Author: Nathaniel Weixel

Physician groups ask court to uphold ObamaCare’s free preventive services

A coalition of leading physician groups urged a federal judge in Texas to preserve ObamaCare’s coverage of preventive services, arguing that gutting the requirements would be disastrous for patient care. In a friend-of-the-court brief led by the American Medical Association, the groups asked Judge Reed O’Connor to exercise discretion and refrain from issuing a nationwide…

Health Care — FDA halts authorization of last COVID antibody drug

RIP to Christine McVie, the singer-songwriter responsible for some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits. Today in health, the rise of new COVID-19 omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 has led to the one remaining monoclonal antibody treatment no longer being authorized by the FDA. Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on…

Health Care — COVID fatigue stunts booster messaging

Believe it: Merriam-Webster’s 2022 word of the year is “Gaslighting.” Today in health, we look as the White House’s booster push falls flat against widespread pandemic fatigue even as another coronavirus surge looms. Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on policy and news affecting your health. For The Hill, we’re…

WHO renames monkeypox as ‘mpox’

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said it is renaming “monkeypox” as “mpox” amid concerns that the name may be considered racist and might not accurately describe the origin of the virus. The two terms will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out, WHO said in a statement. The agency…

White House battles pandemic fatigue in vaccine push

Public health officials have repeatedly warned that the U.S. will likely face another wave of COVID-19 infections as the weather gets colder and people travel and gather for the holidays. But it doesn’t seem to be convincing a checked-out public to get vaccinated. New COVID-19 booster shot uptake remained low heading into the Thanksgiving holiday,…

White House resists declaring emergency as flu, viruses surge in children

The White House is resisting calls from pediatric health groups to declare a national emergency due to the early surge in respiratory illness in children. As seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), coronavirus and other respiratory viruses swarm the country, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association argue an emergency declaration, which…

Health Care — Georgia court reinstates six-week abortion ban

It was a mixed day for abortion rights advocates. We’ll look at the details. Plus: Why the COVID-19 pandemic saw a significant drop-off in worldwide measles vaccinations for children. Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on policy and news affecting your health. For The Hill, we’re Nathaniel Weixel and Joseph Choi. Someone forward…

Health Care — Officials roll out end-of-year booster campaign

🚗 Jerry Seinfeld revealed in an interview published today that the guest he was most nervous to interview across more than 80 episodes of his show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” was former President Obama. Today in health, the White House is making another concerted effort to encourage people to get the updated COVID-19 booster before the…