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Access to abortion in KS, ID; Insurance coverage increases; Veterans Health Care Bill Passes

Kansas voters rejected anti-abortion measure while Justice Department sued Idaho to protect access to abortion; the uninsured rate in the United States hit an all-time high of 8% in early 2022; the Senate passed an expansion of veterans’ health care, sending it to President Biden’s office.

Kansas Voters Protect Abortion Access; DOJ sues Idaho

Kansas voters overwhelmingly voted against an election measure that would remove the right to abortion from the state Constitution, The Associated Press reported. High voter turnout and wide margin of 59% to 41% in favor of protecting abortion access in a conservative state was seen as a ‘major victory for abortion rights advocates’ . Also on Tuesday, the US Department of Justice filed a complaint against Idaho to protect access to abortion, saying the state’s near-total abortion ban — set to go into effect Aug. 25 — violates the Emergency Medical Treatment Act and work by preventing clinicians from providing needed care in emergency situations.

US uninsured rate hits record high

More Americans are getting health care coverage, with the uninsured rate hitting an all-time high of 8% in early 2022, USA today reported. According to analysis by HHS, the rate of the uninsured declined throughout 2021 and into 2022, reflecting more than 5.2 million people with health care coverage since 2020, with the highest lower rates of uninsured among Americans living in poverty. Additionally, about 2 million adults who have obtained insurance since 2020 have obtained it through insurance marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act for those uninsured by health care plans. employer or government. The previous record was 9% in 2016.

Senate passes veterans health care bill

The Senate voted 86-11 on Tuesday to pass an expansion of veterans health care, sending it to President Biden’s office, Reported Policy. The legislation will extend health benefits to an estimated 3.5 million veterans who were exposed to toxins and burns during their military service, many of whom developed cancers, respiratory illnesses and other illnesses following these exposures. The bill was previously blocked by Republican lawmakers, and another provision of the bill expands federal health care coverage to 23 illnesses.