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In quiet debut, Alzheimer's drug finds questions, skepticism

Oct. 17, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

The first new Alzheimer’s treatment in more than 20 years was hailed as a breakthrough when regulators approved it more than four months ago, but its rollout has been slowed by questions about its price and how well it works. Several major medical centers remain...

Beshear touts relaunched Kentucky health insurance exchange

Oct. 15, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Saying the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the necessity for accessible health care, Gov. Andy Beshear marked a milestone Friday for Kentucky's relaunched health insurance exchange — where consumers now can shop for health coverage for the coming year. ...

New tool to allow Mainers to window shop for health coverage

Oct. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities have signed off on Maine's health insurance marketplace, and residents can start comparing plans on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved CoverME.gov. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said...

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...

Lawmakers will hear testimony on dozens of health care bills

Oct. 10, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are planning to host a virtual public hearing Tuesday to take testimony on dozens of health care related bills The Joint Committee on Financial Services will hear from supporters and opponents on a slew of bills from legislation intended to...

Health coverage through state-based exchange opens Nov. 1

Oct. 06, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The comeback of Kentucky’s state-run health insurance exchange will be completed Nov. 1, when consumers can start using it to apply for health coverage for the coming year. Retaining its original kynect name, the state-run web portal will enable...

Thousands of additional Missourians eligible for Medicaid

Oct. 01, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several thousand Missourians who previously were not eligible for Medicaid are expected to seek the health care coverage, now that voter-approved expansion of the program has taken effect. Friday marked the day the health care program began...

RI will try to reassign unvaccinated health state workers

Oct. 01, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee said Friday that the administration would try to find new assignments for health care workers employed by the state who are refusing a coronavirus vaccination. The state's health care worker vaccine mandate took...

West Virginia's Bridge Day canceled after parachutists exit

Sep. 29, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's largest outdoor festival on the third-highest U.S. bridge next month was canceled Wednesday, a week after a group representing parachutists bailed out. The Bridge Day Commission voted unanimously to cancel the Oct. 16 event on...

Georgia sees spike in new 'Obamacare' sign ups

Sep. 26, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia experienced a dramatic increase in the number of people signing up for health care coverage during a special enrollment window for the Affordable Care Act. Between February 15 and August 15, a little more than 147,000 people in the state selected...