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Former Iowa officials sues Reynolds over ouster in 2019

Jun. 12, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The former head of the Iowa Department of Human Services alleges in a lawsuit against Gov. Kim Reynolds that he was ousted because he raised concerns that one of her aides was being paid with federal Medicaid money. Jerry Foxhoven contends in a...

To curb drug prices, Democrats still seeking a balance

Jun. 12, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are committed to passing legislation this year to curb prescription drug prices, but they're still disagreeing on how to cut costs for patients and taxpayers while preserving profits that lure investors to back potentially promising treatments. ...

More than 100K Oklahomans sign up under Medicaid expansion

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Oklahomans have qualified for Medicaid since enrollment began this month under an expansion of the program that voters approved last year, state officials said Friday. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which oversees the Medicaid...

Butte counselor gets 135 days in jail for Medicaid fraud

Jun. 11, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana mental health counselor who pleaded guilty to billing Medicaid for counseling sessions that never happened has been sentenced to 135 days in jail and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to the government insurance program for low-income people and those with...

2 women vie to make history as Virginia lieutenant governor

Jun. 11, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It's been nearly three decades since Virginia's only woman to win a statewide race held political office. That drought will end in November when voters decide whether Democratic Del. Hala Ayala or former Republican legislator Winsome Sears will be...

California debates public health spending as virus recedes

Jun. 11, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend the state's extraordinary budget surplus on correcting the most widespread financial impacts of the pandemic, pledging to give $600 payments to most taxpaying adults while committing to pay off all of their outstanding...

Medicare copays for new Alzheimer's drug could reach $11,500

Jun. 10, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug would raise Medicare premiums broadly, and some patients who are prescribed the medication could face copayments of about $11,500 annually, according to a research report published Thursday. The drug, called...

The Latest: Pot-for-shots plan stumbles in Washington state

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE — Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start. Seeking to get more people to get the coronavirus shots, officials announced this week that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin...

Nevada becomes 2nd state with ‘public option’ insurance law

Jun. 09, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday signed into law a bill that paves the way for Nevada to become the second state in the nation to offer state-managed health insurance plans. Sisolak signed the measure that seeks to create state-managed health...

NY could try to sue gun manufacturers under bill

Jun. 08, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general could sue gun manufacturers under certain scenarios under a bill that passed the state Senate and Assembly on Tuesday as lawmakers continued wrapping up this year's legislative session. Gun manufacturers could, for...