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High staff vaccination rates helps nursing homes beat COVID

Sep. 18, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nursing homes in Missouri with the vast majority of staff vaccinated tend to have strikingly lower rates of COVID-19 cases among residents, according to federal records, a trend that may offer broader lessons about the virus and how it can be slowed. ...

Democrats tackling flash points of taxes, health, climate

Sep. 18, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revamp the tax code and important federal health care and environment programs. Spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years, but maybe a lot less. Ensure that no more than three Democrats in all of Congress vote “no” because Republicans will be unanimously opposed. ...

UAB pauses vaccine requirement in face of federal mandate

Sep. 17, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham has ended a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health system employees as officials await details about a federal mandate for health care workers. UAB Health in August announced that both employees and others...

Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 17, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 16, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

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...

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...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 13, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

Akron Beacon Journal. Sept. 12, 2021. Editorial: Ohio panel must do its job, create fair maps for public tired of one-sided politics Attacks on voting rights. Curbing the governor’s public health powers. Irresponsibly presenting a fanatical witness...

The Latest: West Virginia hits daily record in new cases

Sep. 12, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia set two daily records in the past week for positive coronavirus cases as the pandemic continues to ravage the state. Thursday’s total of confirmed cases was a record 1,738, only to be broken by Saturday’s total of 1,821, according...

The Latest: Alaska Gov: Biden’s vaccine order 'un-American'

Sep. 10, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said President Joe Biden’s effort to require millions of U.S. workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is “ill conceived, divisive, and un-American.” “At a time in which we are called to work together, forced medical...