose of rSARS-CoV-2 plus Matrix-M1 followed by a single dose of placebo (group E). All 131 participants received their first vaccination on day 0, and all but 3 received their second vaccination at least 21 days later. Exceptions include 2 in the placebo group (group A) who withdrew consent (unrelated to any adverse event) and 1 in the 25-μg rSARS-CoV-2 + Matrix-M1 group (group D) who had an unsolicited adverse event (mild cellulitis.

    See below) buy generic ventolin. Demographic characteristics of the participants are presented in Table 1. Of note, buy generic ventolin missing data were infrequent. Safety Outcomes No serious adverse events or adverse events of special interest were reported, and vaccination pause rules were not implemented.

    As noted above, one participant did not receive a second vaccination owing to an unsolicited adverse event, mild cellulitis, that was associated with infection after an intravenous cannula placement to address an unrelated mild adverse event that occurred during the second week of follow-up. Second vaccination buy generic ventolin was withheld because the participant was still recovering and receiving antibiotics. This participant remains in the trial. Figure 2.

    Figure 2 buy generic ventolin. Solicited Local and Systemic Adverse Events. The percentage of participants in each vaccine group (groups A, B, C, D, and E) with adverse events according to the maximum FDA toxicity grade (mild, moderate, or severe) during the 7 days after each vaccination is plotted for solicited local (Panel A) buy generic ventolin and systemic (Panel B) adverse events. There were no grade 4 (life-threatening) events.

    Participants who reported 0 events make up the remainder of the 100% calculation (not displayed). Excluded were the three sentinel participants in groups C (5 μg + Matrix-M1, 5 μg + Matrix-M1) and D (25 μg + buy generic ventolin Matrix-M1, 25 μg + Matrix-M1), who received the trial vaccine in an open-label manner (see Table S7 for complete safety data on all participants).Overall reactogenicity was largely absent or mild, and second vaccinations were neither withheld nor delayed due to reactogenicity. After the first vaccination, local and systemic reactogenicity was absent or mild in the majority of participants (local. 100%, 96%, 89%, 84%, and 88% of participants in buy generic ventolin groups A, B, C, D, and E, respectively.

    Systemic. 91%, 92%, 96%, 68%, and 89%) who were unaware of treatment assignment (Figure 2 and Table S7). Two participants (2%), one buy generic ventolin each in groups D and E, had severe adverse events (headache, fatigue, and malaise). Two participants, one each in groups A and E, had reactogenicity events (fatigue, malaise, and tenderness) that extended 2 days after day 7.

    After the second vaccination, local and systemic reactogenicity were absent or mild in the majority of participants in the five groups (local. 100%, 100%, 65%, 67%, and 100% buy generic ventolin of participants, respectively. Systemic. 86%, 84%, 73%, 58%, and 96%) who were buy generic ventolin unaware of treatment assignment.

    One participant, in group D, had a severe local event (tenderness), and eight participants, one or two participants in each group, had severe systemic events. The most common severe systemic events were joint pain and fatigue. Only one participant, in group D, had buy generic ventolin fever (temperature, 38.1°C) after the second vaccination, on day 1 only. No adverse event extended beyond 7 days after the second vaccination.

    Of note, the mean duration of reactogenicity events was 2 days or less for both the first vaccination buy generic ventolin and second vaccination periods. Laboratory abnormalities of grade 2 or higher occurred in 13 participants (10%). 9 after the first vaccination and 4 after the second vaccination (Table S8). Abnormal laboratory values were not associated with any clinical buy generic ventolin manifestations and showed no worsening with repeat vaccination.

    Six participants (5%. Five women and one man) had grade 2 or higher transient reductions in hemoglobin from baseline, with no evidence of hemolysis or microcytic anemia and with resolution within 7 to 21 days. Of the six, two had an absolute hemoglobin value buy generic ventolin (grade 2) that resolved or stabilized during the testing period. Four participants (3%), including one who had received placebo, had elevated liver enzymes that were noted after the first vaccination and resolved within 7 to 14 days (i.e., before the second vaccination).

    Vital signs remained stable immediately after vaccination and at buy generic ventolin all visits. Unsolicited adverse events (Table S9) were predominantly mild in severity (in 71%, 91%, 83%, 90%, and 82% of participants in groups A, B, C, D, and E, respectively) and were similarly distributed across the groups receiving adjuvanted and unadjuvanted vaccine. There were no reports of Continue Reading severe adverse events. Immunogenicity Outcomes Figure 3 buy generic ventolin.

    Figure 3. SARS-CoV-2 Anti-Spike buy generic ventolin IgG and Neutralizing Antibody Responses. Shown are geometric mean anti-spike IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) unit responses to recombinant severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (rSARS-CoV-2) protein antigens (Panel A) and wild-type SARS-CoV-2 microneutralization assay at an inhibitory concentration greater than 99% (MN IC>99%) titer responses (Panel B) at baseline (day 0), 3 weeks after the first vaccination (day 21), and 2 weeks after the second vaccination (day 35) for the placebo group (group A), the 25-μg unadjuvanted group (group B), the 5-μg and 25-μg adjuvanted groups (groups C and D, respectively), and the 25-μg adjuvanted and placebo group (group E). Diamonds and whisker endpoints represent geometric mean titer values and 95% confidence intervals, respectively.

    The Covid-19 human convalescent serum panel includes specimens from PCR-confirmed Covid-19 participants, obtained from Baylor College buy generic ventolin of Medicine (29 specimens for ELISA and 32 specimens for MN IC>99%), with geometric mean titer values according to Covid-19 severity. The severity of Covid-19 is indicated by the colors of the dots for hospitalized patients (including those in intensive care), symptomatic outpatients (with samples collected in the emergency department), and asymptomatic patients who had been exposed to Covid-19 (with samples collected during contact and exposure assessment). Mean values (in black) for human convalescent serum are depicted next to (and of same color as) the category of Covid-19 patients, with the overall mean shown above the scatter plot (in black). For each trial vaccine group, the mean at day 35 is depicted above the scatterplot.ELISA anti-spike IgG geometric mean ELISA units (GMEUs) ranged from 105 buy generic ventolin to 116 at day 0.

