Latest Health care policy News

Biden bill would put US back on path of reducing uninsured

Oct. 21, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats’ social spending and climate change bill would put the United States back on a path to reducing its persistent pool of uninsured people, with estimates ranging from 4 million to 7 million Americans gaining health coverage. Those getting...

Barrington joins school districts requiring teacher vaccines

Oct. 21, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — Another Rhode Island school district is requiring teachers and staff to get coronavirus vaccinations or face unpaid leave and possible termination. Employees of Barrington's schools have until Nov. 1 to get vaccinated, Superintendent Michael...

House facility access limited to vaccinated through January

Oct. 20, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers and legislative employees at the Washington state House must prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access House facilities through early January, under a rule adopted by a House committee late last month. The policy...

Chicago police lag in reporting vaccine status in city fight

Oct. 18, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Roughly 65% of Chicago Police Department employees have complied with a city requirement to report their COVID-19 vaccination status, lagging far behind other city departments Monday in a dispute that could lead to officer firings in the nation's third-largest city. ...

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...