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Lawyers for Tennessee lawmakers, feds clash in refugee case

Mar. 19, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for Tennessee lawmakers and the U.S. government clashed Tuesday in a hearing over the federal government's refugee resettlement program. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel in Cincinnati heard the oral arguments as attorneys for the Republican-led...

Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments trigger an outcry

Mar. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of going back on his campaign promise to protect Medicare after he introduced a 2020 budget that calls for steep cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals. The budget embodies long-standing Republican ambitions "to make Medicare wither on the...

Highlights of Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request

Mar. 12, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request proposes steep cuts to domestic spending, a funding boost for the Pentagon and $8.6 billion for his signature border wall with Mexico. Leading Democrats immediately rejected the plan, signaling another bruising fight just weeks after a...

The Latest: Budget plan seeks $2B to shelter migrant kids

Mar. 11, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's proposed 2020 budget (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The Trump administration is asking Congress to set up a fund of up to $2 billion to pay for sheltering migrant children who arrive with their families or alone at the U.S. border. The president's...

Sanders' 'Medicare for All' expands long-term care benefits

Mar. 8, 2019 3:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is raising the stakes of the "Medicare for All" debate by expanding his proposal to include long-term care, a move that is forcing other Democratic presidential candidates to take a stand on addressing one of the biggest gaps in the U.S. health care system. Medicare...

Iowa court: Medicaid can cover sex reassignment surgery

Mar. 8, 2019 1:19 PM EST

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling that the state cannot deny two transgender women Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery. The state's high court agreed with Judge Arthur Gamble's ruling in June that a 1995 Iowa Department of Human Services policy denying Medicaid coverage for...

Kansas Medicaid expansion push hasn't cracked GOP roadblock

Mar. 7, 2019 7:01 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and other advocates have ramped up a campaign for her proposal to expand Medicaid in Kansas after conservative lawmakers showed they currently hold enough power to block it. Kelly held a news conference Thursday with four business leaders and kicked off a...

Full text of Gov. Bill Lee's State of the State address

Mar. 4, 2019 7:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Here is the full text of Gov. Bill Lee's first annual State of the State address as prepared for delivery to a joint convention of the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday: Lieutenant Governor McNally, Speaker Casada, Speaker Pro Tem Haile, Speaker Pro Tem Dunn, Members of the 111th...

Democrats 2020: Governors try to crack the senator scramble

Mar. 2, 2019 1:13 PM EST

The opening months of the Democratic presidential primary have been dominated by senators who have staked their campaigns on personal narratives and sweeping liberal policies. Now here come the governors. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was the first state executive to enter the presidential field, launching his...

Companies, states interested in Louisiana hepatitis C plan

Mar. 1, 2019 4:33 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Three drug companies are interested in Louisiana's plan to use a Netflix-style subscription model to buy access to hepatitis C drugs for Medicaid patients and prisoners, a treatment concept being watched by other states, the state health department announced Friday. Health Secretary...