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FILE - In this April 30, 2020 file photo Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma, speaks about protecting seniors, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The head of the Medicare and Medicaid programs failed to properly manage more than $6 million in communications and outreach contracts, giving broad authority over federal employees to a Republican media strategist she worked with before joining the Trump administration, a government watchdog said in a report to be released Thursday.  Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other agency leaders did not administer the contracts “in accordance with federal requirements,” according to the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services. CMS is part of the department. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Watchdog report faults Medicare agency's contract management

Jul. 16, 2020 6:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Medicare and Medicaid programs failed to properly manage more than $6 million in communications and outreach contracts, giving broad authority over federal employees to a Republican media strategist she worked with before joining the Trump administration, a government...

Recent Kansas editorials

Jul. 15, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

Kansas City Star, July 10 Just over a month away from the scheduled start of school, Kansas teachers still don’t know much more than parents and students about whether or how school buildings will reopen. But they know one thing: They sure as heck won’t be bullied into going back to schools that...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 15, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ The Miami Herald on reopening schools in Miami-Dade County in August: The monumental decision on whether to reopen Miami-Dade schools in August — and how — is not on Wednesday’s School Board agenda, but it’s likely to pop up. After all,...

The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

Jul. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days. A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, and that...

Nursing home operator will settle fraud claims for $16.7M

Jul. 13, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles company that runs 27 nursing homes has agreed to pay $16.7 million to settle allegations of Medicare fraud, the U.S. attorney's office announced Monday. Longwood Management Corp. didn't acknowledge any wrongdoing but it did agree to undergo an independent corporate...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, conducts business in the House Chamber at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Gideon is one of three Democrat candidates seeking the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 14 primary. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine speaker drowns out rivals in bid to take on Collins

Jul. 12, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's great to be identified early as the establishment-backed candidate and to benefit from millions of dollars in donations. It's not so great for the opponents. Activist Betsy Sweet and attorney Bre Kidman have watched money pour into front-runner Sara Gideon's campaign for U.S....

Joyce Barnes poses for a photo, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Richmond, Va. The coronavirus pandemic has raised the stakes for Barnes, 61, who cares for Medicaid patients in their homes but does not have health insurance or paid sick leave or hazard pay to care for herself if she contracts COVID-19. (Alexa Welch Edlund/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia home health aides look for state relief in pandemic

Jul. 12, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Joyce Barnes has become sick before by caring for someone who was carrying a communicable disease without anyone knowing it — a bacterial infection that put her in the hospital last year. The coronavirus pandemic has raised the stakes for Barnes, 61, who cares for Medicaid...

COVID-19 testing costs now reimbursable for uninsured in SC

Jul. 11, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is now accepting applications to reimburse the cost of COVID-19 testing for people without health insurance. Tests provided by healthcare providers enrolled in Healthy Connections Medicaid on or after March 18 are covered...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden adjusts his mask during a tour of McGregor Industries, a metal fabricating facility in Dunmore, Pa. Biden is pledging to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Biden forges brand of liberal populism to use against Trump

Jul. 11, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden stood in a Pennsylvania metal works shop, just miles from his boyhood home, and pledged to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II. The prospective...

Ex-Tennessee pain clinic CEO sentenced in fraud scheme

Jul. 10, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The former CEO of a Tennessee pain management company has been sentenced to three years and six months in federal prison for his role in a $4 million Medicare kickback scheme. John Davis, 42, of Franklin, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Nashville for his conviction on one...