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  • Maine Democrats continue Medicaid expansion push 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:06 am
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Democrats are advancing a new bill to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 70,000 low-income residents under the federal health care law, but its chance of getting past Republican Gov. Paul LePage is slim.

  • Bill establishes NH paint disposal program 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:05 am
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire would join a national program developed by paint manufacturers to dispose of old paint under a bill before a Senate committee.

  • County, feds at odds over drug case payments 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:04 pm
  • FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Coconino County has offered to repay the U.S. Justice Department $700,000 it received for prosecuting drug trafficking cases after an audit found no proof of federal involvement in the cases.

  • Leaders await decision on Indiana Plan expansion 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:59 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Two of the state's top Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they would like to see the federal government sign off on an expansion of Medicaid through the state's health care plan for low-income residents, but they added that they have little idea how soon that could happen.

  • USDA says NC health agency met food stamp deadline 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:52 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - The federal government says it's satisfied that North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has met the final deadline to whittle down its backlog of food stamp applications at local social service offices.

  • St. Louis police take new approach to 'johns' 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:55 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - Men who prowl the streets of St. Louis for prostitutes can expect a brightly colored postcard in the mail - from police.

  • Fiscal impact of Medicaid initiative questioned 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:02 pm
  • HELENA, Montana - Attorney General Tim Fox is asking the state Supreme Court to order a new fiscal note for a ballot initiative that seeks to expand the Medicaid program in Montana.

  • Ga. alters state employee health insurance program 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:50 pm
  • ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Community Health announced Tuesday that it is looking to increase the number of companies participating in the State Health Benefit Plan and will offer more coverage options for state employees, including HMOs, beginning next year.

  • Ill. House orders new audit of anti-violence funds 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:14 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are seeking a new audit of anti-violence spending under Gov. Pat Quinn after a review in February found "pervasive" mismanagement in an earlier program.

  • MaineCare rides bill fails veto override attempt 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:50 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers have failed to keep alive a bill that supporters say would have improved the criticized MaineCare rides program.

  • $32 million budget fix sent to Maine governor 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:43 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday that fixes a $32 million gap in the state budget next fiscal year and moves hundreds of developmentally disabled residents off waitlists for Medicaid services like home-based care.

  • USDA give GA deadline to improve food stamp system 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:22 pm
  • ATLANTA - Federal officials have given Georgia a deadline to show that it's doing a better job of processing food stamp applications.

  • Praeger, Kansas groups urge health compact veto 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:47 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and several health care organizations urged Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday to veto legislation that would allow Kansas to join a multistate health care compact.

  • Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:07 pm
  • DANE, Wisconsin - Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across Wisconsin.

  • Group urges Alabama to create dam safety program 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:34 pm
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A group urged Alabama to create an inspection program for the hundreds of dams across the state, most of which they say go unregulated.

  • Va. House Republicans reaffirm Medicaid opposition 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:52 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - House Republicans say they remain resolute in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to as many as 400,000 low-income Virginians.

  • Maine House OKs bill to expand preschool programs 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:34 am
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House has given final approval to a bill designed to boost the number of public preschool programs in the state.

  • Salem doctor bills Medicare the most in Oregon 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:03 am
  • SALEM, Oregon - A Salem rheumatologist received more money from Medicare in 2012 than any other doctor in Oregon.

  • Democrats to remove Bethune from House 64 primary 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:28 am
  • SUMTER, South Carolina - The South Carolina Democratic Party says it is taking steps to remove Willie Lee Bethune from the June House District 64 primary after his conviction for Medicaid fraud.

  • Boston Globe wins Pulitzer for bombing coverage 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:44 am
  • NEW YORK - An award that usually is met with cheers and jubilation instead came with a moment of silence, as The Boston Globe won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its "exhaustive and empathetic" coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed.

  • Program to give designation to healthy businesses 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:07 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana is launching a new statewide health initiative to give a special designation to schools, businesses and organizations deemed to be making healthy choices.

  • Chicago bike-share program breaks one-day record 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:06 am
  • CHICAGO - Chicago officials say the city's bicycle-sharing program has set a single-day record.

  • 3 GOP governors blast Medicare Advantage rates 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:05 am
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Three Southern Republican governors are writing President Barack Obama to complain about newly announced Medicare Advantage payments.

  • Woman sentenced to prison in $25M health scam 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:56 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - The former owner of a Los Angeles medical equipment company has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for submitting nearly $25 million in bogus Medicare bills.

  • ACLU seeks to oppose diocese in birth control suit 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:13 pm
  • CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to enter a pending federal lawsuit to argue against Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming that are trying to block the birth-control coverage requirement in the federal health care overhaul.