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Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

HHS says Biden awarded contracts, secured first 50M of 500M COVID tests

- The Washington Times

The federal government has secured 50 million of the 500 million free COVID-19 tests President Biden promised to Americans and will begin delivering them before the end of January, a health official said Tuesday at a Senate hearing in which administration officials faced a grilling from both parties over the dearth of COVID-19 tests and confusing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service shows the website for HealthCare.gov. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP) ** FILE **

Biden uses start of Obamacare sign-ups to prod Congress

- The Washington Times

President Biden used the start of the Obamacare enrollment period Monday to promote the “Build Back Better” agenda that’s languishing on Capitol Hill, saying big federal subsidies that Democrats approved earlier this year herded people into the 2010 program and should be extended to reel in more.

This 2019 photo provided by Civica Rx shows vials of vancomycin in Lehi, Utah. Impatient with years of inaction in Washington on prescription drug costs, U.S. hospital groups, startups and nonprofits have started making their own medicines in a bid to combat stubbornly high prices and persistent shortages of drugs with little competition. (Civica Rx via AP)

Groups make own drugs to fight high drug prices, shortages

- Associated Press

Impatient with years of inaction in Washington on prescription drug costs, U.S. hospital groups, startups and nonprofits have started making their own medicines in a bid to combat stubbornly high prices and persistent shortages of drugs with little competition.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, center, talks with with Oklahoma Medicaid advocates following a news conference Thursday, July 1, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla., as Oklahoma expands its Medicaid program. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

HHS: Two million join Obamacare during Biden sign-up push

- The Washington Times

More than 2 million people have selected an Obamacare plan since President Biden reopened the marketplace in February, the administration said Wednesday, trumpeting an “all-time high” in enrollment as it promotes supercharged subsidies that patched affordability gaps in the law.

In this Nov. 6, 2020, photo, the Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Two dozen cases pending as Supreme Court term nears end

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court is expected to wrap up its term by the end of June, but the justices still have dozens of cases awaiting rulings, including legal battles over the future of Obamacare, student speech in the digital age, voting rights and religious liberty.

President Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2015, after speaking in the Rose Garden. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Biden extends ‘special’ Obamacare signup period to August

- The Washington Times

President Biden reprised his role as Obamacare salesman Tuesday in a bid to reach people who’ve been left in the cold by the durable-yet-faulty law, extending a special enrollment period by three months and betting enhanced subsidies will make a dent in the roughly 30 million who remain uninsured.

A provision of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law, encourages states to make Medicaid coverage available to more people. Critics say the provision gives the federal government too large of a role in health care. (Associated Press)

Democrats push states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare

- The Washington Times

President Biden’s COVID-19 relief law is dangling $16.4 billion in front of the 12 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid under Obamacare to get them to join up, saying the pandemic is a bad time for their residents to be going without health coverage.

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Illustration on the drug companies saving lives by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Saving lives comes first for drug companies

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Obama chats up health care

Obama chats up health care

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President Obama speaks about the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va.