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US regulators lay out plan for over-the-counter hearing aids

Oct. 19, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health regulators on Tuesday unveiled their proposal to allow Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription, a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of people with hearing problems. The Food and Drug...

Groups ask for remote public access to Legislature in 2022

Oct. 18, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group of 25 health providers and advocacy organizations is asking New Hampshire legislative leaders to once again allow remote public access to the Legislature during the upcoming 2022 session. “As you often remind us, the State House is the...

Beshear touts relaunched Kentucky health insurance exchange

Oct. 15, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Saying the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the necessity for accessible health care, Gov. Andy Beshear marked a milestone Friday for Kentucky's relaunched health insurance exchange — where consumers now can shop for health coverage for the coming year. ...

Suit: US enabling LGBTQ discrimination in foster program

Oct. 13, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The federal government is funding organizations that illegally discriminate against LGBTQ candidates to become foster care parents for unaccompanied refugee children, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. According to the 29-page complaint, Kelly...

First lady's 3-state tour includes Illinois, Pennsylvania

Oct. 13, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — First lady Jill Biden wrapped up a visit to Illinois on Wednesday with a stop at a community college before heading to Pennsylvania during a three-state tour in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. She toured the Arturo Velasquez Institute in Chicago with...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 13, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

The (Charleston) Post and Courier. Oct. 9, 2021. Editorial: Murdaugh mystery raises questions about SC legal system. We need answers Even the best system can’t stop a determined criminal from committing crimes. But the unfolding...

Maine hits milestone with 1M fully vaccinated residents

Oct. 05, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 1 million Mainers have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, an important milestone in keeping residents safe, Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday. “I applaud the more than one million Maine people who have rolled up their sleeves...

NIH head Collins steps down, led fight against cancer, COVID

Oct. 05, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health for 12 years, said Tuesday he is stepping down, capping a career in which he directed crucial research into the human genome and the fight against serious diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and...

Biden lifts abortion referral ban on family planning clinics

Oct. 05, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration reversed a ban on abortion referrals by family planning clinics, lifting a Trump-era restriction as political and legal battles over abortion grow sharper from Texas to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Department of Health and Human...

Biden lifts abortion referral ban on family planning clinics

Oct. 04, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday reversed a ban on abortion referrals by family planning clinics, lifting a Trump-era restriction as political and legal battles over abortion grow sharper from Texas to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Department of Health...