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Eleanor Sanchez, manager of CrossOver Healthcare Ministry's Richmond clinic, helps Sara Eunice Cruz check out Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Alexa Welch Edlund/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Clinic provides safety net for Black, Latino residents

Nov. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Maria Julia Cruz ruffled her purple-streaked hair while clutching a plastic Food Lion bag that contained the medicine keeping her alive. One bottle for her high blood pressure. Another for low blood sugar. Eye drops for her glaucoma. On a recent afternoon, health care workers checked...

Virus claims nearly 300 nursing home residents in 4 weeks

Nov. 27, 2020 5:08 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nearly 300 nursing home residents in Wisconsin died from COVID-19 in the most recent month reported to the federal government. The Journal Sentinel reports that’s more than 10 times the previous month. Nursing homes in Wisconsin reported that 294 residents had died of the disease...

Health clinic owner charged with theft of Medicaid funds

Nov. 27, 2020 11:16 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The owner of a health clinic based in Spokane, Washington, is facing charges of theft and money laundering after investigators alleged fraudulent Medicaid billing totaling more than $5 million since 2017. The Spokesman-Review reports Paul Means, and his firm Abilia Healthcare, were...

Sanford settles with state over improper Medicaid billing

Nov. 25, 2020 6:41 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health must pay more than $329,000 to settle allegations of improper billing to the South Dakota Medicaid plan, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday. The penalty resulted from billing that was done on behalf of former Sanford neurosurgeon Dr. Wilson...

Michigan car insurance fee for medical coverage will drop

Nov. 25, 2020 5:31 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers who want unlimited personal injury protection benefits will pay $86 per vehicle starting next summer, down from $100 currently. The fee was mandatory for decades but became optional beginning in July under a change in state law. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims...

Hospitals can care for Medicare patients at home in pandemic

Nov. 25, 2020 4:31 PM EST

Hospitals will be allowed to care for Medicare patients in their own homes during the pandemic under a government program announced Wednesday to help hospitals deal with the latest surge. Some hospitals already offered patients with private insurance the choice of getting care at home instead of in the hospital....

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019, file photo, is former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen, right, with his attorney, Kurt Altman, after a court hearing in Phoenix. Prosecutors in Arkansas are seeking a 10-year prison sentence for Petersen for his conspiracy conviction in running an illegal adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands. He also faces sentencings in Arizona and Utah during January for convictions related to the adoption scheme. (AP Photo/Jacques Billeaud, File)

Ex-politician in adoption scheme to be sentenced in 3 states

Nov. 24, 2020 11:02 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. prosecutors in Arkansas will seek a 10-year prison sentence for a former Arizona politician who acknowledged running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands. Prosecutors say Paul Petersen defrauded state courts, violated an international...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks during a news conference in Kenosha, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court was hearing arguments Monday, Nov. 16, on whether to strike down the state's mask mandate being challenged by conservatives as an unconstitutional overreach of power by Gov. Evers. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Evers says skip holiday parties as state sets virus record

Nov. 24, 2020 5:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers begged people Tuesday to skip Thanksgiving celebrations with anyone from outside their households as Wisconsin set a new record for COVID-19 deaths. Evers and state Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm held a news conference Tuesday to plead with people...

Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

Nov. 23, 2020 8:58 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics — a move supported by opponents of legal abortion, but opposed by advocates who said it affects a variety of non-abortion health services for low-income women....

Vermont seeks overhaul of new health payment system

Nov. 19, 2020 8:48 PM EST

Changes are needed to a new health care payment system that focuses on keeping patients healthy rather than treating them when they get sick, the head of the Vermont Agency of Human Services said Thursday. A report released Thursday is a “blunt outlook of the faults” in the system and what officials...