WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Trump's attacks on the late Sen. John McCain (all times local):
President Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain,...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has struck down a bill dealing with the board that manages health insurance for state government employees and school employees.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a bill that would create a work group to study how universal health care could work in the state.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Senate has tentatively endorsed legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures to help lower health care costs.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on health care legislation in New Mexico (all times local):
A Senate committee has revived a bill designed to ensure access to medical...
WASHINGTON (AP) — "Medicare for All" has become catnip for Democratic presidential candidates and many lawmakers, yet Republicans prepping for next year's congressional races are also flocking to...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House and a man who claimed to have once sold cigarettes and Coca-Cola to the bank-robbing duo of Bonnie and...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House of Representatives has endorsed a bill aimed at ensuring medical insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2019 Legislative session begins Tuesday with a new governor, new Legislative leaders, and new priorities.
Nearly 3,000 bills already have been filed ahead...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's largest health insurer said Friday it expects to reimburse about 700,000 customers after administrative and other costs outstripped a limit allowed by the...
Tennessee seeks to overhaul Medicaid with block grants
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican lawmakers who have long balked at taking millions in federal dollars to expand Medicaid advanced a plan Wednesday that would overhaul how the state...
New Mexico seeks oversight of short-term health insurance
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Minimum standards for short-term health care plans would be set by New Mexico insurance regulators and not just the federal government under a bill passed by the state House...
Many shades of meaning behind ‘Medicare-for-all’
WASHINGTON (AP) — "Medicare-for-all" can mean different things to different people.
For some, it's a single government-run health insurance plan for the whole country. To others, it's giving...
Rural Kansas lawmakers push Farm Bureau health coverage plan
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Rural state lawmakers are pushing a plan to allow the Kansas Farm Bureau to offer health insurance coverage to members without having to comply with federal Affordable Care Act...
Iowa Senate panel rejects anti-vaccine proposals
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against people who refuse immunizations has failed to advance to a...
Biden: Longtime Rep. John Dingell treated all with ‘dignity’
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell knew that jobs were about more than collecting a paycheck, and that health care meant more than just good health. Both were about dignity, former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday while eulogizing the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history.
- The Washington TimesDonald Trump's approval rating stays up after State of the Union addressMarch 17, 2019
- The Washington TimesDonald Trump's approval rating stays up after State of the Union addressMarch 17, 2019
- The SunState Officials Concerned About Health Care Billing SurprisesMarch 14, 2019
- Cleveland.comU.S. House passes bill by Rep. Marcy Kaptur to promote veterans health careMarch 6, 2019
Report: Missouri could save billions with Medicaid overhaul
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri could save up to $1 billion a year within the next four years if it overhauls the state's Medicaid health insurance program, according to a study from a consulting team.
White House report tries to shift Trump health care rhetoric
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report from the White House tries to shift the Trump administration's combative rhetoric on health care, suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump do not fundamentally undermine the health law.
Key events in the career of US Rep. John Dingell
DETROIT (AP) — Some key dates in the life and career of U.S. Rep. John Dingell, who died Thursday at age 92. The Michigan Democrat was the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history.
— July 8, 1926: John David Dingell Jr. is born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
— Nov. 8, 1932: John Dingell Sr. is elected to Congress as a "New Deal" Democrat.
First female-majority legislature in US convenes in Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's Legislature began Monday as the first in the U.S. with an overall female majority.
Democrats hold control over both chambers of the Legislature, with a two-thirds supermajority in the Assembly.
Many of the women who helped tip the gender balance in the Legislature are Democrats, with the party looking to move on gun reform and health care, among other issues.
Among 2020 Democrats, a debate over ‘Medicare-for-all’
WASHINGTON (AP) — "Medicare-for-all" is quickly becoming a rallying cry for many Democratic White House hopefuls, but there are growing questions about how to pull off such a dramatic switch to a government-run health care system.
Energized Democrats push for N Carolina Medicaid expansion
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Energized legislative Democrats kicked off Wednesday their strongest push yet to expand Medicaid, seeking to remove North Carolina from the dwindling number of states still refusing a federal bargain to cover hundreds of thousands of additional residents.
