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Montana's health department getting new leadership

Jun. 30, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana's largest department is getting new leadership, Gov. Greg Gianforte said Thursday. Adam Meier is leaving as director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services on Aug. 12 due to an ongoing family health issue, the governor's...

Highlights of bipartisan gun violence bill signed by Biden

Jun. 25, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill that President Joe Biden signed on Saturday: —Expanded background checks: State and local juvenile and mental health records of gun purchasers will be part of federal background checks for buyers age 18 to 20. Three-day maximum for...

NC doctor indicted in medical equipment scheme

Jun. 24, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina doctor has been indicted in connection with a scheme that defrauded federal programs of more than $11 million, a U.S. attorney said. Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said in a news release that Sudipta...

Highlights of bipartisan gun violence bill OK'd by Senate

Jun. 24, 2022 02:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill the Senate approved Thursday and the House was expect to pass Friday: — Expanded background checks: State and local juvenile and mental health records of gun purchasers will be part of federal background checks for...

Report: NC hospitals that got COVID-19 relief reaped profits

Jun. 22, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s seven largest hospital systems reaped sizeable financial benefits last year, even as they received billions of dollars in federal assistance during the pandemic, according to a report released Wednesday from the State Treasurer’s Office. ...

High court rules against government on drug reimbursement

Jun. 15, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that the federal government improperly lowered drug reimbursement payments to hospitals and clinics that serve low-income communities, a reduction that cost the facilities billions of dollars. The high court ruled unanimously in a...

Officials: Fraud suspect caught heading to Cuba on Jet Ski

Jun. 14, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

A Cuban man charged in a $4.2 million Medicare fraud scheme is being held as a flight risk after officials said he tried to flee the U.S. on a Jet Ski. A federal judge in Miami ordered Ernesto Cruz Graveran, 54, of Hialeah, to be detained pending trial Monday, according to court...

Liz Weston: How to afford your meds and support your health

Jun. 13, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

The cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. can be enough to make you sick. What you pay varies enormously depending on the drug, the pharmacy, your insurance plan and your deductible, among many other factors. A drug that may have been cheap or at least affordable the last time you...

2 Georgia hospitals fined for not publicly disclosing prices

Jun. 10, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials have fined two Georgia hospitals more than $1 million for failing to meet new requirements to publicly disclose their charges. Northside Hospital Atlanta and Northside Hospital Cherokee are the first two hospitals in the country to face monetary...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 08, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. June 3, 2022. Editorial: ARPA funds should be maximized When Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act in March 2021, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann called it a once-in-a-generation windfall for the state, its cities and...