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Around a third of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 after several months of a concerted push to immunize the country. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Vaccinations May Be Reaching A Tipping Point In Fight Against Virus, Experts Say

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CVS is adding mental health counseling to the services offered at about a dozen of its stores with HealthHUBs in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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CVS To Offer In-Store Mental Health Counseling

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Holmes County, Ohio, General Health District staff members (from left) Michael Derr, Jennifer Talkington and Abbie Benton prepare materials for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic this month inside St. Peter's Catholic Church in Millersburg. Anna Huntsman/WCPN hide caption

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COVID-19 Has Hit The Amish Community Hard. Still, Vaccines Are A Tough Sell

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More health workers will be able to prescribe buprenorphine under new guidelines from the Biden administration. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Why New Guidelines For Opioid Treatment Are A 'Big Deal'

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As Pregnancy-Related Deaths Rise In The U.S., Experts Say Expanding Medicaid Is Key

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Thomas W. Munson receives his second dose of COVID-19 vaccination from registered nurse Elizabeth Lash at a Sayre Health clinic held at Tablenacle Lutheran Church in West Philadelphia. Emma Lee/WHYY hide caption

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Why Black And Latino People Still Lag On COVID Vaccines — And How To Fix It

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Interpreter Ana Maria Rios-Velez demonstrates the screening app at the front entrance of Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. It has a multilingual function to better communicate with non-English speaking patients and staff. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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The Food and Drug Administration authorized Abbott's BinaxNOW (seen in photo) and Quidel's QuickVue COVID-19 tests to be sold without a prescription for consumers who want to test themselves repeatedly at home. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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As At-Home Coronavirus Tests Hit Pharmacies, What Role Can They Play In The Pandemic?

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A car accident in 2019 smashed six of Mark Gottlieb's teeth and severely damaged four vertebrae. The spinal surgery he needed as a result led to medical bills that exhausted the personal injury coverage in his auto insurance. Erica Seryhm Lee for KHN hide caption

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Surprise: The Charge For His Spine Surgery After A Car Crash Topped $700,000

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The Biden administration has opened up enrollment on all Affordable Care Act marketplaces, including on the federal insurance exchange, Healthcare.gov, until August. Many people will qualify for better or less expensive plans — or both. Healthcare.gov/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Brooke Parker, an organizer with the group Solutions Oriented Addiction Response, displays an HIV testing kit in Charleston, W.Va., in March. Outbreaks of HIV/AIDS are expected to rise as resources have been redirected to the fight against COVID-19 — delaying and sometimes cutting off HIV testing and treatment. John Raby/AP hide caption

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A pharmacist administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to a worker at a processing plant in Arkansas City, Kan., on March 5. Researchers are concerned that vaccination rates in some rural communities may not keep up with urban rates. Doug Barrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Medicare Advantage, a fast-growing private alternative to original Medicare, has enrolled more than 26 million people. Humana Inc. is one of the largest of these insurers. While popular with seniors, Medicare Advantage has been the target of multiple government investigations. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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