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Britain's Treasury chief vows to run the economy with 'iron discipline' amid demands for pay raises

Jul. 21, 2024 07:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s new Treasury chief said Sunday she will run the economy with “iron discipline,” but suggested she’ll give public sector workers an above-inflation pay raise to help end a wave of strikes and strife. The Labour Party government is under pressure from...

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. ...

Massachusetts Senate approved bill intended to strengthen health care system

Jul. 18, 2024 22:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday aimed in part at addressing some of the issues raised after Steward Health Care said it plans to sell off all its hospitals after announcing in May that it filed for bankruptcy protection. Democratic Sen. Cindy...

Celebrities are getting $2,000 MRI scans to learn about their health. Should you?

Jul. 15, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What if there was a way to peer into your body and spot early signs of cancer and other life-threatening ailments before they became serious? That’s the pitch from a new cluster of companies selling high-tech scans to healthy people interested in learning more...

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...

Pritzker signs law banning health insurance companies' 'predatory tactics,' including step therapy

Jul. 10, 2024 14:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law measures to block what he called insurance companies' “predatory tactics to make an extra dime” by shortchanging consumers on their medical needs. The Democrat signed legislation codifying one of...

Relief in South Africa after J&J reversal allows key tuberculosis drug production at lower prices

Jul. 09, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Medical advocacy groups have welcomed Johnson & Johnson’s decision not to enforce its patent on a critical tuberculosis medication, allowing its production at much lower prices, after South African authorities opened an investigation into the conglomerate. ...

Read the letter President Biden sent to House Democrats telling them to support him in the election

Jul. 08, 2024 13:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Democrats in Congress to know he has no intention of exiting this year's election, sending them a letter on Monday on his personal letterhead. Here is Biden's letter to the congressional Democrats whose backing he likely needs: ...

IRS delays in resolving identity theft cases are 'unconscionable,' an independent watchdog says

Jun. 26, 2024 16:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent watchdog within the IRS reported Wednesday that while taxpayer services have vastly improved, the agency is still too slow to resolve identity theft cases with delays that are “unconscionable." Overall, the 2024 filing season went smoothly,...

States fail to track abuses in foster care facilities housing thousands of children, US says

Jun. 26, 2024 10:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many states are failing to track how frequently children in foster care facilities are abused, sexually assaulted or improperly restrained, leaving them vulnerable to mistreatment, the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said in a report...