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The Latest: Dems criticize Trump’s foreign policy with jabs

Nov. 20, 2019 10:45 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 10:44 p.m. Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination are weighing in on foreign policy while criticizing President Donald Trump — and getting in a few one-liners. California Sen. Kamala Harris says...

Democratic debate revives clashes over ‘Medicare for All’

Nov. 20, 2019 10:20 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The top Democratic presidential candidates are clashing over “Medicare for All” — again. Like a string of previous debates, Wednesday’s prominently featured squabbles over a program that could alienate general-election swing voters who may be wary of fully...

Tennessee Medicaid block grant plan heads for federal review

Nov. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials committed not to halt or limit coverages under a revised plan submitted to the federal government Wednesday requesting to become the first state to receive funding in a lump sum for its Medicaid program, TennCare. The TennCare block grant plan was amended to say...

Health counselor sentenced for $200k in fraudulent claims

Nov. 20, 2019 4:03 PM EST

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A mental health counselor in Connecticut who authorities say billed nearly $200,000 in fraudulent Medicaid claims has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. Susan Britt, of Norwich, was sentenced Tuesday to five years for each of two counts of health insurance fraud, suspended...

South Carolina editorial roundup

Nov. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 19 The Post and Courier on mental health in the state: South Carolina ranks 47th in the nation in providing resources to combat mental illness. That abysmal situation may be starting to change, but we have a long way to go. The ranking comes from the...

As expected, NC Medicaid managed care won’t begin on time

Nov. 19, 2019 6:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Medicaid program won’t shift to managed-care benefits as scheduled early next year, the largest casualty to date of the monthslong budget stalemate between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers. Although the Department of Health and Human...

Republican lawmaker files lawsuit against Evers over records

Nov. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to force Gov. Tony Evers to release records related to the funding of farmer mental health programs, the latest salvo in the ongoing battle over the funding that already contributed to...

She can’t vote, but 2020 Democrats want her support anyway

Nov. 19, 2019 3:35 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the most sought-after presidential endorsements in a key early voting state is from a woman who cannot vote. As Democrats jockey for support in Nevada, a meeting with Astrid Silva, a 31-year-old immigrant rights activist who has become a public face of the “Dreamers,”...

Inspection finds Maine hospital failed to secure records

Nov. 19, 2019 2:45 PM EST

BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — An inspection report says a Maine hospital failed to safeguard medical records and left some in locations where cleaning staff could access them. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital was “not in substantial...

Coons, US Senator from Delaware, will face primary challenge

Nov. 19, 2019 11:59 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s junior U.S. senator will face a primary challenge next year. The Delaware State News reported Monday that Jessica Scarane plans to run against U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in the state’s Democratic primary. Scarane is a Wilmington-based digital strategist who serves as...