    By day 21, responses had occurred for all adjuvanted regimens (1984, 2626, and 3317 GMEUs for groups C, D, and E, respectively), and geometric mean fold rises (GMFRs) exceeded those induced without adjuvant by a factor of at least 10 (Figure 3 and Table S10). Within 7 days after the second vaccination buy generic ventolin with adjuvant (day 28. Groups C and D), GMEUs had further increased by a factor of 8 (to 15,319 and 20,429, respectively) over responses seen with the first vaccination, and within 14 days (day 35), responses had more than doubled yet again (to 63,160 and 47,521, respectively), achieving GMFRs that were approximately 100 times greater than those observed with rSARS-CoV-2 alone. A single vaccination with adjuvant achieved GMEU levels similar to those in asymptomatic (exposed) patients with Covid-19 (1661), and a second vaccination with adjuvant achieved GMEU levels that exceeded those in convalescent serum from symptomatic outpatients with Covid-19 (7420) by a factor of at least 6 and rose to levels similar to those in convalescent serum from patients hospitalized with Covid-19 (53,391).

    The responses in the two-dose 5-μg and 25-μg adjuvanted vaccine regimens were buy generic ventolin similar, a finding that highlights the role of adjuvant dose sparing. Neutralizing antibodies were undetectable before vaccination and had patterns of response similar to those of anti-spike antibodies after vaccination with adjuvant (Figure 3 and Table S11). After the first vaccination (day 21), GMFRs were approximately 5 times greater with adjuvant (5.2, 6.3, and 5.9 for groups C, D, and E, respectively) buy generic ventolin than without adjuvant (1.1). By day 35, second vaccinations with adjuvant induced an increase more than 100 times greater (195 and 165 for groups C and D, respectively) than single vaccinations without adjuvant.

    When compared with convalescent serum, second vaccinations with adjuvant resulted in GMT levels approximately 4 times greater (3906 and 3305 for groups C and D, respectively) than those in symptomatic outpatients with Covid-19 (837) and approached the magnitude of levels observed in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 (7457). At day 35, ELISA anti-spike IgG GMEUs and neutralizing antibodies induced by the two-dose 5-μg and 25-μg adjuvanted vaccine regimens were 4 to 6 times greater than the geometric mean buy generic ventolin convalescent serum measures (8344 and 983, respectively). Figure 4. Figure 4.

    Correlation of buy generic ventolin Anti-Spike IgG and Neutralizing Antibody Responses. Shown are scatter plots of 100% wild-type neutralizing antibody responses and anti-spike IgG ELISA unit responses at 3 weeks after the first vaccination (day 21) and 2 weeks after the second vaccination (day 35) for the two-dose 25-μg unadjuvanted vaccine (group B. Panel A), buy generic ventolin the combined two-dose 5-μg and 25-μg adjuvanted vaccine (groups C and D, respectively. Panel B), and convalescent serum from patients with Covid-19 (Panel C).

    In Panel C, the severity of Covid-19 is indicated by the colors of the dots for hospitalized patients (including those in intensive care), symptomatic outpatients (with samples collected in the emergency department), and asymptomatic patients who had been exposed to Covid-19 (with samples collected during contact and exposure assessment).A strong correlation was observed between neutralizing antibody titers and anti-spike IgG GMEUs with adjuvanted vaccine at day 35 (correlation, 0.95) (Figure 4), a finding that was not observed with unadjuvanted vaccine (correlation, 0.76) but was similar to that of convalescent serum (correlation, 0.96). Two-dose regimens of buy generic ventolin 5-μg and 25-μg rSARS-CoV-2 plus Matrix-M1 produced similar magnitudes of response, and every participant had seroconversion according to either assay measurement. Reverse cumulative-distribution curves for day 35 are presented in Figure S2. Figure 5 buy generic ventolin.

    Figure 5. RSARS-CoV-2 CD4+ T-cell Responses with or without Matrix-M1 Adjuvant. Frequencies of antigen-specific CD4+ T cells producing T helper 1 buy generic ventolin (Th1) cytokines interferon-gamma (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), and interleukin-2 and for T helper 2 (Th2) cytokines interleukin-5 and interleukin-13 indicated cytokines from four participants each in the placebo (group A), 25-μg unadjuvanted (group B), 5-μg adjuvanted (group C), and 25-μg adjuvanted (group D) groups at baseline (day 0) and 1 week after the second vaccination (day 28) after stimulation with the recombinant spike protein. €œAny 2Th1” indicates CD4+ T cells that can produce two types of Th1 cytokines at the same time.

    €œAll 3 Th1” indicates CD4+ T cells that produce IFN-γ, TNF-α, and interleukin-2 simultaneously. €œBoth Th2” indicates CD4+ T cells that can produce Th2 cytokines interleukin-5 and interleukin-13 at the same time.T-cell responses in 16 participants who were randomly buy generic ventolin selected from groups A through D, 4 participants per group, showed that adjuvanted regimens induced antigen-specific polyfunctional CD4+ T-cell responses that were reflected in IFN-γ, IL-2, and TNF-α production on spike protein stimulation. A strong bias toward this Th1 phenotype was noted. Th2 responses (as measured by IL-5 and IL-13 cytokines) were minimal (Figure 5).In recent months, epidemiologists in buy generic ventolin the United States and throughout the world have been asked the same question by clinicians, journalists, and members of the public, “When will we have a vaccine?.

    € The obvious answer to this question would be, “When a candidate vaccine is demonstrated to be safe, effective, and available. That can be determined only by scientific data, not by a target calendar date.” But we realize that such a response, although accurate, overlooks much of what people are ultimately seeking to understand.The emphasis on “we” reveals that most people want much more than an estimated vaccine-delivery date. Their inquiry buy generic ventolin typically involves three concerns. First, when will the public be able to have confidence that available vaccines are safe and effective?.

    Second, when will a vaccine be buy generic ventolin available to people like them?. And third, when will vaccine uptake be high enough to enable a return to prepandemic conditions?. Often, the inquiry is also assessing whether the biotech and vaccine companies, government agencies, and medical experts involved in developing, licensing, and recommending use of Covid-19 vaccines realize that the responses they provide now will influence what happens later. There is buy generic ventolin often a sense that messages regarding Covid-19 vaccines can have problematic framing (e.g., “warp speed”) and make assertions that involve key terms (e.g., “safe” and “effective”) for which experts’ definitions may vary and may differ considerably from those of the general public and key subpopulations.As Covid-19 vaccines move into phase 3 clinical trials, enthusiasm about the innovative and sophisticated technologies being used needs to be replaced by consideration of the actions and messages that will foster trust among clinicians and the public.

