- SC agrees to refund $1.6M it owes feds under Medicaid Updated: May-05-15 8:08 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - A new report shows that South Carolina has agreed to repay the federal government $1.6 million it overcharged under a special Medicaid program.
- 5 ambulance firms to pay $11.5m to settle kickback lawsuit Updated: May-04-15 11:50 pm
SAN DIEGO - Five Southern California ambulance companies will pay more than $11.5 million to settle federal allegations that they paid kickbacks to hospitals.
- DaVita to pay $450M to settle Atlanta whistleblower lawsuit Updated: May-04-15 9:11 pm
DENVER - DaVita HealthCare Partners agreed Monday to pay $450 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the company defrauded the federal Medicare program out of millions of dollars.
- Audit: Louisiana has long wait list for Medicaid services Updated: May-04-15 6:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's elderly and developmentally disabled wait longer than people in other states to get community-based services through Medicaid, according to a report released Monday by the legislative auditor.
- Texas, Kansas to back Florida lawsuit against administration Updated: May-04-15 6:17 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Governors in Kansas and Texas said Monday they'll support Florida Gov. Rick Scott's fight against the Obama administration to free billions of federal hospital dollars even if the states don't expand Medicaid.
- Florida trial set for 2016 for doctor tied to Sen. Menendez Updated: May-04-15 1:56 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez will face a trial early next year in a separate case charging him with Medicare fraud, a federal judge said Monday.
- Financing plan for Medicaid expansion wins committee support Updated: May-04-15 12:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers have repeatedly refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program, siding with Gov. Bobby Jindal in opposition. But on Monday, they started advancing a proposal that would help pay for an expansion if Louisiana's next governor has any interest.
- With Walker a 2016 GOP force, Kasich and Snyder ponder runs Updated: May-04-15 3:36 am
WASHINGTON - Wisconsin's Scott Walker has emerged as a force in the 2016 White House contest. It's a position two other Republican governors from the Midwest, lesser known but similarly ambitious, undoubtedly would like to be in.
- For nearly a year, KanCare lacks inspector general Updated: May-03-15 3:43 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The job of inspector general for the state's managed care Medicaid program has been open for nearly a year, but Kansas health officials insist they are working to fill the position.
- NY Medicaid overhaul envisions combined outpatient care Updated: May-02-15 11:05 am
ALBANY, New York - Using an estimated $8 billion as incentives, New York is overhauling Medicaid, pushing providers to establish more outpatient clinics, reduce hospital beds, use electronic records and enable low-income patients to see doctors and psychologists in the same visit.
- Court order brings acrimonious legislative session to close Updated: May-01-15 6:41 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A last-ditch effort to force the Florida Legislature back to work floundered on Friday after the state's highest court ruled that there would be no "beneficial result" to force the state House to reconvene.
- Obama administration raises Medicaid expansion concerns Updated: May-01-15 5:38 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Obama administration says it has concerns about provisions in Montana's new law to expand Medicaid, but it is willing to work with the state to overcome them.
- Louisiana AG: 4 arrested in Medicaid fraud scheme Updated: May-01-15 11:05 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Authorities say four people are facing charges after investigators say the state's Medicaid program was billed for in-home care of Medicaid recipients who were actually on a Caribbean cruise.
- Catholic bishops in Kansas call for Medicaid expansion Updated: May-01-15 10:53 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Catholic bishops in Kansas want lawmakers to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for 130,000 low-income residents who don't have insurance.
- Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes Updated: May-01-15 9:08 am
OSCEOLA, Missouri - After 45 years of providing health care in rural Missouri, Sac-Osage Hospital is being sold piece by piece.
- Resolution passes allowing recess while committees meet Updated: Apr-30-15 10:37 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Legislature passed a resolution Thursday authorizing a recess in floor sessions until May 12 while the House and Senate Finance committees continue to meet.
- Senate Democrats sue Florida House over abrupt session end Updated: Apr-30-15 8:47 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The fallout over the collapse of this year's session of the Florida Legislature continued Thursday as a group of Democrats went to court to try to force the House to return to the state Capitol.
- Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing Updated: Apr-30-15 6:59 pm
WASHINGTON - The most-used medicines in Medicare's prescription drug program are generics, but the program spends the most on brand-name drugs, led by the heartburn treatment Nexium, according to an unprecedented release of government data on Thursday.
- Private option enrollment high among Arkansas parolees Updated: Apr-30-15 6:41 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - About 70 percent of the state's more than 52,000 parolees and probationers have signed up for Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion, prison and parole officials told a legislative task force Thursday.
- While lawmakers feud, Gov. Scott visits Ferris wheel, Wawa Updated: Apr-30-15 4:35 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - When it became clear that the House and Senate wouldn't agree on a budget, Republican Gov. Rick Scott was in California trying to get shipping companies to move to Florida.
- Governor's group identifies $91M in Medicaid savings Updated: Apr-30-15 3:35 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A working group formed by Gov. Gina Raimondo has identified $91 million in savings for the state through changes to the Medicaid program.
- Ohio budget director takes issue with House spending plan Updated: Apr-30-15 2:20 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's budget director took issue Thursday with changes the Republican-led House made to tax policies, school funding and other areas of Gov. John Kasich's state budget proposal.
- Florida Gov. says he will work on new budget for state Updated: Apr-30-15 12:10 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is promising to help work on a new state budget.
- Judge rejects plea deal; counselor to go on trial for fraud Updated: Apr-30-15 7:17 am
MADISON, South Dakota - A South Dakota counselor who admitted defrauding the Medicaid program is now taking his case to trial after a judge rejected a plea deal.
- 20 arrested at NC Legislature protesting GOP's policies Updated: Apr-29-15 9:07 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Twenty people are facing trespassing and other charges after members of the "Moral Monday" movement disrupted the North Carolina Senate and House on Wednesday to protest Republican policy priorities.