- Alaska stops Medicaid providers inflation-linked increases Updated: Jun-30-15 7:04 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Cepartment of Health and Social Services will not increase rates for Medicaid providers, citing an underfunded budget.
- W.Va. prison dog-training program wins $25K grant Updated: Jun-30-15 3:13 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A program that enlists prison inmates to train dogs in need of rehabilitation has won a $25,000 in a Facebook contest.
- Kasich to sign $71B budget but expects to veto some items Updated: Jun-30-15 1:04 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected Tuesday to sign a $71.2 billion spending blueprint that continues his expansion of the Medicaid health program and provides a state income tax cut, though he plans to strike some items from the sweeping measure.
- State's Medicaid billing system receives initial OK Updated: Jun-29-15 6:33 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The state's long-delayed Medicaid billing system has finally received certification from the federal government, officials said Monday, making the state eligible for several years' worth of back payments in federal money.
- Official: State-based exchange gives Arkansas flexibility Updated: Jun-29-15 5:53 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas' move toward setting up its own health insurance exchange will give the state more flexibility as it looks at overhauling its Medicaid program for the poor, the director of the board setting up the exchange told legislators Monday.
- Agreement neared to release Fla. doctor tied to Menendez Updated: Jun-29-15 5:46 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez appeared closer to being released from jail Monday as an agreement about his bond solidified.
- McConnell: New trade deal triumph despite partisan divide Updated: Jun-29-15 4:44 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - The brief alliance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with President Barack Obama to pass trade legislation last week marked a triumph amid divided government, McConnell said Monday, and he offered to work together across partisan lines to shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations.
- Supporters seek to revive Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan Updated: Jun-29-15 4:22 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Supporters of a failed plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee met Monday to renew an effort to try to pass it after a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold health insurance subsidies.
- State agencies, programs face budgetary uncertainty Updated: Jun-29-15 4:15 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Come July 1, the budget battle in Concord typically comes to a close and state officials head into summer with a picture of how the next two years of spending will look. Not this year.
- $7.3B to be shared among NY health care networks to overhaul Updated: Jun-29-15 3:20 pm
ALBANY, New York - Some $7.3 billion will be divided among 25 networks of health care providers in New York state to use in overhauling the delivery of care and cutting unneeded hospital visits, according to state officials.
- California lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding Updated: Jun-29-15 2:43 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.
- Parkersburg, Vienna implement sales taxes under home rule Updated: Jun-29-15 8:56 am
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - Businesses in Parkersburg and Vienna will begin charging an additional penny on the dollar for taxable items and services this week.
- High court ruling offers chance to alter health law debate Updated: Jun-29-15 3:31 am
WASHINGTON - The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama's law.
- State kids reading program caught up in education dispute Updated: Jun-28-15 3:41 pm
PHOENIX - A tug-of-war over authority between the state Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is impacting an Arizona kids' reading program.
- Kenton County looks to get rid of abandoned properties Updated: Jun-28-15 12:35 pm
COVINGTON, Kentucky - Kenton County officials are considering a pilot program to help get rid of abandoned properties in northern Kentucky.
- VA aims to help homeless, at-risk veterans find stable jobs Updated: Jun-28-15 11:02 am
CINCINNATI - David Bowles is excitedly making plans to move from a homeless shelter to an apartment of his own in a few weeks, thanks to a new Department of Veterans Affairs program helping homeless veterans find long-term employment.
- Madison County plans 4 sites for needle-exchange program Updated: Jun-27-15 5:58 pm
ANDERSON, Indiana - Health officials are working to open four needle-exchange sites in a central Indiana county after being granted state approval for the program because of disease being spread among intravenous drug users.
- 35 California counties extend health care to immigrants Updated: Jun-27-15 2:05 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.
- WSU presence will be Elson Floyd's legacy in Everett Updated: Jun-27-15 10:06 am
EVERETT, Washington - Elson Floyd had been Washington State University president about two years when Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson asked him in late 2009 to join forces to plant a WSU flag in the city.
- Audit criticizes contracting practices of state programs Updated: Jun-26-15 4:54 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A new audit finds issues with contracting and accounting practices of two former programs operated by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
- Nevada eliminating organic certification program Updated: Jun-26-15 2:00 pm
SPARKS, Nevada - Those in the organic food and products business in northern Nevada say they may create a private certification process after the state voted to eliminate its own program.
- Indiana crops see projected $300M hit from June flooding Updated: Jun-26-15 1:32 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - This month's heavy rains and flooding across much of Indiana have already reduced the state's corn and soybean crop by nearly $300 million, agriculture experts estimated Friday, adding that the damage could escalate with more wet weather.
- With McAuliffe in office, old friends find new opportunities Updated: Jun-26-15 11:40 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Terry McAuliffe's move from national Democratic political insider to Virginia governor has meant new opportunities for some of his longtime friends.
- Convenience in NYC comes with a cost - more congestion Updated: Jun-26-15 10:50 am
NEW YORK - There are some things that are easy in New York City - ordering groceries and packages delivered, or getting car service at the touch of an app. There are also some things that are not - like driving around on the city's clogged streets, where delivery trucks, for-hire cars, taxis, buses and bicycles are all jostling for space.
- 2 Fargo store employees convicted of food stamp fraud Updated: Jun-26-15 9:14 am
FARGO, North Dakota - Two workers at a neighborhood grocery store in Fargo have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit food stamp fraud.