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Maryland House OKs bill to enable undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance on state exchange

Feb. 23, 2024 15:58 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House approved a measure on Friday to enable people to buy health insurance through the state’s health care exchange regardless of their immigration status, with the approval of a federal waiver. The House voted 101-34 for the bill, which now...

Georgia has the nation's only Medicaid work requirement. Mississippi could be next

Feb. 21, 2024 18:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After years of refusing to expand Medicaid, some of Mississippi’s Republican leaders now say they are open to the policy — if they can require new enrollees to have a job. That approach could hinge on presidential politics and an ongoing legal battle in Georgia. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Feb. 21, 2024 14:51 PM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. February 16, 2024. Editorial: Find a fix to aid cops in schools Some want school resource officers in their buildings, and the Legislature needs to help. Last fall, an estimated 40 or so Minnesota police chiefs and sheriffs...

2 things pet insurance will cover (and 3 it won’t)

Feb. 21, 2024 10:12 AM EST

If you’ve ever spent a fortune at the emergency vet, pet insurance might sound appealing. By paying some of your vet expenses, these policies can save you money and help you make care decisions based on what’s best for your pet rather than what you can afford. But insurance...

Georgia House leaders signal Medicaid expansion is off the table in 2024

Feb. 20, 2024 17:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's house speaker cracked open the door to Medicaid expansion in the state, but now that door appears to be closing for 2024. A bill introduced Tuesday by a top lieutenant to Republican House Speaker Jon Burns proposes to create a Comprehensive Health Care...

Iowa's abortion providers now have some guidance for the paused 6-week ban, if it is upheld

Feb. 15, 2024 11:29 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s medical board on Thursday approved some guidance abortion providers would need to follow if the state’s ban on most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy is upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court. The restrictive abortion law is currently on hold...

Mississippi inmates were exposed to dangerous chemicals and denied health care, lawsuit says

Feb. 14, 2024 15:58 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Inmates at a Mississippi prison were forced to mix raw cleaning chemicals without protective equipment, with one alleging she later contracted terminal cancer and was denied timely medical care, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. Susan Balfour, 62,...

Foreign aid drops sharply as Taliban abuses jeopardize the Afghan health system, group says

Feb. 12, 2024 08:56 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Monday that Afghanistan’s public health system has been hit hard following a sharp reduction in foreign assistance, coupled with serious Taliban abuses against women and girls, jeopardizing the right to healthcare of millions of Afghans. ...

Thousands of doctors in England to strike again as health likely to become a key UK election issue

Feb. 09, 2024 08:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of doctors in the early years of their careers in England are to go on strike later this month for another five-day stretch as their long-standing pay dispute with the British government remains in stasis. The British Medical Association, the union that...

Mississippi eyes quicker Medicaid coverage in pregnancy to try to reduce deaths of moms and babies

Jan. 31, 2024 18:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi could allow Medicaid coverage earlier in pregnancy in an effort to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in a poor state with the nation's worst rate of infant mortality. With wide bipartisan support, the state House passed a bill...