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Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs

Nov. 21, 2019 5:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts. Serving some 60 million Medicare recipients, the plan finder is the most commonly...

Takeaways from the 5th Democratic 2020 presidential debate

Nov. 21, 2019 10:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats spent more time making the case for their ability to beat President Donald Trump than trying to defeat each other in their fifth debate. Civil in tone, mostly cautious in approach, the forum on Wednesday did little to reorder the field and may have given encouragement to two new...

The Latest: Buttigieg takes hits on issue of his experience

Nov. 21, 2019 8:12 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:20 p.m. In Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Pete Buttigieg became the focus of several of his Democratic opponents for what they characterized as a lack of experience. After the South Bend, Indiana, mayor...

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

Nov. 21, 2019 5:51 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year. The Wednesday night faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment inquiry...

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate

Nov. 21, 2019 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency vied for advantage Wednesday night in a debate just over two months before the primary voting begins. How some of their claims from Atlanta stack up with the facts: BERNIE SANDERS: “What the scientists are telling us is if we don’t get...

Tennessee Medicaid block grant plan heads for federal review

Nov. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials committed not to halt or limit coverages under a revised plan submitted to the federal government Wednesday requesting to become the first state to receive funding in a lump sum for its Medicaid program, TennCare. The TennCare block grant plan was amended to say...

She can’t vote, but 2020 Democrats want her support anyway

Nov. 19, 2019 3:35 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the most sought-after presidential endorsements in a key early voting state is from a woman who cannot vote. As Democrats jockey for support in Nevada, a meeting with Astrid Silva, a 31-year-old immigrant rights activist who has become a public face of the “Dreamers,”...

Coons, US Senator from Delaware, will face primary challenge

Nov. 19, 2019 11:59 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s junior U.S. senator will face a primary challenge next year. The Delaware State News reported Monday that Jessica Scarane plans to run against U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in the state’s Democratic primary. Scarane is a Wilmington-based digital strategist who serves as...

Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ plan reignites health care clash

Nov. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to gradually move the country to a government-funded health care system has further inflamed the debate over “Medicare for All,” likely ensuring the issue will play a significant role in this week’s Democratic presidential debate....

Correction: Prescription Drugs story

Nov. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about the White House push for prescription drug legislation, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the executive director of Families USA. The correct spelling is Frederick, not Frederic. A corrected version of the story is below: Drug cost legislation gets...