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Gov. Baker proposes expanding Medicare savings program

Jan. 19, 2019 1:04 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Low-income seniors would see a break on how much they pay for health care under a plan Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is including in his state budget proposal. Under the plan, seniors who earn 130 to 165 percent of the federal poverty level — from just under $16,000 to about $20,000...

Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules

Jan. 18, 2019 9:45 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don't comply. The announcement came Friday from the...

Facility where comatose woman gave birth faces new complaint

Jan. 18, 2019 8:02 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A long-term care facility where an Arizona woman in a vegetative state was raped and gave birth said Friday that it's investigating another patient's allegation of physical abuse. Hacienda HealthCare officials said in a news release that the female patient accused a registered nurse and a...

Sen. King treating prostate cancer again, won't affect work

Jan. 18, 2019 7:12 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Sen. Angus King of Maine says he is resuming treatment for prostate cancer, but the radiation therapy won't affect his work. The lawmaker had his entire prostate gland and some surrounding tissue removed in 2015. His office said in a statement Friday that he has since been...

Column: Gleason comes along for the Saints' playoff ride

Jan. 18, 2019 5:51 PM EST

He's the New Orleans Saints' biggest fan, not to mention the perfect beacon for a city that knows a thing or two about emerging from darkness. As the Big Easy goes for another NFL championship, Steve Gleason is along for the ride. Sure, his body failed him, perhaps because of the game he loved so much. But...

Johnsonville recalls ground pork over possible contamination

Jan. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnsonville LLC has recalled more than 48,000 pounds (21,800 kilograms) of raw ground frozen pork patties that may be contaminated with materials including black rubber. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Friday by the company...

Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

Jan. 18, 2019 3:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday. The family wrote in a statement that Williams has suffered complications from Graves' disease in the past few days. Treatment is...

Ailing federal worker says she'll get back lapsed insurance

Jan. 18, 2019 2:43 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon who was running out of a treatment to keep her alive and could not reach her employer during the government shutdown said Friday that she will get back her federally paid insurance coverage that lapsed months ago. Jasmine Tool...

15 people have been charged in the Flint water scandal

Jan. 18, 2019 2:15 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint's water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Seven people have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record. — Michael...

3 years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water

Jan. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's attorney general in 2016 promised to investigate "without fear or favor" the scandal over Flint's lead-tainted drinking water and pledged that state regulators would be locked up for fudging data and misleading the public. Yet three years later, no one is behind bars. Instead,...