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Governments target medical debt with COVID relief funds

Millions of Americans mired in medical debt face difficult financial decisions every day — pay the debt or pay for rent, utilities, and groceries. Some may even skip necessary health care for fear of sinking deeper into debt.

They bought mansions, a Rolls Royce, and chartered a jet with COVID relief loans, prosecutors allege

Criminal charges related to COVID relief funds have been brought nationwide against a dizzying array of suspects, including a former NFL player, a Hollywood producer, a reality TV star, rappers, doctors, preachers, drug dealers, romance scammers, and human traffickers.

The COVID-19 public health emergency ends May 11. What happens then?

Despite the uncertainty, it’s clear that ending the public health emergency after nearly three years will bring about a host of changes. Here’s a look at a few of them.

FDA’s advisers back plan to simplify COVID-19 vaccinations

The Food and Drug Administration asked its scientific advisers Thursday to help lay the groundwork for switching to once-a-year boosters for most Americans -- and how and when to periodically update the shots’ recipe.

US proposes once-a-year COVID shots for most Americans

Health officials want to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot.

Charts: These are the COVID-19 metrics to watch now

As Massachusetts battles another COVID-19 surge, it’s a good time to look at the state of the coronavirus outbreak locally.

BPS families group pushes for masking requirements as Chelsea schools and UMass Boston reinstate mandates

The push for stricter COVID safety protocols comes after the CDC on Friday designated Suffolk County’s community risk level for COVID-19 as “high.”

UMass Boston reinstates indoor mask requirements amid rising COVID rates

The university decided to reinstate the policy because of rising COVID positivity and hospitalization rates, as well as the rise of a new subvariant called XBB, according to a Friday announcement.