- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Obama administration sets stage for a debate on drug costs Updated: Nov-20-15 1:54 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration set the stage Friday for a national debate on the rising cost of prescription drugs, a pressing issue for voters but one that's unlikely to see quick solutions under a lame-duck president facing an opposition Congress.
- Hospitals see drop in unpaid care since Medicaid expansion Updated: Nov-20-15 12:57 pm
BEND, Oregon - Oregon hospitals are seeing fewer patients who cannot pay their bills since the state expanded Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.
- Arkansas mental health providers charged with Medicaid fraud Updated: Nov-19-15 7:27 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The two top billers in the Arkansas Medical Licensed Mental Health Practitioner Program have been charged with 20 felony counts involving false claims for Medicaid reimbursement.
- Iowa officials: Medicaid providers sign contract paperwork Updated: Nov-19-15 7:23 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa officials say more than 12,000 Medicaid service providers have signed necessary paperwork to offer care under the state's proposed privatization plan.
- Oklahoma governor seeks end of Planned Parenthood contracts Updated: Nov-19-15 5:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is urging the state's Medicaid provider to cancel its contracts with two Planned Parenthood affiliates, citing what she called a "high rate of billing errors."
- New Orleans office manager sentenced in $50M fraud scheme Updated: Nov-19-15 8:44 am
NEW ORLEANS - A home health company office manager has been sentenced to four years in prison for participating in a $50 million fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said.
- The Latest: Legislative panel backs McCrory refugee request Updated: Nov-18-15 8:53 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The latest on a North Carolina General Assembly government oversight committee meeting Wednesday to discuss several issues, including some state prison maintenance contracts and decision by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors (All times local):
- Florida hospitals say they spent $1.5B in charity care Updated: Nov-18-15 6:11 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida hospitals paid for $1.5 billion in health costs for uninsured and underinsured patients last year.
- Report: Man who killed deputy not evaluated by psychiatrist Updated: Nov-09-15 8:46 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minnesota - The man who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy at a Minnesota hospital last month was never evaluated by a psychiatrist, despite making declarations that he was going to kill himself and any man who came into his room, according to a federal report.