- Arizona border hospital closes after Medicare payments stop Updated: Jul-31-15 8:28 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Residents of two rural communities in the Southwest face limited options to obtain convenient medical care after services were completely or partially shuttered.
- GOP legislators seek audit of money to Planned Parenthood Updated: Jul-31-15 6:16 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina House Republicans are seeking an audit of Planned Parenthood clinics in the state as Congress considers cutting off federal funding to the abortion provider.
- Paperwork error foiled contract for Medicaid system Updated: Jul-31-15 12:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An Arkansas Department of Human Services official said the agency didn't award a new contract to build the state's Medicaid eligibility and enrollment system due to a paperwork error.
- Texas woman charged in Oklahoma with Medicaid fraud Updated: Jul-31-15 10:49 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed Medicaid fraud and identity theft charges against a Texas woman.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alaska governor discusses Medicaid expansion decision Updated: Jul-28-15 5:26 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker said he believes his bill to expand Medicaid would have passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to be progressing toward that end.
- Health care spending to accelerate, US report says Updated: Jul-28-15 4:56 pm
WASHINGTON - The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.
- Austin doctor gets 10 years in prison for Medicare fraud Updated: Jul-28-15 8:41 am
HOUSTON - An Austin physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and must repay $1.2 million for Medicare fraud.
- 2 Ypsilanti residents convicted in home health fraud scheme Updated: Jul-28-15 2:19 am
DETROIT - Federal authorities say two Ypsilanti residents have been convicted for their roles in a $33 million Medicare fraud scheme involving home health care.
- Report: Medicare could help NC save on retiree benefits Updated: Jul-27-15 7:30 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Legislative researchers say North Carolina can save up to $64 million annually by switching health costs to federally-funded Medicare Advantage plans, but they caution that additional action is needed to close the state's unfunded liability.
- Feds: 'Wicked Tuna' TV fisherman claimed to be disabled Updated: Jul-27-15 4:52 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - A Massachusetts man seen manning big fishing rods and harpooning huge fish on the reality show "Wicked Tuna" collected government benefits while claiming to be disabled and unable to work, federal prosecutors said.