Medicaid supporters to rally as Utah Legislature begins

Health 01/28/19, 19:17

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied at the Utah Capitol on Monday to shield a voter-approved Medicaid expansion from lawmakers' efforts to change the measure to control costs.Changes could delay the expected April 1 rollout for months or years, leaving people without health care that could save lives, advocates said.Activist Paul Gibbs ...

Update: Rally for Utah Medicaid expansion draws hundreds

Health 01/28/19, 19:08

The Latest on the first day of the Utah Legislature (all times local):5 p.m.Hundreds of demonstrators have rallied at the Utah capitol to shield a voter-approved Medicaid expansion from lawmakers' efforts to change the measure to control costs.Advocates told a crowd of about 300 people on Monday that changes could ...

Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules

U.S. 01/18/19, 22:45

Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don't comply. The announcement came Friday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which said ...

Walmart, CVS Health hammer out new PBM pharmacy network deal

Business 01/18/19, 08:10

Walmart will continue to participate in CVS Health's prescription drug network for customers with private health insurance and Medicaid coverageShares of CVS rose nearly 3 percent before the opening bell Friday. The stock had been under pressure since Tuesday, when it said it could not come to an agreement with ...

Georgia’s Kemp unveils Medicaid waiver in State of State

Health 01/17/19, 16:06

My fellow Georgians, it's time to build" — that was newly inaugurated Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's message in his first State of the State speech Thursday in Atlanta.Kemp said he wants to continue the economic success Georgia has seen in recent years while outlining funding for campaign promises to raise ...

Governor’s budget plan spotlights divided Kansas government

U.S. 01/17/19, 14:31

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outlined a proposed budget Thursday that commits Kansas to higher spending on public schools and an expanded Medicaid health insurance program while launching a political fight with top Republican lawmakers over their plans for tax relief.Kelly's release of her proposed $18.4 billion spending blueprint for the ...

In states, Democrats start delivering on health care pledges

Business 01/12/19, 11:50

Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable.The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals.Newly elected California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans ...

Montana Legislature to tackle Medicaid expansion renewal

Health 01/06/19, 12:12

Neither Republicans nor Democrats want Montana to be the first state to end its Medicaid expansion program. But the parties have different opinions about how it should continue as the 2019 Legislature begins its session on Monday.Democrats are calling the state's first three years under Medicaid expansion a success that ...

Mills moves ahead with Medicaid expansion on first day

Health 01/03/19, 16:23

Gov. Janet Mills, who vowed on the campaign trail to expand Medicaid on her first day, used her first executive order Thursday to move forward on expanding Medicaid as demanded by voters in 2017.The Democrat's order urges her administration to swiftly roll out Medicaid expansion to at least 70,000 low-income ...

Indiana lawmakers facing tight budget, hate crimes debate

Sports 01/02/19, 14:36

Indiana lawmakers could struggle to give more than minimal funding increases to public schools in the new state budget that will emerge from this year's legislative session.Members of the General Assembly will return Thursday to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for a session expected to last until late April.Republicans are entering ...

Minnesota legislators face expensive health care decisions

Health 12/30/18, 13:14

There's been lot of talk at the Capitol about a $1.5 billion budget surplus , but lawmakers are already worrying about how to plug a $700 million hole. That's because a tax on health care providers that helps fund Medicaid and the state's separate MinnesotaCare program is slated to go ...

Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds

U.S. 12/19/18, 15:38

The Affordable Care Act has yet again beaten predictions of its downfall, as government figures released Wednesday showed unexpectedly solid sign-ups for coverage next year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said nearly 8.5 million people had enrolled as of last Saturday's deadline, with about a dozen states still left ...

Democratic governor-elect of New Mexico begins appointments

Health 12/14/18, 22:12

A professional advocate for the renewable energy industry was appointed Friday to lead the New Mexico state agency overseeing oil well permits and incentives for wind and solar energy production, in a striking departure from the current Republican-led administration.New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her first three Cabinet appointments, ...

Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

Politics 12/10/18, 11:06

The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that ...

Kansas Medicaid expansion in doubt despite governor support

Health 11/22/18, 12:19

Democratic and moderate Republicans lawmakers worked together last year to try to make Kansas the latest state to expand Medicaid, only to see their bipartisan effort rewarded with a veto from former conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback.The election this month of a governor who supports Medicaid expansion seemed to remove ...

Nebraska backs Medicaid expansion, re-elects Republicans

Politics 11/07/18, 04:17

Nebraska voters endorsed a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law but also elected a slate of Republicans who have railed against it as an unsustainable government program.State officials are now required to submit a Medicaid expansion plan to the federal government for approval following Tuesday's ...

Update: Idaho voters approve Medicaid expansion

Health 11/07/18, 02:50

The Latest on Election Day in Idaho (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Idaho voters have approved a ballot initiative that will expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 62,000 Idaho residents who can't afford health insurance on the state exchange. The vote means lawmakers must now enact laws to expand Medicaid coverage to adults who ...

Nebraska voters decide Medicaid expansion, race for governor

Health 11/06/18, 07:55

Nebraska voters will decide Tuesday whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law, a proposal that would extend coverage to thousands of low-income residents but create additional costs for lawmakers in next year's session. They'll also decide races for U.S. Senate and House, governor and makeup of the state ...

Idahoans to decide on Medicaid expansion

Health 11/06/18, 02:35

Of all the decisions Idaho voters are making on election day, the decision on whether to expand Medicaid to more low-income Idahoans might be the one that hits closest to home for many.The citizen initiative called Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid coverage to potentially more than 60,000 low-income adults across ...

Ivey touts experience, Maddox the need for change

Football 11/04/18, 13:18

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and challenger Walt Maddox agree the gubernatorial election is about choice.Ivey says the election is about keeping Alabama on the right track. Maddox frames it as a decision to break with the choices that have kept Alabama mired in the past.The race pits the 45-year-old Tuscaloosa ...

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