Beyond liberal base, some Democrats pitch to party moderates
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the early Democratic presidential candidates come out with their tax and health care plans, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is pitching beer and bipartisanship.
The brewpub magnate recently swung through early-voting Iowa to test his theory that what voters really are interested in is someone with a record of achieving liberal goals even in a divided government.
Tennessee gov lists 5 focal areas as budget hearings start
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday that he will focus on K-12 education, criminal justice reform, mental health, health care and rural economic development as agency hearings begin on the new governor's state budget.
The Republican told reporters that spending may increase on the targeted areas but that's not guaranteed.
Poll: Support for ‘Medicare-for-all’ fluctuates with details
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans like the idea of "Medicare-for-all," but support flips to disapproval if it would result in higher taxes or longer waits for care.
- Business WirePayment Systems Must Realign Accountability, Capability for True Population Health Gains, AJAC® Study Authors SayMarch 18, 2019
- Globe NewswireProvidence Service Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018February 28, 2019
- Business WirePersonal Genome Diagnostics Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors, Bringing Proven, Industry-Leading Experience in Precision Medicine and Healthcare PolicyFebruary 27, 2019
- Globe NewswireMerit Medical Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2018, Gives 2019 and 2020 GuidanceFebruary 26, 2019
- Business WireCPSI Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2018 ResultsFebruary 15, 2019
20 years later, Libby’s asbestos fight goes on
LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — The bleak world of asbestos science is tinged with subtle hues of gray and white, barely perceptible shadows that don't strike the untrained eye as anything abnormal. But for those whose lives and careers are defined by the hundreds of people sick and dying in this tiny mountain community, the reality of the human tragedy that's been unfolding here for decades is crystal clear.
Vermont governor plans incremental health insurance reform
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott wants to make health insurance more affordable for young people, but he's not planning a major overhaul after the state's failed attempt to create a single-payer system.
Elsewhere in the country, the first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of Democratic proposals to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. Those proposals fall short, however, of providing universal health care.
Illinois officials agree to settle prison health lawsuit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A court-appointed expert would guide the overhaul of health care for Illinois prison inmates in a proposed federal consent decree filed Thursday.
Lawyers for approximately 40,000 state prison inmates announced that the Illinois Department of Corrections' agreement would settle an eight-year-old federal lawsuit alleging that prison health care is so inadequate it has led to needless deaths.
Medicaid expansion in Virginia set to begin in the new year
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thousands of uninsured, low-income Virginians will have new health care coverage starting in the new year.
Virginia is joining more than 30 states that have expanded Medicaid, a key part of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Trump administration seeks to dismiss cities’ ACA lawsuit
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by several cities for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.
The Daily Record reports that the defendants argued in a motion filed Monday that the dispute is a political disagreement outside federal court's jurisdiction.
Democrats prepare bills to keep health insurance protections
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania's state Senate say they'll introduce legislation to continue protections in individual health insurance plans sold in the state should the Affordable Care Act be permanently blocked in the courts.
Democrats said Thursday they'll introduce the bills after the two-year legislative session begins Jan. 1.
Ryan uses farewell address to assail politics of ‘outrage’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan decried the outrage and bitterness that he said now color American politics in a farewell speech that also acknowledged his inability to achieve two top goals: controlling surging federal debt and reining in Medicare and other mammoth benefit programs.
Louisiana leaders exchange barbs over health care ruling
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's governor and attorney general are trading criticism and suggesting state legislation in the wake of a Texas federal judge's ruling that, if upheld, will jettison the entire federal health care overhaul.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said the decision could eliminate insurance coverage for 480,000 people enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program and 850,000 residents who are estimated to have pre-existing conditions.
New Mexico lawmakers to be busy this legislative session
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is scheduled to convene for a 60-day session in less than a month and everything from education reform to health care initiatives are expected to be on the agenda.
Monday marks the first day lawmakers can file proposed legislation ahead of the session.
