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Australia demands Optus pay for new customer ID documents

Sep. 28, 2022 04:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s federal and state governments on Wednesday called for Optus to pay for replacing identification documents including passports and driver’s licenses to avoid identity fraud after 9.8 million of the telecommunications company’s customers had personal...

Millions of Americans will save on Medicare fees next year

Sep. 27, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in a decade, Americans will pay less next year on monthly premiums for Medicare’s Part B plan, which covers routine doctors’ visits and other outpatient care. The rare 3% decrease in monthly premiums is likely to be coupled with a...

Wisconsin's Johnson embraces controversy in reelection bid

Sep. 27, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Far from shying from his contrarian reputation, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is leaning into controversy as he runs for his third term. Johnson has called for the end of guaranteed money for Medicare and Social Security, two popular programs that...

Biden's strategy to end hunger in US includes more benefits

Sep. 27, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is laying out its plan to meet an ambitious goal of ending hunger in the U.S. by 2030, including expanding monthly benefits that help low-income Americans buy food. The administration, in a plan released Tuesday, is also seeking to...

Biogen pays $900M to settle doctor kickback allegations

Sep. 27, 2022 11:42 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Biogen has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve allegations that it violated federal law by paying kickbacks to doctors to persuade them to prescribe its multiple sclerosis drugs, federal prosecutors said. The agreement announced Monday settles a whistleblower...

Australian police probe purported hacker's ransom demand

Sep. 27, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police were investigating a purported hacker’s release of the stolen personal data of 10,000 customers of the nation's second-largest wireless carrier and demand for a $1 million ransom in cryptocurrency, the company’s chief executive said Tuesday. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 25, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

Hartford Courant. September 21, 2022. Editorial: A state trooper’s humanity toward a veteran is a lesson to all You really have to see the bodycam video. But if you don’t get that chance, take our word for it: the Connecticut State Police trooper...

Evaluations highlight concerns, harm at state health centers

Sep. 22, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new evaluation of state-operated hospitals for veterans, the mentally ill and the elderly describes inadequate oversight that threatens the ability to provide quality care, including harmful conditions at a care facility for military veterans in Truth or Consequences. ...

Georgians say $350 payments start rocky, state defends push

Sep. 22, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Georgia residents say they're having a hard time accessing and spending $350 payments the state is making to more than 3 million residents who benefit from Medicaid, subsidized child health insurance, food stamps or cash welfare assistance. Others have been able...

New Mexico braces for exodus from Medicaid insurance

Sep. 21, 2022 19:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is bracing for a rapid exodus of up to 100,000 people from subsidized Medicaid health care next year as the federal government phases out special pandemic-era spending and eligibility for the program, the state's top health official told lawmakers Wednesday. ...