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Biden administration details new research plan on 'long COVID' illness

The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to create a national research action plan that could provide answers to public health officials trying to diagnose and treat so-called long COVID-19. ... Read more»

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Patients’ perilous months-long waiting for Medicaid coverage Is a sign of what’s to come

Staffing shortages in Medicaid agencies around the country come as states will soon need to review the eligibility of tens of millions of people enrolled in the program - a herculean effort that will kick off once the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration expires.... Read more»

When COVID hit, a border health commission found itself on life support

As border communities evaluate lessons learned in the pandemic in hopes of doing better next time, borderland health experts say reactivating the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission is one place to start. ... Read more»

First lady Jill Biden, Mayor Regina Romero celebrate Int'l Women's Day in Tucson

First lady Jill Biden and Tucson Mayor Regina Romero marked International Women's Day during a backyard celebration at Romero's home Tuesday, as Biden tours Arizona and Nevada to push the "cancer moonshot" and stalled Build Back Better bill. ... Read more»

First lady Jill Biden to visit Tucson on Monday & Tuesday

First Lady Jill Biden will visit Tucson as part of a larger tour of Arizona and Nevada to push for the president's priorities outlined last week during his State of the Union address. Biden will visit San Xavier del Bac, and meet with Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. ... Read more»

White House wants $10 billion for Ukraine aid, $22.5 billion for more COVID help

The Biden administration is asking Congress to provide $10 billion in assistance to Ukraine and $22.5 billion in COVID-19 funding on a fast timeline — within the next week.... Read more»

FactCheck: Sen. Tom Cotton distorts border apprehension impact

Sen. Tom Cotton falsely equated the nearly 2 million apprehensions of immigrants during Joe Biden’s presidency to “adding the entire population of Nebraska to this country.” He’s wrong for several reasons, including that most of those apprehended were immediately turned around.... Read more»

Medicare patients win the right to appeal gap in nursing home coverage

A three-judge federal appeals court panel in Connecticut has likely ended an 11-year fight against a frustrating and confusing rule that left hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries without coverage for nursing home care, and no way to challenge a denial.... Read more»

Supreme Court blocks federal mandate for private workers to vaccinate or test

The Supreme Court gutted the Biden administration's pandemic-response strategy Thursday in a split decision - granting a stay of the vaccine-or-test mandate from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration - that puts a vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses on ice. ... Read more»

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests.... Read more»

Biden admin orders health insurers to start covering at-home COVID tests

Most Americans with private or group health insurance will have the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests covered by their providers starting Jan. 15, a move that comes as retailers struggle to keep up with demand for at-home tests sold over the counter in pharmacies.... Read more»

Hospitals recruit international nurses to fill pandemic shortages

Hospitals across the U.S. are looking abroad to ease a shortage of nurses, worsened by the pandemic - the demand is so great that it’s created a backlog of health care professionals awaiting visa clearance with more than 5,000 international nurses awaiting final approval.... Read more»

As tribes wait for investigation to conclude, debate over Indian schools continues

Tribes across the Southwest dread the possibility that thousands of unmarked graves might be uncovered by a federal investigation into abandoned Native American boarding schools expected to wrap up early this year.... Read more»

Arizona gets $5.6 million from feds to assist newly arrived Afghan families

The federal government has sent more than $5.6 million to Arizona to help care for families that arrived in the Grand Canyon State after fleeing Afghanistan in 2021 when the nation’s government collapsed in the wake of the U.S. military’s withdrawal.... Read more»

The low-and-slow approach to food safety reform keeps going up in smoke

For more than 70 years, consumer advocates, government experts, members of Congress and several presidents have called for a single food safety agency - but the idea has stalled again and again, easy to propose but all but impossible to enact.... Read more»

Record number of Americans sign up for ACA health insurance

A record 13.6 million Americans have signed up for health coverage for 2022 on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, with nearly a month remaining to enroll in most states - with some of the largest increases in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA.... Read more»

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