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Stories with subject: Government-funded health insurance
  • new storyWhat to know about 'BernieCare,' Sanders' health overhaul story has photos
    Updated: Nov-28-15 8:42 am

    WASHINGTON - The most ambitious "repeal and replace" health care plan from a presidential candidate comes from Sen. Bernie Sanders, not from a Republican.

  • Judge recommends Iowa throw out 1of 4 Medicaid contracts 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 1:39 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - An administrative law judge has recommended that the state of Iowa throw out one of four contracts awarded to private companies set to take over the state's Medicaid program in January, a move that challenges whether plans to switch oversight can remain on schedule.

  • Troopers on food stamps, taking second jobs amid pay fight 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 1:10 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state's broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps.

  • Limited Medicaid screening program falls far short of goals 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 10:40 am

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Fewer South Carolinians than expected have enrolled in a limited benefits program for poor residents who fall in an insurance gap, and only a tiny portion of them are getting the free medical screenings it provides, according to the state's Medicaid agency.

  • New Mexico AG: Budget not keeping pace with crime growth 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 4:43 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico faces a public safety crisis and needs resources to respond to everything from police officer shootings to consumer fraud, state Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

  • Former health official enters plea in Medicaid fraud case 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 3:49 pm

    MASON, Michigan - The former head of a Calhoun County mental health organization faces up to 17 months in prison and will pay more than $1 million as part of a plea deal in a fraud case.

  • State delays change Medicaid coverage of back pain treatment 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:42 pm

    BEND, Oregon - The Oregon Health Authority is delaying the rollout of changes to the state's Medicaid program that would allow patients to seek alternatives to painkillers and surgery to cope with back pain.

  • Gov. Matt Mead not ready for tax increases despite coal drop 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 1:45 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Gov. Matt Mead says he's not ready to support other tax increases to cover what state analysts say will likely be a steep decline in coal revenues over coming years.

  • Kentucky wins $2.65 million for Medicaid in settlement 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 12:58 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky has recovered $2.65 million from a San Diego-based urine drug testing company for fraudulently billing the state's Medicaid program.

  • Husband, wife indicted for Medicaid fraud 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 6:43 am

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A husband and wife have been arrested after being indicted on two counts each of felonious identity theft and two counts each of felonious Medicaid fraud.

  • Officials: Psychiatric hospital has made progress on safety 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 7:43 pm

    SEATTLE - State officials said Tuesday that federal officials are satisfied with the progress made at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital, which had been at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding later this week over concerns about patient safety.

  • Arkansas health task force nearing recommendations 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 7:22 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A legislative task force looking at the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid program is nearing a deadline for recommendations.

  • Medicaid expansion timeline under Edwards may be slowed 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 1:53 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - While he pledged to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program on "day one" in office, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is finding out that might be trickier than he thought.

  • Florida Gov. Scott's budget: Tax cuts, more for schools 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 8:22 pm

    JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, surrounded by rows of machines and dozens of manufacturing employees, on Monday announced a nearly $79.3 billion spending plan for the coming year that is heavy on tax cuts and help for businesses.

  • Media groups get involved in author's lawsuit in Montana 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 6:40 pm

    HELENA, Montana - A pending lawsuit by "Into the Wild" author Jon Krakauer will be the nation's first test following the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 Obamacare ruling of whether state education officials can use the threat of lost federal funding to justify refusing public records requests.

  • Planned Parenthood sues Texas over blocked Medicaid dollars 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 5:48 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line.

  • Rand Paul talks faith in Kentucky campaign swing 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 5:10 pm

    LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Rand Paul came home for Thanksgiving to talk about his faith in God.

  • Officials: Psychiatric hospital on track to improve safety 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 3:55 pm

    LAKEWOOD, Washington - Officials with Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital say they are on track to satisfying federal regulators who threatened to pull millions of dollars in federal funding over concerns about patient safety.

  • Maine wants to ban food stamp purchases of soda, junk food 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 2:05 pm

    AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Health and Human Service is going after soda and junk food purchased with food stamps.

  • NY bills for costs of care after alleged cases of abuse story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 12:19 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Bill Liblick was shocked to learn that his sister, a disabled woman with the mind of a 1-year-old, had repeatedly been sexually assaulted at a state-run group home. Then, after her death, he was astonished again when he received a $1.6 million bill from the state for the cost of her care.

  • Vermont lawmakers to get preview of upcoming issues 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 4:02 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont lawmakers are being invited to Montpelier the week after Thanksgiving to get a preview of the issues they'll be facing when they reconvene in January.

  • After victory, Edwards starts piecing together transition story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-22-15 6:26 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - Fresh off a strong victory in the Louisiana governor's race, Democrat John Bel Edwards began to work Sunday on his plans for the transition into his new office and an upcoming term in which he'll have to grapple with a hefty state financial crisis.

  • Swing state Colorado mulls universal health care proposal 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 12:19 pm

    DENVER - A new plan for government-run health care that covers everyone is coming from a surprising corner: Colorado, a politically moderate swing state where Republicans and Democrats often share control of state government.

  • New $710-a-day drug saves lives but strains state budgets 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 10:21 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - A newly approved drug is being hailed as a major advance in treatment of cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that clogs the lungs with mucus and forces patients to struggle to breathe. But it comes with a punishing price tag - about $710 per patient per day.

  • Experts foresee big premium increases for Medicare drug plan 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 9:52 am

    WASHINGTON - With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums.