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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...

Cigna trims portfolio by selling Medicare business for $3.7 billion to Health Care Service Corp.

Jan. 31, 2024 14:43 PM EST

The Cigna Group will sell its Medicare business to another insurer, Health Care Service Corp., for about $3.7 billion. Cigna said Wednesday the deal includes its Medicare Advantage insurance, a supplemental benefits business and Medicare prescription drug coverage. Medicare Advantage...

The death of hockey player Adam Johnson by a skate cut has jumpstarted work on protective equipment

Jan. 30, 2024 17:31 PM EST

The death of American hockey player Adam Johnson from a skate cut to the neck during a game in England has led to plenty of talk about how to prevent such injuries, including a new mandate for young players in the United States. It has also opened the door for new technology when it...

Pennsylvania high court revives case challenging limits on Medicaid coverage for abortions

Jan. 29, 2024 15:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Supreme Court said Monday that a lower court must hear a challenge to the constitutionality of a decades-old state law that limits the use of Medicaid dollars to cover the cost of abortions, a major victory for Planned Parenthood and the abortion clinic...

North Carolina state workers' health plan ending coverage for certain weight-loss drugs

Jan. 26, 2024 12:18 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The health insurance program for North Carolina government workers, teachers, retirees and their families soon won’t cover popular but expensive anti-obesity drugs, the result of a price fight with the manufacturer of two brand-name medications. The North...