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In key Senate races, Democrats buck leftward tilt on issues

Jul. 22, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — MJ Hegar, the leading U.S. Senate challenger in Texas, rides a Harley-Davidson in viral videos and has called herself "an ass-kicking, motorcycle-riding Texas Democrat." She is not a Democrat who promotes "Medicare for All." She mentions that during a narrow loss for a House seat last...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team warps Omar words on 9/11, al Qaida

Jul. 22, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. One of his top White House advisers, Stephen Miller, reinforced the...

State data: Number of children enrolled in Medicaid declines

Jul. 21, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — State data shows the number of children enrolled in Ohio's Medicaid program declined over a 15-month period, with nearly 37,000 fewer children enrolled as of May of this year, compared with February 2018. Ohio had previously seen progress for nearly a decade in its efforts to make sure...

Report: Arkansas kidney disease deaths 3rd highest in nation

Jul. 21, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Doctors and others involved in the care of Arkansans with kidney disease are eager to learn how a recently announced federal initiative will address renal disease in the state, which has one of the nation's highest rates of related deaths. President Donald Trump signed an executive...

Some Alaskans feeling pain of Medicaid dental cuts

Jul. 20, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Budget vetoes by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy eliminated Medicaid dental coverage for adults — a $27 million cut that is having an impact. KTUU reports that Michael Shelden had plans to get dentures after having all his teeth pulled following years of dental pain. The plan fell...

Indiana steps aim to make it easier, cheaper to quit smoking

Jul. 20, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two state agencies are taking steps to make it easier and cheaper for Indiana residents to quit smoking. The policy changes were announced Monday by the State Department of Health and Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration. State health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says she's...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary week

Jul. 20, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. The episode roiled the capital and excited Trump's North Carolina...

Tennessee must mediate with prisoners over hepatitis C drugs

Jul. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the state of Tennessee to mediate with a group of prisoners who are demanding treatment for their hepatitis C infections. The order by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw came after a four-day trial that included emotional testimony from a...

Judge dismisses Iowa gender reassignment surgery lawsuit

Jul. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in May challenging a new state law that prohibits the use of Medicaid funding for gender reassignment surgery. Judge David Porter says in an order filed Thursday that the two people who filed the lawsuit must first seek to have their...

2020 Dems grapple with how to pay for 'Medicare for All'

Jul. 19, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates trying to appeal to progressive voters with a call for "Medicare for All" are wrestling with the thorny question of how to pay for such a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. health care system. Bernie Sanders, the chief proponent of Medicare for All, says such...