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EXPLAINER: Who must follow Biden's vaccine mandates?

Jan. 27, 2022 15:56 PM EST

Millions of health care workers across the U.S. now must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a result of a mandate from President Joe Biden's administration. The vaccine requirement for Medicare and Medicaid providers was one of several mandates Biden's administration imposed upon...

Vaccine mandate to kick in for first wave of health workers

Jan. 26, 2022 18:19 PM EST

Health care workers in about half the states face a Thursday deadline to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under a Biden administration mandate that will be rolled out across the rest of the country in the coming weeks. While the requirement is welcomed by some, others...

Montana Republicans seek leniency on vaccine mandates

Jan. 26, 2022 18:16 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor and its two Republican members of Congress are asking the Biden administration to grant exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to federally funded health care facilities where losing unvaccinated staff might jeopardize access to medical care. ...

Medicare posts key nursing home staffing info for consumers

Jan. 26, 2022 16:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shining a light on key markers for nursing home quality, Medicare said Wednesday it is now posting details on staff turnover and weekend nurse coverage on its “Care Compare” website, where families can research a facility. The move by the Biden administration...

Insurer Anthem underwhelms Street with 2022 forecast

Jan. 26, 2022 10:38 AM EST

Anthem is starting 2022 with lower expectations than Wall Street for how the year will play out. The Blue Cross-Blue Shield health insurer laid out on Wednesday earnings, revenue and enrollment projections that all fell short of average analyst expectations, and its stock slipped...

Georgia suing Biden administration over Medicaid rejection

Jan. 21, 2022 18:10 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia sued the Biden administration Friday over its decision to revoke approval of a work requirement in the state’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income Georgians. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia, says the decision last...

Woman sent to prison, must repay $7.5 million in fraud case

Jan. 21, 2022 16:08 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southeast Missouri woman has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $7.5 million in restitution in a Medicaid and Medicare fraud case. A federal judge in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday sentenced 42-year-old Brandy McKay. The Cape Girardeau woman...

N. Carolina Rep. Murphy joins powerful Ways and Means panel

Jan. 19, 2022 18:39 PM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy joined the House's powerful tax-writing committee on Wednesday, marking a significant boost in influence for the Pitt County Republican, even while serving in the minority. Murphy's appointment to the House Ways and...

What the No Surprises Act means for your medical bills

Jan. 19, 2022 07:34 AM EST

More Americans worry about unexpected medical bills than any other expense, according to polls by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2018 and 2020. Unfortunately, those bills aren’t rare: 18% of emergency visits and 16% of in-network hospital stays had at least one out-of-network...

Florida Democrat sworn in as newest member of House

Jan. 18, 2022 19:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick of Florida was sworn in as the newest member of the House on Tuesday, filling the seat last held by Alcee Hastings, who died in April of pancreatic cancer. She'll boost the Democrats’ slender House majority to 222-212,...