Health care

LOS ANGELES | California’s year of legal pot a mix of gains, growing pains

LOS ANGELES— It was supposed to be a great year for marijuana entrepreneur Brian Blatz. When California broadly legalized pot on Jan. 1, the lawyer with a background in banking and health care had been working for a year to set up a trucking company that would whisk fragrant marijuana buds, infused juices and other … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | California’s year of legal pot a mix of gains, growing pains

NEW YORK | Wall Street ends higher with help from tech and health care

NEW YORK  — U.S. stocks couldn’t hang on to a big gain Wednesday, but they still finished broadly higher as technology and health care companies rose. That helped reverse some of the market’s big losses from the week before. Stocks initially rallied after the Wall Street Journal reported that China’s government could make changes to … Continue reading NEW YORK | Wall Street ends higher with help from tech and health care

Louisiana News: BATON ROUGE DOCTOR, GRAY WESLEY BARROW PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO RECEIVE HEALTH CARE KICKBACK PAYMENTS

BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that GRAY WESLEY BARROW, age 58, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty for his role in a scheme to receive approximately $336,000 in illegal health care kickback payments. As a result of his conviction, BARROW faces a significant term of imprisonment, restitution and … Continue reading Louisiana News: BATON ROUGE DOCTOR, GRAY WESLEY BARROW PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO RECEIVE HEALTH CARE KICKBACK PAYMENTS

New Jersey News: CAMDEN, James Wildman, Schools Maintenance Worker Admits Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health Benefits Programs

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Ocean County, New Jersey, man today admitted defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers out of more than $4 million by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. James Wildman, 44, of Marmora, New Jersey, a maintenance worker for the Ocean City school … Continue reading New Jersey News: CAMDEN, James Wildman, Schools Maintenance Worker Admits Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health Benefits Programs

DEAD SEA, Jordan | US cuts in Palestinian refugee aid mitigated by new pledges

DEAD SEA, Jordan — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says it has nearly closed its funding gap after securing new donor pledges to make up for U.S. aid cuts. Pierre Kraehenbuehl, the head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, said Monday that the shortfall was reduced from $446 million to $21 million, singling … Continue reading DEAD SEA, Jordan | US cuts in Palestinian refugee aid mitigated by new pledges

Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher

A late afternoon wave of buying moved U.S. stocks higher Thursday. Even so, the market was on course to finish with a steep weekly loss. Gains in health care and energy companies powered the market higher. It also got a brief boost earlier after President Donald Trump expressed optimism that the U.S. and China will … Continue reading Health care, energy companies power US stock market higher

WASHINGTON | Obama’s health insurance overhaul a winner in midterms

WASHINGTON — One victor in the midterm elections is former President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul. An Associated Press survey of voters nationwide found that health care was the top issue, ahead of immigration and jobs and the economy. Those concerned about health care overwhelmingly voted for Democrats. That helped Democrats take control of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Obama’s health insurance overhaul a winner in midterms

WASHINGTON | Election Day arrives: Voters render judgment on Trump era

WASHINGTON— A turbulent election season that tested President Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era. With voters going to the polls Tuesday, nothing is certain. Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Election Day arrives: Voters render judgment on Trump era

DENVER | Health care, Trump among diverse stands of Colorado hopefuls

DENVER — Republican Walker Stapleton has warned Colorado residents about his “socialist” opponent for governor, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis. Stapleton’s criticism underscores Republican fears that the party could lose control of the state Senate in Tuesday’s election. The Senate has acted as a check on attempts by the Democratic-led House to restrict gun rights and … Continue reading DENVER | Health care, Trump among diverse stands of Colorado hopefuls

WASHINGTON  | House Democrats promise action on LGBTQ rights bill

WASHINGTON  — House Democrats are promising next year to prioritize anti-discrimination legislation that would for the first time establish widespread equal rights protections for LGBTQ individuals. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently said she would introduce the Equality Act as one of her first orders of business if Democrats retake the House in November. The bill … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | House Democrats promise action on LGBTQ rights bill

