- Arizona joins rest of nation with children's insurance plan Updated: May-06-16 5:58 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona is poised to join 49 other states that offer a federal health insurance program for low-income children after backers of the plan pushed it through the Legislature Friday and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey pledged to sign it immediately.
- Alaska House pursuing appeal of Medicaid suit decision Updated: May-06-16 5:14 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska House gave notice that it plans to keep fighting Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid on his own.
- The Latest: Arizona governor to sign KidsCare restoration Updated: May-06-16 4:22 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on the legislative effort to restore KidsCare (all times local):
- Governor releases private emails dealing with state business Updated: May-06-16 3:14 pm
HELENA, Montana - Gov. Steve Bullock has used his private email account to communicate about a wide variety of official business, from proposed legislation to his increasingly strained relationship with the former lieutenant governor, according to hundreds of pages of emails released Friday.
- Seattle launches campaign to get more users for bike share Updated: May-06-16 2:19 pm
SEATTLE - The city of Seattle has launched a campaign to encourage people to sign up for the now city-owned Pronto bike-share system, but city employees might not have seen the fliers.
- Workers are losing ground as Atlantic City casinos struggle Updated: May-06-16 1:59 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - Atlantic City's casino workers are making only 80 cents an hour more now than they did 12 years ago, having opted instead to secure benefits like health insurance and retirement plans as the casino industry shrunk and four properties went out of business.
- Newest mitigation bank certified in southwest Washington Updated: May-06-16 1:34 pm
KELSO, Washington - The state's newest program intended to offset development impacts to wetlands and fish habitat has been certified to operate in southwest Washington.
- Attorney: Kansas delays Planned Parenthood's Medicaid cutoff Updated: May-06-16 12:02 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A Planned Parenthood attorney says Kansas will not cut off Medicaid funding for the abortion provider until May 24.
- 2 Southern California doctors guilty in hospice fraud scheme Updated: May-05-16 8:10 pm
LOS ANGELES - Two Southern California doctors have been convicted of Medicare fraud for falsely certifying patients were terminally ill - making them eligible for taxpayer-funded hospice care.
- Arkansas lawmakers approve $5.3B budget for coming year Updated: May-05-16 5:24 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas lawmakers approved the state's $5.3 billion budget for the coming year on Thursday, wrapping up this year's fiscal session as a debate over how to boost funding for highways looms.
- Public comment, hearings on Medicaid expansion this month Updated: May-05-16 5:22 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Members of the public will be able to weigh in later this month on a pared-back plan to expand Medicaid in Utah.
- Wildlife group proposes deer farm crackdown to fight disease Updated: May-05-16 4:52 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A prominent sportsmen's group wants Gov. Scott Walker to crack down on captive deer farms as he considers revising the state's chronic wasting disease tactics.
- Arizona House advances bill limiting access to food stamps Updated: May-05-16 4:03 pm
PHOENIX - The Republican-controlled Arizona House on Thursday advanced a proposal that could cut off nearly 80,000 people from the state's food stamp program, despite assurances from the sponsor two months ago that he would remove the provision.
- Feds: NYC to pay $4.3M to settle FDNY Medicare billing case Updated: May-05-16 3:13 pm
NEW YORK - Prosecutors say New York City will pay $4.3 million to settle claims that its fire department improperly received reimbursement from Medicare for ambulance calls that didn't meet the federal requirement for medical necessity.
- Concerns remain as Minnesota's medical marijuana sites grow Updated: May-05-16 2:45 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota is expected to have eight medical marijuana clinics open this summer, but some observers are wondering whether there's enough patient demand.
- Stirred by Sanders, Democrats shift left on health care Updated: May-05-16 12:15 pm
WASHINGTON - More Democrats seem to be having doubts about the federal health care law, a contentious issue for most of President Barack Obama's tenure and one of the defining elements of his legacy.
- St. Louis program offers vacant lots to neighbors for $125 Updated: May-05-16 12:10 pm
ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis program announced Thursday aims to address the problem of abandoned properties by giving neighbors an opportunity to obtain them at a bargain price.
- Campbell County approves needle exchange program Updated: May-05-16 8:51 am
ALEXANDRIA, Kentucky - Campbell County's government has voted in support of creating a needle exchange to grant heroin users access to clean syringes.
- Florida doctor convicted of 162 counts of health care fraud Updated: May-05-16 4:21 am
GAINESVILLE, Florida - A federal jury has convicted a north Florida doctor of 162 counts of health care fraud.
- Panel: Painkiller training should be required for physicians Updated: May-04-16 8:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Doctors who prescribe painkillers should be required to undergo training aimed at reducing misuse and abuse of the medications, according to federal health experts, though they acknowledge the challenge of putting such a mandate in place.
- Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves Updated: May-04-16 7:50 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Wildlife advocates on Wednesday said they will seek a court order halting a United States government program that allows tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves to be exported annually for sale on the international fur market.
- $49.6 million to Arkansas in tobacco settlement payments Updated: May-04-16 6:36 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas has received $49.6 million in the latest annual payment from the tobacco industry as part of a 1998 settlement of a lawsuit against tobacco companies.
- Oklahoma Medicaid agency ending Planned Parenthood contracts Updated: May-04-16 6:30 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma is ending its contracts with two Planned Parenthood organizations that provide health services to thousands of mostly low-income women and families, the head of the state's Medicaid agency said Wednesday.
- Manchester opens firehouse doors to drug addicts Updated: May-04-16 3:14 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's biggest city is opening its firehouse doors to drug addicts in a program that allows them to seek treatment in an effort to avert overdoses.
- Senators reject decision-making in food stamps work mandate Updated: May-04-16 12:57 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Senators have rejected a bid to give lawmakers authority to determine whether food stamp recipients should have to work to get federal assistance.