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Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the State address at the Capitol in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine gov: State rising above partisanship in rancorous era

Jan. 21, 2020 10:32 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. Gov. Janet Mills themed her address “We are not Washington; we...

GOP right looks to put own mark on Kansas Medicaid expansion

Jan. 21, 2020 7:25 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican lawmakers are looking to modify a bipartisan plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas by adding two provisions that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly opposes. GOP conservatives want to insert a work requirement for able-bodied adults who receive the state's Medicaid...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, in Albany, N.Y.  Cuomo faces a Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 deadline to release a budget proposal expected to address a looming $6 billion deficit fueled by soaring Medicaid costs. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Cuomo budget proposal calls for Medicaid savings, pot sales

Jan. 21, 2020 6:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that hinges on a plan to launch a team tasked with reining in the nation's largest Medicaid program. The new Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in spending from the...

Connecticut Democrats plan to resurrect public option bill

Jan. 21, 2020 3:52 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic senators said Tuesday they plan to revisit legislation that could lead to a public health insurance option for individuals and small businesses in Connecticut. The so-called “public option” bill, which would allow businesses and residents to buy into a state...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, members of the Coast Guard stand near seized cocaine in Los Angeles. The nation's drug addiction crisis has been morphing in a deadly new direction: more Americans struggling with meth and cocaine. Now the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked of the opioid crisis to help people addicted to those drugs as well. The change to a $1.5 billion opioid grants program was buried in a massive spending bill that Congress passed late in 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)

Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge

Jan. 21, 2020 11:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The little-noticed change is buried in a massive spending bill...

Recent Kansas editorials

Jan. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Jan. 20 Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly should abandon her proposal to impose sales taxes on Netflix and other digital streaming services. Her misguided plan would hit Kansas consumers who buy books online, play games online, stream music, or subscribe to digital newspapers and magazines —...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 18 A new report by the Centers for Disease Control shows the mortality rate of mothers has dramatically increased. Missouri is much worse than the average — our state has one of the highest rates of death during and after pregnancies. Our state ranks 44th in the...

The U.S. Capitol at sunrise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington. A major doctors’ organization is calling for sweeping government action to guarantee coverage for all, reduce costs, and improve the basic well-being of Americans.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Major doctors' group calls for US to assure coverage for all

Jan. 20, 2020 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care an election-year priority, a major doctors’ organization on Monday called for sweeping government action to guarantee coverage for all, reduce costs and improve the basic well-being of Americans. Declaring that the U.S. health care system "is ill and needs a bold...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 20, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Des Moines Register. January 16,2020 Another Medicaid insurer, another round of stiffing Iowa’s health care providers Iowa Total Care is one of the for-profit insurers hired by the state to participate in the fiasco known as privatized Medicaid. The company was not among Iowa’s first picks for a...

Report documents errors with Ohio's Medicaid payment system

Jan. 20, 2020 9:19 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A plan to address multiple problems that a federal audit identified with Ohio's Medicaid system has been released and is showing signs of progress, said Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran. Corcoran told federal regulators the number of Medicaid applications pending for more than 45...