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Nov 30, 2015

 

Congress is looking at whether psychiatric hospitals can bill the Medicaid program to care for adults — a move that signals a potential shift in lawmakers' views about institutionalizing people with serious mental diseases and one that could add tens of billions of dollars in spending over a decade.


Nov 30, 2015

School administrators and other education groups could get an early Christmas gift if Congress overhauls the controversial 2002 education law known as No Child Left Behind. Derided over its standardized tests and accountability measures, the law could be reshaped by a Congress that's more eager to cut deals on...


Nov 20, 2015

New House Speaker Paul Ryan’s grace period with his fractious House Republican caucus could run out next year, when demands for ideological purity collide with the reality of legislative give-and-take. His message for the short run is stressing unity and passing bills.


Nov 16, 2015

Congress appears unlikely to pursue a new authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State. Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided over what it should say, and many lawmakers see little to gain from taking a politically charged war vote. That suits the Obama administration, which has relied on...


Nov 16, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to be more proactive combating food-borne illness. But there are questions about whether it has the money to accomplish the job, or whether the agency will have to lean heavily on outside parties, including the food industry, to be the enforcers.