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Hospitals worry about health care changes...Advocacy groups prepare immigrants for possible crackdown...NYC braces for storm

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 12, 2017 at 9:03 a.m.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Health care changes being proposed by congressional Republicans are worrying hospital CEOs nationwide. The plan would scale back the Medicaid expansion and take away direct federal subsidies to help consumers pay their health insurance premiums, replacing them with age-adjusted tax credits. The American Hospital Association, representing nearly 5,000 institutions nationwide, and the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the nation's largest not-for-profit health provider, say the bill would lead to significant cuts in a program that provides services to the most vulnerable.

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocacy groups are holding training sessions around the country to help immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally prepare for a possible crackdown. The "know your rights" training sessions offer advice such as: Don't open the door if immigration officials knock; if you are taken into custody, tell them your name and nothing else; and definitely don't sign anything. Organizers say the idea is to keep agents from learning anything they don't already know, because the government can't deport someone unless they can prove they are in the U.S. illegally.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are weighing whether to ban so-called sanctuary campuses. No schools in Indiana have declared themselves sanctuaries, but several have faced pressure from students and faculty to protect students who came to the country without legal permission. Under a bill that cleared the Indiana Senate and awaits a hearing in the House, any private or public school that declares itself a sanctuary would risk having funds withheld by the state's budget agency.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is preparing for a blizzard. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the New York State Emergency Operations Center will be activated tomorrow evening, with stockpiles of sandbags, generators and pumps at the ready. Forecasters say snow is expected to begin in New York City late tomorrow and continue on Tuesday, with up to 16 inches accumulating, along with gusty winds.

DETROIT (AP) — Utility companies say electricity has been restored to more than 90 percent of the some 1.1 million Michigan homes and businesses that lost power from last week's windstorm. But DTE Energy says nearly 100,000 of its customers are still without power, and Consumers Energy says about 14,000 of the homes and businesses it serves still lack electricity.

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