- NC legislators want Medicaid reform before expansion Updated: Jul-04-15 12:04 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Despite a key win in the Supreme Court and pressure from liberal activists, North Carolina's legislative leaders said this past week that they have no plans to expand the state's Medicaid rolls through President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.
- Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts Updated: Jul-03-15 3:11 pm
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.
- Doctor linked to Sen. Menendez released from jail Updated: Jul-02-15 8:58 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been released under a bond agreement.
- Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net Updated: Jul-02-15 5:03 pm
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.
- Pennsylvania backs off plan to change nursing home payments Updated: Jul-02-15 4:44 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The Wolf administration is backing off a proposal to restructure Medicaid payments to nursing homes that a trade association found would have rewarded 13 homes accused by Pennsylvania state prosecutors of failing to meet residents' most basic needs.
- Appeals court upholds $237M judgment against SC hospital Updated: Jul-02-15 3:56 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal appeals court has upheld a $237 million judgment against a South Carolina hospital in a false Medicare claims case.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- State's Medicaid billing system receives initial OK Updated: Jun-29-15 6:33 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The state's long-delayed Medicaid billing system has finally received certification from the federal government, officials said Monday, making the state eligible for several years' worth of back payments in federal money.
- Official: State-based exchange gives Arkansas flexibility Updated: Jun-29-15 5:53 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas' move toward setting up its own health insurance exchange will give the state more flexibility as it looks at overhauling its Medicaid program for the poor, the director of the board setting up the exchange told legislators Monday.
- McConnell: New trade deal triumph despite partisan divide Updated: Jun-29-15 4:44 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - The brief alliance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with President Barack Obama to pass trade legislation last week marked a triumph amid divided government, McConnell said Monday, and he offered to work together across partisan lines to shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations.
- Supporters seek to revive Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan Updated: Jun-29-15 4:22 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Supporters of a failed plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee met Monday to renew an effort to try to pass it after a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold health insurance subsidies.
- $7.3B to be shared among NY health care networks to overhaul Updated: Jun-29-15 3:20 pm
ALBANY, New York - Some $7.3 billion will be divided among 25 networks of health care providers in New York state to use in overhauling the delivery of care and cutting unneeded hospital visits, according to state officials.
- High court ruling offers chance to alter health law debate Updated: Jun-29-15 3:31 am
WASHINGTON - The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama's law.
- With McAuliffe in office, old friends find new opportunities Updated: Jun-26-15 11:40 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Terry McAuliffe's move from national Democratic political insider to Virginia governor has meant new opportunities for some of his longtime friends.
- Coverage worries persist amid relief over health care ruling Updated: Jun-26-15 2:01 am
CHICAGO - Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.