    Although vast investments have been made in developing safe and effective vaccines, it is important to remember that it is the act of vaccination itself that prevents harm and saves lives. Considered fully, the question “When will we have a Covid-19 vaccine?. € makes clear the many ways in which efforts related to both the “when” buy generic ventolin and the “we” can affect vaccination uptake. Recognizing the significance of both aspects of the question can help public health officials and scientists both to hone current messaging related to Covid-19 vaccines and to build a better foundation for clinicians who will be educating patients and parents about vaccination.The recently released guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on testing of Covid-19 vaccine candidates are scientifically sound and indicate that no compromises will be made when it comes to evaluating safety and efficacy.1 This commitment needs to be stated repeatedly, made apparent during the vaccine testing and approval process, and supported by transparency.

    Assurances regarding the warp speed effort to develop a vaccine or to issue emergency use authorizations accelerating availability must make clear the ways in which clinical buy generic ventolin trials and the review processes used by federal agencies (the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]) will objectively assess the safety and effectiveness of vaccines developed using new platforms. Clinicians and the public should have easy access to user-friendly materials that reference publicly available studies, data, and presentations related to safety and effectiveness. The FDA’s and CDC’s plans for robust longer-term, postlicensure vaccine safety and monitoring systems will also need to be made visible, particularly to health care professionals, who are essential to the success of these efforts.2The second key part of this question pertains to when a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine will become available to some, most, or all people who want one. This question has technical and moral components, and the answers on both fronts could foster or impede public acceptance of buy generic ventolin a vaccine.

    Data from antibody testing suggest that about 90% of people are susceptible to Covid-19. Accepting that 60 to 70% of the population would have to be immune, either as a result of natural infection or vaccination, to achieve community protection (also known as herd immunity), about 200 million Americans and 5.6 billion people worldwide would need to be immune in order to end the buy generic ventolin pandemic. The possibility that it may take years to achieve the vaccination coverage necessary for everyone to be protected gives rise to difficult questions about priority groups and domestic and global access.Given public skepticism of government institutions and concerns about politicization of vaccine priorities, the recent establishment of a National Academy of Medicine (NAM) committee to formulate criteria to ensure equitable distribution of initial Covid-19 vaccines and to offer guidance on addressing vaccine hesitancy is an important step. The NAM report should be very helpful to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group that traditionally develops vaccination recommendations in the United States.

    The NAM’s deliberations about which groups will be prioritized for vaccination involve identifying the societal values that should be considered, and the report will communicate how these values informed buy generic ventolin its recommendations. Will the people at greatest risk for disease — such as health care workers, nursing home residents, prison inmates and workers, the elderly, people with underlying health conditions, and people from minority and low-income communities — be the first to obtain access?. Alternatively, will the top priority be reducing transmission by prioritizing the public workforce, essential workers, students, and young people who may be more likely to spread infection asymptomatically?. And how will the United States share vaccine doses with other countries, where buy generic ventolin infections could ultimately also pose a threat to Americans?.

    Releasing expert-committee reports, however, should not be equated with successfully communicating with the public about vaccine candidates and availability.3 In the United States and many other countries, new vaccines and vaccination recommendations are rarely released with substantial public information and educational resources. Most investments in communication with clinicians and the public happen when uptake of newly recommended vaccines, such buy generic ventolin as the human papillomavirus vaccine or seasonal influenza vaccine, falls short of goals. Not since the March of Dimes’s polio-vaccination efforts in the 1950s has there been major investment in public information and advocacy for new vaccines. There is already a flood of misinformation on social media and from antivaccine activists about new vaccines that could be licensed for Covid-19.

    If recent surveys suggesting that about half of Americans would accept a Covid-19 vaccine4 are accurate, it will take substantial resources buy generic ventolin and active, bipartisan political support to achieve the uptake levels needed to reach herd immunity thresholds.5High uptake of Covid-19 vaccines among prioritized groups should also not be assumed. Many people in these groups will want to be vaccinated, but their willingness will be affected by what is said, the way it is said, and who says it in the months ahead. Providing compelling, evidence-based information using culturally and buy generic ventolin linguistically appropriate messages and materials is a complex challenge. Having trusted people, such as public figures, political leaders, entertainment figures, and religious and community leaders, endorse vaccination can be an effective way of persuading the portion of the public that is open to such a recommendation.

    Conversely, persuading people who have doubts about or oppose a particular medical recommendation is difficult, requires commitment and engagement, and is often not successful.Finally, surveys suggest that physicians, nurses, and pharmacists remain the most highly trusted professionals in the United States. Extensive, active, and ongoing involvement by clinicians is essential to attaining the high uptake of Covid-19 vaccines that will be needed for society to return to prepandemic conditions. Nurses and physicians are the most important and influential sources of vaccination information for patients and parents. Throughout the world, health care professionals will need to be well-informed and strong endorsers of Covid-19 vaccination.A more complete answer to the common question is therefore, “We will have a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine when the research studies, engagement processes, communication, and education efforts undertaken during the clinical trial stage have built trust and result in vaccination recommendations being understood, supported, and accepted by the vast majority of the public, priority and nonpriority groups alike.” Efforts to engage diverse stakeholders and communities in Covid-19 vaccination education strategies, key messages, and materials for clinicians and the public are needed now..

