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President Joe Biden says his administration is expanding eligibility for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The action will allow those covered by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, to access government-funded health insurance programs. Thursday's White House announcement comes as the DACA program is in legal peril and the number of people eligible under the program is shrinking. The move is likely to generate significant pushback from conservative leaders of states that have been have been reluctant to expand Medicaid and critical of Biden’s immigration stances.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the abortion pill mifepristone can still be used for now but reduced the period of pregnancy when the drug can be taken and said it could not be dispensed by mail. The decision late Wednesday temporarily narrowed a ruling by a lower court judge in Texas that had completely blocked the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the nation’s most commonly used method of abortion. In response Thursday, the Justice Department said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency order to put any action on hold.

In an April 12 story about the emerging drug threat designation for substances containing xylazine and fentanyl, The Associated Press erroneously described the group Drug Policy Alliance as advocating the harm caused by drugs. It advocates for reducing the harm caused by drugs.

The Supreme Court will be the next stop for a legal fight over the pill used in the nation’s most common abortion method. A federal appeals court ruled late Wednesday that the abortion pill mifepristone can still be used for now but reduced the period of pregnancy when the drug can be taken and said it couldn't be dispensed by mail. The decision temporarily narrowed a ruling by a lower court judge in Texas that had completely blocked the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the drug while a lawsuit over it plays out. Mifepristone was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration more than two decades ago. The Biden administration says it will take the case to the high court.

New York Mayor Eric Adams has named a former school teacher as the city's “rat czar,” tasked with leading the battle against the clawed vermin. Adams announced Wednesday that he picked Kathleen Corradi, a former school teacher, from among scores of applicants. The mayor expects her to be merciless against the rats.  Some experts say there could be a few million rats in the city, many lurking in subway tunnels or finding cover in parks and empty lots. Rats have long bedeviled New York City, where they rank as a major public concern in addition to crime, homelessness and exorbitant rents.

New York is joining other states in stockpiling abortion pills. It's a response to a ruling in Texas that would limit access to a commonly used abortion drug. Governor Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that the state will begin purchasing 150,000 doses of one of two abortion-inducing drugs. She called the ruling “an attack on democracy." Hochul is the latest Democratic governor to announce the stockpiling of abortion medication after two federal judges issued contradicting rulings Friday that could impact the availability of mifepristone. The drug used in combination with misoprostol is considered the most effective to end a pregnancy.

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The U.S. national emergency to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. On Monday, President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan congressional resolution to bring the national emergency to a close after three years — weeks before it was set to expire alongside a separate public health emergency. The national emergency allowed the government to take sweeping steps to respond to the virus and support the country’s economic, health and welfare systems. Some of the emergency measures have already been successfully wound-down, while others are still being phased out. The public health emergency underpins tough immigration restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border, and is set to expire on May 11.

A handful of states led by Democratic governors are stockpiling doses of drugs used in medication abortions amid fears that a court ruling could restrict access to the most commonly used method of abortion in the U.S. Massachusetts has purchased enough doses of the drug mifepristone to last for more than a year. California has secured an emergency stockpile of up to 2 million pills of another abortion medication, misoprostol. And in Washington state, officials have purchased 30,000 doses of the generic version of mifepristone — enough to last three years. The actions follow a court ruling that put on hold federal approval of mifepristone.

Greater immunity against the coronavirus, better treatments and different virus variants lowered COVID’s mortality risk to about 6% among adults hospitalized in the U.S. last winter from 17-21% in 2020, researchers said.

Vaping company Juul Labs will pay West Virginia $7.9 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the company marketed products to underage users. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the settlement Monday. The lawsuit accuses Juul of engaging in unfair or deceptive practices in the design, manufacturing, marketing and sale of e-cigarettes in violation of the state’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act. A 2020 report released by West Virginia health officials found that more than 60% of high school students in the state reported trying e-cigarettes in 2019. That was up from 44% in 2017.

The nation’s top health official says a court ruling threatening the availability of a main drug used in medication abortion was “not America.” And Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra isn't ruling out defying the judge’s order if necessary. Becerra tells CNN's “State of the Union” that “we want the courts to overturn this reckless decision” so women can continue to have “access to a drug that’s proven itself safe.” He says that for now, women do have access to the abortion medication mifepristone because a federal judge in Texas has put his ruling from Friday on hold for a week so federal officials could file a challenge.

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