- Former rehabilitation worker pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud Updated: Sep-04-15 7:43 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A former director of a Baton Rouge rehabilitation and detoxification treatment center admitted in federal court that she surreptitiously used patient information to obtain and distribute thousands of prescription medications.
- Hospice chain settles whistleblower suit for $5.9 million Updated: Sep-03-15 9:08 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A chain of hospices in four states has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit concerning overbilling for $5.9 million.
- Prosecutor: Medicaid worker's alleged take tops $10 million Updated: Sep-03-15 8:08 pm
PHOENIX - A prosecutor says an executive who oversaw procurement for the Arizona Medicaid program may have skimmed more than $10 million through an elaborate scheme over the past nine years.
- Court to consider case involving hospitals, AHCCCS patients Updated: Sep-03-15 5:02 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether hospitals that treat Medicaid patients can go after money that the patients obtained through personal injury settlements related to their care.
- Plan targets health care bias against transgender people Updated: Sep-03-15 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Mirroring a shift in society, the Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system.
- Medicaid looks to cut back on new disability program users Updated: Sep-03-15 8:14 am
KENAI, Alaska - An Alaska Medicaid program that funds care for adults with developmental disabilities may cut the number of people it enrolls each year by 75 percent.
- Alaska Editorials Updated: Sep-02-15 8:44 pm
Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:
- The Latest: Child care restoration fails in Illinois House Updated: Sep-02-15 6:17 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The latest on action at the state Capitol, where the Illinois House is expected to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of union-related legislation and other measures (all times local):
- Nebraska nursing home for Native Americans to open next year Updated: Sep-02-15 6:07 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A long-awaited Nebraska nursing home on the border with South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will begin accepting Native American residents early next year to ease a severe care shortage in one of the nation's poorest regions, a project official said Wednesday.
- Judge to decide if Planned Parenthood stays in La. Medicaid Updated: Sep-02-15 5:49 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A federal judge on Wednesday questioned why Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration removed Planned Parenthood from Louisiana's Medicaid program if its clinics are competent to provide health care services.
- Mental health counselor, workers indicted in Medicaid fraud Updated: Sep-02-15 5:06 pm
AUGUSTA, Georgia - A grand jury has indicted a licensed professional mental health counselor and seven of his employees for committing Medicaid fraud.
- Health care costs in Massachusetts surged 4.8 percent in '14 Updated: Sep-02-15 2:23 pm
BOSTON - The cost of health care soared nearly 5 percent in Massachusetts last year despite efforts to hold down expenditures, according to a state report released Wednesday.
- Republican bills target Planned Parenthood federal funding Updated: Sep-02-15 1:38 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - About $7.5 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin would be cut under two Republican-backed bills heard Wednesday by a state Assembly committee, measures that come as the Legislature also considers criminalizing research on aborted fetal tissue.
- Wolf administration wraps up overhaul of Medicaid benefits Updated: Sep-01-15 7:10 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The Wolf administration said Tuesday that it had completed the transfer of more than 1 million adult Medicaid enrollees into a single, new benefits package it had created as the program expands to record numbers under the 2010 federal health care law.
- Court: For Medicare purposes, family count includes spouse Updated: Sep-01-15 3:38 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio is illegally excluding spouses from the definition of family when determining eligibility for state assistance, a federal appeals court said in a Tuesday ruling that advocates estimate could affect up to 100,000 people.
- White House: Alaska's Medicaid expansion 'right decision' Updated: Sep-01-15 3:37 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the "right decision."
- Justice Department sides with Planned Parenthood in lawsuit Updated: Sep-01-15 11:17 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The U.S. Justice Department is telling a federal judge that Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to oust Planned Parenthood from Louisiana's Medicaid program appears to violate federal law.
- Colorado's uninsured rate half what it was before health law Updated: Sep-01-15 8:19 am
DENVER - A new survey shows that Colorado's uninsured rate has dropped by more than half since before the new federal health care law.
- Alaska Supreme Court won't block Medicaid expansion Updated: Aug-31-15 9:47 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Thousands of lower-income Alaskans will become eligible for Medicaid after the Alaska Supreme Court on Monday refused to temporarily block the state from expanding the health care program.
- Feds call for New Jersey to repay some Medicaid claims Updated: Aug-31-15 12:04 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey should repay the federal government $32 million after an audit found documents were missing in some of the state's submissions for reimbursement, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Groups ask Kasich to end funds to Planned Parenthood Updated: Aug-31-15 10:50 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Anti-abortion groups in Ohio have called on Gov. John Kasich to block Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, though federal health officials have warned other states that such a move could violate the law.
- Feds warn officials over end of Planned Parenthood contract Updated: Aug-30-15 3:05 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The federal government is warning state officials that Arkansas may have violated federal law by ending a contract with Planned Parenthood.
- Researcher sees link between pharmacies' output, overdoses Updated: Aug-30-15 12:58 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - New research suggests the Oklahoma pharmacies that filled the most prescriptions for powerful painkillers for the state's Medicaid recipients weren't far from the counties with the most residents who died from those same drugs.
- State struggles to expand beds for drug treatment programs Updated: Aug-29-15 10:49 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Roughly 40 people wait for treatment at Serenity Place in a given week, hoping for a spot in one of the program's eight beds for drug addiction treatment.
- Planned Parenthood sues Alabama over end to Medicaid funds Updated: Aug-28-15 9:41 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Planned Parenthood Southeast on Friday filed a federal lawsuit over Gov. Robert Bentley's effort to cut off Medicaid payments to the organization's Alabama clinics.