    As SARS-CoV-2 continues its global spread, it’s possible that one of the pillars of Covid-19 pandemic control — universal facial masking — might help reduce the severity of disease and ensure that a look at here greater buy ventolin over the counter uk proportion of new infections are asymptomatic. If this hypothesis is borne out, universal masking could become a form of “variolation” that would generate immunity and thereby slow the spread of the virus in the United States and elsewhere, as we await a vaccine.One important reason for population-wide facial masking became apparent in March, when reports started to circulate describing the high rates of SARS-CoV-2 viral shedding from the noses and mouths of patients who were presymptomatic or asymptomatic — shedding rates equivalent to those among symptomatic patients.1 Universal facial masking seemed to be a possible way to prevent transmission from asymptomatic infected people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) therefore recommended on April 3 that the public wear cloth face coverings in areas with high rates of community transmission — a recommendation that has been unevenly followed across the United States.Past evidence related to other respiratory viruses indicates that facial masking can also protect the wearer from becoming infected, by blocking viral particles from entering the nose and mouth.2 Epidemiologic investigations conducted around the world — especially in Asian countries that became accustomed to population-wide buy ventolin over the counter uk masking during the 2003 SARS pandemic — have suggested that there is a strong relationship between public masking and pandemic control. Recent data from Boston demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 infections decreased among health care workers after universal masking was implemented in municipal hospitals in late March.SARS-CoV-2 has the protean ability to cause myriad clinical manifestations, ranging from a complete lack of symptoms to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and death. Recent virologic, epidemiologic, and ecologic data have led to the hypothesis that facial masking may also reduce the severity of disease among people who do become infected.3 This possibility is consistent with a long-standing theory of viral pathogenesis, which holds that the severity of disease is proportionate to the viral inoculum received.

    Since 1938, researchers have explored, primarily in animal models, the concept of the lethal dose of a virus — or the dose at which 50% of exposed hosts die (LD50) buy ventolin over the counter uk. With viral infections in which host immune responses play a predominant role in viral pathogenesis, such as SARS-CoV-2, high doses of viral inoculum can overwhelm and dysregulate innate immune defenses, increasing the severity of disease. Indeed, down-regulating immunopathology is one mechanism by which buy ventolin over the counter uk dexamethasone improves outcomes in severe Covid-19 infection. As proof of concept of viral inocula influencing disease manifestations, higher doses of administered virus led to more severe manifestations of Covid-19 in a Syrian hamster model of SARS-CoV-2 infection.4If the viral inoculum matters in determining the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection, an additional hypothesized reason for wearing facial masks would be to reduce the viral inoculum to which the wearer is exposed and the subsequent clinical impact of the disease. Since masks can filter out some virus-containing droplets (with filtering capacity determined by mask type),2 masking might reduce the inoculum that an exposed person inhales.

    If this theory bears out, population-wide masking, with any type of mask that increases acceptability and adherence,2 might buy ventolin over the counter uk contribute to increasing the proportion of SARS-CoV-2 infections that are asymptomatic. The typical rate of asymptomatic infection with SARS-CoV-2 was estimated to be 40% by the CDC in mid-July, but asymptomatic infection rates are reported to be higher than 80% in settings with universal facial masking, which provides observational evidence for this hypothesis. Countries that have adopted population-wide masking have fared better in terms of rates of severe Covid-related illnesses and death, which, in environments with limited testing, suggests a shift buy ventolin over the counter uk from symptomatic to asymptomatic infections. Another experiment in the Syrian hamster model simulated surgical masking of the animals and showed that with simulated masking, hamsters were less likely to get infected, and if they did get infected, they either were asymptomatic or had milder symptoms than unmasked hamsters.The most obvious way to spare society the devastating effects of Covid-19 is to promote measures to reduce both transmission and severity of illness. But SARS-CoV-2 is highly transmissible, cannot be contained by syndromic-based surveillance alone,1 and is proving difficult to eradicate, even in regions that implemented strict initial control measures.

    Efforts to increase testing and containment in the United States have been ongoing and variably buy ventolin over the counter uk successful, owing in part to the recent increase in demand for testing.The hopes for vaccines are pinned not just on infection prevention. Most vaccine trials include a secondary outcome of decreasing the severity of illness, since increasing the proportion of cases in which disease is mild or asymptomatic would be a public health victory. Universal masking seems to reduce the rate of new infections. We hypothesize that by reducing the viral inoculum, it would also increase the proportion of infected people who remain asymptomatic.3In an outbreak on a closed Argentinian cruise ship, for example, buy ventolin over the counter uk where passengers were provided with surgical masks and staff with N95 masks, the rate of asymptomatic infection was 81% (as compared with 20% in earlier cruise ship outbreaks without universal masking). In two recent outbreaks in U.S.

    Food-processing plants, where all workers were issued masks each day and were required to wear them, the proportion of asymptomatic infections among the more than 500 people who became infected was 95%, with only 5% in each outbreak experiencing mild-to-moderate symptoms.3 Case-fatality rates in countries with mandatory or enforced population-wide masking have remained low, even buy ventolin over the counter uk with resurgences of cases after lockdowns were lifted.Variolation was a process whereby people who were susceptible to smallpox were inoculated with material taken from a vesicle of a person with smallpox, with the intent of causing a mild infection and subsequent immunity. Variolation was practiced only until the introduction of the variola vaccine, which ultimately eradicated smallpox. Despite concerns regarding safety, worldwide distribution, and eventual uptake, the world has high hopes for a highly effective SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, and as of early September, 34 vaccine candidates were in clinical evaluation, with hundreds more in development.While we await the results of vaccine trials, however, any public health measure that could increase the proportion of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections may both make the infection less deadly and increase population-wide immunity without severe illnesses and deaths. Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 seems to be rare, despite buy ventolin over the counter uk more than 8 months of circulation worldwide and as suggested by a macaque model. The scientific community has been clarifying for some time the humoral and cell-mediated components of the adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and the inadequacy of antibody-based seroprevalence studies to estimate the level of more durable T-cell and memory B-cell immunity to SARS-CoV-2.

    Promising data have been emerging in recent weeks suggesting that strong buy ventolin over the counter uk cell-mediated immunity results from even mild or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection,5 so any public health strategy that could reduce the severity of disease should increase population-wide immunity as well.To test our hypothesis that population-wide masking is one of those strategies, we need further studies comparing the rate of asymptomatic infection in areas with and areas without universal masking. To test the variolation hypothesis, we will need more studies comparing the strength and durability of SARS-CoV-2–specific T-cell immunity between people with asymptomatic infection and those with symptomatic infection, as well as a demonstration of the natural slowing of SARS-CoV-2 spread in areas with a high proportion of asymptomatic infections.Ultimately, combating the pandemic will involve driving down both transmission rates and severity of disease. Increasing evidence suggests that population-wide facial masking might benefit both components of the response.Trial Population Table 1. Table 1 buy ventolin over the counter uk. Demographic Characteristics of the Participants in the NVX-CoV2373 Trial at Enrollment.

