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New enrollments push Anthem beyond expectations in Q1

Apr. 21, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem delivered a better-than-expected first quarter and pushed its 2021 forecast past expectations, as growing enrollment and a pharmacy benefits business lifted the health insurer. The Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer said Wednesday that it now...

Hawaii to begin vaccine passports for travel between islands

Apr. 20, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials will allow state residents who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to skip pre-travel testing and quarantine requirements for flights between islands. Hawaii becomes the second state in the nation after New York to...

Arkansas bill detailing nearly $5.9B budget plan released

Apr. 20, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday got their first look at legislation detailing the state's $5.9 billion budget proposal for the coming year as they near the end of this year's legislative session. The proposed Revenue Stabilization Act calls for...

Arkansas lawmakers break deadlock, approve Medicaid budget

Apr. 20, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House voted Tuesday to keep the state's Medicaid expansion for another year, breaking a deadlock that left the program's future uncertain. The House voted 78-15 to approve the budget for Medicaid and the expansion program, sending...

Hospital agrees to pay $2.7M to resolve fraud complaint

Apr. 20, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston hospital that specializes in eye, ear, nose and throat ailments has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve federal fraud allegations, Acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Nathaniel Mendell announced Tuesday. Prosecutors say Massachusetts Eye and...

Prime minister hopes to make Albania a 'tourism champion'

Apr. 20, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister hopes to win reelection this weekend so he can work on making one of Europe's poorest countries a “champion of tourism.” The negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Albania's economy is a key issue in Sunday's...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Apr. 20, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. April 13, 2021. Editorial: KS lawmakers neglect schools, health care to focus on trans athletes, license plates Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly was exasperated, and rightly so. “When you’ve got 125 grown-ups talking...

Mexican president wants work visas, citizenship for farmers

Apr. 19, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he will ask U.S. President Joe Biden to give work visas to Mexican farmers who participate in a government tree-planting program. López Obrador touted the program as a way to help the...

Colorado bill aims to improve maternal health care

Apr. 19, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to improve maternal health aimed at bettering pregnancy outcomes for minority women, as the U.S. recognizes Black Maternal Health Week. About 700 women across the country die annually from complications during...

Supreme Court asked to give access to secretive court's work

Apr. 19, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil liberties groups are asking the Supreme Court to give the public access to opinions of the secretive court that reviews bulk email collection, warrantless internet searches and other government surveillance programs. The groups say in an appeal...