Government programs

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg waits backstage as he is introduced to speak at the Iowa Farmers Union Presidential Forum, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Grinnell, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
December 14, 2019 - 12:56 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kim Motl doesn’t work in the health insurance industry. But her friends and neighbors do. So when she saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Motl pressed the Democratic presidential candidate about her “Medicare for All” plan, which would replace private...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, agents help sign people up for insurance through the Covered California exchange at their storefront on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach, Calif. More than 130,000 people have purchased health insurance through California's state-run marketplace for the first time, a 16% increase from last year now that the state is offering more money to help people pay their monthly premiums and will begin taxing people next year who refuse to buy insurance. Covered California released the numbers on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 ahead of a Sunday deadline for people to purchase insurance and have their plans effective Jan. 1. (Nick Agro/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP, File)
December 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 130,000 people have purchased health insurance through California's state-run marketplace for the first time, a 16% increase from last year now that the state is offering more money to help people pay their monthly premiums and will begin taxing people next year...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the Truckee Meadow Community College, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Reno, Nev. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)
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December 12, 2019 - 11:25 am
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — Elizabeth Warren says other Democratic presidential hopefuls are too quick to accept Republican calls for unity rather than standing up to the rich and are bending to the whims of their own wealthy donors. The sharp contrast she's drawing is more evidence that the...
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December 12, 2019 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department charges 10 former NFL players with defrauding the league’s health care benefit program.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attends a health care event at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 12, 2019 - 10:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a White House candidate, Donald Trump said he could save Medicare billions of dollars by negotiating prescription drug prices. Legislation expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday would deliver that and much more. But Trump's not on board, the White House is...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019, file photo, woman cuts rice in the village of Samroang Kandal on the north side of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Nearly a half-billion people in the Asia-Pacific are still malnourished and to achieve a goal of zero hunger by 2030 requires that millions escape food insecurity each month, according to a report released Wednesday by United Nations agencies. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)
December 11, 2019 - 2:44 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Nearly a half-billion people in the Asia-Pacific are still malnourished and eliminating hunger by 2030 requires that millions escape food insecurity each month, according to a report released Wednesday by UN agencies. Data compiled by the United Nations show slow progress and even...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., holds up two fingers as she speaks during a campaign stop, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
December 07, 2019 - 12:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has spent weeks absorbing attacks from moderate rivals looking to blunt her surging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now, as the Massachusetts senator risks losing momentum, she's starting to hit back. After a Democratic Party fundraiser in...
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December 06, 2019 - 9:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill to curb prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients got a makeover Friday to lower copays and make it easier for seniors to budget for their expenses. The updated legislation unveiled by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would lower...
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This image from the Medicare.gov website shows the landing page to find a drug plan for seniors. Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they believe they received inaccurate information. (Medicare via AP)
December 06, 2019 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they received inaccurate information due to changes the agency made this sign-up season. The request from 14 Democrats and one Independent comes as open enrollment...
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December 04, 2019 - 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Americans who rely on the federal food stamp program will lose their benefits under a new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements for recipients. The move by the administration is the latest in its attempt to scale back the social...
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