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Stories with subject: Government-funded health insurance
  • Court: State must provide TennCare applicants fair hearing 
    Updated: May-24-16 9:12 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee's Medicaid program has to provide applicants with a fair hearing if it cannot process their requests on time, under an order that's been upheld by a federal appeals court.

  • Republican leaders, governor reach $6.8B budget deal 
    Updated: May-24-16 5:58 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin and Republican legislative leaders announced a nearly $6.8 billion budget agreement Tuesday that would include no further funding cuts for public K-12 schools and prevent deep cuts to Medicaid provider rates but impose deep funding cuts on public colleges and universities.

  • South Dakota Indian hospital threatened with funds cutoff 
    Updated: May-24-16 12:21 am

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The U.S. government on Monday threatened to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to a government-run hospital in Rapid City - the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months.

  • Planned Parenthood defunding measure wins final passage 
    Updated: May-23-16 8:21 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Planned Parenthood should lose its Medicaid financing if the organization starts performing abortions in Louisiana, state lawmakers have agreed.

  • Law mandates coverage for vasectomies, other birth control 
    Updated: May-23-16 5:47 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont is poised to become the first state to require public and private health insurance to cover vasectomies without copays and deductibles under a bill Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law Monday.

  • Medicaid expansion plan likely dead in Oklahoma 
    Updated: May-23-16 3:54 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill to expand Medicaid eligibility in Oklahoma so that the state could tap into an infusion of federal funding available under the Affordable Care Act appears to be dead, the state's Senate leader said on Monday.

  • Arizona ruling allows hospital liens in some Medicaid cases 
    Updated: May-23-16 2:06 pm

    PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court says hospitals can go after lawsuit settlements to get additional reimbursement for costs of providing care for some patients covered by the state's Medicaid program.

  • The cost of an overdose in Massachusetts 
    Updated: May-23-16 10:14 am

    FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts - It all starts with a $20 to $30 purchase.

  • Summary of charges against the speaker of Alabama's House 
    Updated: May-22-16 11:43 am

    OPELIKA, Alabama - Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard goes on trial Tuesday. He is accused of using his political positions to make money and obtain financial favors from lobbyists and companies with business before the Alabama Legislature. Hubbard says he is innocent. Among the charges:

  • 240K Maryland residents missing out on insurance help 
    Updated: May-22-16 9:01 am

    BALTIMORE - It's an unusual problem: The more people in rural areas Mark Romaninsky and his team help sign up for health insurance, the more difficult it becomes to find people who still need to enroll.

  • Kokomo taxi cab company's owner gets probation in fraud case 
    Updated: May-21-16 5:19 pm

    KOKOMO, Indiana - The owner of a central Indiana taxi cab company has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to federal Medicaid fraud charges.

  • Arkansas governor signs savings plan for long-term care 
    Updated: May-20-16 7:58 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed an agreement with the nursing home industry that's aimed at saving more than $250 million in Medicaid spending on long-term care for the elderly over the next five years.

  • Gov. Snyder tasks board with eliminating child lead exposure 
    Updated: May-20-16 5:07 pm

    FLINT, Michigan - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder created a new board on Friday to eliminate children's exposure to lead statewide, saying the state needs to do more than just reduce exposure to the harmful chemical in the wake of the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint.

  • McAuliffe signs state budget, vetoes Medicaid restriction 
    Updated: May-20-16 4:05 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a $100 billion, two-year state budget lawmakers passed earlier this year.

  • The Latest: Lawmakers OK effort to protect Medicaid plan story has photos
    Updated: May-20-16 2:03 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Latest on Arkansas' special legislative session focused on highway funding (all times local):

  • Virginia health care: Pay by the month, get unlimited visits 
    Updated: May-19-16 4:41 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - In January, Dr. Maura McLaughlin started a new type of primary care practice in central Virginia. Instead of getting payments from insurance companies for each appointment, her patients pay her directly, and get unlimited visits for a fixed monthly fee.

  • Democrats, Republicans clash over cigarette tax in Oklahoma 
    Updated: May-18-16 11:13 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House rejected a proposed $1.50-per-pack tax on cigarettes to help stave off cuts to the state's health care system, with Democrats uniting against the plan until it includes an expansion of Medicaid for the working poor.

  • Kansas budget plan slashes university and Medicaid funding 
    Updated: May-18-16 8:24 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Facing a shortfall of more than $290 million, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a budget bill Wednesday that makes significant cuts to the state highway fund, Medicaid and higher education and trims most state agency budgets by 4 percent.

  • Health department withdraws ethics request on Medicaid plan 
    Updated: May-18-16 4:54 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's health department is withdrawing a request for the ethics board to determine if donations helping to pay for the rollout of Gov. John Bel Edwards' Medicaid expansion comply with state ethics laws.

  • Correction: Teacher Raises-Sales Taxes story story has photos
    Updated: May-18-16 12:33 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - In a story May 17 about a proposed cigarette tax increase, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the proposal would reduce planned cuts to Oklahoma's Medicare reimbursement rates. It would reduce planned cuts to the state's Medicaid reimbursement rates.

  • Correction: Committees-Cigarette Tax Increase story 
    Updated: May-18-16 12:33 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - In a story May 17 about a proposed cigarette tax increase, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the proposal would reduce planned cuts to Oklahoma's Medicare reimbursement rates. It would reduce planned cuts to the state's Medicaid reimbursement rates.

  • Ducey OKs abortion law repeals and bill targeting providers 
    Updated: May-17-16 8:33 pm

    PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that repeals a pair of laws targeting abortion that state attorneys said appeared to be indefensible in court but signed another bill that opponents say is designed to make it easier to cut off abortion providers from Medicaid funding.

  • Obama administration backs California health-plan tax 
    Updated: May-17-16 8:11 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - President Barack Obama's administration is approving California's plan to restructure health-plan taxes to generate money for Medi-Cal, which provides health coverage to the poor.

  • Department of Law fights House substitution in Medicaid case 
    Updated: May-17-16 7:18 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - Attorneys for Gov. Bill Walker are fighting an attempt to prolong litigation challenging Walker's authority to expand Medicaid unilaterally.

  • Kansas won't cut off funds for Planned Parenthood until July 
    Updated: May-17-16 6:48 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas will not cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood until July 7 in what marks the third delay in two weeks as the state works to prepare for a lawsuit over its action against the abortion provider.