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With new laws restricting public health, officials try to navigate rising COVID cases

‘There are a lot of different interpretations’

How Vaccine Mandates Are Helping Companies

With the delta variant driving up COVID-19 cases across the country, more companies are mandating vaccinations for employees to ward off the economic losses that come from having an unhealthy workforce.

Covid Delta is still killing Americans. Long COVID is the crisis waiting to take its place

Barring significant scientific advancements, long COVID — symptoms that persist long after the virus has presumably ceased replicating in the body — will be with us for many years to come.

Missoula Co. asks residents to reduce social circles

If a friend, a relative, or a perfect stranger asks you about your vaccination history, or any other question about your health, you may consider it rude, nosy, or inappropriate. But it’s not illegal. And if you choose not to answer, don’t blame HIPAA.

Does HIPAA prohibit questions about vaccination?

If a friend, a relative, or a perfect stranger asks you about your vaccination history, or any other question about your health, you may consider it rude, nosy, or inappropriate. But it’s not illegal. And if you choose not to answer, don’t blame HIPAA.

In Montana, medical professionals say a new law preventing them from requiring vaccinations for employees is making things even worse.

Many hospitals across the country require employees get the COVID shot, but that’s not an option in Montana.

The Cost Of Being Unvaccinated Just Went Up — Most Insurers Are Passing Costs Back To Patients As Covid Hospitalizations Soar

With highly effective coronavirus vaccines available and hospital admissions soaring, many Covid-19 patients are facing bigger bills as most insurance companies have ended waivers on out-of-pocket costs that they introduced earlier in the pandemic, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a cost that will be primarily borne by the unvaccinated people more likely to require hospital treatment.

Survey shows almost half of Montana employees think showing vaccine status should be mandatory

Use the map below to discover the % who think employees should be required to disclose their Covid vaccine status to their employers.

Is your doctor, dentist or hairstylist vaccinated? Tips for how to ask — and avoid awkwardness.

It is not a violation of the oft-cited HIPAA federal privacy law to ask your doctor or dentist or other health-care workers, as well as people who provide close-contact services, including hair stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists and physical trainers, whether they are vaccinated.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Resources in Montana

In line with federal recommendations, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is now providing a third COVID-19 vaccine shot for immunocompromised people.