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The U.S. Capitol at sunrise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington. A major doctors’ organization is calling for sweeping government action to guarantee coverage for all, reduce costs, and improve the basic well-being of Americans.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Major doctors' group calls for US to assure coverage for all

Jan. 20, 2020 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care an election-year priority, a major doctors’ organization on Monday called for sweeping government action to guarantee coverage for all, reduce costs and improve the basic well-being of Americans. Declaring that the U.S. health care system "is ill and needs a bold...

Senate lawmakers consider public defender loan repayments

Jan. 20, 2020 10:33 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate committee is considering a bill that would create a student loan repayment program to help recruit and retain attorneys to serve as much needed public defenders in the state. The proposed program is similar to those in Ohio aimed at encouraging physicians, dentists and...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 20, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Des Moines Register. January 16,2020 Another Medicaid insurer, another round of stiffing Iowa’s health care providers Iowa Total Care is one of the for-profit insurers hired by the state to participate in the fiasco known as privatized Medicaid. The company was not among Iowa’s first picks for a...

Report documents errors with Ohio's Medicaid payment system

Jan. 20, 2020 9:19 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A plan to address multiple problems that a federal audit identified with Ohio's Medicaid system has been released and is showing signs of progress, said Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran. Corcoran told federal regulators the number of Medicaid applications pending for more than 45...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 20, 2020 3:00 AM EST

Fort Worth Star-Telegram. January 15, 2020 Governor, thanks for honoring church hero Jack Wilson. Now, let’s talk red-flag law. Gov. Greg Abbott has been at the forefront of hailing Jack Wilson, bestowing the state’s highest civilian honor possible on the hero of the White Settlement church shooting...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with supporters after speaking at an oyster roast campaign event on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Orangeburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Election 2020: The unexpected durability of Biden, Sanders

Jan. 20, 2020 12:46 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris’ advisers assessed the Democratic primary field early in her campaign, they viewed Joe Biden as headed for an inevitable collapse and Bernie Sanders as unlikely to recapture the magic of his 2016 campaign. A year later, Harris is out of the race, and...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020. file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, right, walk along the colonnade of the White House in Washington. The federal government's watchdog agency says a White House office violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine aid. The Government Accountability Office said Thursday the White House Office of Management and Budget violated the law in holding up the assistance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Distortion in Trump's impeachment defense

Jan. 20, 2020 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first formal response to impeachment charges, President Donald Trump misrepresented the testimony of a key witness who described an exchange of favors in the Ukraine matter. The claim marked a week of frequent exaggeration and distortion by the president heading into the opening...

Crowdfunding effort behind plan to revitalize Route 66 hotel

Jan. 19, 2020 10:52 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There are plans to redevelop another dilapidated hotel along the longest urban stretch of historic Route 66, but this project on the edge downtown Albuquerque will be bankrolled in a unique way. ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants, the California-based hotel and entertainment company...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the audience at a campaign stop at Simpson College, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden rips Sanders campaign for Social Security attacks

Jan. 19, 2020 7:25 AM EST

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden has called for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to “disown” what he calls “doctored video” that some Sanders supporters say shows the former vice president endorsing Republican calls to cut Social Security and Medicare. ...

Hoverboarding dentist convicted of Medicaid fraud in Alaska

Jan. 18, 2020 12:50 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska dentist, who gained notoriety after he was seen in a video riding a hoverboard and pulling teeth, was convicted Friday of defrauding the Alaska Medicaid program. Seth Lookhart was convicted of 46 counts, including felony medical assistance fraud and scheming to defraud,...