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Baker takes aim at 'surprise' bills in health care overhaul

Oct. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker introduced legislation Friday aimed at overhauling Massachusetts' health care system by restricting how hospitals and doctors bill patients and requiring walk-in clinics to treat low-income patients on Medicaid. Outlining the effort, the Republican governor said it's...

Warren, candidate with the answers, dodges tax hike question

Oct. 16, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is rising to the top of the Democratic pack with ambitious promises to reshape the political and economic system. But as she faces growing scrutiny, the Massachusetts senator is opening herself to criticism that she's just another politician dodging the tough questions....

Study: 'Medicare for All' not only way to universal coverage

Oct. 16, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care memo to Democrats: There's more than one way to get to coverage for all. A study out Wednesday finds that an approach similar to the plan from former Vice President Joe Bide n can deliver about the same level of coverage as the government-run "Medicare for All" plan from...

Wisconsin Senate approves insurance for police survivors

Oct. 8, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill that would force the state, municipalities and universities to continue paying health insurance premiums for immediate survivors of police officers and emergency medical workers killed in the line of duty. The bill would require the state,...

Editorials from around New England

Oct. 4, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT The president's behavior raises serious questions. Do we all have the courage to ask them? Hartford Courant Sept. 29 The revelations of the last week — President Donald Trump's phone call with a foreign power, allegations that the White House tried to cover...

Tennessee governor says block grant opponents ‘misinformed’

Oct. 3, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday downplayed recent pushback on his administration’s effort to change Tennessee’s Medicaid program into a block grant system, countering that the opposition is likely due to misinformation. “I do think that a lot of the folks who are...

Tennessee Medicaid block grant push gets backlash at hearing

Oct. 1, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's plan to become the first state to receive Medicaid funding in a lump sum drew overwhelming opposition and no praise at its first public hearing Tuesday. Around 30 people worried aloud at the Nashville hearing that the $7.9 billion block grant proposal could compromise...

Widows press Wisconsin lawmakers to OK police insurance bill

Sep. 17, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The widows of three fallen Wisconsin police officers tearfully recounted Tuesday how they were forced to scramble for health insurance coverage even as they struggled to cope with the heartbreak of losing their husbands. Ashley Birkholz, Kara Weiland and Charlette Nennig implored the...

Tennessee unveils $7.9B block grant proposal for Medicaid

Sep. 17, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to receive its Medicaid funding in a lump sum under a proposal seeking to drastically overhaul the program that provides health care services to low-income and disabled residents. Nearly four months after Gov. Bill Lee signed off...

Sanders accuses Biden of distorting 'Medicare for All' plan

Sep. 13, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders accused former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of distorting his proposal to provide single-payer, universal health care through "Medicare for All." Campaigning in the early caucus state of Nevada, the 78-year-old Vermont senator...