    The trial was initiated on May 26, 2020. 134 participants underwent randomization between May 27 and June 6, 2020, including 3 participants who were to serve as backups for sentinel dosing and who immediately withdrew from the trial without buy ventolin over the counter uk being vaccinated (Fig. S1). Of the 131 participants who received injections, 23 received placebo (group A), 25 received 25-μg doses of rSARS-CoV-2 (group B), 29 received 5-μg doses of rSARS-CoV-2 plus Matrix-M1, including three sentinels (group C), 28 received 25-μg doses of rSARS-CoV-2 plus Matrix-M1, including three sentinels (group D), and 26 received a single buy ventolin over the counter uk 25-μg dose of rSARS-CoV-2 plus Matrix-M1 followed by a single dose of placebo (group E). All 131 participants received their first vaccination on day 0, and all but 3 received their second vaccination at least 21 days later.

    Exceptions include 2 in the placebo group (group A) who withdrew consent (unrelated to any adverse event) and 1 in the 25-μg rSARS-CoV-2 + Matrix-M1 group (group D) who had an unsolicited adverse event (mild cellulitis. See below) buy ventolin over the counter uk. Demographic characteristics of the participants are presented in Table 1. Of note, missing data buy ventolin over the counter uk were infrequent. Safety Outcomes No serious adverse events or adverse events of special interest were reported, and vaccination pause rules were not implemented.

    As noted above, one participant did not receive a second vaccination owing to an unsolicited adverse event, mild cellulitis, that was associated with infection after an intravenous cannula placement to address an unrelated mild adverse event that occurred during the second week of follow-up. Second vaccination was withheld because the participant was buy ventolin over the counter uk still recovering and receiving antibiotics. This participant remains in the trial. Figure 2. Figure 2 buy ventolin over the counter uk.

    Solicited Local and Systemic Adverse Events. The percentage of participants in each vaccine group (groups A, B, C, D, and E) with adverse events according to the maximum FDA toxicity grade (mild, moderate, or severe) during the 7 days after each vaccination buy ventolin over the counter uk is plotted for solicited local (Panel A) and systemic (Panel B) adverse events. There were no grade 4 (life-threatening) events. Participants who reported 0 events make up the remainder of the 100% calculation (not displayed). Excluded were the three sentinel participants in groups C (5 μg + Matrix-M1, 5 μg + Matrix-M1) and D (25 μg + Matrix-M1, 25 μg + Matrix-M1), who received the trial vaccine in an open-label manner (see Table S7 for buy ventolin over the counter uk complete safety data on all participants).Overall reactogenicity was largely absent or mild, and second vaccinations were neither withheld nor delayed due to reactogenicity.

    After the first vaccination, local and systemic reactogenicity was absent or mild in the majority of participants (local. 100%, 96%, 89%, 84%, and 88% of participants in groups A, B, buy ventolin over the counter uk C, D, and E, respectively. Systemic. 91%, 92%, 96%, 68%, and 89%) who were unaware of treatment assignment (Figure 2 and Table S7). Two participants (2%), one each in groups D buy ventolin over the counter uk and E, had severe adverse events (headache, fatigue, and malaise).

    Two participants, one each in groups A and E, had reactogenicity events (fatigue, malaise, and tenderness) that extended 2 days after day 7. After the second vaccination, local and systemic reactogenicity were absent or mild in the majority of participants in the five groups (local. 100%, 100%, 65%, 67%, buy ventolin over the counter uk and 100% of participants, respectively. Systemic. 86%, 84%, 73%, 58%, and 96%) who were unaware of buy ventolin over the counter uk treatment assignment.

    One participant, in group D, had a severe local event (tenderness), and eight participants, one or two participants in each group, had severe systemic events. The most common severe systemic events were joint pain and fatigue. Only one participant, in group D, had fever (temperature, 38.1°C) after buy ventolin over the counter uk the second vaccination, on day 1 only. No adverse event extended beyond 7 days after the second vaccination. Of note, the mean duration of reactogenicity events was 2 days or less for both the first vaccination and second buy ventolin over the counter uk vaccination periods.

    Laboratory abnormalities of grade 2 or higher occurred in 13 participants (10%). 9 after the first vaccination and 4 after the second vaccination (Table S8). Abnormal laboratory values were not associated with any clinical manifestations and showed no worsening with repeat buy ventolin over the counter uk vaccination. Six participants (5%. Five women and one man) had grade 2 or higher transient reductions in hemoglobin from baseline, with no evidence of hemolysis or microcytic anemia and with resolution within 7 to 21 days.

    Of the six, two had an absolute hemoglobin value (grade 2) buy ventolin over the counter uk that resolved or stabilized during the testing period. Four participants (3%), including one who had received placebo, had elevated liver enzymes that were noted after the first vaccination and resolved within 7 to 14 days (i.e., before the second vaccination). Vital signs remained stable immediately after vaccination and at all visits buy ventolin over the counter uk. Unsolicited adverse events (Table S9) were predominantly mild in severity (in 71%, 91%, 83%, 90%, and 82% of participants in groups A, B, C, D, and E, respectively) and were similarly distributed across the groups receiving adjuvanted and unadjuvanted vaccine. There were no reports of severe adverse proventil ventolin difference events.

    Immunogenicity Outcomes Figure buy ventolin over the counter uk 3. Figure 3. SARS-CoV-2 Anti-Spike IgG and Neutralizing Antibody buy ventolin over the counter uk Responses. Shown are geometric mean anti-spike IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) unit responses to recombinant severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (rSARS-CoV-2) protein antigens (Panel A) and wild-type SARS-CoV-2 microneutralization assay at an inhibitory concentration greater than 99% (MN IC>99%) titer responses (Panel B) at baseline (day 0), 3 weeks after the first vaccination (day 21), and 2 weeks after the second vaccination (day 35) for the placebo group (group A), the 25-μg unadjuvanted group (group B), the 5-μg and 25-μg adjuvanted groups (groups C and D, respectively), and the 25-μg adjuvanted and placebo group (group E). Diamonds and whisker endpoints represent geometric mean titer values and 95% confidence intervals, respectively.

