Abortion fight clouds AIDS-fighting program’s future

[ad_1] GOP lawmakers instead want to use a one-year patch tucked into their Foreign Operations spending bill that keeps the decades-old program operating and includes language restoring a Trump administration rule blocking funding to any groups that discuss or financially support other organizations that provide abortions. The Biden administration, Democratic lawmakers, officials running PEPFAR and … Read more

What the new Covid-19 surge really means

[ad_1] But the White House said the uptick is not unexpected and its Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy and HHS are monitoring the virus. “The Biden-Harris Administration has made historic progress on our nation’s ability to manage COVID-19 so that it no longer meaningfully disrupts the way we live our lives,” White House … Read more

Idaho health care providers can refer patients for abortions out of state, judge rules

[ad_1] Planned Parenthood and several medical providers sued the next month, arguing such a restriction would violate their First Amendment right to free speech. Health care providers are not restricted from referring patients out of state for prenatal care or other treatment, they noted. Medical professionals “will be forced to choose between facing criminal penalties … Read more

Comity crumbles on Congress’ Covid committee

[ad_1] Republicans on the committee grumble that Democrats remain fixated on former President Donald Trump, with no interest in holding other officials accountable, while Democrats charge the GOP with pushing conspiracy theories and elevating untrustworthy witnesses with axes to grind. After nearly a dozen contentious hearings and a series of clashes that have played out … Read more

Abortion fight erupts over pregnant workers’ protections

[ad_1] “These regulations completely disregard legislative intent and attempt to rewrite the law by regulation,” Cassidy, who helped lead the fight for the legislation with Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), said in a statement. “The decision to disregard the legislative process to inject a political abortion agenda is illegal and deeply concerning.” The law expands rights … Read more

Biden administration warns states as millions lose Medicaid

[ad_1] The criteria don’t reflect all potential challenges with states’ unwinding processes, the letters are only based on data reported by states in May and some states are missing data. Still, CMS’ decision to make the letters available online represents a sharp about-face for an agency that has refused for months to single out any … Read more