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A woman who fled the Maui wildfire on foot has died after weeks in a hospital burn unit

Oct. 01, 2023 18:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman who escaped Hawaii’s Lahaina wildfire by running through a flaming field has died after spending more than seven weeks in a hospital burn unit. Laurie Allen died Friday at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu, according to a gofundme page set up for her and...

German opposition leader faces criticism for comments on dental care for migrants

Sep. 29, 2023 07:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's conservative opposition leader has drawn strong government criticism for suggesting that migrants are getting expensive dental treatment at the expense of established residents. Friedrich Merz, who leads the center-right Christian Democratic Union, assailed...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 28, 2023 07:18 AM EDT

The Advocate. September 26, 2023. Editorial: Losing health coverage not a winner for families, Louisiana Because of John Bel Edwards’ first decision as governor, since 2016 Louisiana’s people have lived longer and better lives. His expansion of...

Scottish officials approve UK's first drug consumption room intended for safer use of illegal drugs

Sep. 27, 2023 08:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scottish authorities on Wednesday approved a 2.3 million-pound ($2.8 million) pound drug consumption room, the first government-backed place in the U.K. where users can take illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin under the supervision of medical staff. Local...

North Carolina to launch Medicaid expansion on Dec. 1

Sep. 25, 2023 17:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Medicaid expansion will launch Dec. 1 in North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Monday after achieving what he's sought for nearly seven years on the job and what's possibly his biggest policy win. Government health insurance should be available to...

Many states are expanding their Medicaid programs to provide dental care to their poorest residents

Sep. 23, 2023 10:15 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For months, Carlton Clemons endured crippling pain from a rotting wisdom tooth. He couldn’t sleep, barely ate and relied on painkillers to get by. The 67-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee, could not afford to see a dentist on the $1,300-a-month his family...

Gates Foundation commits $200 million to pay for medical supplies and contraception

Sep. 21, 2023 13:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $200 million to help save the lives of mothers and children during childbirth, as the largest American philanthropic donor throws its weight behind the issue during the nonprofit's annual Goalkeepers conference on the sidelines of...

Biden's Medicare price negotiation push is broadly popular. But he's not getting much credit

Sep. 15, 2023 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is trumpeting Medicare's new powers to negotiate directly with drugmakers on the cost of prescription medications — but a poll shows that any immediate political boost that Biden gets for enacting the overwhelmingly popular policy may be limited. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 15, 2023 07:15 AM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. September 10, 2023. Editorial: A choosier UConn has its downsides There’s a certain pride that goes along with seeing your state do well. Even for those who didn’t attend the University of Connecticut, the success of our flagship public...

California lawmakers approve bills including eviction protections and mental health care reform

Sep. 15, 2023 02:40 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature voted Thursday to bolster eviction protections for renters and close a loophole in an existing law that has allowed landlords to circumvent the state’s rent cap. The eviction reform bill was among hundreds approved before the...