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Adult day services provide stimulation for older Americans, and respite for full-time caregivers

May. 24, 2024 22:14 PM EDT

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Sally White helps her husband of 46 years get dressed, fed and on the bus for the short ride from their home to Third Age Adult Day Center four mornings a week. Preparing 74-year-old Rodger White to leave the house for the day can be a chore since he’s...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 24, 2024 07:14 AM EDT

Portland Press Herald. May 19, 2024. Editorial: Decline in overdose deaths is something to build on In response to the news, Gov. Mills encouraged ‘cautious optimism.’ That’s the right approach. According to provisional national data released...

Black Americans are underrepresented in residential care communities, AP/CNHI News analysis finds

May. 23, 2024 08:47 AM EDT

Norma Upshaw, 82, was living alone south of Nashville, when her doctor said she needed to start in-home dialysis. Her closest family lived 40 miles away, and they’d already scrambled once when the independent senior living facility she had called home — a community of largely...

Can Medicare money protect doctors from abortion crimes? It worked before, desegregating hospitals

May. 22, 2024 17:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court's pending Idaho abortion ruling may hinge on how federal spending power might protect doctors against a state's criminal code. For guidance, the justices can look to the very beginning of Medicare in the 1960s, when the promise of federal funding finally persuaded...

Delaware lawmakers OK bill enabling board of political appointees to oversee hospital budgets

May. 21, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill aimed at curtailing the increase in health care costs in Delaware by establishing a state board with authority to impose budgets on the state’s largest hospitals. The legislation passed the House on a...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 15, 2024 13:50 PM EDT

Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer. May 9, 2024. Editorial: Pa. lawmakers must join other states in fighting the rise of exorbitant hospital ‘facility fees’ Thirteen states have taken action to ban the charges and protect consumers. In Harrisburg, a similar...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 15, 2024 13:37 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 10, 2024. Editorial: ‘Longer we wait, the more people will die’ Legislature should seize the opportunity to pass legislation to help those whose lives have been upended by the opioid epidemic. Serving as the jail...

Virginia budget leaders reach compromise with governor on state spending plan

May. 10, 2024 14:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia budget negotiators and Gov. Glenn Youngkin have reached a compromise on the next two-year state spending plan that would include 3% raises for state employees and teachers while not raising taxes and risking a potential veto by Youngkin. House...

Man confesses to killing hospitalized wife because he couldn't afford to care for her, police say

May. 06, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City-area man who's charged with killing his hospitalized wife told police he couldn't take care of her or afford her medical bills, court records say. Ronnie Wiggs made his first appearance Monday on a second-degree murder charge and was referred...

Aetna agrees to settle lawsuit over fertility coverage for LGBTQ+ customers

May. 03, 2024 15:22 PM EDT

Aetna has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused the health insurer of discriminating against LGBTQ+ customers in need of fertility treatment. Under the deal announced Friday, the insurer will make coverage of artificial insemination standard for all customers nationally and work to...