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Stories with subject: Government-funded health insurance
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • $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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Feds extend funds to Fla hospitals for 1 more year 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 6:19 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Federal health officials have agreed to funnel $2 billion to Florida hospitals and providers that serve uninsured patients for another year.

  • Public gets its turn to discuss Louisiana budget 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:58 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Two women whose daughters were killed in traffic accidents pleaded with lawmakers Monday to spend more on cable median barriers that could have prevented the fatal collisions.

  • CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower health costs 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:58 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A congressional report released Monday predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spending on federal health care spending being the main reason.

  • Anti-tax group praises Va. House speaker 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:22 pm
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - An anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform is applauding House Speaker William J. Howell for his opposition to Medicaid expansion, praise that comes a year after the group advocated for new leadership in the House of Delegates.

  • NY gets final terms for $8B Medicaid waiver 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:26 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - New York and federal officials report final agreement allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over the next five years.

  • Indiana officials consider funding for adoptions 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:04 am
  • INDIANAPOLIS - After about a year of fostering toddler Antoinette, Jackie Townsend adopted the 5-year-old she describes as the "prettiest little thing."

  • 6 SD doctors got $1M Medicare payments in 2012 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:10 am
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Six doctors in South Dakota each received more than $1 million in payments from Medicare in 2012, according to new data from the federal government.

  • 8 Florida patients arrested in Medicare scam 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 3:05 am
  • MIAMI - Eight Florida seniors have been indicted for their alleged roles in a $12.5 million Medicare home health scam.

  • Analysis: Questions on La. hospital deals linger 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 7:50 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A year after Gov. Bobby Jindal started turning over the operations of Louisiana's university-run hospital system to outside companies, lawmakers are complaining that they have unanswered questions about the deals.

  • Shoffner overshadows race for Arkansas treasurer 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 4:29 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Despite it being a relatively little-known post, the Republican primary for Arkansas treasurer has hardly been a low-key affair. Overshadowed by a former state treasurer's conviction on bribery and extortion charges, the race is pitting two GOP rivals who each insist they're the best candidate to overhaul a troubled office.

  • 25% of Colorado foster kids on psychotropic 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 2:58 pm
  • DENVER - A University of Colorado analysis found that more than 25 percent of Colorado's foster children in 2012 were prescribed psychotropic drugs and that about half of the children who were taking antipsychotics drugs were for "off-label" reasons not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

  • Ala. doctors explain high Medicare reimbursements 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 1:31 pm
  • HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Medicare reimbursed several Alabama doctors more than $4 million in 2012, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week.

  • SC Medicaid pays $50,000 to monitor social media 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 1:28 pm
  • CHARLESTON, South Carolina - South Carolina's Medicaid agency is paying an institute at Clemson University $50,000 to monitor Facebook, Twitter, bloggers and other social media.