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White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 10:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

Biden warns about Trump during campaign event in Vegas

Nov. 17, 2019 1:38 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden brought an alarmist warning to a diverse crowd of Democrats late Saturday in early-caucus Nevada during a town hall at an elementary school in a historically minority Las Vegas neighborhood. Biden opened the event saying that as long as Donald Trump is...

Sanders stars with Biden, Warren absent at California forum

Nov. 16, 2019 10:50 PM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders was greeted with booming cheers at a gathering of California Democrats Saturday, underscoring his popularity with the party’s liberal base as he looks to capture the biggest prize in the presidential primary season next year. The decisions by Joe Biden and...

Warren pushes back on critics of her health care plan

Nov. 16, 2019 10:20 PM EST

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Warren pushed back against critics of her newly released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting Saturday that she is “fully committed” to Medicare for All and that she plans to first build on existing health care programs...

Louisiana agrees to repay $13M in Medicaid claims settlement

Nov. 16, 2019 12:36 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s health department has agreed to pay the federal government $13 million to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims for nursing home and hospice care. U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin announced the settlement Wednesday. It involves claims submitted from...

Kalispell hospital fined in aftermath of fraud and kickbacks

Nov. 16, 2019 10:37 AM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana hospital has been fined $65,000 for falsely certifying that it completed requirements of a corporate integrity agreement that was reached as part of the settlement of a Medicare fraud and kickback scheme. The Flathead Beacon reports Kalispell Regional Healthcare’s...

Foster parents, ACLU resist Illinois Medicaid plan change

Nov. 16, 2019 8:36 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Foster parents and child care advocates are resisting a new Illinois Medicaid health care plan that is set to roll out next year, questioning whether it will adequately serve the needs of foster children. The plan, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 1, will be run by the private contractor...

Early enrollment in Nevada insurance marketplace tops 60,000

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s new health insurance marketplace has enrolled more than 60,000 people in a health plan during the first third of the 45-day enrollment period. Nevada Health Link said Friday that many of the 65,000 people with existing coverage were automatically re-enrolled for...

The Latest: Sutter to pay $45M for kickbacks, overbilling

Nov. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a settlement between Sutter Health and the federal government (all times local): 12:00 p.m. The Department of Justice says Sutter Health has agreed to pay more than $45 million to settle a lawsuit by the federal government that it payed doctors in exchange for...