WASHINGTON  | AP-NORC/MTV Poll: Young people back single-payer health care

WASHINGTON  — Large majorities of young Americans want to see an expansion of government services, including a single-payer health care program, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. According to the poll, 69 percent of young Americans between the ages of 15 and 34 favor a … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | AP-NORC/MTV Poll: Young people back single-payer health care

ORANGEBURG, S.C | Booker gets a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a potential presidential contender. The New Jersey senator’s two-day swing to the … Continue reading ORANGEBURG, S.C | Booker gets a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats

JERUSALEM | Poll finds Trump’s pro-Israel stance does not sway US Jews

JERUSALEM  — President Donald Trump‘s pro-Israel positions have not garnered him support from American Jewish voters, according to a new survey. The poll found that 74 percent of Jews planned to vote for Democratic candidates in November’s midterm elections. The figure corresponds with similar voting patterns in past elections. Overall, 75 percent of American Jews … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Poll finds Trump’s pro-Israel stance does not sway US Jews

SAN FRANCISCO | Feinstein and rival de Leon, both Democrats, set to debate

SAN FRANCISCO  — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon are set to face off Wednesday in their only scheduled debate ahead of Election Day. It’s Feinstein’s first appearance with an election opponent since 2000 and a chance for de Leon to directly attack her as he searches for a badly-needed boost. … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Feinstein and rival de Leon, both Democrats, set to debate

CLEVELAND | Ohio US senate candidates spar over health care, immigration

CLEVELAND — Candidates in Ohio’s U.S. senate campaign sparred Sunday over health care, approaches to climate change, student loan debt, immigration, tariffs and gun control in the first of three debates. Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci repeatedly criticized incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown as being a Washington insider, citing Brown’s connections to Democratic New York Sen. … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Ohio US senate candidates spar over health care, immigration

WASHINGTON | Senate vote on health care likely fodder for both parties

WASHINGTON — Days after ending a turbulent Supreme Court confirmation fight, the Senate turned back to health care — with a battle squarely aimed at coloring next month’s crucial elections for control of Congress. In a return to its characteristically more unruffled mode of work, the Senate on Wednesday rejected a Democratic attempt to stop … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate vote on health care likely fodder for both parties

NEW YORK | DOJ approves $69B CVS Health-Aetna merger, with conditions

NEW YORK — The proposed $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna is getting a greenlight from the Department of Justice, with some conditions. The Justice Department on Wednesday approved the deal on the condition that Aetna moves ahead with its plan to sell its Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business, resolving some … Continue reading NEW YORK | DOJ approves $69B CVS Health-Aetna merger, with conditions

United States | Rep. Peters Celebrates Constitution Day at Mira Mesa High School

Visit highlighted how the Constitution guides Congress United States – Earlier this week, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) visited Mira Mesa High School to share how Congress has evolved since our Founding Fathers established the Constitution and how it shapes our laws today. He was invited to participate as part of the school’s Constitution Day … Continue reading United States | Rep. Peters Celebrates Constitution Day at Mira Mesa High School

WASHINGTON, DC | Hoyer, Lee Statement on 2017 Census Bureau Report

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, released the following statement after the U.S. Census Bureau released reports on poverty, income, and health coverage in 2017: “In spite of positive topline economic indicators, too many families are … Continue reading WASHINGTON, DC | Hoyer, Lee Statement on 2017 Census Bureau Report

RAMALLAH, West Bank | Palestinians: US cuts will have dire effect on health care

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The director of an east Jerusalem hospital said Sunday that a U.S. decision to cut funding to hospitals serving the Palestinians will have a “severe effect.” Bassem Abu Libdeh, of the Makassed hospital, said the U.S. covers 40 percent of costs in six east Jerusalem hospitals that provide care for Palestinians … Continue reading RAMALLAH, West Bank | Palestinians: US cuts will have dire effect on health care

