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Gig work on the rise and for many, a way of life

Dec. 8, 2019 9:00 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — By day, Leah Needham buys groceries to deliver to customers in White Marsh and Middle River. But in the evenings, the shopper for online grocery service Shipt trades in her green T-shirt for a pair of ballroom dance shoes and heads to her next gig. In a Glen Burnie studio, she pursues...

Indiana lawmakers looking at state's high health care costs

Dec. 7, 2019 10:51 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are considering steps addressing high health care costs in Indiana during the General Assembly's 2020 session, an issue one top lawmaker is calling an economic development problem. Indiana currently ranks highest in prices paid to hospitals by private...

Discriminatory housing policy lawsuit in Sunnyside dismissed

Dec. 7, 2019 9:11 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the city of Sunnyside of using its crime-free rental policy to discriminate. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit July 30 in U.S. District Court. The city's crime-free rental program...

Warren, Buttigieg scrap puts Democratic divide on display

Dec. 7, 2019 12:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has spent weeks absorbing attacks from moderate rivals looking to blunt her surging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now, as the Massachusetts senator risks losing momentum, she's starting to hit back. After a Democratic Party fundraiser in Boston on...

Bipartisan Medicare drug bill gets makeover to lower copays

Dec. 6, 2019 9:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill to curb prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients got a makeover Friday to lower copays and make it easier for seniors to budget for their expenses. The updated legislation unveiled by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would lower the...

Senators urge Medicare to allow seniors a drug plan do-over

Dec. 6, 2019 3:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they received inaccurate information due to changes the agency made this sign-up season. The request from 14 Democrats and one Independent comes as open enrollment for...

Audit faults oversight of state-owned residential properties

Dec. 6, 2019 11:55 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin hasn't properly tracked all state-owned residential properties that are leased to state employees such as park rangers and University of Wisconsin faculty, an audit released Friday found. The report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau said that mismanagement...

California to protect insurance policies in wildfire areas

Dec. 5, 2019 6:58 PM EST

Sacramento, Calif (AP) — California on Thursday temporarily banned insurance companies from dropping customers in areas affected by more than a dozen recent blazes, invoking a new law for the first time as homeowners in the wildfire-plagued state say they are being pushed out of the commercial insurance...

Pelosi sets Medicare showdown on drug costs and new benefits

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will hold a showdown vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices, expanded Thursday to provide seniors with dental, vision and hearing benefits not currently covered. Leading Democratic committee chairmen said the Congressional...

US report: Prescription drug prices down slightly last year

Dec. 5, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices for prescription drugs edged down by 1% last year, a rare result driven by declines for generics and slow, low growth in the cost of brand-name medications, the government said Thursday. Though modest, it was the first such price drop in 45 years, according to nonpartisan economic...