    The Covid-19 human convalescent serum panel includes specimens from PCR-confirmed Covid-19 participants, obtained from Baylor College of Medicine (29 specimens for buy ventolin over the counter uk ELISA and 32 specimens for MN IC>99%), with geometric mean titer values according to Covid-19 severity. The severity of Covid-19 is indicated by the colors of the dots for hospitalized patients (including those in intensive care), symptomatic outpatients (with samples collected in the emergency department), and asymptomatic patients who had been exposed to Covid-19 (with samples collected during contact and exposure assessment). Mean values (in black) for human convalescent serum are depicted next to (and of same color as) the category of Covid-19 patients, with the overall mean shown above the scatter plot (in black). For each trial vaccine group, the mean buy ventolin over the counter uk at day 35 is depicted above the scatterplot.ELISA anti-spike IgG geometric mean ELISA units (GMEUs) ranged from 105 to 116 at day 0. By day 21, responses had occurred for all adjuvanted regimens (1984, 2626, and 3317 GMEUs for groups C, D, and E, respectively), and geometric mean fold rises (GMFRs) exceeded those induced without adjuvant by a factor of at least 10 (Figure 3 and Table S10).

    Within 7 days after buy ventolin over the counter uk the second vaccination with adjuvant (day 28. Groups C and D), GMEUs had further increased by a factor of 8 (to 15,319 and 20,429, respectively) over responses seen with the first vaccination, and within 14 days (day 35), responses had more than doubled yet again (to 63,160 and 47,521, respectively), achieving GMFRs that were approximately 100 times greater than those observed with rSARS-CoV-2 alone. A single vaccination with adjuvant achieved GMEU levels similar to those in asymptomatic (exposed) patients with Covid-19 (1661), and a second vaccination with adjuvant achieved GMEU levels that exceeded those in convalescent serum from symptomatic outpatients with Covid-19 (7420) by a factor of at least 6 and rose to levels similar to those in convalescent serum from patients hospitalized with Covid-19 (53,391). The responses in buy ventolin over the counter uk the two-dose 5-μg and 25-μg adjuvanted vaccine regimens were similar, a finding that highlights the role of adjuvant dose sparing. Neutralizing antibodies were undetectable before vaccination and had patterns of response similar to those of anti-spike antibodies after vaccination with adjuvant (Figure 3 and Table S11).

    After the first vaccination (day 21), GMFRs were approximately 5 times greater with adjuvant (5.2, 6.3, and 5.9 for groups C, buy ventolin over the counter uk D, and E, respectively) than without adjuvant (1.1). By day 35, second vaccinations with adjuvant induced an increase more than 100 times greater (195 and 165 for groups C and D, respectively) than single vaccinations without adjuvant. When compared with convalescent serum, second vaccinations with adjuvant resulted in GMT levels approximately 4 times greater (3906 and 3305 for groups C and D, respectively) than those in symptomatic outpatients with Covid-19 (837) and approached the magnitude of levels observed in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 (7457). At day 35, ELISA anti-spike IgG GMEUs and neutralizing antibodies induced by the two-dose 5-μg and 25-μg adjuvanted vaccine regimens were 4 buy ventolin over the counter uk to 6 times greater than the geometric mean convalescent serum measures (8344 and 983, respectively). Figure 4.

    Figure 4. Correlation of buy ventolin over the counter uk Anti-Spike IgG and Neutralizing Antibody Responses. Shown are scatter plots of 100% wild-type neutralizing antibody responses and anti-spike IgG ELISA unit responses at 3 weeks after the first vaccination (day 21) and 2 weeks after the second vaccination (day 35) for the two-dose 25-μg unadjuvanted vaccine (group B. Panel A), the combined two-dose 5-μg and 25-μg adjuvanted vaccine buy ventolin over the counter uk (groups C and D, respectively. Panel B), and convalescent serum from patients with Covid-19 (Panel C).

    In Panel C, the severity of Covid-19 is indicated by the colors of the dots for hospitalized patients (including those in intensive care), symptomatic outpatients (with samples collected in the emergency department), and asymptomatic patients who had been exposed to Covid-19 (with samples collected during contact and exposure assessment).A strong correlation was observed between neutralizing antibody titers and anti-spike IgG GMEUs with adjuvanted vaccine at day 35 (correlation, 0.95) (Figure 4), a finding that was not observed with unadjuvanted vaccine (correlation, 0.76) but was similar to that of convalescent serum (correlation, 0.96). Two-dose regimens of 5-μg and 25-μg rSARS-CoV-2 plus buy ventolin over the counter uk Matrix-M1 produced similar magnitudes of response, and every participant had seroconversion according to either assay measurement. Reverse cumulative-distribution curves for day 35 are presented in Figure S2. Figure 5 buy ventolin over the counter uk. Figure 5.

    RSARS-CoV-2 CD4+ T-cell Responses with or without Matrix-M1 Adjuvant. Frequencies of antigen-specific CD4+ T cells producing T helper 1 (Th1) cytokines interferon-gamma (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), and interleukin-2 and for T helper 2 buy ventolin over the counter uk (Th2) cytokines interleukin-5 and interleukin-13 indicated cytokines from four participants each in the placebo (group A), 25-μg unadjuvanted (group B), 5-μg adjuvanted (group C), and 25-μg adjuvanted (group D) groups at baseline (day 0) and 1 week after the second vaccination (day 28) after stimulation with the recombinant spike protein. €œAny 2Th1” indicates CD4+ T cells that can produce two types of Th1 cytokines at the same time. €œAll 3 Th1” indicates CD4+ T cells that produce IFN-γ, TNF-α, and interleukin-2 simultaneously. €œBoth Th2” indicates CD4+ T cells that can produce Th2 cytokines interleukin-5 and interleukin-13 at the same time.T-cell responses in 16 participants who were randomly selected from buy ventolin over the counter uk groups A through D, 4 participants per group, showed that adjuvanted regimens induced antigen-specific polyfunctional CD4+ T-cell responses that were reflected in IFN-γ, IL-2, and TNF-α production on spike protein stimulation.

    A strong bias toward this Th1 phenotype was noted. Th2 responses (as measured by IL-5 and IL-13 cytokines) were minimal (Figure 5).In recent months, epidemiologists in the United States buy ventolin over the counter uk and throughout the world have been asked the same question by clinicians, journalists, and members of the public, “When will we have a vaccine?. € The obvious answer to this question would be, “When a candidate vaccine is demonstrated to be safe, effective, and available. That can be determined only by scientific data, not by a target calendar date.” But we realize that such a response, although accurate, overlooks much of what people are ultimately seeking to understand.The emphasis on “we” reveals that most people want much more than an estimated vaccine-delivery date. Their inquiry typically buy ventolin over the counter uk involves three concerns.

