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Video: Why it's taking so long to vaccinate America against COVID-19

To inoculate America against COVID-19, vaccinators are facing unparalleled pressure in their race against the clock. The country’s largest vaccination effort has gotten off to a rocky start for many reasons.... Read more»0

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J&J starts moving out newly authorized COVID vaccine

The first doses are set to arrive at vaccine sites for injections on Tuesday. Johnson & Johnson's entire inventory of 3.9 million doses is being distributed; another tranche should be ready to deliver in a few weeks.... Read more»0

A ‘grim, heartbreaking milestone’: Biden mourns half-million dead from COVID

President Biden led a somber ceremony at the White House, expressing grief for the 500,000 Americans who have died since last February's first known covid-19 fatality: “As we acknowledge the scale of this mass death in America, remember each person and the life they lived."... Read more»0

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Over 10 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in U.S.

Across the globe, it's 50 million, as the virus surges in many pockets of the planet. In the U.S., the record for daily cases was broken for a fourth day in a row, hitting 128,000 on Saturday.... Read more»0

Shutdown strains already-stressed Native American health system

Native American tribes rely heavily on federal assistance for basic services such as health care, so the government shutdown is hitting them harder than others.... Read more»1

CBO estimates millions more would be uninsured under GOP repeal plan

The Congressional Budget Office releases its anticipated analysis of the American Health Care Act, Republican's replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»0

GOP focuses Obamacare attacks on key races; study finds marketplace plans cheaper than employer healthcare

Republicans are highlighting the withdrawal of major insurers from online marketplaces and premium increases that will likely be announced just days before Election Day. But, a new study from the finds that unsubsidized policies in those marketplaces are still cheaper than the full cost of employer-provided coverage.... Read more»0

Arizona’s proposal to restart KidsCare wins federal approval

The state froze its participation in the Children's Health Insurance Program in the midst of the recession in 2009. Officials say as many as 40,000 children from low- and middle-income families may gain coverage.... Read more»0

How tying gun restrictions to mental health has failed

n the wake of a mass shooting, a furious political debate inevitably erupts: Does gun violence stem from mental-health issues or from easy access to firearms? A new study suggests that regulators' attempt to predict which people are likely to use a gun to cause harm needs fine-tuning. ... Read more»0

After last-minute extension, Obamacare exchange enrollment hits nearly 6 million

The Obama administration says about 2.4 million of those are new customers who signed up in time to get coverage starting Jan. 1. Enrollment numbers from states running their own marketplaces are still to come.... Read more»0

Obamacare enrollment deadline pushed back due to 'unprecedented' demand

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said nearly 1 million people were asked to leave their contact information to hold their spot in line, as the agency tried to handle the wave of last-minute enrollees.... Read more»0

Obamacare’s next 5 hurdles to clear

Obamacare survived it's second Supreme Court challenge, but it's long term future still isn't ensured.... Read more»0

HHS acknowledges overcounting Obamacare enrollment

The Obama administration said Thursday that it incorrectly tallied health law sign-ups by accidentally adding about 380,000 dental-plan customers to its overall enrollment numbers. It reduced the overall number of people who enrolled in new coverage to about 6.7 million. ... Read more»0

CDC re-evaluating safety procedures after nurse contracts Ebola

Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced that the agency will look again at the protocols for hospitals to see if more training or equipment is necessary to protect health care workers and the public.... Read more»0

Obamacare lowers uninsured rate, 3 studies find

According to three new studies, the health law has in its first year reduced the number of uninsured adults by between 8 million and 11 million, and the majority of enrollees report satisfaction with their plans.... Read more»0

Survey: People covered under Obamacare happy with insurance

About 9.5 million Americans gained coverage during the health law's open enrollment period, and the uninsured rate for working-age adults fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund. ... Read more»0

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