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FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2018 file photo attorneys, from left, David Seligman, Nina DiSalvo and Alexander Hood, of Towards Justice, pose outside the organization's office east of downtown Denver. Low paid childcare workers from around the world could soon learn whether they will be getting payments from a proposed $65.5 million class action settlement. A federal judge in Denver is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday, July 18, 2019, on whether to grant final approval to the deal, which was announced in January. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
July 18, 2019 - 3:40 pm
DENVER (AP) — About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will be paid an average of $3,500 each under a class-action settlement that alleged exploitation of the mostly young women who perform the jobs. U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello (ar-GWAY'-oh) gave final approval to the...
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Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a presidential candidates forum sponsored by AARP and The Des Moines Register, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
July 16, 2019 - 2:23 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks to reporters during the West Des Moines Democrats' annual picnic, Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
July 12, 2019 - 6:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) has a new plan to help seniors that includes more support for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. It's an issue that's personal for the Minnesota senator, whose 91-year-old father is in a memory...
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President Donald Trump speaks about kidney health at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 11, 2019 - 6:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans. The White House on Thursday yanked its own regulation to ease the...
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In this Monday, July 8, 2019 photo, Jiggy Athilingam poses for photos at her home in Richmond, Calif. Athilingam, who was hit from behind by a car while riding a bicycle in San Francisco five years ago, had two forms of health insurance and assumed it would pay for most of her bills. But because she was treated at a hospital that was outside of her health insurance company's network, she got hit with a surprise bill - a common story in the country's complex health care system. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 09, 2019 - 3:12 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jiggy Athilingam was riding a bicycle in San Francisco five years ago when suddenly she was on a bed in the hallway of a hospital. "What happened?" she asked. A cracked helmet told the story of her memory loss: She had been hit from behind by a car. She spent 22 hours in a...
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In this June 20, 2019 photo, the Capitol is seen from the roof of the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Health care is on the agenda for Congress when lawmakers return, and it’s not another battle over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. Instead of dealing with the uninsured, lawmakers are trying to bring down costs for people who already have coverage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 07, 2019 - 9:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care issue, lowering costs for people who already have coverage. Returning from their Fourth of July recess,...
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In this undated image provided by NerdWallet, Ray Robertson and his wife Bailey pose for a photo. As newlyweds, Ray and Bailey paid off over $33,000 in consumer debt in 18 months. Their strategy? Aggressive payments, a lean lifestyle and plenty of communication. Now they're working on paying off their mortgage, accruing wealth and raising their son.(Amelia Campbell Photography/NerdWallet via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 9:44 am
In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt. Responses have been edited for length and clarity. BAILEY AND RAY ROBERTSON HOW MUCH: $33,456 in 18 months Ray Robertson's debt-payoff journey involves two fateful conversations across the ocean from where he grew up. The...
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Lawyer Yasuyuki Tokuda, second left, speaks following a court's order in Kumamoto, southern Japan Friday, June 28, 2019. Kumamoto District Court has ordered the government to pay 370 million yen ($3.4 million) in damages to the relatives of former leprosy patients over a segregation policy that severed family ties and caused long-lasting prejudice. The sign, right, reads "Winning lawsuit." (Kyodo News via AP)
June 28, 2019 - 9:50 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ordered the government on Friday to pay 370 million yen ($3.4 million) in damages to the relatives of former leprosy patients over a segregation policy that severed family ties and caused long-lasting prejudice. Kumamoto District Court ruled that the segregation...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during an interview with The Associated Pressin New York. Administration officials say President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Monday that calls for hospitals to disclose upfront actual prices for common tests and procedures. Azar says it will give patients information that they can use to keep costs down. For example, if a hospital charges $3,500 for a type of echocardiogram and the same test might cost $550 in a doctor’s office, the patient might go for the lower price to save on copays. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
June 24, 2019 - 3:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down . The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money. For example, if a...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw the state's major utilities a financial lifeline in the face of expensive wildfires -- but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled Friday, June 21, 2019, by Newsom's office aims to stabilize California's investor-owned utilities and protect wildfire victims as the state faces increasingly destructive blazes, often caused by utility equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., the largest of the state's three investor-owned utilities, filed for bankruptcy in January as it stared down tens of billions of dollars in potential costs fires it started, including the fire last November that killed 85 people. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 21, 2019 - 7:19 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is willing to throw a financial lifeline to the state's major utilities dealing with the results of disastrous wildfires — but only if they agree to concessions including tying executive compensation to safety performance. A proposal unveiled...
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