SC attorney general applauds ruling on health care overhaul
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's top prosecutor is applauding a federal judge's ruling that President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.
Attorney General Alan tells The Associated Press that he has always believed the health care overhaul to be flawed. He says the legal challenge wasn't about the guarantee of health coverage but rather the need for Congress to grant such protections lawfully.
Mexican president seeks to revamp health care for poor
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a $5.7-billion, two-year plan Friday to revamp the country's health care system for the poor. He also said the country should consider a program for euthanasia, or voluntary assisted dying, which is currently not allowed.
"Why don't we implement some program for dignified death? Why not, assisted?" said Lopez Obrador. "These are very important questions we have to resolve among all of us."
Rhode Island governor becomes chair of Democratic group
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Weeks after an election that boosted its membership, the Democratic Governors Association selected Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as its new chairwoman on Saturday.
She was elected by her peers during the group's annual meeting in New Orleans, taking over for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was elected vice-chair, putting him in line to lead the group in 2020, the next presidential election year.
Governor focuses on education, campaign finance reform
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a $23.6 billion budget proposal for the next biennium on Wednesday, saying she wants to boost education funding, push campaign finance reform, ensure continued access to health insurance coverage and fund legal counseling for immigrants facing deportation.
Trump demands ‘some common sense’ from judges
WASHINGTON (AP) — Incensed by a ruling against his migrant asylum policy, President Donald Trump demanded "some common sense" from America's judges and directed his ire at a liberal-leaning appeals court. He professed respect for Chief Justice John Roberts, with whom he is engaged in a startling public dispute over the independence of the judiciary, yet shrugged off the Republican appointee as someone who "can say what he wants."
Trump demands judicial ‘common sense,’ shrugs off Roberts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Incensed by a ruling against his migrant asylum policy, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded "some common sense" from America's judges and directed his ire at a liberal-leaning appeals court. He professed respect for Chief Justice John Roberts, with whom he is engaged in a startling public dispute over the independence of the judiciary, yet shrugged off the Republican appointee as someone who "can say what he wants."
Roberts, Trump spar in extraordinary scrap over judges
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts clashed Wednesday in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America's judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy as an "Obama judge."
Democrat Porter flips GOP House seat in Southern California
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California's Reagan country, extending a rout of the state's GOP House delegation that might not be over.
Porter's upset in Orange County is a sign of changing times in a region once known nationally as a GOP fortress. The coastal county southeast of Los Angeles was home to President Richard Nixon, and President Ronald Reagan once likened it to a Republican heaven.
Editorials from around New England
Editorials from around New England:
This week President Trump banned a CNN reporter — Jim Acosta — from the White House after Acosta asked some tough questions during a press conference.
It was the latest move by a President with a proven hostility toward fair-minded journalists and open disdain for the Constitution.
Obama’s health insurance overhaul a winner in midterms
WASHINGTON (AP) — The personality looming over the 2018 midterms was President Donald Trump. The issue was health care, the top concern for voters as they decided how to cast their ballots.
This week's election showed a nation increasingly — if belatedly — in step with former President Barack Obama's approach to it.
Colorado moves left, electing 1st openly gay governor in US
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democrats have flipped control of the state Senate, giving the party a trifecta of Statehouse control with the historic victory of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis as the nation's first openly gay governor and a sweep of top statewide offices.
Californians share left-leaning views of Democratic leaders
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters elected a governor Tuesday who reflects their left-leaning, anti-Trump attitudes.
Incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's elected Democrats have relished being leaders of the "resistance" to President Donald Trump. They have fought Trump's efforts to roll back environmental protections and expanded protections for immigrants living in the state illegally.
NY Senate win gives Democrats a lock on Albany. So now what?
NEW YORK (AP) — Universal health care, marijuana legalization and early voting. Stronger gun control laws, protections for abortion rights and higher taxes on millionaires.
Democrats say those are just a few of their priorities after seizing control of the state Senate from Republicans. With Democrats already in charge of the state Assembly and occupying all four statewide offices, Tuesday's big wins in the Senate could clear the way for liberal proposals long blocked by the GOP.