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Governor signs bill allowing direct patient care contracts

Apr. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill Wednesday that allows health care providers to contract directly with patients for certain basic care, such as annual checkups, office visits, vaccines, bloodwork and stitches, in an effort to reduce health care costs. ...

New Mexico labor agency defends tax rates for unemployment

Apr. 20, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials are responding with reassurances to an onslaught of complaints about increased tax rates on businesses to support unemployment insurance. In addition, the state intends to extend the time employers can file appeals if they suspect...

North Dakota backs health care for fallen officers' families

Apr. 19, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed bipartisan legislation Monday that will cover the cost of health insurance for the surviving spouses and children of emergency responders killed in the line of duty. The bill, sponsored by Grand Forks Democrat...

Inslee signs measure addressing health provider PPE costs

Apr. 16, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health benefit plans would have to reimburse health care providers a set amount for personal protective equipment for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic under a measure signed Friday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Some providers in the state,...

New Mexico settles retaliation lawsuit by whistleblower

Apr. 15, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico has reached a $260,000 settlement with a whistleblower who alleged retaliation by state insurance regulators after she reported that a major health care insurer was allegedly avoiding tax payments. An attorney for Shawna...

Immigrant health care is on California Senate's wish list

Apr. 14, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate said Wednesday they want to spend the state's projected multibillion-dollar budget surplus on things such as making college debt-free for students, paying for the health care of some older, low-income adults living in the country...

NJ Supreme Court: Company must pay medical cannabis bills

Apr. 13, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of medical cannabis patients Tuesday, voting unanimously that a construction company must pay for an injured employee’s medical cannabis bills. The decision upheld an appellate ruling from last January...

California re-opens enrollment for health insurance coverage

Apr. 12, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Monday re-opened enrollment for its state health insurance exchange, hoping more people will buy coverage now that the federal government is offering new assistance that could lower monthly premiums by $1,000 or more in some cases. ...

Chinese regulator orders Ant Group to conduct major overhaul

Apr. 12, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese regulators have ordered Ant Group, a financial affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, to become a financial holding company to ease financial oversight amid stepped up scrutiny of technology firms. In a meeting Monday, the central...

New Mexico governor signs $7.4B state budget, vetoes relief

Apr. 09, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Friday a $7.4 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year that boosts state funding for public education, early childhood services and more — while using her veto pen to assert sole authority over $1.6...