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Today Think Progress published an article titled “Boston Hospitals And Insurers Will Help Ease The Bombing Victims’ Medical Costs.”
The article’s author Tara Culp-Ressler writes:
The total medical costs resulting from last week’s Boston Marathon attack are expected to top $9 million — and that could be a conservative estimate, since the bombings’ injury toll has just been revised up to nearly 300 people. Fortunately, however, the city’s largest health providers are stepping up to ensure that the victims won’t suffer under the full weight of those mounting costs.
The Boston Globe reports that the largest health insurers in Massachusetts are planning to waive out-of-pocket fees for the bombing victims who are receiving treatment for their injuries, and three of the city’s hospitals are promising to delay billing those patients. Fortunately, health care providers plan to address not just the initial emergency room care that victims received in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, but also the treatment for long-term health issues that might plague them in the future.
Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Hundreds of thousands of Bangladesh’s garment workers walk out in protest over factory deaths.”
The article reads:
Hundreds of thousands of garment workers walked out of their factories in Bangladesh Thursday, police said, to protest the deaths of 200 people in a building collapse, in the latest tragedy to hit the sector.
Grief turned to anger as the workers, some carrying sticks, blockaded key highways in at least three industrial areas just outside the capital Dhaka, forcing factory owners to declare a day’s holiday.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today Jezebel published an article titled “Department of Justice Advocates for Rape Victims With New Guidelines.”
The article’s author Tracie Egan Morrissey writes:
The Department of Justice has issued new national guidelines for medical exams and standards of care for rape victims, emphasizing that the victim’s “physical and emotional needs should take precedence over criminal justice considerations.”
The guidelines—issued this week—also recommend that victims be offered emergency contraception, or information on how to immediately obtain it and advises that “voluntary drug and or alcohol use should not diminish the perceived seriousness of the assault.”
However, while the guidelines are to be mandatory standards of practice in federal prisons and the military, they’re considered voluntary in the rest of the country. As it stands, there is no established, uniform protocol that health care professionals, police, and prosecutors respond to sexual assault, and methods vary across the U.S.
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