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California Republicans see chance to unseat Democratic AG

May. 15, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republicans think they have a chance this year to unseat an appointed state attorney general they say is too progressive even for California, in part because they view him as soft on crime as that issue rises in importance for voters. But first they must...

Tennessee, South Carolina extend health care for new moms

May. 06, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee and South Carolina are joining five other states in extending health care coverage to women with low-to-modest incomes for a full year after childbirth, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced on Friday. The expansion of...

FDA issues plan to ban menthol in cigarettes, cigars

Apr. 28, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people. “The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help...

Medicare weighs premium cut after limiting Alzheimer's drug

Apr. 07, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Thursday it's considering a cut in enrollee premiums, after officials stuck with an earlier decision to sharply limit coverage for a pricey new Alzheimer's drug projected to drive up program costs. The agency “is looking at that, and is still going...

Biden orders push on long COVID, pandemic's shadowy mystery

Apr. 06, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting the pandemic's lasting shadow, President Joe Biden has ordered a new national research push on long COVID, while also directing federal agencies to support patients dealing with the mysterious and debilitating condition. Biden assigned the Department...

Biden orders push on long COVID, pandemic's shadowy mystery

Apr. 05, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting the pandemic's lasting shadow, President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered a new national research push on long COVID, while also directing federal agencies to support patients dealing with the mysterious and debilitating condition. Biden assigned the...

Obama to return to White House for health care event

Apr. 03, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama will be returning to the White House on Tuesday for his first public event there since he left office in 2017. A White House official said Sunday that Obama will be joining President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to...

COVID pandemic's end may bring turbulence for US health care

Mar. 31, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures. Winding down those policies could...

Kansas won't enforce vaccine rule for nursing home workers

Mar. 30, 2022 20:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's says Kansas won't enforce a federal mandate that nursing home workers get vaccinated against COVID-19, acknowledging Wednesday that it conflicts with an anti-mandate state law she signed four months ago. Nursing home workers must...

US-backed group gets lifesaving meds to Ukrainians amid war

Mar. 27, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of patients in Ukraine are receiving lifesaving medicines to treat HIV and opioid addiction through a U.S.-funded group still operating despite the Russian invasion. Supplies are running short and making deliveries is a complicated calculus with unpredictable risks. ...