Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump's 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stopgap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory. Lawmakers cleared the measure easily and Trump signed it with just hours to spare before the shutdown deadline at midnight.

Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by replacing insurance companies with government-funded health care for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump looks to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Insurer Centene commits to shaky ACA exchanges for 2018

One health insurer is eager to dive back into the Affordable Care Act's troubled insurance exchanges next year, even as competitors waver and President Donald Trump tweets doom about the law's future. Centene Corp. said Tuesday that its exchange enrollment has swelled 74 percent since last year, up to nearly 1.2 million people.

Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities. The administration just might eliminate billions of dollars in disputed "Obamacare" subsidies. But a study out Tuesday from a nonpartisan group suggests that could backfire.

Closed parks, furloughs, 'Green Eggs': A look at shutdowns

Disputes over spending and health care in a divided Washington have triggered shutdowns of the federal government in recent years. Republicans now control the White House and Congress, and if lawmakers and President Donald Trump fail to agree on a spending bill by midnight Friday, a shutdown of an all-GOP government would occur for the first time in modern history. A look at recent government shutdowns: CLINTON AND GINGRICH'S CONTRACT WITH AMERICA Nov.

Attorneys general to Trump: Don't cut drug treatment funds

The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to pass health insurance changes that would stop the flow of federal drug treatment money. A letter sent Friday by a group of attorneys general for 19 states plus Washington D.C., is the latest in a series of actions from Democrats who hold those offices to oppose Trump's policies and actions.

Prosecutors: Dentist pulled tooth while riding hoverboard

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Prosecutors say an Alaska dentist charged with Medicaid fraud pulled a sedated patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard. Seth Lookhart was charged with 17 counts of Medicaid fraud after prosecutors say he billed Medicaid $1.8 million last year for IV sedation used in procedures that didn't call for it.

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A simple question -- should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? -- could lead to major changes in the social safety net. The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents -- about 1 in 5 -- including an increasing number of working-age adults.

Under Trump, states may demand work for Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump. It sounds like a simple question: Should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer provided health insurance? The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents -- about 1 in 5 -- including an increasing number of working-age adults.

Even in hometown, constituents rip into Republican lawmaker

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) -- In the auditorium of his old middle school just blocks from where he still lives, the congressman who is a lead author of the stalled House Republican health care bill was treated like the villain in a class play. It didn't matter that Rep. Greg Walden was on a first-name basis with many of the roughly 800 attendees. Or that Democrats like Gov. Kate Brown call him congenial and bright.

Federal tax bill hits hardest in District of Columbia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Tax Day approaches, show some love for the good people who live in the nation's capital. Washington, that swampy den of iniquity that politicians love to scorn, sends the most tax dollars per person to the U.S. government. By a lot. Last year, the District of Columbia paid Uncle Sam $37,000 per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes. The next closest was Delaware, at $16,000 per person.

Arkansas governor says execution plan just part of the job

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson comes across as a reluctant figure just carrying out the duties of his office when he discusses his extraordinary plan to execute eight inmates in 11 days. Although the plan faces multiple legal hurdles, no other state has executed that many people so quickly since the U.S.

Which state sends most taxes to DC? Hint: It's not a state

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Tax Day approaches, show some love for the good people who live in the nation's capital. Washington, that swampy den of iniquity that politicians love to scorn, sends the most tax dollars per person to the U.S. government. By a lot. Last year, the District of Columbia paid Uncle Sam $37,000 per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes. The next closest was Delaware, at $16,000 per person.

In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Going without health insurance is a risk. Going without it in Alaska can be a gamble of a much higher order, for this is a place unlike anywhere else in the U.S., a land of pitiless cold, vast expanses and dangerous, back-breaking work such as pulling fishing nets from the water or hauling animal carcasses out of the woods. And yet many people on the Last Frontier do not carry insurance.

When a lawmaker is treated as the villain in a class play

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) -- In the auditorium of his old middle school just blocks from where he still lives, the congressman who is a lead author of the stalled House Republican health care bill was treated like the villain in a class play. It didn't matter that Rep. Greg Walden was on a first-name basis with many of the roughly 800 attendees. Or that Democrats like Gov. Kate Brown call him congenial and bright.

South Carolina hospital says Medicare eligibility is safe

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina hospital system says the federal threat to remove Medicare and Medicaid services has ended. The Greenville Health System told local media the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has lifted its threat to terminate its $500 million contract with Greenville Memorial Hospital. The hospital system says a survey showed the hospital is in compliance with policies and procedures.

Iowa voters say GOP lawmaker right to say no to health bill

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) -- Rebuffing President Donald Trump and Republican leaders on their health care bill seemed like a major political misstep for Iowa Rep. David Young, who quickly was punished by a political action committee linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan. Nearly three weeks later, voters in Young's southwestern Iowa district -- Republicans and Democrats -- say the GOP congressman made the right move.