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COVID-19 testing costs now reimbursable for uninsured in SC

Jul. 11, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting applications to reimburse the cost of COVID-19 testing for people without health insurance. Tests provided by healthcare providers enrolled in Healthy Connections Medicaid on or after March 18 are covered...

President Donald Trump listens during a roundtable on Venezuela at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Judge tosses Trump rule on billing for abortion coverage

Jul. 10, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Baltimore on Friday struck down a Trump administration rule that abortion rights advocates called a maneuver to restrict access but officials defended as merely following the law. The decision by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake affects women covered under the...

Dr. Clay Hays, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, sits before a chart showing the state's spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Hays was joined by other state health care leaders in discussing their concerns and recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi's five largest hospitals are out of ICU beds

Jul. 9, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's five largest hospitals had no intensive care unit beds available for patients by midweek because of a surge in coronavirus cases, officials reported Thursday. Four more hospitals had 5% or less of those beds available. “I was woken up by a phone call yesterday...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and former Vice President Joe Biden, talk before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. Political task forces Biden formed with Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party's progressive wing recommended Wednesday, July 8, that the former vice president embrace proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism while expanding health care coverage and rebuilding a coronavirus-ravaged economy. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity

Jul. 8, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party's progressive wing recommended Wednesday that the former vice president embrace major proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism while expanding health...

Meharry Medical College gets $8 million for school program

Jul. 7, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College has received an $8 million grant for its BRIDGE to Success program, according to a Monday news release. The program is a partnership with certain Nashville public schools that includes workshops for children and parents on...

Rosie Fisher, 4, is all smiles as her mom, Sara Nixon-Kirschner pulls her back on the swing at their home in Tucson, Ariz. on June 11, 2020. As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, residents in Tucson who have special medical issues of their own or concerning their children worry how much longer insurance will cover telemedicine appointments. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Tucson residents concerned telemedicine won't be offered

Jul. 5, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Many Arizona residents have raised concerns about how long insurance providers will cover video visits and telephone calls to doctors — instead of face-to-face interactions — during the pandemic. The rate of infection in Arizona is still rising and there is no vaccine, so...

Striking shipbuilders picket outside an entrance to Bath Iron Works, Monday, June 22, 2020, in Bath, Maine. The vast majority of picketers did not wear pandemic facemarks. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Striking shipbuilders are losing health coverage in pandemic

Jun. 30, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The stakes are growing in a strike against Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works during a global pandemic as company-provided health insurance is running out for 4,300 shipbuilders who've left their jobs. Striking workers from Machinists Union Local S6 will be responsible for their own...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin. June 24, 2020. 1 good decision, 1 bad for Anderson police Anderson Mayor Tom Broderick had good news and bad news for the city’s residents at a press conference Thursday. In a move that will promote better transparency and enhance the public’s trust in the Anderson...

Washington tribes sue insurance group for virus coverage

Jun. 29, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Two Washington state Native tribes sued a group of insurance providers they said have not covered claims for business losses resulting from the coronavirus. The Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes and their business arms filed separate lawsuits against Tribal First...

Healthcare professional Kenzie Anderson takes a sample from a patient at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Friday, June 26, 2020, in Houston. The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the state. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that the state is facing a

Q&A: Overturning 'Obamacare' during a pandemic

Jun. 26, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decade-old health care law that has divided Americans even as it expanded coverage and protected people with preexisting conditions is being put to yet another test. Amid a pandemic, President Donald Trump and some red states want the Supreme Court to declare the Affordable Care Act...