- Obama to restore college grants for some prison inmates Updated: Jul-31-15 9:03 am
WASHINGTON - Some federal and state prisoners could begin receiving federal student aid to take college courses - while still behind bars - as early as the 2016-2017 school year.
- 3 plead not guilty to Medicaid fraud Updated: Jul-31-15 7:46 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Three people have pleaded not guilty to Medicaid fraud, related to claims made in providing care to a disabled adult.
- Montana Supreme Court upholds 24/7 Sobriety Program Updated: Jul-30-15 7:34 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Supreme Court upheld the state's 24/7 Sobriety Program in a ruling Thursday, saying charging associated fees for alcohol monitoring is not pretrial punishment in violation of the Constitution.
- Kansas governor announces $63M in budget changes Updated: Jul-30-15 7:11 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback tinkered Thursday with Kansas' budget to keep it in balance, announcing $63 million in changes that he said should have little effect on the public.
- Oklahoma, advocacy groups reach agreement on voter rights Updated: Jul-30-15 6:05 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma residents who seek public assistance from various state agencies will be provided more opportunities to register to vote under the terms of a settlement agreement announced Thursday that would stave off a potential lawsuit over the state's compliance with federal voting laws.
- Utah co-op health insurer lost $19.9 million in first year Updated: Jul-30-15 5:39 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A nonprofit Utah health insurer that received federal loans to get up and running lost nearly $20 million in its first year and is among co-ops around the country struggling with financial losses, according to a new audit.
- Meeting in federal case on sex offender lockup ruled private Updated: Jul-30-15 5:18 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - When Gov. Mark Dayton, top legislators and other public officials head into a federal courthouse next month to discuss Minnesota's embattled sex offender program, the assembly will be closed to the public.
- Judge mulls challenge to Arizona Medicaid plan hospital fee Updated: Jul-30-15 5:03 pm
PHOENIX - A lawyer representing 36 Republican lawmakers told a judge Thursday that keeping a hospital assessment in effect to help fund the state's Medicaid expansion would gut a voter-approved law requiring a two-thirds vote for tax increases.
- McAuliffe set for renewed push for Medicaid expansion Updated: Jul-30-15 4:16 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he'll make a renewed push to expand Medicaid now that Republican primaries are over and the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.
- Anchorage doctor sentenced to prison for Medicaid fraud Updated: Jul-30-15 3:04 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage physician convicted of defrauding the government of Medicaid funding has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
- Hospital in Douglas to close down after losing funds Updated: Jul-30-15 2:16 pm
SIERRA VISTA, Arizona - A hospital in Douglas that lost its Medicare funding after being cited for multiple violations by the Arizona Department of Human Services is set to close.
- Health law's nonprofit insurance co-ops awash in red ink Updated: Jul-30-15 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON - Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink.
- Alaska Editorials Updated: Jul-30-15 1:38 pm
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- 14 counties to keep state inmates as work program ends Updated: Jul-30-15 1:29 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Fourteen Mississippi counties will keep state inmates in local work programs without reimbursement from the state, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
- Food stamps being used at more farmers' markets Updated: Jul-30-15 3:35 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says food stamp benefits can be used at an increasing number of farmers' markets in the state.
- FEMA approves $7.7M in W.Va. homeland security funds Updated: Jul-30-15 3:05 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $7.7 million in funding for emergency preparedness and homeland security programs in West Virginia.
- Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 Updated: Jul-29-15 12:45 pm
WASHINGTON - When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance.
- Humana beats 2Q profit forecasts Updated: Jul-29-15 12:04 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Humana's second-quarter earnings jumped about 25 percent in a better-than-expected performance, as a business sale gain and premium growth helped the Medicare Advantage coverage provider.
- Insurer Anthem hikes 2015 forecast, 2Q earnings climb Updated: Jul-29-15 10:17 am
Anthem has pumped up its 2015 forecast again after earnings jumped more than 17 percent in its most recent quarter, helped by a surge in government money.
- UI president defers salary program pending state budget Updated: Jul-29-15 9:02 am
URBANA, Illinois - The University of Illinois is suspending its annual merit-based salary increase program until the state budget impasse is settled, Champaign-Urbana campus president Timothy Killeen said.
- Pierre among 5 state capitals chosen for EPA program Updated: Jul-29-15 8:34 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - Pierre is among five state capitals selected this year for a federal project aimed at more attractive and environmentally friendly development.
- School district insurance swap for retirees could save money Updated: Jul-29-15 7:22 am
THIBODAUX, Louisiana - By replacing insurance plans for retirees, officials say the Lafourche Parish School District could save more than $300,000 each year.
- By nearly any measure, sunny South Florida is tops in fraud Updated: Jul-29-15 4:52 am
MIAMI - Psssst - Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you're looking for.
- Purdue Extension concentrating state fair farm programs Updated: Jul-29-15 4:11 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Purdue Extension will concentrate its agriculture exhibits in a single spot during next month's Indiana State Fair.
- Candidates for governor propose privatizing parks Updated: Jul-28-15 7:23 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - How will Kentucky's next governor help pay for a $14 billion shortfall in public school teacher pensions and adding an extra 400,000 people to Medicaid? By cutting loose a portion of the state's 49 state parks.