- GAO: Health care access hard to measure for Native Americans Updated: Apr-28-16 7:17 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Access to health care for American Indians is difficult to gauge because the agency that oversees it does a poor job of tracking patient wait times, a report by a federal watchdog found.
- Gilead 1Q profit tumbles on slower hepatitis C drug sales Updated: Apr-28-16 6:04 pm
WASHINGTON - Gilead Science Inc.'s earnings tumbled more than 17 percent in the first quarter as steeper discounts and rebates on its blockbuster hepatitis C drugs cut into sales.
- South Dakota tribe sues feds over ER closure Updated: Apr-28-16 5:46 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A Native American tribe in South Dakota sued the federal government Thursday over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.
- Alabama legislature passes medical marijuana oil bill Updated: Apr-27-16 9:16 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama legislature on Wednesday voted to decriminalize medicinal marijuana oil possession.
- Lawmakers blast Valeant for price-gouging tactics Updated: Apr-27-16 7:42 pm
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors during a hearing Wednesday scrutinizing the embattled drugmaker's pricing tactics.
- House OKs $38.8B general spending bill with more for roads Updated: Apr-27-16 7:12 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan would spend more on road construction, expanded health coverage for the poor and a criminal investigation into Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis under a $38.8 billion general budget bill approved Wednesday by the House.
- Attempt to revive talks on medical marijuana fails in House Updated: Apr-27-16 5:03 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - An attempt to revive talks on legislation that would expand medical marijuana access in Iowa has failed in the state House.
- Ohio patients push ballot over bill for medical marijuana Updated: Apr-27-16 3:47 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Patients and their families who are backing a medical marijuana ballot issue in Ohio said Wednesday that the proposed constitutional amendment offers a quicker and more effective way for them to get relief than legislation.
- Pfizer agrees to $785M settlement in drug discount case Updated: Apr-27-16 2:03 pm
BOSTON - Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $785 million to resolve allegations that one of its companies failed to give Medicaid the same discounts it provided to private purchasers of a heartburn treatment, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
- Foundation, journalist dismiss suit over records now public Updated: Apr-27-16 12:28 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and a journalist have dismissed their lawsuit against the state Department of Health now releasing public records with names of licensed medical marijuana producers.
- Efforts to help Flint amid water crisis get $520,000 boost Updated: Apr-27-16 7:21 am
FLINT, Michigan - The Community Foundation of Greater Flint is distributing more than $520,000 to help deal with Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water.
- Michigan House votes to study marijuana limit for drivers Updated: Apr-26-16 7:34 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan House moved Tuesday to get a recommendation on setting a legal limit for driving under the influence of marijuana.
- Missouri lawmakers send bill on medical expenses to Nixon Updated: Apr-26-16 6:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation to change how medical expenses are handled in court, sending the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon.
- Speaker Harwell's health care task force holds first meeting Updated: Apr-26-16 5:57 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Members of a health care task force assigned with proposing alternatives to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan on Tuesday stressed their desire to include "circuit breakers" to prevent out-of-control costs.
- Stefan Wilson partners with organ donation push for Indy 500 Updated: Apr-26-16 5:39 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Stefan Wilson, the younger brother of late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, will attempt to race in his first Indianapolis 500 this year.
- Governor says Kansas pulling out of refugee funding program Updated: Apr-26-16 5:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is withdrawing from the federal government's refugee resettlement program over safety concerns, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday after taking what could be a largely symbolic action to show displeasure with President Barack Obama's administration.
- Troopers investigate fundraising for girl who was not sick Updated: Apr-26-16 4:56 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - An online fundraising effort that took in $6,110 to pay medical expenses of a Fairbanks girl was taken down after the website creator said she learned the girl was not sick.
- Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction? Updated: Apr-26-16 3:44 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.
- State Supreme Court delays enforcement of medical pot ruling Updated: Apr-25-16 9:51 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Supreme Court said Monday it will delay enforcement of the severe medical marijuana restrictions it has upheld until Aug. 31.
- Hawaii lawmakers mull bill to clarify medical cannabis rules Updated: Apr-25-16 9:07 pm
HONOLULU - With less than a week to go before Hawaii is scheduled to announce the names of the state's first medical marijuana dispensary owners, lawmakers are considering a bill to clarify gaps in the dispensary law passed last year.
- More people accessing mental health services in New Mexico Updated: Apr-25-16 7:14 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The number of New Mexicans accessing behavioral health services through government-funded programs has increased nearly 5 percent within a year's time, adding to a surge that began with the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.
- Arkansas AG approves wording of marijuana proposal Updated: Apr-25-16 6:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a proposal to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, allowing supporters to begin gathering signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.
- Feds issue new standards for Medicaid insurance plans Updated: Apr-25-16 5:35 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration Monday set new standards for Medicaid private insurance plans, which in recent years have become the main source of coverage for low-income people.
- Double transplant in Stanford gives women new organs Updated: Apr-25-16 10:46 am
STANFORD, California - A rare "domino" transplant in Stanford has provided new organs to two women.
- Analysis: Can't do taxes? Lawmakers weigh fees to fill gaps Updated: Apr-24-16 8:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Prohibitions against considering taxes in the current legislative session haven't slowed all efforts to raise revenue to patch together next year's budget.