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Louisiana agrees to repay $13M in Medicaid claims settlement

Nov. 16, 2019 12:36 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s health department has agreed to pay the federal government $13 million to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims for nursing home and hospice care. U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin announced the settlement Wednesday. It involves claims submitted from...

New Zealand lawmakers pass euthanasia bill, referendum next

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to legalize euthanasia, a watershed moment that ended a contentious two-year debate. But the final decision will rest with voters, who will need to approve the bill in a referendum next year for it to go into effect....

Christians, Muslims, Jews unite against assisted suicide

Oct. 28, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Leaders from three of the world's major religions have joined forces against assisted suicide and euthanasia, in a declaration issued at the Vatican. The declaration, backed by leaders of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, states that no health care provider should be "coerced or...

Doctor fired over aid-in-dying lawsuit has new job

Oct. 26, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado doctor fired by a Christian hospital company after trying to help a terminally ill man obtain drugs to hasten his death has a new job with a community health center. The Denver Post reports Dr. Barbara Morris, a geriatrician, has accepted a job with Stride Community Health Center...

Paralympian Marieke Vervoort fulfills wish to take own life

Oct. 23, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

Paralympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life. That day came Tuesday in her native Belgium, her death confirmed in a statement from the city of Diest. Vervoort, who was 40, won gold and silver medals in wheelchair racing at the 2012...

Investigators believe dryer was cause of Vermont home fire

Oct. 21, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

NORTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont investigators believe a house fire that led to the death of two young brothers was accidental, caused by an issue with an electric clothes dryer and vent system, state police said Monday. Police identified the victims as Theodore Maltais, 5, and 11-month-old Nathaniel...

Colorado doctor challenges firing over assisted suicide

Oct. 8, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado doctor fired after tying to help a terminally ill man obtain drugs to end his life has filed an updated lawsuit that challenges her firing by a Christian hospital company. In the case against Centura Health filed Monday, Dr. Barbara Morris alleges it retaliated against her in...

'Cooking for One' teaches grief survivors culinary skills

Oct. 5, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — There are smiles and laughter all around as two dozen people gather to decorate Halloween pumpkins, enjoy fun-size candy bars and prepare and share a meal. The setting may be a bit unusual — the Frank Kapr Funeral Home Family Center in Scottdale. This second session of a new,...

Colorado assisted suicide fight headed back to state court

Oct. 3, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A legal battle over Colorado's assisted suicide law will be fought in state court, the venue favored by a terminally ill man and a doctor fired for trying to help him end his life. U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock said Thursday that he agreed with Centura Health that the case raises...

Italian Catholic bishops oppose assisted suicide ruling

Sep. 26, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Italian Bishops' Conference is coming out against a constitutional court ruling that assisted suicide is not punishable in cases when a patient in an irreversible condition is suffering unbearable pain. The secretary-general of the bishop's conference, Stefano Russo, says on Thursday that...