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AP FACT CHECK: Savings from Sanders' Medicare plan dubious

Jul. 17, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders all but guaranteed in his "Medicare for All" speech on Wednesday the U.S. would spend less on health care with his plan. He said studies from experts on the political left and the right project $2 trillion to $5 trillion in savings over 10...

Sanders defends 'Medicare for All' after criticism by Biden

Jul. 17, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders vigorously defended his signature "Medicare for All" proposal Wednesday after criticism from his 2020 rival Joe Biden and called on his fellow Democratic presidential candidates to join him in refusing to accept contributions from the health care industry. Saying he wanted...

Lawsuit accuses Florida of shortchanging teachers on bonuses

Jul. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Education is being sued over allegations it shortchanged teachers when it paid bonuses awarded by the Legislature, costing the state's best educators hundreds of dollars each. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Tallahassee alleges that the...

2 Georgia pharmacists charged with prescription fraud

Jul. 16, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BAXLEY, Ga. (AP) — Two separate Georgia pharmacists have been charged with fraud relating to drug prescriptions. News outlets report Drug Enforcement Agency officials say 41-year-old Ray Dixon prescribed drugs to people under fake prescriptions and billed Medicare and Medicaid programs for them. The U.S....

Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Jul. 16, 2019 2:24 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model. The...

Medicare moving toward covering acupuncture for back pain

Jul. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare says it's moving toward potentially covering acupuncture for chronic low back pain as an alternative to opioid painkillers that can become addictive. The agency announced its initial decision Monday. For now, access will be limited to seniors signed up in government-approved...

Editorials from around Ohio

Jul. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 14 The bad news about this year's Lake Erie algal toxins is that the harmful blooms are likely to be "significant" and could range up to 9 on a severity index that has only gone over 10 once. That would...

The Latest: Biden offers health plan 'public option' details

Jul. 15, 2019 6:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's defense of "Obamacare" (all times local): 6:15 a.m. Former Vice President Joe Biden will spend much of the coming week talking about his approach to health care. On Monday, Biden is unveiling a plan that would add a "public option" to the 2010 health care...

Biden campaigns as Obamacare's top defender

Jul. 14, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending Obamacare, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model. The former vice president will spend much of the...

Montana hospitals charge private plans more than Medicare

Jul. 14, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A new study has found that prices Montana hospitals charge for patients with private health insurance can be double what the federal government sets as fair. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Saturday that the Rand Corporation says private insurance companies paid twice what...