- Highlights of Wisconsin budget up for final committee vote Updated: Jul-02-15 2:04 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The two-year state budget up for passage Thursday by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee is expected to be taken up by the Assembly on Tuesday. It's unknown when the Senate will vote on it. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Wednesday that he does not have the votes for the budget in its current form.
- Cabell County to have state's 1st syringe exchange program Updated: Jul-02-15 1:10 pm
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia - Cabell County will be the site of West Virginia's first syringe exchange program, which officials say will help reduce infectious diseases within the county's population of intravenous drug-users.
- Kentucky awards Medicaid contracts to 5 companies Updated: Jul-02-15 1:01 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky has awarded contracts to five companies to provide health insurance to people on Medicaid.
- Ohio Medicaid plan would require enrollees to share in cost Updated: Jul-02-15 12:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - About 1 million low-income Ohio residents could be required to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid health coverage or potentially lose it under a Republican provision in the state budget, officials estimate.
- Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net Updated: Jul-02-15 11:02 am
Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net.
- Equal protection protests lead to arrests at NC legislature Updated: Jul-01-15 7:13 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - More demonstrators at the North Carolina Legislative Building were arrested Wednesday after advocating equal protections for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's Supreme Court rulings.
- Pennsylvania AG sues operator of 14 nursing homes Updated: Jul-01-15 7:07 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The Pennsylvania attorney general's office on Wednesday sued the operator of 36 nursing homes in the state, saying the staff at some of the facilities failed to meet residents' most basic human needs, falsified records about care and willfully deceived state inspectors.
- Medicare proposes coverage change on short hospital stays Updated: Jul-01-15 6:43 pm
WASHINGTON - Medicare proposed Wednesday to ease a coverage policy on short hospital stays that has been criticized because it can result in higher costs for seniors.
- North Las Vegas demolishes 5th eyesore home since 2013 Updated: Jul-01-15 5:59 pm
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada - North Las Vegas has razed another vacant home deemed a neighborhood eyesore, a code-enforcement headache and a magnet for arsonists.
- Obama urges bipartisanship in Medicaid expansion effort Updated: Jul-01-15 5:38 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he'd like to see "some good sense spring forth" as Tennessee lawmakers try to work out their differences and expand Medicaid in a state he touted as having a history of bipartisanship.
- Maine agency to probe blackmail claims against LePage Updated: Jul-01-15 4:28 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's watchdog agency will look into allegations that Republican Gov. Paul LePage threated to use public funds to punish a political opponent.
- Judge: Medicaid must cover some child behavioral treatments Updated: Jul-01-15 3:14 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A judge has ordered the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to stop excluding Medicaid coverage for some behavioral treatments for children with developmental disabilities, saying policy conflicts with federal law.
- Alanna Durkin joins AP's Richmond, Virginia, bureau Updated: Jul-01-15 1:22 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Alanna Durkin, who has covered state government and politics for The Associated Press in Maine, has been named a reporter for the news cooperative in Richmond, Virginia.
- State hires company to redesign Transportation Department Updated: Jul-01-15 7:50 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A California-based company has been awarded a contract to help reorganize Rhode Island's Department of Transportation.
- Ridgeland woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud Updated: Jul-01-15 4:11 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - A Ridgeland woman is going to prison for Medicaid fraud.
- Wednesday brings changes to SD commercial driver's licenses Updated: Jul-01-15 2:32 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - Several changes to South Dakota's commercial driver licensing program will go into effect Wednesday.
- Kasich signs $71B, 2-year budget after vetoing 44 items Updated: Jun-30-15 10:44 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday signed a $71.2 billion, two-year state budget that continues his expansion of the Medicaid health program and provides an income-tax cut.
- Community Health reaches $20 million overbilling settlement Updated: Jun-30-15 7:56 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - One of Indiana's largest health and hospital networks reached a $20.3 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of overbilling the Medicaid and Medicare programs for surgeries, the U.S. attorney announced Tuesday.
- Imprisoned Ala. woman to plead guilty in fraud scheme Updated: Jun-30-15 5:26 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Federal prosecutors in Birmingham say a woman already serving a year and one day in prison for trying to defraud the BP oil spill fund has agreed to plead guilty in a fraud and tax evasion scheme.
- Lincoln City Council denies over $600K in sewage claims Updated: Jun-30-15 4:22 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Lincoln City Council has rejected more than $600,000 in claims by residents whose homes were damaged by sewage during heavy rains.
- Indiana looks to collect millions with tax amnesty period Updated: Jun-30-15 3:41 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's government is looking to collect some quick cash from delinquent taxpayers with a two-month tax amnesty period starting in September.
- Poland to support, develop industrial, coal mining region Updated: Jun-30-15 1:04 pm
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's government, at its first ever session outside Warsaw, approved a multi-billion-euro plan on Tuesday to stimulate the coal-mining region of Silesia's industry and job market.
- Alaska stops Medicaid providers inflation-linked increases Updated: Jun-30-15 12:25 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The state is facing a $100 million drop in Medicaid funding for the coming year and won't be increasing rates for providers as a result.
- Decision expected on only wild population of red wolves Updated: Jun-30-15 10:13 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Federal officials plan to announce whether they will continue, change or end a program in North Carolina to maintain the only wild population of endangered red wolves.
- W.Va. prison dog-training program wins $25K grant Updated: Jun-30-15 3:13 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A program that enlists prison inmates to train dogs in need of rehabilitation has won a $25,000 in a Facebook contest.