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Lawsuit: Mental care isn't great for Louisiana Medicaid kids

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Louisiana Department of Health, accusing the state of failing to provide children on Medicaid with adequate mental health services. News outlets report SPLC filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five children, representing 47,500...

TennCare members' information subjected to email breach

Nov. 8, 2019 6:53 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the private information of nearly 44,000 TennCare members may have been stolen during a breach of the email system of a vendor for the state's Medicaid agency. The Tennessean reports that Magellan Health Systems says information including members' names and social...

Montana's Medicaid expansion work requirements delayed

Nov. 8, 2019 6:35 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The work requirements that state lawmakers added to Montana's Medicaid expansion program as a compromise to keep the program alive won't go into effect in January as planned. The bill that passed earlier this year calls for able-bodied people receiving coverage under Medicaid expansion...

Governor vetoes teacher pay bills, seeks higher raises

Nov. 8, 2019 1:40 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, describing the increases as "paltry" and asking Republican legislators to work with him for higher salaries for teachers. The state shouldn't accept the inadequate raises approved last week by the GOP-controlled...

Indiana medical coverage lags surrounding states

Nov. 8, 2019 1:14 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana had a higher percentage of people lacking medical insurance than any neighboring state in 2018. The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday that 8.3% of the state's residents were uninsured last year, while only 5.4% were not covered in Michigan and 5.6% in Kentucky. Director of...

Louisiana reaches emergency deals for Medicaid managed care

Nov. 8, 2019 4:04 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has reached emergency agreements to keep Louisiana Medicaid services intact for 1.5 million people. The one-year deals still need final state and federal approvals to take effect in January. The emergency contracts will keep the five private...

Kansas boosts tax collection forecast $510M over 2 years

Nov. 7, 2019 7:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials on Thursday boosted the state's projections for tax collections by $510 million over two budget years, something certain to renew an already intense dispute between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature over cutting income taxes. The new,...

Court puts halt to New York nursing home cuts for now

Nov. 7, 2019 6:47 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state judge has put a halt to Medicaid cuts facing nursing homes across New York. The judge's decision Thursday puts a temporary injunction on Medicaid formula changes that nursing home advocates say would jeopardize $352 million in state and federal funding. A Department of Health...

Ex-nurses' aide sentenced for fraud, mistreatment

Nov. 7, 2019 6:12 PM EST

TROY, Kan. (AP) — A former nurses' aide from Atchison has been sentenced to two years in prison for Medicaid fraud and other charges. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release that 26-year-old Janelle Lynn Sakakihara was sentenced Thursday for fraud and two counts of felony mistreatment...

Tennessee Medicaid officials want more postpartum coverage

Nov. 7, 2019 8:12 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials with Tennessee's Medicaid program want to expand postpartum health insurance for low-income women. The Tennessean reports TennCare Deputy Director Stephen Smith announced at a Wednesday state budget hearing that the program hopes to expand the program current two-month...