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Insurance premiums fall as New Mexico prepares new subsidies

Sep. 23, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health care access is getting substantially less expensive for consumers on the state's health insurance exchange through a combination of federal pandemic relief, a growing pool of subscribers and — coming soon — proceeds from a new state tax, insurance regulators...

Parachutists bail in pandemic on West Virginia's Bridge Day

Sep. 22, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Parachutists won’t jump off the nation’s third-highest bridge next month due to worries about sufficient emergency health care amid the coronavirus pandemic, an organizer said Wednesday. Marcus Ellison, an organizer for BASE jumpers, told...

Afghan Taliban's new UN envoy urges quick recognition

Sep. 22, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban’s newly appointed envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday urged quick world recognition of Afghanistan’s new rulers even as the World Health Organization raised the alarm of an impending health care disaster in the war-wracked country. ...

Veteran Democratic state lawmaker Insko won't run again

Sep. 15, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Rep. Verla Insko, the longest-serving House Democrat currently in the chamber, announced on Wednesday she won't seek reelection next year. Insko joined the state House in 1997 and became a consistent, liberal voice on expanding...

Biden: Nearly 3M get health coverage during COVID-19 sign-up

Sep. 15, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for subsidized health insurance coverage made more affordable by the COVID-19 relief law, President Joe Biden said Wednesday. He called that number encouraging and urged...

Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities

Sep. 14, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed spending $1.4 billion in federal pandemic funding to expand health care and infrastructure, including to bolster access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health lab. ...

Albuquerque lawmaker opts out of running for reelection

Sep. 14, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Rep. Debbie Armstrong has decided against running for reelection, saying Tuesday that she wanted to focus on her family and other projects. The Albuquerque Democrat has served four terms in the House of Representatives and is the chair of...

House Dems begin moving parts of Biden $3.5T domestic plans

Sep. 09, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats began pushing plans for providing paid family and medical leave, easing climate change and bolstering education through House committees Thursday as they battled Republicans and among themselves over President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion vision for reshaping...

Biden, Dems push Civilian Climate Corps in echo of New Deal

Sep. 09, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing for a modern counterpart: a Civilian Climate Corps that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs building trails, restoring streams and helping prevent...

Court weighs drug distributor's insurance coverage fight

Sep. 08, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is deciding whether the insurance company for a drug distributor should be forced to provide a legal defense in the company’s fight against government lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic. Justices on Wednesday heard...