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Warren's momentum spurs new attacks from 2020 rivals

Sep. 20, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

Elizabeth Warren has enjoyed a heady summer of massive crowds and endless selfie lines as she steadily climbs in Democratic presidential primary polls. With the apparent success comes a new reality: She's now a prime target for rivals and their supporters. Some of the offensives are direct, with Pete Buttigieg...

Buttigieg calls Warren 'extremely evasive' on health taxes

Sep. 19, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is accusing his 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren of being "extremely evasive" when it comes to explaining how she'd finance a universal health care plan. Speaking on CNN on Thursday, Buttigieg issued his most pointed attack yet on the Massachusetts senator, saying she...

Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices

Sep. 19, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as 250, but no...

Sanders still wants a revolution, but now he's got company

Sep. 19, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders is still leading a revolution. But his ideas no longer feel quite so revolutionary. The Vermont senator acknowledges that many of his top proposals, which were dismissed as radical four years ago, have been adopted by much of the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary...

25 Californians charged with $150M in health care fraud

Sep. 18, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five Southern California doctors and others are accused of billing Medicare and other health plans for $150 million in fraudulent charges. Federal cases were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Authorities say the defendants billed Medicare, Medicaid, private...

Louisiana governor election won't uproot Medicaid expansion

Sep. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, moved quickly to expand Medicaid when he took office in 2016, making his state the only one in the Deep South to embrace that signature piece of President Barack Obama's health care law. And in a conservative state that solidly...

Iowa governor defends surgery law amid California travel ban

Sep. 18, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's governor is defending a law she signed earlier this year that prohibits Medicaid payment for gender reassignment surgery after California's attorney general prohibited state-funded travel to Iowa. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday added Iowa to a list of 10...

Medicaid expansion plan for North Carolina revived in House

Sep. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican proposal to expand Medicaid in North Carolina advanced again on Wednesday with bipartisan support in the state House. But it's unclear whether reviving the idea will erode strong opposition from the Senate's GOP majority. The expansion measure approved by the House Health...

Sanders-Biden feud ramps up in front of key union audience

Sep. 17, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The high-stakes fight for working-class voters moved to Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a slate of Democratic White House hopefuls vowed to use the power of the presidency to crack down on corporate America and strengthen organized labor. But beneath all the agreement at the AFL-CIO...

Report: New Mexico needs to boost mental health services

Sep. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The need for mental health services in New Mexico is significant given its high rates of suicides and overdose deaths, but many counties in the sparsely populated state lack licensed providers that serve patients who rely on government assistance, independent U.S. investigators...