Health Care

COVID-19 boosters from Moderna, J&J OK’d along with ‘mix and match’ shots

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of additional Americans are now eligible to receive a booster dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, after federal health officials gave the green light late Thursday to follow-up doses of the shots made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Anyone who received the one-shot J&J vaccine is now eligible for a second […]

At home in Scranton, Joe Biden pitches his sprawling domestic agenda

BY: - October 21, 2021

SCRANTON, Pa. — President Joe Biden took the stage Wednesday in his childhood hometown surrounded by images of America’s infrastructure. A retired Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority railcar sitting to his far right offered an example of how neglected the country’s infrastructure has been. Its letters were barely visible. The door’s paint was scuffed and faded. […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at University Hospital.

Feds OK ‘mix-and-match’ approach for COVID-19 booster shots

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a green light to Americans who want to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by a different company than the one that produced the initial shot they received. The announcement Wednesday on allowing “mix-and-match” shots from different manufacturers will give more flexibility to state […]

Kids age 5 to 11 next in line for COVID-19 vaccines as White House rolls out plans

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Smaller needles. Redesigned shipments to ease the storage needs in pediatricians’ offices. And enough vials of the COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate the 28 million U.S. children between ages 5 and 11. Those are among the plans announced by the White House on Wednesday as federal and state officials prepare for a regulatory decision to be […]

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction […]

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Planned Parenthood wants feds to block Missouri rule targeting its Medicaid funding

BY: - October 13, 2021

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri is calling for the Biden administration to intervene to block the state’s new emergency regulation that abortion advocates contend could cut off Medicaid funding for its clinics around the state.  Without federal action, Planned Parenthood said it may need to turn to the courts.  “It […]

Missouri students can now ‘test to stay’ to remain in classroom after COVID exposure

BY: - October 12, 2021

Missouri students and teachers identified as being exposed to a coronavirus case in school may now be permitted to remain in class if they continue to test negative for the virus and properly wear a mask. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) updated its school reopening guidance Friday to include the new “test […]

‘Are you going to keep me safe?’: Hospital workers sound alarm on rising violence

BY: and - October 11, 2021

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News. The San Leandro Hospital emergency department, where nurse Mawata Kamara works, went into lockdown recently when a visitor, agitated about being barred from seeing a patient due to COVID-19 restrictions, threatened to bring a gun to the California facility. It wasn’t the first time the department faced […]

Gabriella Cotton

Families with disabled children in limbo as Missouri aid program remains stalled

BY: - October 11, 2021

The seizures started hours after Gabriella Cotton was born. In the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, “there were tubes everywhere,” said her mom, Stephanie Currie. They protruded from Gabriella’s belly button and mouth, wires were strapped to her head and IV’s snaked out of the newborn’s five-and-a-half-pound body.  “All of my […]

Gabriella Cotton

Lawmaker demands answers about why Missouri program to aid disabled kids isn’t running

BY: - October 8, 2021

A state lawmaker who helped secure nearly $3 million in funding to launch a pilot program to provide medically fragile children with another avenue of in-home care is demanding an explanation as to why its launch has been delayed. In a Thursday letter to state Budget Director Dan Haug, Sen. Brian Williams, D-University City, requested […]

Medicaid expansion rally

Missouri has enrolled 4,300 people in expanded Medicaid program

BY: - October 7, 2021

Roughly 4,300 Missourians eligible for health care under Medicaid expansion have been enrolled, a top Missouri Medicaid official said Thursday. That figure represents a little over a quarter of the more than 17,000 applications the state has received since it began accepting applications for Medicaid expansion coverage in August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

Protesters at Medicaid expansion rally

‘Not out of the woods yet’: Missouri finally expanded Medicaid, but hard work remains

BY: - October 1, 2021

Three months after Medicaid expansion was first slated to go into effect, newly eligible individuals will finally begin to enroll in coverage. For Missourians who lack health insurance under Missouri’s Medicaid system, and for the advocates who help them sign up, Friday has been a long time coming. “It’s a relief,” said Earlene Bolton, the […]