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White House, Dems hurriedly reworking $2 trillion Biden plan

Oct. 21, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats are hurriedly reworking key aspects of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion domestic policy plan, trimming the social services and climate change programs and rethinking new taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for a scaled-back...

Big changes in White House ideas to pay for $2 trillion plan

Oct. 20, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In an abrupt change, the White House on Wednesday floated new plans to pay for parts of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social services and climate change package, shelving a proposed big increase in corporate tax rates though also adding a new billionaires' tax on...

What's in, and what's out, as Democrats trim Biden bill

Oct. 20, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of talks, Democrats are edging closer to an agreement on what programs and policies to include in President Joe Biden's massive plan to expand health and safety net programs and combat global warming. The plan seems likely to include an...

Biogen CEO: 'Major bottleneck' still limits Alzheimer's drug

Oct. 20, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

A new Alzheimer’s drug from Biogen brought in only $300,000 in sales during its first full quarter on the market, extending a slow debut complicated by coverage questions and doctor concerns. The infused drug, hailed as a potential breakthrough treatment for a fatal...

Income test for Medicare dental under debate; gets pushback

Oct. 19, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than 55 years, Medicare has followed a simple policy: covered benefits are the same, no matter if you’re rich, poor, or in-between. But as Democrats try to design a dental benefit for the program, one idea calls for limiting it based on...

US regulators lay out plan for over-the-counter hearing aids

Oct. 19, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health regulators on Tuesday unveiled their proposal to allow Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription, a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of people with hearing problems. The Food and Drug...

In quiet debut, Alzheimer's drug finds questions, skepticism

Oct. 17, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

The first new Alzheimer’s treatment in more than 20 years was hailed as a breakthrough when regulators approved it more than four months ago, but its rollout has been slowed by questions about its price and how well it works. Several major medical centers remain...

New tool to allow Mainers to window shop for health coverage

Oct. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities have signed off on Maine's health insurance marketplace, and residents can start comparing plans on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved CoverME.gov. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said...

Social Security checks getting big boost as inflation rises

Oct. 13, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic. The COLA, as...

Feds OK Colorado plan to cover gender-affirming care

Oct. 12, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will include gender confirmation care in its individual and small group health insurance plans, state and federal officials announced Tuesday. The state's plan under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will include jaw, cheek and eye...