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Analysis: Politicians split on questions of bodily autonomy

Dec. 05, 2021 17:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Gov. Tate Reeves and several other Mississippi politicians make clear that they don't think the government should mandate vaccination against COVID-19. They take a different stance on bodily autonomy when it comes to a woman or girl deciding whether to have...

Rural health care providers in Rhode Island getting help

Dec. 04, 2021 11:54 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rural health care providers in Rhode Island are getting more than $650,000 in federal relief funds to help improve care and make up for losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The federal grants, administered by the U.S....

EXPLAINER: Must employers follow Biden's vaccine mandates?

Dec. 03, 2021 13:23 PM EST

Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this coming Monday under a mandate issued by President Joe Biden's administration. Thanks to legal challenges, they won't have to worry about it, at least for now. ...

Pushing COVID-19 boosters, Biden says 'we need to be ready'

Dec. 02, 2021 19:07 PM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases predicted this winter, President Joe Biden on Thursday appealed for Americans to get their boosters and get behind his plan to tackle the new omicron variant through wider availability of vaccines and shots, but without new major...

Tennessee halts exemptions to COVID law after court rulings

Dec. 01, 2021 17:48 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee on Wednesday halted dozens of exemptions that allowed businesses and public entities to require people to take COVID-19 preventive measures in spite of a state law severely limiting them, citing court rulings that blocked some of President Joe Biden’s...

Head of North Carolina health department stepping down

Nov. 30, 2021 16:42 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Dr. Mandy Cohen, the head of North Carolina's health department and face of regular updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state for two years, is stepping down from her post, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday. “Dr. Cohen,...

Erlanger lawsuit: TennCare continues to underpay hospitals

Nov. 30, 2021 15:26 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga-based Erlanger Health System is once again suing Tennessee's Medicaid program, known as TennCare, arguing that the state continues to underpay some hospitals that treat the neediest patients. The complaint, filed earlier this month,...

Biden vaccine rule for health workers blocked in 10 states

Nov. 29, 2021 17:24 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement. ...

Rhode Island seeks to relicense part of psychiatric hospital

Nov. 24, 2021 16:28 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will apply to relicense a portion of the state-run Eleanor Slater Hospital in part to make it easier to comply with Medicaid billing rules that apply to facilities that treat psychiatric patients. Gov. Dan McKee said Tuesday that...

Judge: Iowa Medicaid denial of sex change surgery unlawful

Nov. 22, 2021 18:09 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa law that prohibits Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents violates state law and the state constitution, a judge ruled in a decision made public Monday. Judge William Kelly ordered the Iowa Department...