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Democratic Party has a new leader in South Dakota

Jun. 15, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Democratic Party has a new leader. Berk Ehrmantraut will begin his work as the party's executive director on June 28. Ehrmantraut was a campaign staffer for former gubernatorial candidate and South Dakota lawmaker Billie Sutton. ...

Managed care firm and Mississippi reach lawsuit settlement

Jun. 14, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A managed care company has agreed to pay Mississippi $55.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused one of its subsidiaries of overcharging the state's Medicaid program for pharmacy benefits management. Attorney General Lynn Fitch and Auditor Shad...

Centene settles Ohio suit alleging Medicaid fraud for $88M

Jun. 14, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Centene Corp. has agreed to pay Ohio $88.3 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the pharmacy benefit manager overbilled the state's Medicaid department for pharmacy services it provided, the state's top lawyer announced Monday. Republican Attorney...

Georgia establishing new therapeutic foster care program

Jun. 14, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is establishing a therapeutic foster care program to provide specialized treatment for children with an assortment of behavioral, mental and developmental challenges. The state is providing $6.7 million to begin the program that Tom Rawlings,...

Bill would permanently expand telehealth services

Jun. 13, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new bill in Washington would permanently expand telehealth services under Medicare and allow patients in rural areas without access to broadband to use audio services, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said. “It should not have taken a pandemic for...

Worker shortage causes long waits for child psychiatric care

Jun. 13, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Psychiatric facilities have enough beds to treat children in Kansas in need of intensive mental health care, but a worker shortage means that about 100 of those spots remain empty. Kansas News Service reports that in recent...

Former Iowa officials sues Reynolds over ouster in 2019

Jun. 12, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The former head of the Iowa Department of Human Services alleges in a lawsuit against Gov. Kim Reynolds that he was ousted because he raised concerns that one of her aides was being paid with federal Medicaid money. Jerry Foxhoven contends in a...

To curb drug prices, Democrats still seeking a balance

Jun. 12, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are committed to passing legislation this year to curb prescription drug prices, but they're still disagreeing on how to cut costs for patients and taxpayers while preserving profits that lure investors to back potentially promising treatments. ...

More than 100K Oklahomans sign up under Medicaid expansion

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Oklahomans have qualified for Medicaid since enrollment began this month under an expansion of the program that voters approved last year, state officials said Friday. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which oversees the Medicaid...

Butte counselor gets 135 days in jail for Medicaid fraud

Jun. 11, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana mental health counselor who pleaded guilty to billing Medicaid for counseling sessions that never happened has been sentenced to 135 days in jail and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to the government insurance program for low-income people and those with...