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Trump's short-term health plans are cheaper but cover less

Aug. 1, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers will have more options to buy cheaper, short-term health insurance under a new Trump administration rule, but there's no guarantee the plans will cover pre-existing conditions or provide benefits like coverage of prescription drugs. Administration officials said Wednesday the...

Dems: Novartis deal with Cohen sought access to policymakers

Jul. 13, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in frequent contact with top officials of pharmaceutical giant Novartis as part of a $1.2 million consulting deal, and the Swiss-based company expected him to provide access to Trump administration policymakers, according...

Trump's pick to head VA: Time to 'shake up' department

Jun. 27, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs promised Wednesday to "shake up complacency" at the struggling department by expanding private care to better meet the growing health needs of veterans, but he rejected a wholesale dismantling of VA. Robert Wilkie, currently serving...

Low-key Washington insider makes a bid to fix struggling VA

Jun. 26, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Modest and low-key, Robert Wilkie was hastily dispatched to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs after a furious President Donald Trump fired Secretary David Shulkin amid political infighting at the department. But what was supposed to be a temporary job could turn permanent. Wilkie...

Trump seeks federal government overhaul, merger of agencies

Jun. 21, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking aim at the sprawling federal bureaucracy, President Donald Trump's administration released a detailed proposal Thursday to reorganize a number of federal agencies and merge the Education and Labor departments. The latest in a long string of attempts to rein in the government, the...