AP FACT CHECK: No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really?
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AP FACT CHECK: No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump’s budget director insists the administration’s spending plans won’t cut Medicaid money, but by any conventional measure of federal financing the health care program for families and the poor is clearly on the chopping block. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, while introducing the budget Tuesday: “There are … Continue reading

Trump’s ‘Obamacare’ fixes don’t impress insurers
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Trump’s ‘Obamacare’ fixes don’t impress insurers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration released limited fixes Thursday for shaky health insurance markets, but insurers quickly said those actions won’t guarantee stability for millions of consumers now covered. While calling it a step in the right direction, the industry is looking for a guarantee that the government will also keep paying billions in … Continue reading

Terry McAuliffe: Republicans are out of excuses on Medicaid expansion
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Terry McAuliffe: Republicans are out of excuses on Medicaid expansion

An editorial by Gov. Terry McAuliffe Republicans in Richmond have a choice to make. They can choose to stand up for health and opportunity for their constituents and a stronger Virginia economy, or they can allow divisive partisan politics to continue to hurt their commonwealth. For the past 3½ years, Virginia has been engaged in a … Continue reading

House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill
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House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation Friday afternoon, March 24, shortly before a scheduled vote after Trump called … Continue reading

Behind the smiles, tough reality for Trump and GOP Congress
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Behind the smiles, tough reality for Trump and GOP Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budding new alliance between Donald Trump and congressional Republicans hides a tougher reality: Even with unified GOP control of Washington, the president-elect’s priorities may have trouble getting through Congress. And in some cases Republicans themselves might be the barrier. Building a border wall and restricting immigration from terror-stricken nations? Don’t count … Continue reading

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WHY IT MATTERS: The Role of Government

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: It’s the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right? Few think it’s just right. Ever since the first Americans bucked their colonial overlords in Britain, America has been wrestling with the delicate balance between a government that creates opportunity and one … Continue reading

The Latest: Clinton rolls out plan for mental health care
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The Latest: Clinton rolls out plan for mental health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign. (all times local): 6:00 a.m. Hillary Clinton is rolling out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness. She’s pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation’s health care system. Clinton’s campaign is releasing a multi-pronged … Continue reading

Study: To avoid higher health law premiums, switch plans
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Study: To avoid higher health law premiums, switch plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a well-known auto insurance commercial, a garrulous gecko promises you can save 15 percent if you switch insurers. It turns out something roughly similar is happening with the Obama administration’shealth insurance overhaul: A study out Wednesday finds that this year’s most popular health law plans are raising premiums an average of … Continue reading

Nonprofits seek Supreme Court review of contraceptives case
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Nonprofits seek Supreme Court review of contraceptives case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Religion, birth control and President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are about to collide at the Supreme Court yet again. Faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals that oppose some or all contraception as immoral are battling the administration over rules that allow them to opt out of covering the contraceptives for women that … Continue reading

Plan targets health care bias against transgender people
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Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, carrying out anti-bias provisions in the president’s health overhaul. The new protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a first, the Affordable Care Act specified … Continue reading

Watchdog: 900,000 vets have pending health care requests
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Watchdog: 900,000 vets have pending health care requests

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department’s inspector general said Wednesday, September 2, but “serious” problems with enrollment data make it impossible to determine how many veterans were actively seeking VA health care. About one-third of the 867,000 veterans … Continue reading

Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case
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Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group that challenged a key birth control provision of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul. March for Life sued the Obama administration last year over a requirement that health insurers cover the cost of contraceptive services. The organization said the requirement violated its … Continue reading

Study: Tiny, wireless pacemaker could be surgery-free option
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Study: Tiny, wireless pacemaker could be surgery-free option

LONDON (AP) — A tiny, wireless pacemaker could offer some heart patients a surgery-free alternative to the traditional devices, a new study says. Some doctors, however, say there are lingering safety questions and warned patients not to rush to get the newtechnology. Unlike traditional pacemakers — which need a generator and wires and are implanted … Continue reading

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Obama threatens veto to health care repeal bill

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is threatening to veto a Republican bill that would repeal his health care law. The White House says the Affordable Care Act is working and is improving care for Americans. Officials say repealing the law would take health coverage away from millions of Americans and prevent others from gaining coverage. The bill … Continue reading