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 ...

Update: N Carolina teachers rally for 2nd year in row

U.S. 05/01/19, 11:22

The Latest on the teacher rally in North Carolina (all times local):12:20 p.m.North Carolina teachers are rallying in support of several issues they believe will improve public education, including Medicaid expansion.Thousands of teachers, other school employees and their supporters marched up Fayetteville Street through downtown Raleigh, N.C. Wednesday, May 1, ...

Watchdog to examine Medicare chief’s publicity spending

Politics 04/05/19, 13:41

A government watchdog said Friday it will review costly outside contracts to provide publicity for Medicare chief Seema Verma, whose agency oversees health insurance programs covering more than 100 million Americans. The Health and Human Services inspector general's office said it will examine several publicity contracts, following a request by congressional ...

Oklahoma drops some claims against opioid manufacturers

Business 04/04/19, 14:41

A week after reaching a $270 million settlement with the maker of OxyContin, Oklahoma's attorney general has dismissed some claims against other drugmakers in a lawsuit alleging they helped create the nation's deadly opioid crisis. A motion filed by Attorney General Mike Hunter's office Thursday dismisses claims of fraud and deceit, ...

30K removed from Louisiana Medicaid rolls, deemed ineligible

Health 04/03/19, 17:42

More than 30,000 people in Louisiana have been booted from the Medicaid program, after an upgraded state computer check determined they earn too much to receive the taxpayer-financed health insurance.Louisiana's health department sent notices to 40,000 Medicaid recipients in February, warning them they would lose the insurance coverage unless they ...

Groups worried as Utah rolls out partial Medicaid expansion

Health 04/01/19, 20:24

As Utah rolled out its partial Medicaid expansion Monday, health care advocates said they're worried the scaled-back version of a voter-approved law will leave thousands of people behind. While they're glad more people will get coverage, they're worried about people such as Leonard Bagalwa, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of ...

Arkansas’ Medicaid plan in jeopardy after work rule decision

U.S. 03/29/19, 14:57

An effort to keep Arkansas' Medicaid expansion failed Friday in the state House, leaving the future of coverage uncertain for thousands of low-income residents two days after a judge blocked the state's work requirement on the program. The majority-Republican House voted 52-28 in favor of the budget bill for Medicaid and ...

Trump’s small-business health insurance plan struck down

Politics 03/29/19, 06:30

A federal judge is striking down the Trump administration's highly touted small-business health insurance plan, calling it an "end run" around consumer protections. The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., is the second setback in a week for the administration's health care initiatives. On Wednesday another ...

Obama nominated judge blocks Medicaid work rules in blow to Trump

Politics 03/27/19, 18:57

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Medicaid work requirements undermine the program's mission of providing health care for the needy, dealing a blow to the Trump administration's efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, D.C., blocked work requirements for low-income people in two ...

Centene to buy WellCare for $15B creating ACA powerhouse

Business 03/27/19, 07:13

Centene is spending more than $15 billion on rival WellCare to dive deeper into government-funded health coverage in the same week that President Donald Trump's administration renewed its attack on the Affordable Care Act. The insurer said Wednesday that its cash-and-stock deal to buy WellCare will create an insurer that manages ...

Medicaid expansion backers revive Kansas plan, advance it

Health 03/20/19, 19:31

Medicaid expansion supporters in Kansas forced a debate Wednesday in the Republican-controlled Legislature on Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan and advanced it with bipartisan support over GOP leaders' objections.The House voted 70-54 to give first-round approval to a modified version of Kelly's plan for expanding Medicaid health coverage to as ...

GOP candidates for Louisiana governor showing differences

Business 03/18/19, 18:38

Louisiana's two Republican candidates for governors started Monday to stake out modest differences on business tax breaks, teacher pay and the state's Medicaid expansion program, at an event called to tout their differences from Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards on economic policy.Still, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone ...

Senators grill pharmaceutical CEOs about high drug prices

Politics 02/26/19, 10:43

Senators grilled CEOs of seven major drug companies on Tuesday over high prescription drug prices that are a drain on Medicare and Medicaid and a burden to millions of Americans. The extraordinary public accounting was a sign that Congress and the White House are moving toward legislation this year to ...

Many shades of meaning behind ‘Medicare-for-all’

Politics 02/22/19, 13:05

"Medicare-for-all" can mean different things to different people. For some, it's a single government-run health insurance plan for the whole country. To others, it's giving consumers a choice to buy into Medicare or keep their private insurance. But whatever the form, the proposals are built on the premise that health insurance should ...

Government headed for close to half of nation’s health tab

U.S. 02/20/19, 16:05

A federal report estimates that government at all levels will be paying nearly half the nation's health care tab in less than 10 years. Driving the increase is traditional Medicare, which is experiencing an enrollment surge as aging baby boomers shift out of private coverage. The report from the federal Centers for ...

Highlights of the $330 billion-plus bill to avoid shutdown

Politics 02/13/19, 16:47

It's not just about President Donald Trump's border wall. The border security issues that sparked a 35-day government shutdown are but one element of a massive $330 billion-plus spending measure that wraps seven bills into one, funding nine Cabinet agencies, including the departments of Justice, State, Agriculture, and Commerce. It also ...

New Mexico reverses course on Medicaid charges for patients

Health 02/13/19, 14:25

New Mexico is reversing course on its plans to charge some patients covered by Medicaid a monthly insurance premium of $10 and co-payments of $8 on certain brand-name drugs and visits to the emergency room for routine medical care.Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the decision Wednesday to seek a ...

Maine governor defends $8B budget proposal as ‘pragmatic’

Health 02/11/19, 20:35

Maine's Democratic governor rallied support Monday for her two-year, $8 billion budget proposal, which includes funding for Medicaid expansion that she deemed the "bargain of a century."Gov. Janet Mills, buoyed by Democratic control of the House and Senate, told a joint session of the Legislature that it's time to move ...

Utah lawmakers pass plan to scale back Medicaid expansion

U.S. 02/11/19, 17:03

A plan to scale back Medicaid expansion in Utah sailed through its final legislative hurdle Monday, with the Senate sending the measure to the governor despite objections that it undermines a measure backed by voters. Lawmakers' plan would extend Medicaid coverage to an additional 80,000 people, just over half of those ...

Utah plan to cut Medicaid expansion by 50,000 nears passage

Health 02/08/19, 17:43

A plan to scale back a voter-approved Medicaid expansion in Utah won a key approval in the state Legislature on Friday despite protests that it reduces access to needed health care and thwarts voters' wishes.The measure would insure about 50,000 fewer people under Medicaid, a change that would need approval ...

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