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Providers challenge only US law banning vaccine mandates

Sep. 23, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Medical providers and Montana residents with compromised immune systems are challenging the only law in the U.S. that prevents employers from mandating workers get vaccinated amid a surge of COVID-19 infections. They argue the new law violates...

New law cited in decision to end needle exchange program

Sep. 23, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A southern West Virginia health department has stopped its needle exchange program due to strict requirements under a new state law, officials said. The Mercer County Health Department voted Wednesday to discontinue its program, saying the new...

Bank of England keeps rates on hold, warns over inflation

Sep. 23, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England kept its main interest rate at the record low of 0.1% while warning Thursday that inflation is set to be double its target rate by the end of this year, largely due to a sharp spike in energy prices. The decision from the central bank's...

New Mexico reduces insurance premiums on state exchange

Sep. 23, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health care access is getting substantially cheaper on the state's health insurance exchange though a combination of state tax proceeds, federal pandemic aid and a growing pool of subscribers. An update on pandemic relief spending from the...

EXPLAINER: Why the debt limit is again roiling Washington

Sep. 23, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The idea of the U.S. government breaching its “debt limit” sounds scary. But what, exactly, are lawmakers in Washington fighting about? The debt limit is a nearly century-old artificial cap that Congress placed on the U.S. government's ability to...

Idaho lawmakers look for ways to nullify vaccine mandates

Sep. 22, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho should adopt a health policy that would make vaccine status a private medical record that employees could refuse to make available to employers as a way to thwart President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate, an attorney told lawmakers Wednesday. ...

Ivey promotes Alabama prison plan ahead of special session

Sep. 21, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday blamed crumbling infrastructure for the state’s prison problems as she prepares to call lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session on prison construction. “The main issue contributing to these...

Vermont urged to extend emergency motel housing for homeless

Sep. 21, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

As hundreds of homeless Vermonters are expected to lose access to motel rooms paid for by the state during the pandemic, advocates urged officials on Monday to extend the benefit even longer. In July, the state extended the hotel voucher program 84 days for families with...

Consumers get online tool to check nursing home vaccine data

Sep. 21, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes, Medicare announced Tuesday, addressing complaints from consumer groups and lawmakers that the critical data had been too difficult to find. The...

Albuquerque OKs no-fares pilot program for city buses

Sep. 21, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's public transit system won't charge fares for riding buses during a 12-month experiment starting Jan. 1. The City Council voted Monday night to approve the pilot program after previously deferring the vote several times. ...