- House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps Updated: Feb-11-16 6:26 pm
WASHINGTON - A key House Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients, a move to help states like Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has sued the federal government to permit screening.
- Idaho panel backs Medicaid expansion alternative Updated: Feb-11-16 5:46 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion passed its first hurdle in the Idaho Legislature Thursday.
- Assembly OKs bill cutting Planned Parenthood reimbursement Updated: Feb-11-16 5:18 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans moved within a step Thursday of cutting millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood, pushing a bill that would limit Medicaid reimbursements for abortion providers through the state Assembly and on to Gov. Scott Walker.
- Health care battle brewing between governors in Kentucky Updated: Feb-11-16 4:22 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky's two most recent governors went to war over the state's health care system Thursday, raising the stakes in a battle that could tarnish the legacy of the Obama administration's health care law.
- Insurer Centene ends search for missing hard drives Updated: Feb-11-16 3:01 pm
Medicaid coverage provider Centene has ended a search for six hard drives that contained the personal information of roughly 950,000 customers more than a month after the equipment turned up missing.
- Nearly $164M in refunds for Washington's prepaid tuition Updated: Feb-11-16 2:51 pm
SEATTLE - Nearly $164 million in refunds have been processed for Washington's prepaid tuition program since the state agency told people they could ask for their money back in September.
- The Latest: Bevin says his focus is fixing 'fiscal crisis' Updated: Feb-11-16 1:03 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The Latest on former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's effort to oppose Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's effort to dismantle the state's health care program known as kynect (all times local):
- W.Va. report: $55m in welfare programs spent out of state Updated: Feb-11-16 4:00 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A West Virginia report says $55 million in two welfare programs was spent out of state in a year.
- North Dakota project donates tons of produce to the poor Updated: Feb-11-16 2:05 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's Agriculture Department says more than 338,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables made its way to food pantries and homeless shelters across the state last year.
- 2 Texas researchers under fire for Planned Parenthood study Updated: Feb-10-16 9:09 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Two state health researchers in Texas are under fire for co-authoring a study suggesting what Republican leaders have long disputed: cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women's health care.
- New Nebraska Medicaid bill reopens old divide in hearing Updated: Feb-10-16 8:58 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The newest attempt to expand health care coverage with Medicaid dollars reopened an old divide Wednesday before a Nebraska legislative committee.
- Panel OKs relaxing emission regs, tweaks renewable program Updated: Feb-10-16 6:54 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans on the Legislature's powerful budget committee approved a bill Wednesday that would relax portions of Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations and rework utilities' obligations to pay into the state's renewable energy program.
- Louisiana revenue forecasts drop again; budget gap at $850M Updated: Feb-10-16 6:29 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's budget gap grew worse Wednesday, reaching a projection of at least $850 million and placing government services at risk of deep cuts, with only four months remaining to rebalance the state's spending plan.
- Prison chief asks House to keep same budget, make no cuts Updated: Feb-10-16 6:15 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The head of Mississippi's prison system is asking the Legislature not to make any cuts to the department's budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1.
- Plan to reauthorize Medicaid expansion clears first hurdle Updated: Feb-10-16 6:09 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - A plan for reauthorizing Medicaid expansion its first hurdle in the New Hampshire House.
- The Latest: Kansas House budget plan still hits university Updated: Feb-10-16 5:38 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Latest on the Kansas House's debate on budget legislation (all times local):
- Latest: Flint mayor asks Obama to visit her city Updated: Feb-10-16 5:37 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):
- Missouri Senate backs fees for missed Medicaid appointment Updated: Feb-10-16 4:17 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Doctors could charge Medicaid patients a fee for missing appointments under a bill that has won initial approval in the Missouri Senate.
- North Carolina welfare applicants, recipients drug tested Updated: Feb-10-16 1:21 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Drug testing of North Carolina welfare recipients and applicants is now happening at social service offices in the state.
- Data: Preventable ER visits cost about $90 million a year Updated: Feb-10-16 12:57 pm
CRANSTON, Rhode Island - A state agency says a new report shows potentially preventable emergency room visits cost Rhode Islanders about $90 million a year.
- Paramedic arrested for sexual battery of a vulnerable person Updated: Feb-10-16 12:02 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says a Lafayette County Hospital paramedic has been arrested for sexual battery of a vulnerable person
- More than 300 children enrolled by DHS in literacy program Updated: Feb-10-16 10:27 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee's Department of Human Services says it has enrolled more than 300 Tennessee children in a program that aims to improve child literacy.
- MSU offering alternative path to teaching certification Updated: Feb-10-16 7:21 am
STARKVILLE, Mississippi - Mississippi State University is offering people interested in going into teaching an alternate route to getting a teaching degree.
- New chief putting mark on Detroit Fire Department Updated: Feb-10-16 4:10 am
DETROIT - In his first months as the new head of Detroit's beleaguered fire department, Eric Jones is building bridges with union leaders, touting improved response times and a decline in arson fires. But aging infrastructure, worker safety and wages are among the issues that remain on his hefty to-do list.
- Hospital industry official hired as Medicaid commissioner Updated: Feb-10-16 4:05 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Gov. Matt Bevin has selected hospital industry executive Stephen Miller to serve as the state's Medicaid commissioner.