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Baker takes aim at 'surprise' bills in health care overhaul

Oct. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker introduced legislation Friday aimed at overhauling Massachusetts' health care system by restricting how hospitals and doctors bill patients and requiring walk-in clinics to treat low-income patients on Medicaid. Outlining the effort, the Republican governor said it's...

Warren, candidate with the answers, dodges tax hike question

Oct. 16, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is rising to the top of the Democratic pack with ambitious promises to reshape the political and economic system. But as she faces growing scrutiny, the Massachusetts senator is opening herself to criticism that she's just another politician dodging the tough questions....

Study: 'Medicare for All' not only way to universal coverage

Oct. 16, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care memo to Democrats: There's more than one way to get to coverage for all. A study out Wednesday finds that an approach similar to the plan from former Vice President Joe Bide n can deliver about the same level of coverage as the government-run "Medicare for All" plan from...

Editorials from around New England

Oct. 4, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT The president's behavior raises serious questions. Do we all have the courage to ask them? Hartford Courant Sept. 29 The revelations of the last week — President Donald Trump's phone call with a foreign power, allegations that the White House tried to cover...

Tennessee unveils $7.9B block grant proposal for Medicaid

Sep. 17, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to receive its Medicaid funding in a lump sum under a proposal seeking to drastically overhaul the program that provides health care services to low-income and disabled residents. Nearly four months after Gov. Bill Lee signed off...

Sanders accuses Biden of distorting 'Medicare for All' plan

Sep. 13, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders accused former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of distorting his proposal to provide single-payer, universal health care through "Medicare for All." Campaigning in the early caucus state of Nevada, the 78-year-old Vermont senator...

Liberal, moderate divide on display in Democratic debate

Sep. 13, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Biden parried attack after attack from liberal rivals Thursday night on everything from health care to immigration in a debate that showcased profound ideological divides between the Democratic Party's moderate and progressive wings. The prime-time debate also elevated several struggling...

The Latest: Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Sep. 12, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new...

Sanders: Medicare for All means more taxes, better coverage

Aug. 31, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Health care was the focus of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' second day of campaigning in pivotal early-voting South Carolina, where lack of Medicaid expansion has left thousands unable to obtain health coverage. The Vermont senator focused on "Medicare for All," his...

Correction: Disputed Election-North Carolina story

Aug. 29, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about a special election for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, The Associated Press used the wrong dateline. It should have been Raleigh, not Charlotte. A corrected version of the story is below: Rivals in N. Carolina special election: Gun laws need work...