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Massachusetts abortion hotline now offers free legal advice

Jan. 30, 2023 12:59 PM EST

Massachusetts launched a hotline Monday offering free legal advice to people seeking abortions in the state, as well as their health care providers and helpers — joining several other states in a move spurred by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade last summer, which has led to...

California prison inmates to get some Medicaid care

Jan. 27, 2023 07:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will allow Medicaid dollars to treat some people in prisons, jails or juvenile detention centers for the first time ever, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday. CMS will allow California inmates to access limited...

Maternal deaths and disparities increase in Mississippi

Jan. 26, 2023 20:43 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deaths from pregnancy complications have become more prevalent in Mississippi, and racial disparities in the health of those who give birth have widened in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the state's Department of Health. The...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 26, 2023 01:04 AM EST

Vicksburg Post. January 24, 2023. Editorial: It’s simple — We need to address the state’s health care crisis If it’s what the majority of the electorate wants, shouldn’t we be able to get it? That’s a simple question with a complex answer,...

Governor creates commission to study Arizona prison problems

Jan. 25, 2023 19:05 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Katie Hobbs on Wednesday announced the creation of a commission to study problems in Arizona’s prisons, including staffing levels and the health care offered to those behind bars. The creation of the commission by Hobbs, Arizona’s first Democratic governor...

Lawyer defends North Carolina's transgender care exclusions

Jan. 25, 2023 16:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawyer representing the leaders of North Carolina's state employee health plan defended its exclusion of gender-affirming treatments on Wednesday before a federal appeals court, facing a barrage of criticisms from its chief judge. State Treasurer Dale Folwell...

Record 16.3 million seek health coverage through 'Obamacare'

Jan. 25, 2023 14:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 16.3 million people sought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, double the number covered when the marketplaces first launched nearly a decade ago, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. More than 3 million new members joined...

Text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State speech

Jan. 25, 2023 12:24 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's State of the State speech given on Jan. 25, 2023. Remarks as prepared: Lt. Governor Jones, Speaker Burns, President Pro Tem Kennedy, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, Constitutional Officers, Mayor Dickens,...

Why do so many older adults choose Medicare Advantage?

Jan. 25, 2023 11:31 AM EST

In 2022, 48% of Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans instead of original Medicare, and experts predict that number will be higher in 2023. Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurers and bundle Medicare benefits in a way many people find...

Leftover issues aplenty expected in North Carolina session

Jan. 24, 2023 18:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislative ledger gets cleared every two years when the next set of 170 lawmakers are sworn in. The General Assembly starts from scratch filing and advancing bills. But the legislative session that begins in earnest Wednesday should be chock...