    First, when will the public be able to have confidence that available vaccines are safe and effective?. Second, buy ventolin over the counter uk when will a vaccine be available to people like them?. And third, when will vaccine uptake be high enough to enable a return to prepandemic conditions?. Often, the inquiry is also assessing whether the biotech and vaccine companies, government agencies, and medical experts involved in developing, licensing, and recommending use of Covid-19 vaccines realize that the responses they provide now will influence what happens later. There is often a sense that messages regarding Covid-19 vaccines can have problematic framing (e.g., “warp speed”) and make assertions that involve key terms (e.g., “safe” and “effective”) for which experts’ definitions may vary and may differ considerably from those of the general public and key subpopulations.As Covid-19 vaccines move into phase 3 clinical trials, enthusiasm about the innovative and sophisticated technologies being used needs to be replaced by consideration of the actions and messages buy ventolin over the counter uk that will foster trust among clinicians and the public.

    Although vast investments have been made in developing safe and effective vaccines, it is important to remember that it is the act of vaccination itself that prevents harm and saves lives. Considered fully, the question “When will we have a Covid-19 vaccine?. € makes clear the many ways in which efforts related to both the “when” and the “we” can buy ventolin over the counter uk affect vaccination uptake. Recognizing the significance of both aspects of the question can help public health officials and scientists both to hone current messaging related to Covid-19 vaccines and to build a better foundation for clinicians who will be educating patients and parents about vaccination.The recently released guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on testing of Covid-19 vaccine candidates are scientifically sound and indicate that no compromises will be made when it comes to evaluating safety and efficacy.1 This commitment needs to be stated repeatedly, made apparent during the vaccine testing and approval process, and supported by transparency. Assurances regarding the warp speed effort to develop a vaccine or to issue emergency use authorizations accelerating availability must buy ventolin over the counter uk make clear the ways in which clinical trials and the review processes used by federal agencies (the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]) will objectively assess the safety and effectiveness of vaccines developed using new platforms.

    Clinicians and the public should have easy access to user-friendly materials that reference publicly available studies, data, and presentations related to safety and effectiveness. The FDA’s and CDC’s plans for robust longer-term, postlicensure vaccine safety and monitoring systems will also need to be made visible, particularly to health care professionals, who are essential to the success of these efforts.2The second key part of this question pertains to when a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine will become available to some, most, or all people who want one. This question has technical and moral components, and the answers on both fronts could foster or buy ventolin over the counter uk impede public acceptance of a vaccine. Data from antibody testing suggest that about 90% of people are susceptible to Covid-19. Accepting that 60 to 70% of the population would have to be immune, either as a result of natural infection or vaccination, to achieve community protection (also known as herd immunity), about 200 million buy ventolin over the counter uk Americans and 5.6 billion people worldwide would need to be immune in order to end the pandemic.

    The possibility that it may take years to achieve the vaccination coverage necessary for everyone to be protected gives rise to difficult questions about priority groups and domestic and global access.Given public skepticism of government institutions and concerns about politicization of vaccine priorities, the recent establishment of a National Academy of Medicine (NAM) committee to formulate criteria to ensure equitable distribution of initial Covid-19 vaccines and to offer guidance on addressing vaccine hesitancy is an important step. The NAM report should be very helpful to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group that traditionally develops vaccination recommendations in the United States. The NAM’s deliberations about which groups will be prioritized for vaccination involve identifying the societal values that should be considered, and the report will communicate how these buy ventolin over the counter uk values informed its recommendations. Will the people at greatest risk for disease — such as health care workers, nursing home residents, prison inmates and workers, the elderly, people with underlying health conditions, and people from minority and low-income communities — be the first to obtain access?. Alternatively, will the top priority be reducing transmission by prioritizing the public workforce, essential workers, students, and young people who may be more likely to spread infection asymptomatically?.

    And how will the United States share vaccine doses with other countries, where infections could buy ventolin over the counter uk ultimately also pose a threat to Americans?. Releasing expert-committee reports, however, should not be equated with successfully communicating with the public about vaccine candidates and availability.3 In the United States and many other countries, new vaccines and vaccination recommendations are rarely released with substantial public information and educational resources. Most investments in communication with clinicians and the public happen when uptake of newly recommended vaccines, such as the human papillomavirus vaccine or seasonal influenza vaccine, falls short of goals buy ventolin over the counter uk. Not since the March of Dimes’s polio-vaccination efforts in the 1950s has there been major investment in public information and advocacy for new vaccines. There is already a flood of misinformation on social media and from antivaccine activists about new vaccines that could be licensed for Covid-19.

    If recent surveys suggesting that about half of Americans would accept a Covid-19 vaccine4 are accurate, it will take substantial resources and active, bipartisan political support to achieve the uptake levels needed to reach herd immunity buy ventolin over the counter uk thresholds.5High uptake of Covid-19 vaccines among prioritized groups should also not be assumed. Many people in these groups will want to be vaccinated, but their willingness will be affected by what is said, the way it is said, and who says it in the months ahead. Providing compelling, evidence-based information using culturally and linguistically appropriate messages and buy ventolin over the counter uk materials is a complex challenge. Having trusted people, such as public figures, political leaders, entertainment figures, and religious and community leaders, endorse vaccination can be an effective way of persuading the portion of the public that is open to such a recommendation. Conversely, persuading people who have doubts about or oppose a particular medical recommendation is difficult, requires commitment and engagement, and is often not successful.Finally, surveys suggest that physicians, nurses, and pharmacists remain the most highly trusted professionals in the United States.

    Extensive, active, and ongoing involvement by buy ventolin over the counter uk clinicians is essential to attaining the high uptake of Covid-19 vaccines that will be needed for society to return to prepandemic conditions. Nurses and physicians are the most important and influential sources of vaccination information for patients and parents. Throughout the world, health care professionals will need to be well-informed and strong endorsers of Covid-19 vaccination.A more complete answer to the common question is therefore, “We will have a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine when the research studies, engagement processes, communication, and education efforts undertaken during the clinical trial stage have built trust and result in vaccination recommendations being understood, supported, and accepted by the vast majority of the public, priority and nonpriority groups alike.” Efforts to engage diverse stakeholders and communities in Covid-19 vaccination education strategies, key messages, and materials for clinicians and the public are needed now..

