Latest Health care policy News

New Mexico looks to expand job safety workforce

Oct. 12, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is looking to hire more than 30 new state workers who will be part of its Occupational Safety and Health program. The New Mexico Environment Department announced Tuesday that it will be hosting hiring events next week in Las Cruces,...

'Difficult decisions' as Biden, Democrats shrink plan to $2T

Oct. 12, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

With the calendar slipping toward a new deadline, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is warning that “difficult decisions must be made” to trim President Joe Biden’s expansive plans for reimagining the nation’s social service programs and tackling climate change. ...

Ban on negotiating Medicare drug prices under pressure

Oct. 06, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donna Weiner looks at Medicare’s prescription drug program from two different points of view. As a participant, she wants to pay less for her medicines, which cost her about $6,000 a year. As a retired accountant who spent 50 years handling the books...

Mississippi TV anchor leaves over corporate vaccine mandate

Oct. 05, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A TV news anchor on the Mississippi Gulf Coast says she left her job rather than follow a corporate mandate to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Meggan Gray had worked at WLOX-TV for 18 years and has been co-host of “Good Morning Mississippi.” ...

Alaska Air to require COVID-19 vaccine for employees

Oct. 01, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Air Group has told its 22,000 employees they will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination. There are some exceptions to the policy, which has shifted since last month, The Seattle Times reported. In an email Thursday...

AT&T to require vaccines for 90,000 of its union workers

Sep. 29, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

AT&T has become one of the largest employers in the U.S. to mandate vaccines for a significant number of frontline workers. The telecom company said Wednesday that its employees in the Communications Workers of America union will be required to be fully vaccinated by...

Some fear boosters will hurt drive to reach the unvaccinated

Sep. 29, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The spread of COVID-19 vaccination requirements across the U.S. hasn't had the desired effect so far, with the number of Americans getting their first shots plunging in recent weeks. And some experts worry that the move to dispense boosters could just make matters worse. ...

Senate Republicans approve "born-alive" legislation

Sep. 28, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would make health care providers who let a child that survives an abortion die guilty of a felony. The Republican-authored measure would require any health care provider present at...

Federal judge requires vaccines for California prison staff

Sep. 27, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered that all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption, as he tries to head off another coronavirus outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San...

Georgia sees spike in new 'Obamacare' sign ups

Sep. 26, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia experienced a dramatic increase in the number of people signing up for health care coverage during a special enrollment window for the Affordable Care Act. Between February 15 and August 15, a little more than 147,000 people in the state selected...