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Montana nursing home sued for negligence in COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 21, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A long-term care facility in Montana has been sued after health officials said its staff was negligent and allowed the coronavirus to spread through the facility in Whitefish earlier this year. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the estates of three residents at Whitefish Care and...

Harvard prof to address health care disparities at URI

Oct. 18, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Harvard Medical School professor is giving a lecture at the University of Rhode Island on health care disparities that affect those with disabilities. Dr. Lisa Iezzoni's online lecture that's part of the university's Honors Colloquium will be held on Oct. 27, according to a...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Pitt-Greenville Airport, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's election-eve drug discounts for seniors get snagged

Oct. 16, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to mail millions of seniors a $200 prescription savings card has hit legal and budget roadblocks, making it unlikely the government can carry it out before Election Day. Democratic lawmakers have raised questions about whether the administration has...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, left, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma sign health care waivers at the state Capitol in Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Georgia's plans would provide Medicaid access to adults who make less than poverty level incomes who meet work requirements, and leave private brokers as the only avenue to buy federally-subsidized private insurance for people with above-poverty incomes. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Feds approve Georgia health insurance changes sought by Kemp

Oct. 15, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia will become the first state to offer federally subsidized health insurance to its residents only through private brokers under a plan being approved by President Donald Trump's administration. A separate part of the plan would offer Medicaid to some of the state's poorest able-bodied...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2005 file photo, trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)

Retiree checks to rise 1.3% in 2021 amid coronavirus fallout

Oct. 13, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients will get a modest 1.3% cost-of living-increase in 2021, but that might be small comfort amid worries about the coronavirus and its consequences for older people. The increase amounts to $20 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released...

Merkley favored against Perkins in Oregon Senate race

Oct. 12, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will face off against Republican Jo Rae Perkins on November’s ballot in Oregon, with the incumbent a heavy favorite against an opponent with political views described by observers as “extreme.” Political experts say that Perkins'...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)

Liz Weston: Suddenly retired? Here’s what to do next

Oct. 12, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

The pandemic seems to be driving a surge of early retirements as businesses close or downsize and older people weigh the health risks of continuing to work. The share of unemployed people not looking for work who called themselves “retired” increased to 60% in April from 53% in January, according to...

Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Edward Markey appears in a debate against Republican challenger Kevin O'Connor, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at the GBH Studios in Boston. Due to the coronavirus, Markey and O'Connor debated from separate rooms at the GBH Studios. (Meredith Nierman/Pool Photo via AP)

Democratic US Sen. Markey, GOP's O'Connor spar in debate

Oct. 5, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and Republican challenger Kevin O’Connor sparred on everything from mask-wearing to the Green New Deal in their first and only scheduled debate Monday. The matchup was hosted by GBH News with each candidate in a different studio at the...

FILE - In this March 15, 2020 file photo, now Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, greet one another before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington. Former staffers from Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign want to harness strong support for the Vermont senator among Hispanics to bolster Joe Biden in two battleground states that could prove critical in November’s election. Nuestro PAC is launching a 30-second spot that will begin airing Thursday for two weeks in heavily Hispanic Nevada and Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Bernie Sanders resuming in-person campaigning to back Biden

Oct. 2, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Bernie Sanders is returning to in-person campaigning for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, heading to the battleground states of New Hampshire and Michigan to promote Joe Biden and sooth any lingering tensions between the Democratic Party's...

UMaine System to change medical coverage for retirees

Oct. 1, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System has announced a projected $2.5 million in savings per year through a change in health insurance for retired employees that will expand coverage and add flexibility. Former employees and lawmakers have raised concerns about the proposed changes that...