- Husband, wife indicted for Medicaid fraud Updated: Nov-25-15 6:43 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - A husband and wife have been arrested after being indicted on two counts each of felonious identity theft and two counts each of felonious Medicaid fraud.
- A game plan: More hunters donating meat to the hungry Updated: Nov-25-15 12:47 am
PORTLAND, Maine - The amount of meat being donated by hunters to a Maine program that provides food to charity groups and hungry families has grown exponentially in recent years.
- Officials: Psychiatric hospital has made progress on safety Updated: Nov-24-15 7:43 pm
SEATTLE - State officials said Tuesday that federal officials are satisfied with the progress made at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital, which had been at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding later this week over concerns about patient safety.
- Arkansas health task force nearing recommendations Updated: Nov-24-15 7:22 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A legislative task force looking at the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid program is nearing a deadline for recommendations.
- Decades later, Pennsylvania city no longer 'distressed' Updated: Nov-24-15 4:21 pm
CLAIRTON, Pennsylvania - A southwestern Pennsylvania city that spent nearly 28 years in a state program for financially distressed municipalities is finally leaving it.
- Medicaid expansion timeline under Edwards may be slowed Updated: Nov-24-15 1:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - While he pledged to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program on "day one" in office, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is finding out that might be trickier than he thought.
- Former state worker pleads guilty in food stamp fraud case Updated: Nov-24-15 11:52 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A former New Mexico Human Services Department worker has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal food stamp program.
- Florida Gov. Scott's budget: Tax cuts, more for schools Updated: Nov-23-15 8:22 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, surrounded by rows of machines and dozens of manufacturing employees, on Monday announced a nearly $79.3 billion spending plan for the coming year that is heavy on tax cuts and help for businesses.
- SDRC alleges defamation, lost revenue in EB-5 suit response Updated: Nov-23-15 7:24 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A private firm that previously managed South Dakota's investment-for-visa program says the state defamed the company, caused it to lose revenue and interfered with its business relationships.
- Media groups get involved in author's lawsuit in Montana Updated: Nov-23-15 6:40 pm
HELENA, Montana - A pending lawsuit by "Into the Wild" author Jon Krakauer will be the nation's first test following the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 Obamacare ruling of whether state education officials can use the threat of lost federal funding to justify refusing public records requests.
- Planned Parenthood sues Texas over blocked Medicaid dollars Updated: Nov-23-15 5:48 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line.
- Rand Paul talks faith in Kentucky campaign swing Updated: Nov-23-15 5:10 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Rand Paul came home for Thanksgiving to talk about his faith in God.
- Officials: Psychiatric hospital on track to improve safety Updated: Nov-23-15 3:55 pm
LAKEWOOD, Washington - Officials with Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital say they are on track to satisfying federal regulators who threatened to pull millions of dollars in federal funding over concerns about patient safety.
- Judge won't delay changes to Minnesota sex offender program Updated: Nov-23-15 3:12 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A judge has rejected a motion by the state of Minnesota to stay his order requiring changes to the state's program for confining sex offenders after their prison sentences.
- Only 23 apply for New Hampshire's medical marijuana program Updated: Nov-23-15 2:08 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Department of Health and Human Services officials say only 23 New Hampshire residents have applied for the state's medical marijuana program since pre-registration opened on Nov. 2.
- Maine wants to ban food stamp purchases of soda, junk food Updated: Nov-23-15 2:05 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Health and Human Service is going after soda and junk food purchased with food stamps.
- NY bills for costs of care after alleged cases of abuse Updated: Nov-23-15 12:19 pm
ALBANY, New York - Bill Liblick was shocked to learn that his sister, a disabled woman with the mind of a 1-year-old, had repeatedly been sexually assaulted at a state-run group home. Then, after her death, he was astonished again when he received a $1.6 million bill from the state for the cost of her care.
- Hawaii awarded for improved food stamp processing Updated: Nov-23-15 9:18 am
HONOLULU - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Hawaii more than $660,000 for expediting its review of applications for the federal food stamp program.
- Recent editorials published in Nebraska newspapers Updated: Nov-23-15 9:01 am
Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 20, 2015
- Vermont lawmakers to get preview of upcoming issues Updated: Nov-23-15 4:02 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont lawmakers are being invited to Montpelier the week after Thanksgiving to get a preview of the issues they'll be facing when they reconvene in January.
- After victory, Edwards starts piecing together transition Updated: Nov-22-15 6:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Fresh off a strong victory in the Louisiana governor's race, Democrat John Bel Edwards began to work Sunday on his plans for the transition into his new office and an upcoming term in which he'll have to grapple with a hefty state financial crisis.
- Swing state Colorado mulls universal health care proposal Updated: Nov-22-15 12:19 pm
DENVER - A new plan for government-run health care that covers everyone is coming from a surprising corner: Colorado, a politically moderate swing state where Republicans and Democrats often share control of state government.
- New $710-a-day drug saves lives but strains state budgets Updated: Nov-22-15 10:21 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - A newly approved drug is being hailed as a major advance in treatment of cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that clogs the lungs with mucus and forces patients to struggle to breathe. But it comes with a punishing price tag - about $710 per patient per day.
- Experts foresee big premium increases for Medicare drug plan Updated: Nov-22-15 9:52 am
WASHINGTON - With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums.
- Opposing sides on Syrian refugees rally at Idaho Capitol Updated: Nov-21-15 5:08 pm
BOISE, Idaho - About 1,000 protesters and counter-protesters on opposite sides of the Syrian refugee resettlement issue demonstrated in front of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise on Saturday.