- Aetna tops 2Q profit forecasts Updated: Aug-04-15 8:52 am
Aetna's second-quarter earnings jumped 33 percent and the health insurer raised its 2015 forecast again after receiving a boost from a government business it plans to feed with a $35 billion acquisition.
- Jindal canceling state contracts with Planned Parenthood Updated: Aug-03-15 6:13 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration announced Monday that Louisiana is ousting Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program.
- Officials calling Nevada solar future bright under EPA rules Updated: Aug-03-15 6:06 pm
LAS VEGAS - Several Nevada government and business leaders said Monday they see a bright future for renewable energy projects in the state under federal rules tightening pollution controls for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
- Scott wants Medicaid insurance, hospital contracts examined Updated: Aug-03-15 4:34 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Gov. Rick Scott is targeting health insurers participating in the state Medicaid program, accusing them of negotiating hospital rates that are too high, which he says is the reason the new managed care program is not generating enough savings.
- Ducey to ask feds to OK co-pays, other Medicaid changes Updated: Aug-02-15 5:41 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to ask the federal government to approve major changes to the state's Medicaid insurance plan that are designed to encourage recipients to work, better utilize services and possibly cut state costs.
- Lucky breaks with federal funds, pensions help Kansas budget Updated: Aug-02-15 1:53 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's latest efforts to prevent a state budget deficit were assisted by a well-timed decision on health care funding from federal officials and better-than-expected news about teacher pensions.
- Vacant West Texas lockup chosen to house sex offenders Updated: Aug-02-15 1:34 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A long-vacant lockup in a remote part of West Texas has been chosen to house the state's most violent sex offenders, but defense attorneys have said the site limits their access to counsel and family members.
- Newark launches municipal identification card program Updated: Aug-02-15 1:20 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - Newark has launched a municipal identification card program for most city residents, including those who are living in the country illegally.
- Researchers: Use of food stamps undergoes slight decline Updated: Aug-02-15 12:28 pm
DURHAM, New Hampshire - University of New Hampshire researchers say the program known for years as food stamps has declined slightly in recent years, but remains an important support for people at risk for food insecurity and hunger.
- State pushes Medicaid sign-ups for inmates Updated: Aug-02-15 12:05 pm
LANCASTER, Ohio - Three Ohio agencies are pushing to get many inmates who are released from prison enrolled in Medicaid.
- NY health exchange says 2.1 million enrolled for coverage Updated: Aug-02-15 9:34 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's health exchange reports connecting 2.1 million residents to health coverage following its second open enrollment period, including 89 percent who said they were uninsured when they applied.
- Program urges commuters to drive first, pedal later Updated: Aug-01-15 1:41 pm
BOSTON - Commuters choosing between driving a car or riding a bicycle to work are being encouraged to try a little of both.
- Analysis: Panel buys governor time on Common Core debate Updated: Aug-01-15 1:04 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he wanted his Common Core task force to come up with an "Arkansas solution" as it waded into the debate over standards that have come under fire from many conservatives. Instead of solving a problem, the panel just bought him more time.
- Kansas vying for $40M federal grant for Wildcat Creek Updated: Aug-01-15 12:53 pm
MANHATTAN, Kansas - Kansas has reached the final phase of a competition for a large federal grant that would be used to ease flooding concerns in the Manhattan area, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
- Thousands of Kansans mistakenly told Medicaid coverage ended Updated: Aug-01-15 12:22 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The state mistakenly notified thousands of Kansans this week that their Medicaid coverage had been canceled.
- Alabama's rural hospitals in critical condition Updated: Aug-01-15 12:16 pm
WEDOWEE, Alabama - An ambulance carrying a person with stroke symptoms backs up the emergency room on summer morning at Wedowee Hospital.
- 2 Republicans, 3 Dems seek nominations for Miss. governor Updated: Aug-01-15 12:13 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appears confident of winning his party's nomination for re-election Tuesday.
- Program lets people carry flags across busy intersections Updated: Aug-01-15 11:16 am
PISCATAWAY, New Jersey - Officials in a northern New Jersey town are implementing a program intended to make pedestrians safer.
- Arizona border hospital closes after Medicare payments stop Updated: Jul-31-15 8:28 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Residents of two rural communities in the Southwest face limited options to obtain convenient medical care after services were completely or partially shuttered.
- Hurley hits the ground running with Sun Devils Updated: Jul-31-15 8:10 pm
TEMPE, Arizona - Bobby Hurley's arrival at Arizona State created a buzz in the desert and drew national attention to a program often overshadowed by its rival to the south.
- Northwestern QB competition guaranteed to make friends Updated: Jul-31-15 7:32 pm
CHICAGO - Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is looking for a starting quarterback, not "Mr. Congeniality."
- GOP legislators seek audit of money to Planned Parenthood Updated: Jul-31-15 6:16 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina House Republicans are seeking an audit of Planned Parenthood clinics in the state as Congress considers cutting off federal funding to the abortion provider.
- Outdoor enthusiasts: Wyoming excluded public in E. coli plan Updated: Jul-31-15 3:43 pm
JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming - Recreation advocates say public users were cut out of a state department's decision to downgrade water-quality standards for most small streams in Wyoming.
- Detroit officials working on municipal ID card program Updated: Jul-31-15 2:40 pm
DETROIT - Officials in Detroit are working on a municipal identification card program that would offer better access to some city services for the homeless, immigrants, senior citizens and young people.
- Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates Updated: Jul-31-15 2:20 pm
WASHINGTON - More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.