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Feds expect to collect $4.7B in insurance fraud penalties

Jan. 30, 2023 18:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration estimated Monday that it could collect as much as $4.7 billion from insurance companies with newer and tougher penalties for submitting improper charges on the taxpayers' tab for Medicare Advantage care. Federal watchdogs have been...

Minnesota House backs abortion rights after HHS chief visits

Jan. 19, 2023 20:45 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visited Minnesota on Thursday on a Midwest trip to affirm the Biden administration's commitment to abortion rights despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Becerra went to a...

Harris to push abortion fight in Florida on Roe anniversary

Jan. 18, 2023 17:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With few options available for ensuring abortion access, Vice President Kamala Harris will demonstrate that Democrats aren't giving up on the issue as she marks the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Sunday. It's a bitter historical milestone for the White House after the U.S....

NH's congressional delegation asks for sex ed program funds

Dec. 05, 2022 11:44 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's four-member Democratic congressional delegation is asking for federal funds for a sexual education program offered in counties with higher-than-average teen pregnancy rates. The request comes after the Republican-led Executive Council rejected...

US plans end to mpox public health emergency in January

Dec. 02, 2022 17:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government plans to end in January the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox infected more than 29,000 people across the U.S. Mpox cases have plummeted in recent weeks, with just a handful of new infections...

Boost in people seeking HealthCare.gov coverage, HHS says

Nov. 22, 2022 18:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it’s seeing a big uptick in the number of new customers buying private health insurance for 2023 from the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace. Nearly 3.4 million people have signed up for coverage — an increase...

'West Wing' cast urges struggling Americans to seek help

Nov. 17, 2022 14:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As more Americans struggle with depression and anxiety, the cast of “The West Wing” teamed up with the Biden administration on Thursday to share a simple message: you are not alone. The star-studded cast of the drama series that, even years after being off...

California Attorney General Bonta clinches 4-year term

Nov. 09, 2022 20:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta, a progressive reformer who was appointed last year and is the first Filipino to hold the job in any state, beat back a challenge from a Republican former federal prosecutor to capture a full four-year term. Updated...

California Attorney General Bonta leading in early returns

Nov. 09, 2022 02:44 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta was leading in early ballot returns Tuesday in his race to win a full four-year term after Gov. Gavin Newsom last year picked him to fill an unexpired term as the most populous state’s top lawman. Bonta was...