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A faulty software update causes havoc worldwide for airlines, hospitals and governments

Jul. 19, 2024 19:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A faulty software update caused technological havoc worldwide on Friday, grounding flights, knocking down some financial companies and news outlets, and disrupting hospitals, small businesses and government offices. The breadth of the outages highlighted the...

Alabama birthing units are closing to save money and get funding. Some say babies are at risk

Jul. 19, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

GROVE HILL, Ala. (AP) — One of the last remaining birthing units in southern Alabama will close next month to qualify for federal funding that will save the hospital’s emergency services, but doctors warn the move may cost newborns and pregnant women essential access to obstetric care. ...

In landmark verdict, South Korea's top court recognizes some rights for same-sex couples

Jul. 18, 2024 07:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s top court ruled Thursday that same-sex couples are eligible to receive the same health insurance benefits as heterosexual couples, a landmark verdict hailed by human rights groups. The Supreme Court said it ruled that the state health...

Judge refuses to extend timeframe for Georgia's new Medicaid plan, only one with work requirement

Jul. 16, 2024 16:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge ruled that the Biden administration complied with the law when it declined to grant an extension to Georgia's year-old Medicaid plan, which is the only one in the country that has a work requirement for recipients of the publicly funded health coverage for...

Aetna set to run North Carolina worker health care as Blue Cross will not appeal judge's ruling

Jul. 15, 2024 17:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Aetna is poised to manage health coverage plan benefits for North Carolina state workers and teachers starting early next year because Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Monday it won't appeal a judge's decision that upheld Aetna as the next contract winner. ...

Can a Medicaid plan that requires work succeed? First year of Georgia experiment is not promising

Jul. 14, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — By now, Georgia officials expected their new Medicaid plan, the only one in the nation with a work requirement, to provide health insurance to 25,000 low-income residents and possibly tens of thousands more. But a year since its launch, Pathways to Coverage has...

Can California’s health care providers help solve the state’s homelessness crisis?

Jul. 11, 2024 13:47 PM EDT

When a shortfall of several hundred thousand dollars almost derailed new homeless housing in Bakersfield, the savior that swooped in to salvage the project wasn’t an affordable housing nonprofit, state housing grant or other traditional source. Instead, it was a health care company...

Chaos and horror at a Kyiv hospital as the city is hit with heaviest bombardment in months

Jul. 09, 2024 17:32 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The sky was crystal clear as Oksana Femeniuk took her daughter to Ukraine’s largest children’s hospital for routine dialysis. Around 10 a.m, air-raid sirens blared. Sixteen-year old Solomiia was undergoing the treatment that required her to sit still for up...

Forced labor, same-sex marriage and shoplifting are all on the ballot in California this November

Jul. 06, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Forced labor, same-sex marriage and shoplifting are among the 10 statewide ballot measures that California voters are set to consider in November. The California secretary of state assigned proposition numbers to the measures on Wednesday after the...

North Carolina government aims to incentivize hospitals to relieve patients of medical debt

Jul. 01, 2024 14:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state government is seeking to rid potentially billions in medical debt from low- and middle-income residents by offering a financial carrot for hospitals to take unpaid bills off the books and to implement policies supporting future patients. ...