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Lawsuit accuses Florida of shortchanging teachers on bonuses

Jul. 16, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Education is being sued over allegations it shortchanged teachers when it paid bonuses awarded by the Legislature, costing the state's best educators hundreds of dollars each. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Tallahassee alleges that the...

2 Georgia pharmacists charged with prescription fraud

Jul. 16, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BAXLEY, Ga. (AP) — Two separate Georgia pharmacists have been charged with fraud relating to drug prescriptions. News outlets report Drug Enforcement Agency officials say 41-year-old Ray Dixon prescribed drugs to people under fake prescriptions and billed Medicare and Medicaid programs for them. The U.S....

Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Jul. 16, 2019 2:24 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model. The...

Medicare moving toward covering acupuncture for back pain

Jul. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare says it's moving toward potentially covering acupuncture for chronic low back pain as an alternative to opioid painkillers that can become addictive. The agency announced its initial decision Monday. For now, access will be limited to seniors signed up in government-approved...

Editorials from around Ohio

Jul. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 14 The bad news about this year's Lake Erie algal toxins is that the harmful blooms are likely to be "significant" and could range up to 9 on a severity index that has only gone over 10 once. That would...

The Latest: Biden offers health plan 'public option' details

Jul. 15, 2019 6:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's defense of "Obamacare" (all times local): 6:15 a.m. Former Vice President Joe Biden will spend much of the coming week talking about his approach to health care. On Monday, Biden is unveiling a plan that would add a "public option" to the 2010 health care...

Biden campaigns as Obamacare's top defender

Jul. 14, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending Obamacare, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model. The former vice president will spend much of the...

Montana hospitals charge private plans more than Medicare

Jul. 14, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A new study has found that prices Montana hospitals charge for patients with private health insurance can be double what the federal government sets as fair. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Saturday that the Rand Corporation says private insurance companies paid twice what...

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall St sets new records

Jul. 12, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares in Asia are mostly higher after a turbulent day on Wall Street ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 27,000 for the first time. Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged 0.1% higher to 21,674.14 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.5% to 28,575.96. The Shanghai Composite...

Setbacks for Trump's drive to lower prescription drug costs

Jul. 11, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans. The White House on Thursday yanked its own regulation to ease the financial...