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US plans end to mpox public health emergency in January

Dec. 02, 2022 17:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government plans to end in January the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox infected more than 29,000 people across the U.S. Mpox cases have plummeted in recent weeks, with just a handful of new infections...

Boost in people seeking HealthCare.gov coverage, HHS says

Nov. 22, 2022 18:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it’s seeing a big uptick in the number of new customers buying private health insurance for 2023 from the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace. Nearly 3.4 million people have signed up for coverage — an increase...

'West Wing' cast urges struggling Americans to seek help

Nov. 17, 2022 14:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As more Americans struggle with depression and anxiety, the cast of “The West Wing” teamed up with the Biden administration on Thursday to share a simple message: you are not alone. The star-studded cast of the drama series that, even years after being off...

California Attorney General Bonta clinches 4-year term

Nov. 09, 2022 20:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta, a progressive reformer who was appointed last year and is the first Filipino to hold the job in any state, beat back a challenge from a Republican former federal prosecutor to capture a full four-year term. Updated...

California Attorney General Bonta leading in early returns

Nov. 09, 2022 02:44 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta was leading in early ballot returns Tuesday in his race to win a full four-year term after Gov. Gavin Newsom last year picked him to fill an unexpired term as the most populous state’s top lawman. Bonta was...

Biden spending $4.5 billion to help lower home heating costs

Nov. 02, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it is making $4.5 billion available through a low-income home energy assistance program to help with heating costs heading into what is expected to be a brutal winter. Spending for the program is significantly higher than...

Education secretary tests positive for COVID-19

Nov. 01, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's education secretary has tested positive for COVID-19. Miguel Cardona, who has been vaccinated and boosted against the virus, tested positive Tuesday and has mild symptoms, the Education Department said in a statement. He tested...

Missouri investigates hospital denial of emergency abortion

Oct. 31, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department is investigating whether a hospital violated federal health care rules in denying a woman an emergency abortion, an agency spokeswoman confirmed Monday. Missouri Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Lisa Cox in a statement...

Low costs expected to keep Obamacare interest high

Oct. 31, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans can begin selecting their 2023 health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov on Tuesday, as the Biden administration pushes to keep the number of uninsured Americans at a record low. Those searching for coverage will largely be shielded from an...

CDC director tests positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms

Oct. 22, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who is up to date on her vaccinations, tested positive Friday night and had mild symptoms, the CDC said in a statement. ...