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Lawmakers to hold public hearing on Baker health care bill

Jan. 26, 2020 9:08 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to hold a public hearing this week for a sweeping bill filed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that would overhaul the state's health care system. Baker said the bill would cut down the hidden costs that currently blindside consumers while requiring walk-in...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekley session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Next stop, Brexit: Britain's EU divorce bill becomes law

Jan. 23, 2020 1:22 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s delayed and disputed Brexit bill became law on Thursday, removing the last U.K. obstacle to the country leaving the European Union in just over a week. The U.K. is finally leaving the 28-nation bloc more than 3 1/2 years after voters narrowly opted to do so in a June 2016...

Sajid Javid, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, pictured during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.  (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

High hopes: US, EU and UK all aim for trade deals this year

Jan. 23, 2020 10:36 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The United States, the European Union and what will soon be post-Brexit Britain have all raised the prospect of concluding trade deals between themselves by the end of this year, setting up an intense few months of negotiations. High-level representatives said Thursday at the...

This Oct. 21, 2019, photo shows Johnson's Baby Aloe & Vitamin E Powder in Salt Lake City. Johnson & Johnson reports financial results Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Johnson & Johnson posts higher sales, big 4Q profit jump

Jan. 22, 2020 10:46 AM EST

Higher prescription drug sales and lower legal costs drove Johnson & Johnson's fourth-quarter profit 32% higher. The world's biggest maker of health care products on Wednesday reported net income of $4.01 billion, or $1.50 per share. That's up from $3.04 billion, or $1.12, a year earlier. Adjusted earnings...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo a sign for TD Ameritrade is shown on an office window for the brokerage i New York. Online brokerage TD Ameritrade will release its fiscal first-quarter earnings report Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

TD Ameritrade's profit falls 37% after cutting commissions

Jan. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Online brokerage TD Ameritrade’s fiscal first-quarter profit fell 37% in the first full quarter with free commissions on most trades. The Omaha, Nebraska, based company said Tuesday it earned $379 million, or 70 cents per share, during the quarter ended in December. That's down...

New Hampshire considers importing Canadian drugs

Jan. 21, 2020 4:22 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada to New Hampshire attracted bipartisan support at the Statehouse on Tuesday, winning praise from both the Democrat sponsoring the bill and the Republican he wants to replace in the corner office. Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord, told the...

House passes bill that could lower prescription drug costs

Jan. 21, 2020 12:28 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prescription drugs in West Virginia could soon become less expensive under a bill passed in the House of Delegates on Tuesday. Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled chamber unanimously approved a measure that would give consumers any drug manufacturer rebates that are normally sent to...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 15, 2020 5:34 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Take wait, see approach on state budget Altoona Mirror Jan. 12 For the past two fiscal years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have had cause for cautious optimism about the Keystone State’s financial condition for the short and...

Rep. Danny Bentley speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky., to promote a bill aimed at curbing insulin costs in Kentucky. Bentley is lead sponsor of the bill, which would cap out-of-pocket costs for a 30-day supply of insulin at $100 for many diabetics.  (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Lawmakers promote bill to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs

Jan. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Retired librarian Kaye Peterson sometimes has to dip into her savings to help pay for her insulin and other prescriptions stemming from her long battle with diabetes. She made a pitch Wednesday for legislation backed by a bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers that would cap...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017 file photo, a person looks over a health insurance benefit comparison chart in Georgia. The new year often starts harshly for people with high-deductible health insurance. Many of those deductibles reset Jan. 1, forcing patients to pay thousands of dollars for care before most coverage starts. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

On the Money: Confronting fresh health insurance deductibles

Jan. 15, 2020 12:26 PM EST

The new year often starts harshly for people with high-deductible health insurance. Many deductibles reset Jan. 1, forcing patients to pay thousands of dollars for care or prescriptions before most insurance coverage starts. Such a financial hit can be brutal for patients with cancer or a chronic condition, some...