- 1 of 3 deaths in EU avoidable if optimal care was available Updated: May-24-16 10:45 am
BRUSSELS - The European Union's statistical agency says that one out of three deaths in the 28-nation bloc would be avoidable if optimal health care was available.
- 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.
- Michigan bill requires equal health coverage of cancer drugs Updated: May-21-16 10:15 am
LANSING, Michigan - Cancer patients and survivors are lobbying lawmakers to make Michigan the latest in a long line of states to require equal insurance coverage of chemotherapy regardless of whether the drugs are given by needle or taken orally.
- Study: West Virginia had greatest drop in uninsured Updated: May-19-16 1:07 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Federal data shows West Virginia had the greatest percentage drop among the states over a two-year period for adults without health insurance.
- Plan calls for improving oral health in Michigan by 2020 Updated: May-18-16 11:15 pm
LANSING, Michigan - State officials and others are backing a plan to boost the number of dentists in Michigan and encourage their collaboration with other health care providers to give residents better access to dental care.
- California immigrant kids gain state-funded health care Updated: May-16-16 5:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Children and teens brought illegally to the United States gained access to publicly funded health care Monday as California began allowing young people to sign up for the state's health care program for the poor without regard to their immigration status.
- United Health-Ochsner agreement keeps coverage for 3000 Updated: May-15-16 6:11 pm
NEW ORLEANS - UnitedHealth and Ochsner Health System say they have an agreement to keep insurance through January for nearly 3,000 south Louisiana residents.
- Census: Many counties in Florida have high uninsured rates Updated: May-14-16 1:23 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Nearly half of the counties in Florida have high numbers of uninsured adults according to new estimates released this week by the United States Census Bureau.
- Health insurers on Maryland exchange seek rate hikes Updated: May-14-16 10:40 am
BALTIMORE - Companies offering coverage on the health care exchange in Maryland are proposing to increase rates.
- New York diocese sues to rescind insurer abortion mandate Updated: May-13-16 2:25 pm
ALBANY, New York - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has sued state insurance regulators over requirements that workplace health plans cover employee abortions.
- The Latest: Regulators reviewing diocese's lawsuit Updated: May-13-16 2:24 pm
ALBANY, New York - The Latest on a lawsuit by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany against New York insurance regulators (all times local):
- NY attorney general offers help getting health coverage Updated: May-11-16 12:54 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's attorney general says people denied insurance coverage for addiction treatment and mental illness should contact his office for help.
- Rhode Island health centers awarded a combined $3 million Updated: May-08-16 4:08 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Three health centers in Rhode Island have been awarded a combined $3 million to expand.
- Workers are losing ground as Atlantic City casinos struggle Updated: May-06-16 6:48 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - Atlantic City's casino workers are making only 80 cents an hour more now than they did 12 years ago, having opted instead to secure benefits like health insurance and retirement plans as the casino industry shrunk and four properties went out of business.
- Jimmy Carter's cancer treatment inspires new Georgia law Updated: May-03-16 4:16 pm
ATLANTA - Georgia's governor has signed a bill inspired by former President Jimmy Carter's cancer treatment.
- Study: 7 of 10 most profitable US hospitals are nonprofits Updated: May-02-16 4:05 pm
CHICAGO - Seven of the 10 most profitable U.S. hospitals are nonprofits, according to new research, including one in Urbana, Illinois, where hospital tax exemptions are headed for a contentious court battle that soon could determine whether medical facilities are paying their fair share of taxes.
- Proposal would require insurance coverage for Lyme Disease Updated: May-01-16 4:20 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers have advanced a proposal that would require insurance companies to provide coverage for doctor-prescribed Lyme Disease treatments.
- Oklahoma Medicaid cuts to limit mental health care access Updated: Apr-29-16 3:31 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Health Care Authority board has approved cuts that could potentially trim care for thousands of low-income residents with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
- GAO: Health care access hard to measure for Native Americans Updated: Apr-28-16 8:51 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Access to health care for American Indians is difficult to gauge because the agency that oversees it does a poor job of tracking patient wait times, a report by a federal watchdog found.
- Efforts to help Flint amid water crisis get $520,000 boost Updated: Apr-27-16 7:21 am
FLINT, Michigan - The Community Foundation of Greater Flint is distributing more than $520,000 to help deal with Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water.
- Missouri lawmakers send bill on medical expenses to Nixon Updated: Apr-26-16 6:53 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation to change how medical expenses are handled in court, sending the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon.
- Speaker Harwell's health care task force holds first meeting Updated: Apr-26-16 5:57 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Members of a health care task force assigned with proposing alternatives to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan on Tuesday stressed their desire to include "circuit breakers" to prevent out-of-control costs.
- Governor says Kansas pulling out of refugee funding program Updated: Apr-26-16 5:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is withdrawing from the federal government's refugee resettlement program over safety concerns, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday after taking what could be a largely symbolic action to show displeasure with President Barack Obama's administration.
- More people accessing mental health services in New Mexico Updated: Apr-25-16 7:14 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The number of New Mexicans accessing behavioral health services through government-funded programs has increased nearly 5 percent within a year's time, adding to a surge that began with the expansion of the state's Medicaid program.
- Feds issue new standards for Medicaid insurance plans Updated: Apr-25-16 5:35 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration Monday set new standards for Medicaid private insurance plans, which in recent years have become the main source of coverage for low-income people.