Latest Xavier Becerra News

Over-the-counter hearing aids expected this fall in US

Aug. 16, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans will be able to buy hearing aids without a prescription later this fall, under a long-awaited rule finalized Tuesday. The regulation creates a new class of hearing aids that don't require a medical exam, a prescription and other specialty...

US declares public health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

Aug. 04, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government declared a public health emergency Thursday to bolster the response to the monkeypoxoutbreak that has infected more than 7,100 Americans. The announcement will free up money and other resources to fight the virus, which may cause fever, body...

San Francisco sues feds over forced nursing home closure

Aug. 04, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials said Thursday they have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over its decision to cut funding to a nursing home run by the city and the tight deadline it set to move all patients out of the facility that state and federal officials deemed was...

Number of uninsured Americans drops to record low

Aug. 02, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

Washington (AP) — The number of people living in America without health insurance coverage hit an all-time low of 8 percent this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. “Every American has the right to the peace of mind that comes with access to...

Biden names FEMA, CDC officials to head monkeypox response

Aug. 01, 2022 22:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to name top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve as the White House coordinators to combat the growing monkeypox outbreak. The White House said Biden will...

California not ready to declare emergency over monkeypox

Jul. 29, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are pressing for more vaccine and acting with “utmost urgency” to slow the spread of the monkeypox virus, but they have not decided whether to declare a statewide emergency as the city of San Francisco announced on Thursday, the state's public...

Nursing home to stop discharging patients after deaths

Jul. 29, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nursing home run by the city of San Francisco will stop discharging patients as part of a federally-mandated closure plan after at least four patients died within days or weeks of being moved from Laguna Honda Hospital, officials said. In April, the federal...

Under fire, US officials say monkeypox can still be stopped

Jul. 28, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country’s monkeypox outbreak can still be stopped, U.S. health officials said Thursday, despite rising case numbers and so far limited vaccine supplies. The Biden administration’s top health official pushed back against criticism about the pace of the...

Biden's realism approach runs head-on into liberal pressure

Jul. 17, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On restoring access to abortion, President Joe Biden says his hands are tied without more Democratic senators. Declaring a public health emergency on the matter has downsides, his aides say. And as for gun violence, Biden has been clear about the limits of what he can do on his...

New 988 hotline is the 911 for mental health emergencies

Jul. 15, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

Quick help for suicidal thoughts and other mental health emergencies will soon be as easy as 9-8-8. The United States’ first nationwide three-digit mental health crisis hotline goes live on Saturday. It’s designed to be as easy to remember and use as 911, but instead of a...