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Feds OK Colorado plan to cover gender-affirming care

Oct. 12, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will include gender confirmation care in its individual and small group health insurance plans, state and federal officials announced Tuesday. The state's plan under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will include jaw, cheek and eye...

Merck asks US FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill

Oct. 11, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill for treating COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world's arsenal against the pandemic. If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration — a decision...

HealthCost website to help compare health care costs

Oct. 09, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Insurance has launched the state's new HealthCost website to help people compare prices across health care facilities. The site, launched Friday, also includes information on health insurance and an interactive too to...

Ban on negotiating Medicare drug prices under pressure

Oct. 06, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donna Weiner looks at Medicare’s prescription drug program from two different points of view. As a participant, she wants to pay less for her medicines, which cost her about $6,000 a year. As a retired accountant who spent 50 years handling the books...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Sep. 29, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

The (McComb) Enterprise-Journal. Sept. 28, 2021. Editorial: Marijuana Bill Is An Improvement It’s often easy to criticize the Mississippi Legislature, which like any group of elected officials is composed of people with vastly differing...

Mass. seniors rally for more rescue funds for health care

Sep. 26, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

Coronavirus-related developments around New England: MASSACHUSETTS Activists dressed in hospital gowns will gather on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse to urge state lawmakers to use $17 million of about $5.1 billion in federal pandemic relief...

Insurance premiums fall as New Mexico prepares new subsidies

Sep. 23, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health care access is getting substantially less expensive for consumers on the state's health insurance exchange through a combination of federal pandemic relief, a growing pool of subscribers and — coming soon — proceeds from a new state tax, insurance regulators...

Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Sep. 19, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dental work for seniors on Medicare. An end to sky’s-the-limit pricing on prescription drugs. New options for long-term care at home. Coverage for low-income people locked out of Medicaid by ideological battles. Those are just some of the changes to...

Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov't role

Sep. 16, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “build back better” agenda is poised to be the most far-reaching federal investment since FDR’s New Deal or LBJ’s Great Society — a prodigious effort to tax the rich and shift money into projects and programs touching the lives of nearly...

House panel rejects drug pricing plan in setback to Biden

Sep. 15, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee dealt an ominous if tentative blow Wednesday to President Joe Biden’s huge social and environment package, derailing a money-saving plan to let Medicare negotiate the price it pays for prescription drugs. The House Energy and...