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The news media covered medical equipment shortages across the country, but the issue is particularly pressing for people with health insurance.
Some states and cities have reported a sharp rise in the number of uninsured patients.
Many others have seen a decline in demand for their essential supplies, such as oxygen and blood.
“We’re going to need every inch of that equipment to keep patients alive and to protect their health,” said Chris Legg, president of the Medical Equipment Manufacturers Association.
Health care providers, hospitals and health systems across the U.S. have been overwhelmed by the number and scope of people who have signed up for Medicaid or Medicare, the federal government’s health insurance program for the poor and working poor.
They’ve been inundated with requests for medical supplies that aren’t available elsewhere, such a critical blood test, according to a survey released by the U,S.
Census Bureau in May.
In Ohio, one of the worst-affected states, nearly a quarter of the counties that receive federal assistance have seen shortages of critical medical equipment.
In Virginia, more than 40 percent of the population has health insurance and only 13 percent of counties have been able to obtain critical medical supplies, according the report by the Commonwealth Fund.
Many of the state’s biggest health care systems have had to ration the supplies they can order from their suppliers.
In some cases, they have resorted to sending supplies to hospitals and nursing homes, which then are not able to meet patients’ needs.
A report by HealthCare.gov found that hospitals in Texas, the state with the largest number of residents who have lost their health insurance coverage, are facing shortages of oxygen.
The U.N. says it is seeing an unprecedented rise in cases of acute malnutrition in the United States.
Hospice and other health care providers are finding it difficult to pay for supplies and are using coupons, often for limited supplies.
And in the Midwest, states and localities are finding they can’t keep up with the demand, according Toonas, the health care provider.
There’s been a dramatic increase in the numbers of patients who are needing help to treat severe illnesses, he said.
When a crisis strikes, hospitals are often overwhelmed.
Hospitals are often not able get all the supplies necessary for a patient.
In the Midwest where it’s raining, we are having to ration supplies, Toonos said.
And that’s been very stressful for people who are very vulnerable.
We are going to be spending the rest of the year trying to meet the needs of the patients that are here and the families that are there.
So there’s a lot of frustration and we have a lot to be frustrated about.
We are not doing our jobs.
Our hospitals and clinics are very overwhelmed, said Brian Wieser, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association.
He says that’s because patients are not being able to access basic medical supplies.
We have to make sure that we get the supply, and that we have the capacity, so we can provide the best care for our patients.
But the crisis is just beginning.
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