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Abortions in Illinois increased about 7% in 1 year

Jan. 26, 2020 9:39 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Abortions in Illinois increased about 7% from 2017 to 2018, mostly from residents of the state who were seeking the procedure, according to the health department. The Illinois Department of Public Health recently released figures for 2018, the Chicago Tribune reported. The annual Illinois...

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Trump's two-day stay in Davos is a test of his ability to balance anger over being impeached with a desire to project leadership on the world stage. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Trump suggests he may be open to entitlement cuts in future

Jan. 22, 2020 5:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to suggest in a television interview Wednesday that he’s willing to consider entitlement cuts in the future, a move that would mark a tectonic shift from his stance during his 2016 run for the White House. Trump suggested he was open to a cut in...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, members of the Coast Guard stand near seized cocaine in Los Angeles. The nation's drug addiction crisis has been morphing in a deadly new direction: more Americans struggling with meth and cocaine. Now the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked of the opioid crisis to help people addicted to those drugs as well. The change to a $1.5 billion opioid grants program was buried in a massive spending bill that Congress passed late in 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)

Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge

Jan. 21, 2020 11:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The little-noticed change is buried in a massive spending bill...

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,...

This Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, booking photo released by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office shows Anthony Todt, who is charged with killing his wife, their three young children and a dog in an affluent suburb near Walt Disney World. The bodies were discovered Monday in Celebration, a community located near Orlando. (Osceola County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Therapist charged with killing family faced fraud probe

Jan. 16, 2020 3:40 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A physical therapist charged with killing his wife, three children and dog in a home near Walt Disney World and leaving their bodies there for days was being investigated in Connecticut for health care fraud motivated by his need to pay off personal loans, according to court documents...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at

Groups push for 'Medicare for All' support as primaries near

Jan. 15, 2020 2:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — "Medicare for All" has played a role in nearly every stage of the Democratic presidential campaign, but there's been some quibbling over how that phrase is defined. With just weeks until the first 2020 contests, several groups are organizing grassroots efforts aimed at convincing...

Text of Kentucky Gov. Beshear's State of Commonwealth speech

Jan. 14, 2020 7:43 PM EST

The prepared text of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's first State of the Commonwealth address, delivered Tuesday evening to lawmakers. Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the General Assembly, Lt. Governor Coleman and Chris O’Bryan, constitutional officers, our Kentucky Supreme Court, invited guests,...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom gestures toward a chart showing the growth of the state's rainy day fund as he discusses his proposed 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California budget plan aids teachers, those in US illegally

Jan. 10, 2020 8:54 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor revealed a spending plan on Friday that puts a new tax on vaping, gives $20,000 to teachers who commit to working in high-needs schools and gives taxpayer-funded health benefits to older adults living in the country illegally. Gov. Gavin Newsom's $222 billion...

Beshear administration seeks Medicaid contract proposals

Jan. 10, 2020 5:41 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's administration issued a request for proposals Friday for Medicaid managed care contracts after Beshear canceled contracts awarded by former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration near the end of Bevin's term last year. Contracts with Aetna...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, center, answers questions from reporters about a new Medicaid expansion plan as lawmakers and other advocates watch, including Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, second from the left, during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

New Kansas proposal breaks impasse on expanding Medicaid

Jan. 9, 2020 1:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor and a top Republican lawmaker on Thursday outlined a new proposal for expanding the state's Medicaid program, breaking an impasse that had allowed a handful of GOP leaders to thwart bipartisan legislative majorities. The plan from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly...