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Judge reinstates work requirement in Georgia Medicaid plan

In a victory for Georgia’s Republican governor, a federal judge has reinstated a work requirement in the state’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents
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16 more states hope to weigh in on Idaho abortion lawsuit

Sixteen more states are asking to weigh in on the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Idaho over its strict abortion ban
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August 19

Judge: Prosecutors cannot enforce Michigan's abortion ban

A Michigan judge has blocked county prosecutors from enforcing a pre-Roe v. Wade abortion ban that would have allowed providers to be charged with a felony
August 19
FILE - In this Friday, June 24, 2022, file photo, abortion rights protesters cheer at a rally following the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, federally protected right to abortion, outside the state capitol in Lansing, Mich. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, that county prosecutors can enforce the state's 91-year-old abortion ban, paving the way for abortion to become illegal in parts of the state. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
August 19

Nearly all kids under 5 remain unvaccinated against COVID 2 months in

Just 4.8% of the 19.5 million U.S. children under 5 have been vaccinated.
August 19
A three-year-old receives the COVID-19 vaccination, with Moderna, at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Mass., June 21, 2022.
August 19

Lawyers argue to delay North Dakota law banning abortion

Lawyers for North Dakota’s only abortion clinic asked a judge Friday to delay a trigger law set to ban abortion starting next week, while they pursue a lawsuit challenging the ban on constitutional grounds
August 19
Volunteer escorts and others stand outside the Red River Women's Clinic in Moorhead, Minn., Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. The clinic has operated since 1998 in Fargo, where it was North Dakota's only abortion clinic, but now faces likely shutdown on a trigger law banning abortion due to take effect in late August. Wednesday was its first day of operation just a couple of miles away at the new Moorhead location. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)
August 19

Doctors stay in Ukraine's war-hit towns: 'People need us'

Across Ukraine, 900 hospitals have been damaged and 123 have been destroyed.
August 19
Dr. Ilona Butova stands in front of the therapy department which was destroyed after a Russia attack on the hospital in Zolochiv, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Sunday, July 31, 2022. Ukraine's health care system already was struggling due to corruption, mismanagement and the COVID-19 pandemic. But the war with Russia has only made things worse, with facilities damaged or destroyed, medical staff relocating to safer places and many drugs unavailable or in short supply. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
August 19

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a right to abortion, it sparked legal changes and court challenges in states nationwide
August 19
A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 19

Black, Brown communities are being disproportionately affected by monkeypox

ABC News' medical contributor Dr. Darien Sutton discusses a new CDC report that shows the disproportionate effects monkeypox is having on black and brown communities in the U.S.
August 19
VIDEO: Black, Brown communities are being disproportionately affected by monkeypox
August 19

CDC confirms Nebraska child died of brain-eating amoeba

Federal health officials have confirmed that a Nebraska child died from a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba
August 19
Josh The Elkhorn River, just west of Omaha, Neb., is pictured on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
August 19

Judge: Prosecutors cannot enforce Michigan's abortion ban

A Michigan judge has blocked county prosecutors from enforcing a pre-Roe abortion ban that would have allowed providers to be charged with a felony
August 19
FILE - In this Friday, June 24, 2022, file photo, abortion rights protesters cheer at a rally following the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, federally protected right to abortion, outside the state capitol in Lansing, Mich. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, that county prosecutors can enforce the state's 91-year-old abortion ban, paving the way for abortion to become illegal in parts of the state. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
August 19

Abortion remains legal in Michigan as judge rules county prosecutors cannot charge providers with a felony

Abortion remains legal in Michigan as judge rules county prosecutors cannot charge providers with a felony
August 19
August 19

EU regulator OKs plan to increase monkeypox vaccine supplies

The European Medicines Agency said a smaller dose of the monkeypox vaccine appears to still be effective and can be used to stretch the current supply by five times, echoing a recommendation made earlier this month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
August 19
FILE - A sign for monkeypox vaccinations is shown at a vaccination site, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Miami Beach, Fla. British health officials say the monkeypox outbreak across the country “shows signs of slowing” but that it's still too soon to know if the decline will be maintained. In a statement on Monday, Aug. 15 the Health Security Agency said authorities are reporting about 29 new monkeypox infections every day, compared to about 52 cases a day during the last week in June (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, file)
August 19

Biden bill to help millions escape higher health care costs

Millions of people in the United States will be spared from big increases in health care costs next year after President Joe Biden signed legislation extending generous subsidies for those who buy plans through federal and state marketplaces
August 19
FILE - The healthcare.gov website is seen, on Dec. 14, 2021 in Fort Washington, Md. Millions of people in the United States will be spared from big increases in health care costs next year after President Joe Biden signed legislation extending generous subsidies for those who buy plans through federal and state marketplaces. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
August 19

UK could face public health 'crisis' from energy bill hike

Public health leaders are appealing to Britain's government to urgently tackle soaring energy prices
August 19
August 19

