AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several bills focused on health care and education are expected to lead legislative debates at the Maine Statehouse in 2020.
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Planning is in the works to build a new Veterans Affairs clinic in Loveland that will give veterans in northern Colorado better access to health care.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rights officials expressed concern Tuesday after a second state congress in Mexico passed a "conscience objection" law that would allow medical personnel to refuse to perform...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the state's largest health care providers is partnering with the University of New Mexico's nursing college to expand access to health care in rural communities by...
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world's largest measles outbreak, the United Nations children's agency said Wednesday.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Kate Bolz has announced plans to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry in the 2020 election.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two more people are entering the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate Seat held by Republican Steve Daines.
Cora Neumann of Bozeman announced her candidacy Tuesday...
BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of transgender rights are staging a rally in downtown Boston to demand continued federal protections for transgender people who need health care.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — A group that promotes access to health care in Maine says it's providing grants to organizations that support marginalized groups, including American Indian tribal...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on the debate in Rhode Island over a bill to preserve federal abortion protections in state law (all times local):
BOSTON (AP) — Beacon Hill lawmakers are planning a public hearing on health insurance bills, including one that aims to create a "Medicare for all" system in Massachusetts.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state officials are pushing back against allegations that prisoners aren't receiving proper health care and mental health treatment due to deliberate indifference by...
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Voters in Sevier County could be asked to approve a higher sales tax to subsidize the construction of a hospital after the county's lone facility shut down last month,...
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It's time for states with leaders who support abortion rights to go on the offensive against Trump administration attempts to restrict abortion that would reduce access to...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana county may have discriminated against one of its own attorneys by denying the transgender woman access to health care.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Tom Winter of Missoula says he's running for Montana's lone U.S. House seat in 2020.
The 32-year-old first-term legislator, who owns a business...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice and other retired state government workers and teachers aren't exempted from paying health insurance premiums because they...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Detainees confined to federal immigration detention facilities located in California have inadequate access to health care, lawyers and family, state Attorney General Xavier...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — People in eastern Washington are more likely to die from cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and other common causes of death than people in the western part of the state, according to researchers at Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
Reasons may be about poverty and less access to health care, the report said.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature convened Tuesday for the 2019 session, aiming to improve the state's lagging public schools — and find the revenue to accomplish that, address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and promote access to health care and housing.
Democrats who control both the Senate and the House of Representatives say they have stretched out a hand to Republicans to bridge the partisan divide.
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SEATTLE (AP) — Riding the momentum from November's elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable.
The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott wants to make health insurance more affordable for young people, but he's not planning a major overhaul after the state's failed attempt to create a single-payer system.
Elsewhere in the country, the first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of Democratic proposals to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. Those proposals fall short, however, of providing universal health care.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democrats with newfound control over Maine's Legislature have proposed bills to expand access to health care, eliminate restrictions on solar projects, forgive student debt and promote firearms safety, according to the titles of over 2,000 bills released by the Legislature.
Meanwhile, other bills — proposed by Democrats, Republicans and independents — would tackle the opioid crisis, the roll-out marijuana sales and the future of ranking candidates on the ballot.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming education officials and students say increased access to health care for students is needed to keep schools safe.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced Friday their opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, saying Brett Kavanaugh's judicial record clearly shows that he would limit access to health care and curtail environmental protections.
BOSTON (AP) — Democrats hoping to flip enough seats to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives say they aren't putting all their eggs in the anti-Trump basket.
Those candidates include Lauren Underwood, a 31-year-old registered nurse from Illinois and part of the Democrats' master plan to regain control of the House.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Drug maker Abbvie says it will donate $100 million to improve access to health care and housing in a Puerto Rico struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.
The biopharmaceutical company said Tuesday that half the amount will go to Direct Relief and the other to Habitat for Humanity International.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled that Los Angeles County wrongly canceled Medi-Cal coverage for thousands of residents, often leaving them without access to health care and needed medicines.
BOSTON (AP) — A proposed merger that involves 13 Massachusetts hospitals has received approval from a key state board, but hurdles remain.
The state Public Health Council on Wednesday endorsed the merger of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Burlington-based Lahey Health System and several other hospitals. If it goes through, it would create a health network to compete with Partners HealthCare, the parent company of Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's hospitals.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legislative leaders differ about what to do, if anything, with a projected $128.5 million surplus this year.
Republicans are praising conservative fiscal policies and the elimination of a voter-approved surtax on the wealthy. Republican House Leader and gubernatorial candidate Ken Fredette claims Democrats are now rushing to increase state spending and grow government.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An effort to insert an amendment in Oregon's Constitution making health care a right died amid concerns by lawmakers that it would expose the state to lawsuits.
Such an amendment would have been unprecedented among U.S. states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The Democratic-controlled state House approved the measure 35-25 on Feb. 13, but it never reached the floor of the Democratic-controlled Senate for a vote.
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ST. ROBERT, Mo. (AP) — With a population just shy of 5,000, the town of St. Robert lies just south of the heart of Missouri. It's one of the many rural towns in the state that finds alternatives to health care access through the internet.
Since the early 1990s, the telehealth network has helped connect patients to health care providers from their own homes. Increasing technology has made the service more efficient, with live audio and video sessions enhancing virtual health care.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — State officials are hiring independent experts to review inmate access to health care and the prisoner grievance system in the wake of a deadly inmate riot and hostage taking last year at Delaware's maximum-security prison.
The outside reviews are in response to recommendations contained in an independent review of the February 2017 uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, during which correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The director of a national veterans' organization is joining U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan to highlight the struggles female veterans face in accessing health care.
Allison Jaslow, an Army veteran, is executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She and Hassan will speak with female veterans Monday at Southern New Hampshire University.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A key moderate Republican urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers. Sen. Susan Collins called the move "disruptive" and an immediate threat to access to health care.
BEIJING (AP) — China will allow use of some drugs and medical devices based on approval by foreign regulators, the government said Monday, in a move that could help to ease access to its health care market.
The step was one of a series announced by Chinese drug regulators to improve access to treatments and streamline an approval process that foreign suppliers complain is too slow and complex.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas, according to new government data that show wide state-by-state disparities and suggest social isolation, gun ownership and access to health care may be factors.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas, according to new government data released Friday that show wide state-by-state disparities and suggest social isolation, gun ownership and access to health care may be factors.