Republicans introduce bill to stop Democrats from using Medicaid funding for abortion providers

News 09/24/20, 03:11

GOP representatives from Texas and Oklahoma formally objected to using federal funds to terminate pregnancies. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas) have introduced the Women's Public Health and Safety Act to let state legislatures decide whether to exclude Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice service providers from receiving Medicaid funding. Lankford ...

California becomes 1st state to offer taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal immigrants

U.S. 07/09/19, 21:06

California has become the first state to offer taxpayer-funded health benefits to young adults living in the country illegally. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Tuesday that makes low-income adults age 25 and younger eligible for the state's Medicaid program regardless of their immigration status. State officials expect ...

Newsom expands undocumented Medicaid. ‘We need to stop it,’ Trump responds

U.S. 07/01/19, 19:33

California's governor vowed on Monday to continue expanding taxpayer funded health benefits to adults living in the country illegally next year. President Donald Trump had a response. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $214.8 billion operating budget last week that includes spending to make low-income adults 25 and younger living in ...

California becomes first state to agree to health benefits for illegal immigrants

U.S. 06/09/19, 21:56

California will become the first state to pay full health benefits for some adults living illegally in the country as the solidly liberal bastion continues to resist Republican President Donald Trump's administration's policies. Sunday afternoon Democrats in the state Legislature reached an agreement as part of a wider scheme to invest ...

Kansas lawmakers settle fiscal issues amid Medicaid protest

Business 05/29/19, 16:59

Republican legislators on Wednesday reversed actions by Kansas' Democratic governor to reshape the state budget to her liking, but they couldn't save a GOP tax relief plan and had their work briefly delayed by a loud protest in favor of expanding Medicaid.The GOP-controlled Legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's vetoes ...

Health tax splits California amid need for Trump’s approval

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:16

California lawmakers are headed toward a confrontation with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to keep a tax that can generate nearly $2 billion for low-income health benefits but means approval from the Trump administration amid a feud between state and federal officials. Senate and Assembly budget committees finished their versions of ...

Dane County serves as model for recidivism task force

Health 05/20/19, 00:05

Dane County Jail inmate Christopher Beierle says he is in constant pain from an untreated hernia, but he cannot get a surgery that would alleviate his symptoms because he is not eligible for health care while incarcerated.Inmates are excluded from federal health and veterans' benefits when they are admitted into ...

Planned Parenthood funding in Texas at stake in hearing

U.S. 05/14/19, 10:08

A federal appeals court is about to again take up the issue of whether and how states can cut off federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood. A federal district judge blocked Texas' effort to stop Planned Parenthood funding in 2017. But a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Governor signs Montana’s Medicaid expansion bill

Health 05/09/19, 15:43

Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill Thursday to continue Montana's Medicaid expansion program for another six years, as long as federal funding continues.He was joined at the signing ceremony by bill sponsor Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey and Democratic Rep. Mary Caferro, who sponsored a separate bill that did not pass.The ...

Update: Wisconsin Republicans reject Medicaid expansion

Health 05/09/19, 13:37

The Latest on Wisconsin budget (all times local):1:35 p.m.Wisconsin Republicans have voted to reject Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposals to accept federal Medicaid expansion, legalize medical marijuana and increase the state minimum wage.Wisconsin Republican state Rep. John Nygren, co-chair of the Legislature's budget committee, defends the committee's voting to kill ...

Wisconsin Republicans to vote on killing Medicaid expansion

Health 05/08/19, 23:25

Wisconsin Republicans planned to scrap expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage and a host of other priorities of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday, as they begin dismantling his two-year budget plan. Evers and Democrats remain defiant, saying the public is on their side in support of expanding ...

Governor signs 4 bills aimed at improving maternity care

Health 05/08/19, 13:43

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed four bills into law Wednesday aimed at improving maternal health care, particularly lower-income residents using Medicaid.The first-term Democrat signed the measures alongside first lady Tammy Murphy, as well as a handful of lawmakers and other advocates at University Hospital in Newark.Murphy said the measures ...

Advocates highlight health care worker shortage

Health 05/06/19, 14:41

New Hampshire's shortage of health care workers threatens both the health of the economy and individuals going without needed care, advocates said at a Statehouse rally Monday.With roughly 2,000 job vacancies in hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes and other health care settings across the state, advocates are pushing for ...

GOP thwarts governor’s push to expand Medicaid in Kansas

Politics 05/05/19, 08:17

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas this year died Saturday when enough moderate Republicans bowed to the wishes of the GOP-controlled Legislature's conservative leaders and ended an impasse that had tied up the state budget. The House voted 79-45 in favor of an $18.4 billion spending blueprint ...

Update: No Medicaid plan as Kansas lawmakers adjourn

Business 05/05/19, 03:17

The Latest on an impasse in Kansas over the state budget and Medicaid expansion (all times local):3:15 a.m.The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature has wrapped up most of its business for the year without passing a plan to expand Medicaid in Kansas as Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly wanted.Republican members of the Kansas ...

Update: New Kansas budget plan removes hospital funds

Business 05/03/19, 21:44

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature's debate on Medicaid expansion and the next state budget (all times local):9:40 p.m.Republican lawmakers in Kansas have produced a new budget proposal in an impasse over Medicaid expansion that would remove extra state dollars for hospitals and could cost them $250 million in federal ...

Medicaid expansion backers in Kansas to try to block budget

Business 05/03/19, 13:52

Kansas lawmakers who support expanding Medicaid promised Friday to try to block passage of the next state budget in a high-stakes standoff designed to force the Legislature's conservative Republican leaders to allow an expansion plan backed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.Kelly's election last year raised hopes that Kansas would join ...

Evers vows to ‘fight like hell’ for Medicaid expansion

Health 05/02/19, 13:51

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers pledged Thursday to "fight like hell" to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin, a day after Republican legislative leaders said they would kill his proposal next week. A defiant Evers held a news conference with Democratic lawmakers to urge the public to call Republicans and tell them to approve ...

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