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Germany's Merkel urges lawmakers to support pandemic bill

Apr. 16, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged parliament Friday to pass a bill that would mandate a nationwide “emergency brake” when the spread of the coronavirus becomes too rapid, saying that it was needed to prevent the health care system from becoming overwhelmed. ...

Virginia lawmakers establish more LGBTQ protections

Apr. 02, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly worked in its second year to establish more protections for LGBTQ people. Lawmakers tackled LGBTQ inequity in criminal justice and health care, reforming laws that advocates said were rooted in...

S Carolina Democrats want Medicaid expansion; GOP says no

Mar. 30, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic state senators said a sweeter offer from Congress ought to be enough to get South Carolina to join 38 other states and expand Medicaid to about 200,000 more people. But Republicans in South Carolina said the extra money for two years...

Egypt receives 2nd shipment of vaccine as gift from China

Mar. 20, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday received a second shipment of coronavirus vaccine donated by China, officials said, as the Arab country tries to speed up its vaccination campaign. The 300,000-dose shipment of the vaccine manufactured by China's state-owned pharmaceutical...

Oregon Senate votes to make health care a right

Mar. 18, 2021 23:09 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate on Thursday approved a resolution that would ask voters to decide whether the state is obligated to ensure that every resident has access to affordable health care as a fundamental human right. The resolution, whose aim is to amend...

Arkansas lawmakers approve conscience objections for doctors

Mar. 18, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Legislature on Thursday approved a bill allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone due to religious or moral objections, sending it to the governor over complaints that would create a blanket right to discriminate against patients. ...

COVID bill to deliver big health insurance savings for many

Mar. 09, 2021 00:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people stand to save hundreds of dollars in health insurance costs, or more, under the Democratic coronavirus relief legislation on track to pass Congress. Winners include those covered by “Obamacare” or just now signing up,...

COVID bill to deliver big health insurance savings for many

Mar. 08, 2021 17:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people stand to save hundreds of dollars in health insurance costs, or more, under the Democratic coronavirus relief legislation on track to pass Congress. Winners include those covered by “Obamacare” or just now signing up,...

HHS pick says pandemic is top job, but agenda is broader

Feb. 23, 2021 17:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra told senators Tuesday that confronting the coronavirus pandemic will be his first priority if confirmed, but he also pledged to expand health insurance, rein in prescription drug costs and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in...

Draft state budget would boost salaries, school spending

Feb. 22, 2021 19:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state government is likely to deliver a jolt of one-time spending amid the pandemic while boosting sustained funding for health care and public education under a newly drafted budget bill. The lead House budget committee on Monday...