- Wal-Mart expands protein bars to main grocery aisles Updated: Oct-06-15 1:46 pm
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart is expanding its offering of protein bars like Special K and Clif beyond the health food areas to the main grocery aisles of some of its stores, starting in January.
- Federal report: Florida lags in disbursing foreclosure aid Updated: Oct-06-15 1:34 pm
ORLANDO, Florida - Florida lags behind other states in using federal mortgage assistance money to help desperate homeowners facing foreclosure, and Florida has only drawn on half of the $1 billion available, according to a critical report released Tuesday.
- 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.
- Inmates help other prisoners face death in hospice program Updated: Oct-06-15 11:44 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - As late-morning sun streams through narrow prison windows, convicted killer Scott Abram stands beside a fellow inmate, speaks quietly to him and starts singing "Amazing Grace." The prisoner appears to smile, but it's difficult to gauge his response. He is dying.
- Wolf plan seeks higher income, drilling taxes Updated: Oct-06-15 10:58 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf wants a half-point increase in the state's personal income tax and a new extraction tax on natural gas drilling in an effort to solve the state's 3-month-old budget impasse, according to an administration document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
- New Medicaid plan to get first public hearing Tuesday Updated: Oct-06-15 5:06 am
SALT LAKE CITY - A new plan to help more of Utah's poor get health insurance is scheduled to get its first public hearing Tuesday after GOP officials spent the summer hammering it out behind closed doors.
- Federal grant aims to bring recycling to New Mexico tribes Updated: Oct-06-15 5:02 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Recycling Coalition will be developing a training program and providing technical assistance to help Native American communities around the state with recycling programs.
- 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.
- A multigenerational hit: Student debt traps parents and kids Updated: Oct-05-15 2:33 pm
WASHINGTON - A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre's ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he's still paying the price of admission.
- 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.
- Alaska Editorials Updated: Oct-05-15 12:38 pm
Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:
- Branstad announces plan to increase skilled labor in Iowa Updated: Oct-05-15 11:46 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced an initiative to increase skilled labor in Iowa, but it's unclear how much the plan would cost or how it would be funded.
- Indiana teacher was migrant worker like those she now helps Updated: Oct-05-15 8:22 am
KOKOMO, Indiana - Catarina Soliz was on the move from the day she was born.
- 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.
- Pennsylvania's budget train wreck unfolded over past year Updated: Oct-03-15 11:18 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The utter breakdown in state budget negotiations in Pennsylvania didn't happen overnight, but was produced by diametrically opposed policy positions and fueled by tough rhetoric among people elected specifically to work together.
- 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.
- Alcorn State pitches internships to county Updated: Oct-02-15 8:33 am
LIBERTY, Mississippi - An official with Alcorn State University has asked Amite County supervisors to undertake an internship program for area business students.
- Fraction of eligible students enroll in scholar program Updated: Oct-02-15 5:01 am
KOKOMO, Indiana - Northwestern High School senior Matt Jaeger plans to study agricultural economics in college, and thanks to a decision he made in eighth grade, he'll receive a scholarship to cover his tuition at any state university.
- 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.
- Wyoming Business Council defends economic aid practices Updated: Oct-01-15 3:34 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - The current downturn in the state's energy industry underscores the need for using taxpayer funds to recruit and grow businesses in Wyoming, an economic development official said.