DUBLIN | The Latest: Irish PM urges pope to act on anti-abuse words

DUBLIN  — The Latest on Pope Francis’ trip to Ireland (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Ireland’s prime minister has urged Pope Francis to use his “office and influence” to ensure clergy sex abuse victims worldwide receive “justice and truth and healing.” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar addressed the pope on Saturday as Francis began the … Continue reading DUBLIN | The Latest: Irish PM urges pope to act on anti-abuse words

ATLANTA | Women win primaries in record numbers, look to November

ATLANTA— Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — setting a U.S. record and paving the way for November battles that could significantly increase the number of women … Continue reading ATLANTA | Women win primaries in record numbers, look to November

NEW YORK | US stocks rise as technology and health care firms lead

NEW YORK  — Stocks are rebounding on Wall Street in early trading Monday, led by gains in technology and health care companies and retailers. Ratings company Nielsen Holdings is surging after an activist investor started pushing the company to sell itself. Asian markets fell overnight, while European markets were slightly lower. U.S. indexes are coming … Continue reading NEW YORK | US stocks rise as technology and health care firms lead

California Attorney General Becerra Joins 12-State Coalition in Filing Suit Over Trump Administration’s Move to Sabotage Affordable Care Act Protections

SACRAMENTO, CA — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined 12 states in filing suit against the U.S. Department of Labor’s unlawful rule that removes critical consumer healthcare protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The rule allows employers nationwide to group together as Association Health Plans (AHPs) and offer junk health plans that evade ACA … Continue reading California Attorney General Becerra Joins 12-State Coalition in Filing Suit Over Trump Administration’s Move to Sabotage Affordable Care Act Protections

WASHINGTON News: CREATOR OF “FITWALL” EXERCISE EQUIPMENT PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILING TO FILE INCOME TAX RETURNS AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FRAUD

WASHINGTON – A resident of Cheyenne, Wyoming and creator of “Fitwall” exercise equipment pleaded guilty today to two counts of willfully failing to file his income tax returns and one count of making a fraudulent application for health care benefits.  The change of plea was announced by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: CREATOR OF “FITWALL” EXERCISE EQUIPMENT PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILING TO FILE INCOME TAX RETURNS AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FRAUD

Stocks rise following solid jobs report, led by health care

The major U.S. stock indexeswere mostly higher in early trading Friday following a solid jobs report, keeping the market on track for a weekly gain after two weeks of losses. The modest gains came despite an escalation in global trade tensions as the U.S. imposed tariffs on billions in Chinese goods and China responded in … Continue reading Stocks rise following solid jobs report, led by health care

WASHINGTON  | Dems want to focus high court fight on abortion, health care

WASHINGTON  — In the budding battle royale over the Supreme Court vacancy, what’s the Democratic sweet spot between satisfying liberal activists’ demands for an all-out fight against President Donald Trump’s pick and protecting senators facing tight re-election races in deeply red states? So far, the party’s formula is to cast itself as defending the right … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Dems want to focus high court fight on abortion, health care

FLORIDA News: PENSACOLA, Four Individuals Charged in the Northern District of Florida as Part of National Health Care Fraud Takedown

Largest Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action in Department of Justice History Resulted in 76 Doctors Charged and 84 Opioid Cases Involving More Than 13 Million Illegal Dosages of Opioids PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Michael Scott Burton, 51, of Decatur, Georgia; Marie Ann Smith, 54, of Auburn, Georgia; Bradley D. Pounds, 46, of Jacksonville, Florida; and Heather … Continue reading FLORIDA News: PENSACOLA, Four Individuals Charged in the Northern District of Florida as Part of National Health Care Fraud Takedown

Connecticut News: Norwalk Doctor, Dr. BHARAT PATEL Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution, Health Care Fraud Offenses

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, announced that Dr. BHARAT PATEL, 71, of Milford, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to narcotics distribution and health care fraud offenses. “The investigation … Continue reading Connecticut News: Norwalk Doctor, Dr. BHARAT PATEL Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution, Health Care Fraud Offenses