Latest Health care policy News

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Vermont story

Sep. 23, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — In a story published September 22, 2021, about COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming ski season at Vail Resorts, The Associated Press erroneously reported where restaurant customers would be required to show proof of vaccination. The policy only applies to indoor,...

Honolulu police officer decides to get vaccine to save job

Sep. 22, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu police officer decided to get vaccinated against COVID-19 instead of losing his job. Cpl. Mark Kutsy told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser he got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine last week and returned to duty on Tuesday. ...

Workers at North Carolina health care provider face firings

Sep. 21, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based health care provider said Tuesday that nearly 400 of its workers face dismissal for not complying with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program. Novant Health Inc. said Tuesday that 1.4% of its overall workforce, or 375...

McAuliffe, Youngkin clash over abortion, COVID in 1st debate

Sep. 17, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

GRUNDY, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies Thursday in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season, as each sought to cast the other as extreme. The candidates in...

McAuliffe, Youngkin clash over abortion, COVID in 1st debate

Sep. 16, 2021 23:44 PM EDT

GRUNDY, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies Thursday in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season, as each sought to cast the other as extreme. The candidates in...

West Springfield enacts mask mandate as Big E fair opens

Sep. 16, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Board of Health in West Springfield has approved an indoor mask mandate that takes effect the same day as the opening, for the first time in two years, of what's billed as the largest agricultural fair on the East Coast. The mask mandate starts Friday,...

Veteran Democratic state lawmaker Insko won't run again

Sep. 15, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Rep. Verla Insko, the longest-serving House Democrat currently in the chamber, announced on Wednesday she won't seek reelection next year. Insko joined the state House in 1997 and became a consistent, liberal voice on expanding...

Biden: Nearly 3M get health coverage during COVID-19 sign-up

Sep. 15, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for subsidized health insurance coverage made more affordable by the COVID-19 relief law, President Joe Biden said Wednesday. He called that number encouraging and urged...

Unions split on vaccine mandates, complicating Biden push

Sep. 11, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

The National Nurses Union applauded President Joe Biden's proposal to require that companies with more than 100 employees vaccinate their work force. The American Federation of Teachers once said vaccine mandates weren't necessary, but now embraces them. In Oregon, police and firefighter...

Vermont health program reduced hospital stays, saved money

Sep. 03, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

The first two years of a Vermont program set up to keep patients healthier while reducing costs saved money on Medicare patients and kept more people out of the hospital, an evaluation of the program has found. The report commissioned by the Centers for Medicaid and...