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Missouri cites economy, eligibility checks for Medicaid drop

Aug. 20, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials are citing an improved economy as one of several factors that led to close to 90,000 children being dropped from the state's Medicaid health insurance program in the past year, although some lawmakers are still unsatisfied with the explanation. Acting Social...

New York, 2 other states sue over Trump immigration rule

Aug. 20, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state, New York City, Connecticut and Vermont sued the federal government Tuesday over new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. The states and city join a growing list...

Florida nurses: Clinic warns only speak English or be fired

Aug. 20, 2019 3:10 AM EDT

HAINES CITY, Fla. (AP) — Seven Puerto Rican health care workers say supervisors at a Florida government-run clinic warned them to stop speaking Spanish among themselves or they would get fired. The women work at the Florida Health Department clinic in Haines City. A Monday statement from the community...

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

Aug. 20, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Planned Parenthood said Monday it's pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood's acting president and CEO, said the organization's...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 19, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior U.S. administration official has told The...

Romney says climate change happening, humans contribute

Aug. 19, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he believes climate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor. During a speech at the conservative Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, the senator acknowledged that the position is rare among his fellow Republicans,...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 19, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has made secret contact with Venezuela's socialist party boss as close allies of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face prosecution for alleged abuses and crimes if they cede to growing demands to remove him, according to a senior Trump...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 18, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior administration official has told The...

Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants

Aug. 18, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits. Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to...

California leads latest lawsuit over Trump immigration rule

Aug. 16, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and three other states on Friday filed the latest court challenge to new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. Nearly half of Americans would be considered a...