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  • Medicare Feb 14

    Feds Probing How Personal Medicare Info Gets to Marketers

    A government watchdog says it’s launching a probe of how telemarketers may be getting hold of seniors’ personal Medicare information, aided by apparent misuse of a government system

  • The Associated Press Jun 13, 2019

    Flint Water Scandal: Prosecutors Drop All Charges, Plan to Restart Probe

    Prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water crisis and pledged to start from scratch the investigation into one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history. The stunning decision came more than three years — and millions of dollars — after authorities began examining the roots of the scandal that left Flint’s water...

  • Donald Trump Apr 9, 2019

    AP Fact Check: Trump Tries to Pin Child Separations on Obama

    President Donald Trump is wholly mispresenting the immigration detention policy he introduced that forced migrant children from their parents at the border. “President Obama had child separation,” Trump said Tuesday. “I’m the one that stopped it.” In fact, he stopped — or at least suspended — family separations that spiked as a result of his own “zero-tolerance” policy.

  • Donald Trump Mar 29, 2019

    Trump’s Small-Business Health Insurance Plan Struck Down

    A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, marking the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care initiatives. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called “association health plans” were “clearly an end-run” around consumer protections required by the Obama-era Affordable Care...

  • Florida Feb 26, 2019

    Data Show Allegations of Sex Abuse of Migrant Children

    Thousands of accusations of sexual abuse and harassment of migrant children in government-funded shelters were made over the past four years, including scores directed against adult staff members, according to federal data released Tuesday. The cases include allegations of inappropriate touching, staff members allegedly watching minors while they bathed and showing pornographic videos to minors. Some of the allegations included...

  • Florida Feb 6, 2019

    Beto O’Rourke Talks Migrant Separation Policy With Oprah

    Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke shared a stage with Oprah Winfrey to talk about the migrant family separation policy enacted by the Trump administration in 2018. During a closed portion of the interview, O’Rourke said he would announce his decision about a 2020 presidential run “before the end of the month,” suggesting he was leaning toward it.

  • Donald Trump Feb 2, 2019

    US Sees Limitations on Reuniting Migrant Families

    The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. The administration outlined its position in a court-ordered response to a government watchdog report last month that found many more migrant children may...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Oct 16, 2018

    Should Drug Prices Be Put in TV Ads?

    The Trump Administration believes drugmakers need to do more to inform the public about the prices for prescription medicines. The Health and Human Services Department announced a proposal that would require drugmakers to disclose the prices directly in television advertisements.

  • Delaware Sep 20, 2018

    Federal Agency Says it Lost Track of 1,488 Migrant Children

    Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls to check on their safety...

  • Donald Trump Aug 23, 2018

    Trump Administration Needs to Step Up on ‘Obamacare’: Watchdog

    A congressional watchdog said the Trump administration needs to step up its management of sign-up seasons for former President Barack Obama’s health care law after mixed results last year in the throes of a failed GOP effort to repeal it. The report due out Thursday from the Government Accountability Office is likely to add to Democrats’ election-year narrative that the...

  • attorney Jul 9, 2018

    US to Reunite, Release Half of Detained Migrant Kids Under 5

    More than 50 immigrant children under age 5 will be reunited with their parents by Tuesday’s court-ordered deadline for action by Trump administration, a government attorney said Monday. The families will be released after they are reunited. That’s only about half of the 100 or so infants and toddlers covered by the order.

  • Congress Apr 26, 2018

    Federal Agency Says It Lost Track of 1,475 Migrant Children

    Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday. The Health and Human Services Department has a limited budget to track the welfare of vulnerable unaccompanied minors, and realized that 1,475 children...

  • Donald Trump Dec 19, 2017

    Judge Rules in Favor of 2 Immigrant Teens Who Want Abortions

    A federal judge on Monday ordered President Donald Trump’s administration to allow two pregnant immigrant teenagers in U.S. custody to obtain abortions. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said the Republican administration can’t prevent the 17-year-old girls from exercising their right to an abortion. Both girls arrived in the country as unaccompanied minors and are being held in federal shelters, though...

  • Ohio Nov 6, 2017

    Voters Tapped as Ohio Opioid Crisis Stretches Foster Care

    Ohio’s opioid crisis is stretching the state’s foster care system as more and more children are removed from the homes of their drug-addicted parents, leading to ballot requests Tuesday for more funding. Not only do more children require foster care, they increasingly have mental health problems because of trauma they’ve experienced living in chaotic, drug-filled households, children service leaders say....

  • United States Jul 30, 2017

    Price: HHS Will Continue to ‘Follow the Law’

    Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that the administration will continue to “follow the law” when asked whether it was his job to continue to implement the Affordable Care Act as it was intended, NBC News reported. But he would not say whether subsidies for low-income insurance policies would continue. “Our job is...

  • United States May 4, 2017

    ‘Life or Death’: Doctors Warn Health Bill Changes Could Kill

    Diabetes, cancer and heart disease patients are among those with pre-existing conditions who could be affected by the new version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), NBC News reported. Pre-existing conditions are diseases, injuries or conditions that affect a patient before he or she purchased their health plan policy. Before Obamacare, health insurers routinely refused to cover people with...

  • Associated Press Mar 26, 2017

    Now What? Options for Consumers as Health Law Drama Fades

    As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year....
    The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway — and now it’s dead....
    “We’re going to...

  • Philadelphia Mar 2, 2017

    $1.9M Proposed in Philly Budget to Fight Opioid Addiction

    Distributing 10,000 new doses of Narcan and finding and educating doctors who hand out the most opiate-based prescriptions are among new ways to fight the addiction epidemic that Mayor Jim Kenney proposed Thursday in his 2018 budget address.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Mar 28, 2016

    FBI Probing Virus Behind Outage at MedStar Health Facilities

    Hackers crippled computer systems Monday at a major hospital chain, MedStar Health Inc., forcing records systems offline for thousands of patients and doctors. The FBI said it was investigating whether the unknown hackers demanded a ransom to restore systems.

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