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California now limits medical parole to those on ventilators

Nov. 30, 2021 14:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons. Prison officials say a change in federal rules led them to limit medical parole to...

UK to probe racial bias in medical devices after COVID toll

Nov. 21, 2021 07:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government is investigating whether built-in racial bias in some medical devices led to Black and Asian people getting sick and dying disproportionately from COVID-19. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said Sunday that the pandemic had highlighted...

White House offering more aid for winter heat, utility bills

Nov. 18, 2021 16:04 PM EST

The Biden administration is taking steps to help distribute several billion dollars in aid for winter heating and utility bills, an unprecedented sum that comes largely from its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The package provided an additional $4.5 billion for...

Amazon settles California COVID workers notification dispute

Nov. 15, 2021 18:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amazon has agreed to pay $500,000 and be monitored by California officials to ensure it properly notifies its workers about new coronavirus cases, the state's attorney general said Monday. Amazon employs about 150,000 people in California, most...

Gov. Baker seeking federal guidance on arrivals from Haiti

Nov. 15, 2021 18:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is seeking guidance from the federal government as Massachusetts tries to offer assistance to new arrivals from Haiti. In a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Baker said a significant portion of arrivals...

Feds urge schools to provide COVID-19 shots, info for kids

Nov. 08, 2021 18:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is encouraging local school districts to host clinics to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to kids and information to parents on the benefits of the shots as the White House looks to speedily provide vaccines to those ages 5 to 11. ...

Covered California begins open enrollment period for 2022

Nov. 01, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Open enrollment for the nation's largest state-run health insurance marketplace began Monday and runs through the end of January. Covered California sells individual health insurance plans to people who can't get coverage through their job....

US regulators lay out plan for over-the-counter hearing aids

Oct. 19, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health regulators on Tuesday unveiled their proposal to allow Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription, a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of people with hearing problems. The Food and Drug...

Groups ask for remote public access to Legislature in 2022

Oct. 18, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group of 25 health providers and advocacy organizations is asking New Hampshire legislative leaders to once again allow remote public access to the Legislature during the upcoming 2022 session. “As you often remind us, the State House is the...

Beshear touts relaunched Kentucky health insurance exchange

Oct. 15, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Saying the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the necessity for accessible health care, Gov. Andy Beshear marked a milestone Friday for Kentucky's relaunched health insurance exchange — where consumers now can shop for health coverage for the coming year. ...