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    Similar to how an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can lead to disease, exposure to air pollution could be added to this risk factor list as well. “In this study, we created an environment that mimicked a polluted day in New Delhi or Beijing,” said Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD, first author on the study, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at University Hospitals Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute, and Director of the Case Western Reserve ventolin hfa 90mcg hfa aer ad University Cardiovascular Research Institute. €œWe concentrated fine particles of air pollution, called PM2.5 (particulate matter component <. 2.5 microns) ventolin hfa 90mcg hfa aer ad.

    Concentrated particles like this develop from human impact on the environment, such as automobile exhaust, power generation and other fossil fuels.” These particles have been strongly connected to risk factors for disease. For example, cardiovascular effects of air pollution can lead to heart attack and stroke. The research team has shown exposure to air pollution can increase the likelihood of the same risk factors that lead to heart disease, such as insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes ventolin hfa 90mcg hfa aer ad. In the mouse model study, three groups were observed.

    A control group receiving clean filtered air, a group exposed to polluted air for 24 weeks, and a group fed a high-fat diet. Interestingly, the researchers found that being exposed to air pollution was comparable to eating ventolin hfa 90mcg hfa aer ad a high-fat diet. Both the air pollution and high-fat diet groups showed insulin resistance and abnormal metabolism – just like one would see in a pre-diabetic state. These changes were associated with changes in the epigenome, a layer of control that can masterfully turn on and turn off thousands of genes, representing a critical buffer in ventolin hfa 90mcg hfa aer ad response to environmental factors.

    This study is the first-of-its-kind to compare genome-wide epigenetic changes in response to air pollution, compare and contrast these changes with that of eating an unhealthy diet, and examine the impact of air pollution cessation on these changes.“The good news is that these effects were reversible, at least in our experiments” added Dr. Rajagopalan. €œOnce the air pollution was removed from the environment, the mice appeared healthier and ventolin hfa 90mcg hfa aer ad the pre-diabetic state seemed to reverse.” Dr. Rajagopalan explains that if you live in a densely polluted environment, taking actions such as wearing an N95 mask, using portable indoor air cleaners, utilizing air conditioning, closing car windows while commuting, and changing car air filters frequently could all be helpful in staying healthy and limiting air pollution exposure.Next steps in this research involve meeting with a panel of experts, as well as the National Institutes of Health, to discuss conducting clinical trials that compare heart health and the level of air pollution in the environment.

    For example, if someone has a heart attack, should they be wearing an N95 mask or using a portable air filter at home during recovery?. Dr ventolin hfa 90mcg hfa aer ad. Rajagopalan and his team believe that it is important to address the environment as a population health risk factor and continue to diligently research these issues. The authors also note that these findings should encourage policymakers to enact measures aimed at reducing air pollution.Shyam Biswal, PhD, Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns ventolin hfa 90mcg hfa aer ad Hopkins University School of Public Health, is the joint senior author on the study.

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    10.1172/JCI137315. This work was supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences TaRGET II Consortium grant U01ES026721, as well as grants R01ES015146 and R01ES019616.About one in five women experience some form of depression during pregnancy, with poorly understood effects on the fetus. Prenatal depression is linked to behavioural and developmental issues in children as well as an increased risk for depression as young adults. But how prenatal depression leads to these changes remains unclear.

    UCalgary researcher Dr. Catherine Lebel, PhD, is helping understand what may be happening in the developing brains of these children. The research team has shown that young children whose mothers experienced more numerous symptoms of depression in pregnancy have weakened connectivity in brain pathways involved in emotion. These structural changes can be related to increased hyperactivity and aggression in boys.

    The research is based on diffusion magnetic resonance imaging, an imaging technique that probes the strength of structural connections between brain regions. The findings are published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Catherine Lebel, senior author and investigator. Riley Brandt, University of Calgary “The results help us understand how depression can have multigenerational impacts, and speaks to the importance of helping mothers who may be experiencing depression during pregnancy,” says Lebel, an associate professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, and researcher in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

    She holds the Canada Research Chair in Paediatric Neuroimaging. Lebel and her team studied 54 Calgary mothers and their children. They were enrolled from the ongoing, prospective study called the Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition study. Mothers answered a survey about their depression symptoms at several points during their pregnancy.

    Their children were followed after birth and undertook an MRI scan at the Alberta Children’s Hospital at around age four. As well, the children’s behaviour was assessed within six months of their MRI scan. The team found a significant reduction in structural brain connectivity between the amygdala, a structure essential for emotional processing, and the frontal cortex. Weakened connectivity between the amygdala and frontal cortex is associated with disruptive behaviours and vulnerability to depression.

    The first author on the study, Dr. Rebecca Hay, MD, stresses the importance of recognition of depression and intervention in prenatal health. €œThese results suggest complex associations between the prenatal environment and children’s brain development, and may help us to understand why children of depressed mothers are more vulnerable to depression themselves,” says Hay, a resident physician in paediatrics and recent Cumming School of Medicine graduate. The main clinical takeaway from this is to emphasize the importance of recognizing, treating prenatal depression and supporting mothers, both for better maternal outcomes and to help future child development.

    Rebecca Hay, the study's first author. Courtesy Rebecca Hay Current study looks at stress during pandemic Lebel and her research team are currently trying to understand how stress and mental health are affecting pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is examining how factors such as social supports might mitigate stress, and how this may influence pregnancy and birth outcomes. If you are interested, you can get involved here in the Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic study at the University of Calgary.

    So far, approximately 7,500 women from across Canada are enrolled and supplying information through questionnaires. €œIt is critical to appropriately recognize and treat prenatal maternal mental health problems, both for the mothers and to improve child outcomes,” says Lebel. €œNow more than ever, with increased stress, anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, we should do more to support mothers to positively impact the health of their children.” Lebel is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology at the Cumming School of Medicine, adjunct associate professor in the Werklund School of Education and a member of The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research &. Education, Owerko Centre at ACHRI, Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute.

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