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Parson moves up vote on Missouri Medicaid expansion

May. 26, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday said he's moving up the date that voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults in the state. Missouri ballot initiatives automatically go on the November general election ballot unless...

FILE - This file image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service shows the website for HealthCare.gov. Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP, File)

1st deadlines for laid-off workers to get health insurance

May. 25, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Taxpayer-subsidized health insurance is available for a modest cost — sometimes even free — across the...

Colorado lawmakers return to tackle $3.3 billion budget hole

May. 25, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — No public health insurance option. Drastic cuts to K-12 and higher education funding. Seniors losing tax breaks on their homes. These are a few of the dozens of sacrifices Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature must make when it returns to work Tuesday after a March 14 suspension prompted...

Aubrey, 57, describes the loneliness brought on by social distancing protocols after receiving a dose of antipsychotic medication to treat his schizophrenia, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Even before the pandemic, access to mental health services in the U.S. could be difficult, including for people with insurance. Now experts fear COVID-19 will make the situation worse. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pandemic threatens to deepen crisis in mental health care

May. 19, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than three weeks after Brandon Bell stopped showing up at a New York office that serves people with schizophrenia, employees finally located him at a nearby homeless shelter. The office remains open, but patients aren’t stopping by as much during the pandemic. Group activities...

Dermatologist Dr. Seemal Desai poses for a photo in an examination room in his office in Plano, Texas, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Desai uses the privacy of an examination room and a tablet computer to virtually visit with some of his patients. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Hospitals, health care sector reel from COVID-19 damage

May. 18, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

The global coronavirus pandemic has created a huge need for health care in the U.S., but it also is delivering a devastating financial blow to that sector. COVID-19 worries have kept patients away from doctors' offices and forced the postponement and cancellation of non-urgent surgeries. The pandemic also has...

Some expats chose to stay south of the border when virus hit

May. 16, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phil and Connie Naylor’s ocean view from their Rocky Point home is the closest they’ll get to the beach during the coronavirus pandemic. Three years ago, Phil Naylor and his wife, Connie, retired to a seaside house in Puerto Peñasco, or Rocky Point, by the Sea of Cortez in...

New nonprofit tackles COVID-19 in Native, rural communities

May. 14, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A new public health advocacy organization in Montana is targeting the needs of rural and Native communities responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The nonprofit, called We Are Montana, was started by Cora Neumann, a public health expert who ran for U.S. Senate earlier this year,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 file photo, a doctor, center, directs a special camera to look at a patient's tumor at a hospital in Philadelphia. According to research released on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, cancer deaths have dropped more in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act than in states that did not. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Study ties 'Obamacare' to fewer cancer deaths in some states

May. 13, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

Cancer deaths have dropped more in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act than in states that did not, new research reveals. The report Wednesday is the first evidence tying cancer survival to the health care change, which began in 2014 after the law known as...

Metro Breez bus driver Rich Price, wearing facemask, waits at a bus stop Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Under the governor's executive order passengers are required to wear face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Tourism groups want to end quarantine; emergency extended

May. 13, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Seven tourism and business groups are urging Maine Gov. Janet Mills to drop the 14-day quarantine requirement for visitors from other states. Visitors need to know that they’ll be welcomed to Maine this summer without a quarantine, the organizations said in an open letter. The...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit. Given Biden’s uneven performance as a campaigner throughout the Democratic primary, some in the party are content to have the former vice president keeping a lower profile for now, though they know it’s not a dynamic that can sustain itself as Election Day draws closer.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Biden uses virtual events to target battleground Florida

May. 7, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden ventured back onto the campaign trail Thursday, targeting the critical battleground state of Florida — but without actually leaving home. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is staying in his Delaware house amid efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus,...