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation
August 19
FILE - A demonstrator holds a placard reading "Scammer, thief, killer, Pfizer" during a protest against the vaccine pass and vaccinations to protect against COVID-19 in front of the Pfizer headquarters, in Paris, on Jan. 29, 2022. An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation. The organization, known as V_V, bombards its victims with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of abusive posts. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
August 19

Less than 60% of kids are vaccinated against polio in some NYC neighborhoods

Experts worry about low vaccination rates as the virus reemerges in the city.
August 19
A polio vaccine box is displayed at a health clinic in Brooklyn, New York on August 17, 2022.
August 19

More COVID patients reporting hair loss

More patients are reporting hair loss after a bout with the virus.
August 19
In this June 6, 2022, file photo, a man is tested at a COVID-19 testing van as persons wait in Times Square in New York.
August 19

WHO monkeypox expert details challenges, next steps in emergency preparedness

"We are on alert and doing everything possible."
August 19
Dr. Rosamund Lewis, the World Health Organization's Technical Lead for the monkeypox outbreak, spoke with ABC News Live about the latest updates, Aug. 18, 2022.
August 19

Doctors stay in Ukraine's war-hit towns: 'People need us'

Ukraine’s health care system already was struggling due to corruption, mismanagement and the COVID-19 pandemic
August 19
Dr. Ilona Butova stands in front of the therapy department which was destroyed after a Russia attack on the hospital in Zolochiv, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Sunday, July 31, 2022. Ukraine's health care system already was struggling due to corruption, mismanagement and the COVID-19 pandemic. But the war with Russia has only made things worse, with facilities damaged or destroyed, medical staff relocating to safer places and many drugs unavailable or in short supply. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
August 19

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation
August 19
FILE - A demonstrator holds a placard reading "Scammer, thief, killer, Pfizer" during a protest against the vaccine pass and vaccinations to protect against COVID-19 in front of the Pfizer headquarters, in Paris, on Jan. 29, 2022. An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation. The organization, known as V_V, bombards its victims with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of abusive posts. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
August 19

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation
August 19
FILE - A demonstrator holds a placard reading "Scammer, thief, killer, Pfizer" during a protest against the vaccine pass and vaccinations to protect against COVID-19 in front of the Pfizer headquarters, in Paris, on Jan. 29, 2022. An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in their abuse and misinformation. The organization, known as V_V, bombards its victims with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of abusive posts. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
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Arizona judge weighs state request to enforce abortion ban

An Arizona judge is considering whether to allow the state to enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years
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Protesters shout as they join thousands marching around the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision Friday, June 24, 2022, in Phoenix. The Supreme Court on Friday stripped away women’s constitutional protections for abortion, a fundamental and deeply personal change for Americans' lives after nearly a half-century under Roe v. Wade. The court’s overturning of the landmark court ruling is likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
August 18

‘It certainly is a concerning figure’: WHO monkeypox expert on US cases

ABC News’ Deirdre Bolton spoke to the World Health Organization’s technical lead on monkeypox, Dr. Rosamund Lewis, as U.S. cases climb past 13,500.
August 18
VIDEO: ‘It certainly is a concerning figure’: WHO monkeypox expert on US cases
August 18

Insurer Centene changes course on East Coast HQ in Charlotte

Government health insurance provider Centene Corp. says it no longer plans to create an East Coast campus in Charlotte, North Carolina
August 18
August 18

COVID-19's negative impact on caregivers

Caregivers have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
August 18
Caregivers have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
August 18

Brain-eating amoeba suspected in 2nd Midwest death

Health officials say a child likely died from a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba after swimming in the Elkhorn River in eastern Nebraska on Sunday
August 18
Josh The Elkhorn River, just west of Omaha, Neb., is pictured on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
August 18

US offers extra monkeypox vaccine doses for gay pride events

U.S. health officials are making extra monkeypox vaccine available to places with upcoming gay pride events
August 18
FILE - A nurse administers a monkeypox vaccine at a walk-in clinic at the North Jersey Community Research Initiative in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. On Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, U.S. health officials said they were making extra monkeypox vaccines available to places with events expected to draw crowds of men who have sex with men. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
August 18

CDC director Rochelle Walensky orders agency overhaul after pandemic missteps

ABC News medical contributor and Standford Children’s Health Physician Dr. Alok Patel discusses the CDC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 18
VIDEO: CDC director Rochelle Walensky orders agency overhaul after pandemic missteps
August 18

FDA targets illegal nicotine gummies in new warning letter

U.S. regulators have issued a warning letter to the maker of illegal nicotine gummies
August 18
FILE - A sign for the Food and Drug Administration is displayed outside their offices in Silver Spring, Md., on Dec. 10, 2020. On Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, the FDA issued a first-of-a-kind warning to the maker of nicotine gummies, saying the illegal candies pose a growing risk to teenagers and younger children. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 18

