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Politics Oct 04Biden lifts abortion referral ban on family planning clinics
Monday's action by the Department of Health and Human Services lifts a Trump-era restriction as political and legal battles over abortion grow sharper from Texas to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Health Sep 30Ban on ‘surprise’ medical bills on track for Jan. 1 rollout
Patients will no longer have to worry about getting a huge bill following a medical crisis if the closest hospital emergency room happened to have been outside their insurance plan's provider network.
Health Aug 12HHS joins vaccine trend, orders shots for its health workers
The decision by HHS follows the Veterans Affairs order last month that its health care workers get vaccinated.
Politics Aug 10Nursing home overhaul bill would boost staffing, oversight
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities house a tiny proportion of the U.S. population but they're estimated to account for about 3 in 10 coronavirus deaths.
Politics Jul 29WATCH: Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for fed government
The nation's millions of federal workers will be required to verify they've been vaccinated against the coronavirus or else face mandatory masking, weekly testing, distancing and other new rules.
Health Jun 27As variant rises, vaccine plan targets ‘movable middle’
Thrown off-stride to reach its COVID-19 vaccination goal, the Biden administration is sending A-list officials across the country, devising ads for niche markets and enlisting community organizers to persuade unvaccinated people to get a shot.
Health May 13School nurses, health service corps part of $7.4 billion virus plan
That will mean hiring school nurses to vaccinate kids and creating a service corps around health care as well as bolstering traditional disease detection efforts.
Politics May 03Democrats seek narrow path to curb high medicine prices
President Joe Biden's call for authorizing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices has energized Democrats on a politically popular idea they've been pushing for nearly 20 years only to encounter frustration.
Politics Apr 16U.S. setting up $1.7 billion national network to track virus variants
The U.S. is setting up a $1.7 billion national network to identify and track worrisome coronavirus mutations whose spread could trigger another pandemic wave, the Biden administration announced Friday.
Politics Apr 14Biden begins to undo Trump-era ban on abortion referrals
The Biden administration is beginning to undo a Trump-era ban on clinics referring women for abortions. That policy directive led to Planned Parenthood leaving the federal family planning program.