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Investigation of Russian hack on London hospitals may take weeks amid worries over online data dump

Jun. 22, 2024 13:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An investigation into a ransomware attack earlier this month on London hospitals by the Russian group Qilin could take weeks to complete, the country's state-run National Health Service said Friday, as concerns grow over a reported data dump of patient records. ...

Ivory Coast sets up mobile enrollment for a health coverage program criticized over glitches

Jun. 22, 2024 04:04 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Health authorities in Ivory Coast launched mobile enrollment centers for the country’s universal health coverage program, which has been criticized since its 2019 inception over difficulties accessing benefits. Ivory Coast is one of a handful countries...

Federal appeals court says some employers can exclude HIV prep from insurance coverage

Jun. 21, 2024 15:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Employers who challenged some federal health insurance requirements cannot be forced to provide no-cost coverage for certain types of preventive care, including HIV prep and some kinds of cancer screenings, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled Friday. The...

With 1 out of 3 Californians on Medicaid, doctors push ballot measure to force state to pay more

Jun. 12, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom last year agreed to a tax increase that aimed to do two things: Help balance a budget with a multibillion-dollar shortfall, and pay doctors more money to treat patients covered by Medicaid — the taxpayer-funded health insurance program for...

Black D-Day combat medic's long-denied medal tenderly laid on Omaha Beach where he bled, saved lives

Jun. 07, 2024 21:14 PM EDT

OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — A medal richly deserved but long denied to an African American combat medic wounded on Omaha Beach in the D-Day landings was tenderly laid Friday on the hallowed sands where he saved lives and shed blood. U.S. First Army soldiers held a ceremony in honor...

State rejects health insurers' pleas to halt plan that will shake up coverage for 1.8 million Texans

Jun. 07, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials have rejected attempts by several major insurers for needy families to cancel a proposal that would drop them from the state Medicaid program and shake up the coverage of nearly 2 million low-income Texans. At issue are some $116 billion in...

Supreme Court sides with Native American tribes in health care funding dispute with government

Jun. 06, 2024 16:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with Native American tribes Thursday in a dispute with the federal government over the cost of health care when tribes run programs in their own communities. The 5-4 decision means the government will cover millions in overhead costs that...

Being a patient is getting harder in a strained and complex US health care system

Jun. 02, 2024 08:01 AM EDT

Tamika Davis couldn’t nap on her couch during cancer treatment. She kept worrying one of her toddlers would wander over and pull out the needle delivering chemotherapy. Friends and family watched her kids when they could during her treatment last year for colon cancer. But Davis...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 29, 2024 14:34 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star-Tribune. May 25, 2024. Editorial: State provides parity for abortion coverage Minnesota lawmakers took a commendable step forward this session, requiring state-regulated plans to cover a medical procedure vital to women’s health. The...

Protesters rally in Peru against decree classifying seven gender identities as “mental illness”

May. 17, 2024 21:41 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Sexual diversity activists protested in Peru’s capital in front of the health ministry Friday to demand that the government repeal a decree that characterizes seven gender identities, including transgenderism, as “mental illnesses.” Protesters also gathered...