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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to board a plane at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, en route to campaign events in Michigan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Biden on autos, virus; Trump on drug prices

Sep. 9, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump exaggerated his administration’s efforts to lower prescription drug prices while Democratic rival Joe Biden claimed too much credit for reviving the U.S. auto industry and misstated the number of military deaths from COVID-19. A look at some of their claims in...

FILE - This Tuesday, June 16, 2020 file photo shows a bottle and box for dexamethasone in a pharmacy in Omaha, Neb. New studies confirm that cheap steroid drugs improved survival for severely ill COVID-19 patients, cementing this as a standard of care and expanding options to more types than this one previously shown to help. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Steroids confirmed to help severely ill coronavirus patients

Sep. 2, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

New studies confirm that multiple types of steroids improve survival for severely ill COVID-19 patients, cementing the cheap drugs as a standard of care. An analysis of pooled results from seven studies, led by the World Health Organization and published Wednesday by the Journal of the American Medical...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom talks to reporters at his Capitol office, in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, moved to use the most populous state's market power to lower the cost and increase the availability of prescription drugs for its nearly 40 million residents, with supporters citing the coronavirus pandemic as proof that more is needed to reduce shortages in drugs and other medical supplies. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California OKs bill to flex power on prescription drugs

Sep. 1, 2020 1:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday passed a bill to use the most populous state's market power to lower the cost and increase the availability of prescription drugs for its nearly 40 million residents, with supporters citing the coronavirus pandemic as proof that more is needed to...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, an American flag flutters in the breeze outside of the Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif. California's attorney general wants the power to block hospital mergers that he says would limit competition and drive up prices, setting up a fight in the state Legislature next week over the future of health care delivery in the nation's most populous state. Becerra has made health care costs a focus of his first term in office. Last year, Becerra settled an antitrust case against Sutter Health, one of the country's largest health systems for $575 million and a pledge from the system to halt some of its anticompetitive practices. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

As more hospitals merge, California eyes stronger oversight

Aug. 23, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorney General Xavier Becerra wants the power to block hospital mergers that he says would limit competition and drive up prices, setting up a fight in the state Legislature this week over the future of health care delivery in the nation's most populous state. Becerra can...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Aug. 19, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Idaho newspapers: Crapo, Risch should fight for the disabled Post Register Aug. 16 As the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities has sought to protect home and community-based services — Medicaid-funded occupational therapy, in-home assistance...

Iowa court dismisses suit over coverage for sex reassignment

Aug. 6, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

An Iowa appeals court dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law passed last year that does not require Medicaid to pay for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents. The Iowa Court of Appeals in its ruling posted Wednesday agreed with a lower court finding that the legal challenge was speculative...

Hazard pay applications open for Vermont essential workers

Aug. 4, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

Vermont started taking applications on Tuesday for hazard pay for essential health care, public safety and human services workers who responded to the COVID-19 public health emergency from March 13 through May 15. Covered employers may apply online to provide $1,200 or $2,000 in hazard pay to each employee who...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference in Washington. New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a northern congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago, as the sun sets on a Democratic political dynasty that emerged from a territorial 19th century legislature.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Democrat for US Senate releases ad around dad's cancer fight

Aug. 4, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Democrat U.S. hopeful Ben Ray Luján released a television ad Tuesday touting his support for expanding Medicaid while pointing to his father’s fight with cancer. The commercial airing statewide highlights Luján’s father, the late Speaker of the New Mexico...

President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hype on drug costs, hydroxychloroquine

Aug. 3, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making grandiose claims about slashing drug prices and the efficacy of a treatment for COVID-19 that don’t hold up to reality. In a tweet Sunday, he asserts that he will reduce drug prices by at least 50%. That’s highly unlikely. Measures announced...

With Air Force One in the background, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event with Florida Sheriffs in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's election agitations and distortions

Aug. 1, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heads snapped and eyes rolled when President Donald Trump made a case for considering an election postponement in the pandemic. Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who agree on precious little, said forget about it. Among them, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed Nov. 3 is set...