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Biden bill would put US back on path of reducing uninsured

Oct. 21, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats’ social spending and climate change bill would put the United States back on a path to reducing its persistent pool of uninsured people, with estimates ranging from 4 million to 7 million Americans gaining health coverage. Those getting...

Medicaid expansion ballot campaigns near signature threshold

Oct. 21, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A pair of campaigns to expand Medicaid in South Dakota are nearing enough voter petitions to be placed on the ballot next year, organizers said Thursday. One campaign, sponsored by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland, has...

NC speaker: Medicaid expansion not in latest budget offer

Oct. 21, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest budget offer that North Carolina Republicans sent to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wouldn't expand Medicaid broadly as Cooper seeks, but it does sweeten a previous proposal on worker pay raises, a top GOP legislator says. House Speaker Tim...

Longtime Mississippi public health officer Cobb dies at 92

Oct. 20, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Dr. Alton Cobb, a former Mississippi state health officer who helped create some of the nation's most comprehensive vaccination requirements for children, died Friday. He was 92. Cobb was the top public health official from 1973 to 1992 in one of...

Auditor: Iowa's privatized Medicaid illegally denies care

Oct. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's privatized Medicaid system has illegally denied services or care to program recipients, and both private insurance companies managing the system have violated terms of their contracts with the state, according to a state audit released Wednesday. ...

What's in, and what's out, as Democrats trim Biden bill

Oct. 20, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of talks, Democrats are edging closer to an agreement on what programs and policies to include in President Joe Biden's massive plan to expand health and safety net programs and combat global warming. The plan seems likely to include an...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Oct. 20, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

Tupelo Daily Journal. Oct. 17, 2021. Editorial: Hosemann, Gunn should cut a deal to eliminate state income taxes and expand Medicaid Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker Philip Gunn have a unique opportunity to leave an indelible mark on Mississippi...

Wisconsin Senate approves GOP-backed abortion bills

Oct. 20, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday approved a package of Republican-authored bills designed to discourage abortion in the state. Republicans control the Senate and passed all four bills without any votes from a single Democrat. ...

Michigan moves to fund mental health like physical health

Oct. 17, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Starting this month, 13 mental health and addiction clinics across Michigan will receive the same Medicaid funding as any other health center in an effort U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says will help bridge the stigmatic and funding divide between mental and physical...

Beshear touts relaunched Kentucky health insurance exchange

Oct. 15, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Saying the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the necessity for accessible health care, Gov. Andy Beshear marked a milestone Friday for Kentucky's relaunched health insurance exchange — where consumers now can shop for health coverage for the coming year. ...