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Mississippi passes quicker pregnancy Medicaid coverage to try to reduce deaths of moms and babies

Feb. 29, 2024 16:03 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature is sending a bill to the governor that will allow women with low incomes to get Medicaid coverage earlier in pregnancy, in an effort to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in a state with abysmal rates of maternal and infant mortality. ...

Missouri lawmakers try again to block Medicaid money from going to Planned Parenthood

Feb. 28, 2024 18:46 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican lawmakers are once again trying to block federal health care dollars from going to the state's Planned Parenthood clinics, this time weeks after the Missouri Supreme Court thwarted a previous attempt to end that funding. The...

Medicaid expansion proposal advances through Republican-led Mississippi House, will go to Senate

Feb. 28, 2024 18:01 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican-led House passed a bill Wednesday that would expand Medicaid benefits to hundreds of thousands more residents in one of the poorest states in the U.S. — a landmark shift after state leaders refused to consider the policy for years. ...

Mississippi's Republican-led House will consider Medicaid expansion for the first time

Feb. 27, 2024 20:18 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is one step closer to what would be a landmark shift in health care policy, with the Republican-led House preparing to debate expansion of Medicaid benefits to hundreds of thousands more residents in one of the poorest states in the U.S. The House...

A New York City medical school goes tuition-free thanks to a $1 billion gift

Feb. 26, 2024 18:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City medical school will be tuition-free for all students from now on thanks to a $1 billion donation from a former professor, the widow of a Wall Street investor. Ruth Gottesman announced the gift and its purpose to students and faculty at Albert...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Feb. 26, 2024 07:28 AM EST

Lincoln Journal Star. February 24, 2024. Editorial: Big criminal justice issues will need big ideas Give Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne credit for finding innovative ways to force the Legislature to take a serious look at Nebraska’s criminal justice system and,...

Maryland House OKs bill to enable undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance on state exchange

Feb. 23, 2024 15:58 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House approved a measure on Friday to enable people to buy health insurance through the state’s health care exchange regardless of their immigration status, with the approval of a federal waiver. The House voted 101-34 for the bill, which now...

Georgia has the nation's only Medicaid work requirement. Mississippi could be next

Feb. 21, 2024 18:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After years of refusing to expand Medicaid, some of Mississippi’s Republican leaders now say they are open to the policy — if they can require new enrollees to have a job. That approach could hinge on presidential politics and an ongoing legal battle in Georgia. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Feb. 21, 2024 14:51 PM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. February 16, 2024. Editorial: Find a fix to aid cops in schools Some want school resource officers in their buildings, and the Legislature needs to help. Last fall, an estimated 40 or so Minnesota police chiefs and sheriffs...

2 things pet insurance will cover (and 3 it won’t)

Feb. 21, 2024 10:12 AM EST

If you’ve ever spent a fortune at the emergency vet, pet insurance might sound appealing. By paying some of your vet expenses, these policies can save you money and help you make care decisions based on what’s best for your pet rather than what you can afford. But insurance...