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Idaho group says it is exploring a ballot initiative for abortion rights and reproductive care

Apr. 19, 2024 19:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new Idaho organization says it will ask voters to restore abortion access and other reproductive health care rights in the state after lawmakers let a second legislative session end without modifying strict abortion bans that have been blamed for a recent exodus of health...

Advocates push for full Medicaid expansion as Mississippi legislators enter negotiations

Apr. 16, 2024 18:35 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A coalition of advocates rallied for full Medicaid expansion Tuesday at the Mississippi Capitol as lawmakers prepare to negotiate a final plan that could extend health care coverage to tens of thousands of residents in one of the poorest states in the U.S. ...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Apr. 16, 2024 17:59 PM EDT

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 12, 2024. Editorial: Having won on abortion, Missouri GOP just can’t stop attacking women’s health care Not content with having already imposed the first statewide abortion ban in America in half a century (and one of the most...

New York's high court hears case on abortion insurance coverage

Apr. 16, 2024 17:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court took up a case Tuesday that seeks to throw out a regulation requiring health insurance policies to cover medically necessary abortions — a lawsuit that could jeopardize a similar state law. The challenge was filed by the Roman...

It's the first drug shown to slow Alzheimer's. Why is is it off to a slow start?

Apr. 13, 2024 08:12 AM EDT

The first drug shown to slow Alzheimer’s disease hit the U.S. market over a year ago, but sales have lagged, major hospital systems have taken months to start using it and some insurers have rejected coverage. Doctors also expect some patients will hesitate to take Leqembi due to...

One-fourth of people dropped from Medicaid still aren't insured, survey shows

Apr. 12, 2024 10:10 AM EDT

Almost a quarter of people who were dropped from Medicaid during the post-pandemic eligibility reviews are still uninsured and high costs are preventing them from getting on another plan, a new survey from KFF showed Friday. At least 20 million lower-income Americans have lost their...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Apr. 11, 2024 07:12 AM EDT

The Advocate. April 9, 2024. Editorial: Lawmakers can, and should, address Louisiana’s maternal and infant mortality crisis Of all the “bad” rankings on which Louisiana leads the nation, none are more heartbreaking — or damning — than those reflecting the...

Experts say Wisconsin woman who at 12 nearly killed girl isn't ready to leave psychiatric center

Apr. 10, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

Two psychologists testified Wednesday that a Wisconsin woman who at age 12 stabbed a sixth-grade classmate nearly to death to please the online horror character Slender Man should not be released yet from a psychiatric hospital. Morgan Geyser, now 21, wants to leave Winnebago Mental...

Ohio's DeWine focuses on children in his State of the State address

Apr. 10, 2024 15:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Improving access to child care and kids' health care form the core elements of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's agenda in 2024, as the second-term Republican rolled out a slate of policy priorities focusing on children to state lawmakers Wednesday. DeWine, speaking in...

Senior doctors in England agree on a pay deal with the government to end a yearlong dispute

Apr. 05, 2024 15:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Senior doctors in England have accepted a pay offer from the British government that ends a yearlong dispute with unprecedented strike action. The British Medical Association and the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association, which represent the senior...