Kentucky Supreme Court denies request to block abortion ban

Kentucky’s Supreme Court is keeping the state’s near-total abortion ban in effect
August 18
FILE - Abortion-rights supporters chant their objections at the Kentucky Capitol on April 13, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, that the state's near-total abortion ban will remain in place while it reviews arguments by abortion clinics challenging two state laws. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner, File)
August 18

Popular period-tracking apps raise privacy concerns after overturning of Roe v. Wade

OB-GYN Dr. Jessica Shepherd and Senior National Policy Reporter Anne Flaherty discuss the legal implications of using period-tracking apps in some states that have banned abortions.
August 18
VIDEO: Popular period-tracking apps raise privacy concerns after overturning of Roe v. Wade
August 18

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a right to abortion, it sparked legal changes and court challenges in states nationwide
August 18
A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 18

WHO: World coronavirus cases fall 24%; deaths rise in Asia

New coronavirus cases reported globally in the last week dropped by nearly a quarter while deaths fell by 6%
August 18
Residents wearing face masks wait in line to get their routine COVID-19 throat swabs at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
August 18

How do mifepristone and misoprostol work?

Patients can take two pills to induce an abortion up to 11 weeks into pregnancy.
August 18
Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol are seen at the Women's Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, June 17, 2022.
August 18

COVID-19's negative impact on caregivers and 4 ways to help them

Caregivers have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
August 18
August 18

Nevada gov vows to codify order protecting patients into law

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said that he would seek to codify in law an order he signed that protects in-state abortion providers and out-of-state patients next legislative session if he wins re-election
August 18
FILE - Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a news conference on April 29, 2021, in Las Vegas. Sisolak said Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, that if he wins re-election he would seek to codify in law next legislative session an order he signed that protects in-state abortion providers and out-of-state patients. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 17

Medical groups, 20 states weigh in on Idaho abortion lawsuit

Medical groups and states across the U.S. are watching as a legal battle over abortion rights pits the deep-red state of Idaho against the Department of Justice
August 17
August 17

9th child in US tests positive for monkeypox

An additional pediatric monkeypox case has been confirmed in Oregon.
August 17
Microbiologists with the AEGIS Sciences Corporation process Covid-19 and Monkeypox tests at its facility in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 4, 2022.
August 17

CDC director announces organization shake-up aimed at speed

The head of the nation’s top public health agency is shaking up the organization with the goal of making it more nimble
August 17
August 17

Judge: Pharmacies owe 2 Ohio counties $650M in opioids suit

A federal judge in Cleveland has awarded $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued CVS, Walgreens and Walmart over the way the national pharmacy chains distributed opioids to their communities
August 17
FILE - This undated combination of file photos show the signs of CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. A federal judge in Cleveland awarded $650 million in in damages on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, to two Ohio counties that won a landmark lawsuit against national pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, claiming the way they distributed opioids to customers caused severe harm to communities. (AP Photo/File)
August 17

Judge reinstates North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban

A federal judge has ruled that abortions are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in North Carolina
August 17
August 17

Monkeypox vaccine is not 'a silver bullet,' WHO says, as breakthrough cases emerge

Globally, more than 38,000 cases of monkeypox have now been confirmed.
August 17
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Gabriela Solis prepares a dose of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine at an L.A. County vaccination site in East Los Angeles, Aug. 10, 2022, in Los Angeles.
August 17

S.C. court blocks abortion law as Senate considers new one

The South Carolina “fetal heartbeat” law banning abortion around six weeks is no longer in effect after the state Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked it
August 17
State Sen. Richard Cash, center, a leading supporter of South Carolina's recently implemented Fetal Heartbeat law banning abortion around six weeks, sits during a Senate Medical Affairs Committee meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/James Pollard)
August 17

Judge reinstates North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban

A federal judge has ruled that abortions are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in North Carolina
August 17
August 17

S.C. court blocks abortion law as Senate considers new one

The South Carolina “fetal heartbeat” law banning abortion around six weeks is no longer in effect after the state Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked it
August 17
State Sen. Richard Cash, center, a leading supporter of South Carolina's recently implemented Fetal Heartbeat law banning abortion around six weeks, sits during a Senate Medical Affairs Committee meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/James Pollard)
August 17

How to protect your pets from monkeypox as US cases rise

ABC News contributor and dermatologist Dr. Mark Abdelmalek discusses the latest amid monkeypox, including the CDC’s warning that the disease can spread to animals.
August 17
VIDEO: How to protect your pets from monkeypox as US cases rise
August 17

How do medication abortions work?

According to data gathered by the Guttmacher Institute, medication abortions account for the majority of all abortions performed in the U.S.
August 17
According to data gathered by the Guttmacher Institute, medication abortions account for the majority of all abortions performed in the U.S.
August 17

Federal judge awards $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued pharmacies over opioid distribution

Federal judge awards $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued pharmacies over opioid distribution
August 17
August 17

Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections

The nation's leading abortion rights advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November’s midterm elections
August 17
August 17

2 deaths in Florida linked to raw oysters from Louisiana

A restaurant customer in Fort Lauderdale has died of a bacterial infection after eating raw oysters
August 17