- Customer-friendly upgrades for gov't health insurance site Updated: Oct-07-15 12:40 pm
WASHINGTON - The government's health insurance website is getting long-awaited upgrades that should help consumers find out whether their doctors and medications are covered, and get a better estimate of costs.
- Consultants presenting Medicaid study to Arkansas task force Updated: Oct-07-15 11:44 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The head of a consultant's group studying Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid system acknowledges its report is "in the weeds" but that it wanted to offer state lawmakers a number of plans to consider.
- West Virginia revenue slide continues as energy prices drop Updated: Oct-07-15 11:01 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia's budget gap has topped $60 million as low energy prices continue to dampen tax collections.
- Brownback spokeswoman blasts Medicaid expansion Updated: Oct-07-15 10:31 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Gov. Sam Brownback's office has indicated that the administration will not expand Medicaid and bring coverage to 150,000 uninsured Kansans, calling the plan "morally reprehensible."
- Coalition created by Daugaard meeting on Medicaid expansion Updated: Oct-07-15 10:09 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - A coalition established by Gov. Dennis Daugaard is exploring the expansion of Medicaid in South Dakota.
- AP NewsBreak: Alaska hired consultants ahead of Obama visit Updated: Oct-06-15 10:26 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker's administration spent $50,000 on consultants to help prepare for a visit by President Barack Obama and nearly another $2,000 on a professional photographer to capture what was described as a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.
- Medicaid plan gets first public hearing but no vote yet Updated: Oct-06-15 10:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - State lawmakers held the first public hearing Tuesday evening on a new plan to help thousands of Utah's poor get health insurance by expanding Medicaid. They didn't take any action on the plan, however, after hearing hours of testimony from doctors, advocates for the poor and more.
- Wal-Mart expands protein bars to main grocery aisles Updated: Oct-06-15 6:18 pm
NEW YORK - Protein and health bars at Wal-Mart are getting ready for prime time.
- Supreme Court hears UPMC's appeal of Medicare ruling Updated: Oct-06-15 4:31 pm
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday to vacate a lower court's order forcing UPMC to maintain cheaper, in-network rates for Highmark Inc.'s 182,000 Medicare Advantage customers.
- Hickory doctor pleads guilty to health care fraud charges Updated: Oct-06-15 4:09 pm
HICKORY, North Carolina - Prosecutors say a Hickory doctor and his family practice received at least $210,100 in payments as a result of false medical claims.
- Hassan's political philosophy shaped by advocacy for son Updated: Oct-06-15 3:16 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Democrat Maggie Hassan's career in public service began as a fight to ensure her son Ben, who has cerebral palsy, could participate fully in society. It led to a run for state Senate, then for governor and now, for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte.
- Planned Parenthood asks judge to expand Arkansas case Updated: Oct-06-15 12:47 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Planned Parenthood has asked a federal judge to expand a ruling that temporarily blocked Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid payments for three patients after the state canceled the organization's contract amid controversy over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.
- New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan to run for US Senate Updated: Oct-05-15 5:37 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Monday she would challenge Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, setting the stage for a highly competitive race that will be critical in determining majority control of the Senate in the next president's first year.
- Hartford HealthCare backs off merger plan, blames state cuts Updated: Oct-05-15 2:19 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Hartford HealthCare has broken off merger talks with Day Kimball Healthcare, blaming Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to cut Medicaid reimbursement payments.
- Analysis: Arkansas panel moves closer to Medicaid proposals Updated: Oct-03-15 1:05 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A much-anticipated report to lawmakers on Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion won't resolve the muddied future of a program providing coverage to more than 200,000 people. But it could at least provide some clarity on the options the Legislature faces, and how difficult finding consensus on the program will be.
- Ex-Zulu queen pleads guilty in Medicare fraud scheme Updated: Oct-02-15 5:14 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans businesswoman who once served as queen of the historic Zulu organization has pleaded guilty in federal court in what prosecutors said was a fraud scheme that cost the Medicare program $30 million.
- Lafayette Board votes to maintain employee insurance costs Updated: Oct-02-15 12:34 pm
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - Lafayette Parish School System employees and retirees won't face any changes to their health insurance premiums or deductibles next year.
- Again? Health care debate expands for 2016 Updated: Oct-02-15 12:06 pm
WASHINGTON - America's health care debate has been called an unhealthy political obsession. But if the 2016 presidential hopefuls have any say, it's about to get bigger.
- Diabetes costs New York's Medicaid system $1.2B annually Updated: Oct-02-15 11:20 am
ALBANY, New York - New York state spent more than $1.2 billion on diabetes-related medical services last year, according to a new report that suggests the costs associated with the chronic disease are likely to impose ever greater burdens on the state.
- Board postpones vote on another Planned Parenthood review Updated: Oct-01-15 6:51 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina's Legislative Audit Council postponed voting Thursday on whether to launch another state investigation into Planned Parenthood.
- Report: $11 million in questionable Medicaid payments Updated: Oct-01-15 4:18 pm
DOVER, Delaware - A long-delayed pilot study of Delaware's Medicaid program has identified more than $11 million in possible waste, fraud and abuse.
- Clarification: Mystery Ambulance Rides story Updated: Oct-01-15 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON - A Sept. 29 Associated Press story on irregularities in Medicare reimbursements to ambulance companies was accompanied by two AP photos of an ambulance operated by Cypress Creek EMS of Texas. However, The Associated Press has no evidence or indication that Cypress Creek EMS is implicated in the investigation of possible Medicare fraud.
- Conservative group pushes Scott on Planned Parenthood money Updated: Oct-01-15 3:18 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Gov. Rick Scott has signed new laws that make it harder for minors to get abortions, require an ultrasound before the procedure and force women to wait 24 hours before ending a pregnancy. He also ordered a state agency to investigate 16 Planned Parenthood clinics that provide abortions.
- 146-bed moratorium to continue at Osawatomie State Hospital Updated: Oct-01-15 3:14 pm
OSAWATOMIE, Kansas - A moratorium on involuntary hospital admissions will continue at Osawatomie State Hospital as mandated renovations are wrapping up.
- Arkansas asks judge to OK Planned Parenthood defunding Updated: Oct-01-15 11:45 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas is asking a judge to deny a bid to continue blocking the state's efforts to terminate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.