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Wyoming coal firm to eliminate retired health care benefits

Nov. 29, 2020 5:23 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's leading coal company plans to eliminate a health care benefit program for retired miners as a cost-saving measure. Peabody Energy Corp. announced plans to discontinue coverage of medical expenses for workers enrolled in Medicare and stop providing life insurance to retirees,...

Virus claims nearly 300 nursing home residents in 4 weeks

Nov. 27, 2020 5:08 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nearly 300 nursing home residents in Wisconsin died from COVID-19 in the most recent month reported to the federal government. The Journal Sentinel reports that’s more than 10 times the previous month. Nursing homes in Wisconsin reported that 294 residents had died of the disease...

Michigan car insurance fee for medical coverage will drop

Nov. 25, 2020 5:31 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers who want unlimited personal injury protection benefits will pay $86 per vehicle starting next summer, down from $100 currently. The fee was mandatory for decades but became optional beginning in July under a change in state law. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims...

Hospitals can care for Medicare patients at home in pandemic

Nov. 25, 2020 4:31 PM EST

Hospitals will be allowed to care for Medicare patients in their own homes during the pandemic under a government program announced Wednesday to help hospitals deal with the latest surge. Some hospitals already offered patients with private insurance the choice of getting care at home instead of in the hospital....

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks during a news conference in Kenosha, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court was hearing arguments Monday, Nov. 16, on whether to strike down the state's mask mandate being challenged by conservatives as an unconstitutional overreach of power by Gov. Evers. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Evers says skip holiday parties as state sets virus record

Nov. 24, 2020 5:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers begged people Tuesday to skip Thanksgiving celebrations with anyone from outside their households as Wisconsin set a new record for COVID-19 deaths. Evers and state Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm held a news conference Tuesday to plead with people...

Jasper County Republican Party chairman Thad Nearmyer stands on his farm, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, near Monroe, Iowa.

How Democrats came up short in bid to expand House majority

Nov. 23, 2020 5:27 AM EST

MONROE, Iowa (AP) — This swath of southeast Iowa isn't supposed to be a nailbiter for Democrats. For more than a decade, voters in the college town of Iowa City powered Democratic candidates to Congress. But that changed this month when conservatives who dominate the more rural parts of the district turned...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump makes late-term bid to lower prescription drug costs

Nov. 20, 2020 5:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to close out major unfinished business, the Trump administration issued regulations Friday that could lower the prices Americans pay for many prescription drugs. But in a time of political uncertainty, it’s hard to say whether the rules will withstand expected legal...

Wisconsin health agency says it's committed to vaccines

Nov. 20, 2020 2:08 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services assured Republican lawmakers in a letter this week that the agency is committed to expanding the popular SeniorCare program to cover vaccines as required under a state law passed in April as part of a coronavirus relief package....

Vermont seeks overhaul of new health payment system

Nov. 19, 2020 8:48 PM EST

Changes are needed to a new health care payment system that focuses on keeping patients healthy rather than treating them when they get sick, the head of the Vermont Agency of Human Services said Thursday. A report released Thursday is a “blunt outlook of the faults” in the system and what officials...

UMS pauses switch in retiree health benefits after lawsuit

Nov. 19, 2020 6:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System is pausing the switch to a new retiree health care plan following a class-action lawsuit that accuses officials of making drastic changes without informing retirees ahead of time or negotiating through collective bargaining. The decision on Thursday...