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Harris announces $1.5B investment in health care workforce

Nov. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris announced Monday that the Biden administration is investing $1.5 billion from the coronavirus aid package to address the health care worker shortage in underserved communities. The funding will go to the National Health...

Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping mental health bill

Nov. 17, 2021 19:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would guarantee Massachusetts residents are eligible for annual mental health wellness exams at no cost — akin to annual physical exams. The sweeping bill, which passed on a 39-0 vote,...

Corrections boss defends care provided in Arizona prisons

Nov. 16, 2021 18:43 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s corrections chief testified at a trial on Tuesday over the quality of medical and mental health care in state prisons that incarcerated people often have greater access to health services than people who aren’t locked up. The defense by...

Navajo Nation reports 89 new COVID-19 cases, one new death

Nov. 15, 2021 09:59 AM EST

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 89 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. The tribe released its latest coronavirus-related figures Sunday. Due to a technical issue, Navajo health officials did not have a new total for the...

Bill would guarantee annual mental health wellness exams

Nov. 12, 2021 13:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents would be eligible for annual mental health wellness exams — akin to annual physical exams — at no cost under a sweeping mental health bill set to be debated by the state Senate next week. The bill would also create an online...

New Mexico hospitals seek relief amid wave of patients

Nov. 11, 2021 18:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two of New Mexico's largest hospitals on Thursday announced that they would be focusing on patients who need care the most, meaning non-medically necessary procedures will likely have to be delayed. While most patients are not dealing with...

Leaders stress need for more veterans centers in Minnesota

Nov. 11, 2021 18:07 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four Minnesota political leaders toured a veterans center in St. Paul on Thursday to pay tribute to those who served in the military and call for better access to mental health care and readjustment services for veterans. Gov. Tim Walz, U.S. Sen. Amy...

Health care coverage axed for striking WVa hospital workers

Nov. 11, 2021 13:42 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health care coverage has been stopped for striking maintenance and service workers at a West Virginia hospital, a union said. About 1,000 members of the the Service Employees International Union District 1999 went on strike last week at Cabell...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Nov. 10, 2021 13:39 PM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. November 7, 2021. Editorial: Act now for deals on 2022 health care Individual-market consumers should take advantage of expanded aid on MNsure to discount monthly premiums. A “godsend.” That’s how...

Louisiana to receive 148K coronavirus vaccine doses for kids

Nov. 03, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top public health official said Wednesday the state expects to receive 148,000 initial doses of the pediatric coronavirus vaccine, though the doses are trickling in across three shipments and may not be immediately available through health care providers....