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Ivey promotes Alabama prison plan ahead of special session

Sep. 21, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday blamed crumbling infrastructure for the state’s prison problems as she prepares to call lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session on prison construction. “The main issue contributing to these...

Vermont urged to extend emergency motel housing for homeless

Sep. 21, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

As hundreds of homeless Vermonters are expected to lose access to motel rooms paid for by the state during the pandemic, advocates urged officials on Monday to extend the benefit even longer. In July, the state extended the hotel voucher program 84 days for families with...

Consumers get online tool to check nursing home vaccine data

Sep. 21, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes, Medicare announced Tuesday, addressing complaints from consumer groups and lawmakers that the critical data had been too difficult to find. The...

Albuquerque OKs no-fares pilot program for city buses

Sep. 21, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's public transit system won't charge fares for riding buses during a 12-month experiment starting Jan. 1. The City Council voted Monday night to approve the pilot program after previously deferring the vote several times. ...

Psychologist indicted for $100,000 in false Medicaid claims

Sep. 21, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A northeast Georgia psychologist has been indicted for allegedly billing Medicaid for almost $100,000 in false claims. The Times of Gainesville reports that Dr. Guy Jordan was indicted last week on charges of Medicaid fraud...

Georgia reaps $2.2B surplus even after rainy day fund fills

Sep. 20, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has more money in the bank than ever before, creating a chance for an election-year spending or tax-cutting spree — if that's what Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican lawmakers want. Figures released Monday show the state ended the 2021 budget with a...

Democrats push to retool health care programs for millions

Sep. 19, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dental work for seniors on Medicare. An end to sky’s-the-limit pricing on prescription drugs. New options for long-term care at home. Coverage for low-income people locked out of Medicaid by ideological battles. Those are just some of the changes to...

High staff vaccination rates helps nursing homes beat COVID

Sep. 18, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nursing homes in Missouri with the vast majority of staff vaccinated tend to have strikingly lower rates of COVID-19 cases among residents, according to federal records, a trend that may offer broader lessons about the virus and how it can be slowed. ...

Man accused of trying to defraud North Carolina Medicaid

Sep. 18, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Georgia man is accused of conspiring to defraud North Carolina’s Medicaid program of more than $4 million through kickbacks, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer said in a news release issued...

Mayor wants money to hire retired cops as shootings continue

Sep. 18, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling for more money to rehire officers who have recently retired to address a staffing shortage as homicides have reached the highest level in more than 20 years. Wheeler also called for a citywide expansion of...