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Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

Oct. 17, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the...

Home health cares in Iowa, South Dakota ordered to pay

Oct. 17, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ordered five home health care facilities in Iowa and South Dakota accused of filing fraudulent Medicare claims to pay more than $3.1 million. A complaint filed earlier this month in Cedar Rapid's federal court accused Sergeant Bluff Healthcare and Elk Point...

California doctor convicted in $12M Medicare fraud scheme

Oct. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California doctor has been convicted taking part in a $12 million scheme to defraud Medicare. A federal jury on Wednesday found Donald Woo Lee of Temecula guilty of eight charges. Prosecutors say Lee provided medically unnecessary procedures to Medicare beneficiaries and...

Edwards strikes at Rispone on Medicaid, ties to GOP donor

Oct. 17, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday accused Republican opponent Eddie Rispone of intending to kick hundreds of thousands of people off Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program, ending their health insurance coverage, if he wins the runoff election. The Deep South's only Democratic...

Doctor agrees to pay $1M to settle claims allegations

Oct. 17, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa doctor has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations that he performed medically unnecessary sinus surgeries. The allegations against Dr. Tracey Wellendorf relate to claims for endoscopic sinus surgeries performed on up to 115 Iowa Medicaid beneficiaries. Authorities say...

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....

Biden: Syria withdrawal proves Trump is a 'complete failure'

Oct. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Seeking to leverage his experience in foreign policy, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday ripped Donald Trump's withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Syria as the latest proof that the president is a "complete failure" who is gutting American credibility around...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems flub details on climate, guns, Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen Democrats seeking the presidency tussled in a debate packed with policy, flubbing some details in the process. Several gave an iffy explanation of why they're not swinging behind a bold proposal to make people turn over their assault-style weapons. Sloppiness also crept in during...

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...

Debate takeaways: Warren attacked, 70s club avoids age issue

Oct. 16, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

A dozen Democratic presidential candidates participated in a spirited debate over health care, taxes, gun control and impeachment. Takeaways from the three-hour forum in Westerville, Ohio: WARREN'S RISE ATTRACTS ATTACKS Sen. Elizabeth Warren found Tuesday that her rise in the polls may come with a steep cost....