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Republicans divided in support for a policy response to Roe

Jul. 04, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

JACINTO, Miss (AP) — Speaking at an event Monday, Mississippi Republican state lawmakers were divided in their support of new policies to improve health care outcomes for children and new parents. At a 4th of July Festival in northeast Mississippi, some lawmakers remained...

Virginia budget boosts dental Medicaid reimbursement rates

Jul. 03, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The newly enacted Virginia budget will boost the reimbursement rate to providers of Medicaid dental services by 30%, a move advocates say will help expand the number of providers. This year's increase marks the first time since 2005 that reimbursement rates...

After abortion ruling, clinic staff grapple with trauma

Jul. 03, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Danielle Maness has squeezed the hands of hundreds of anxious patients lying on tables in the procedure room, now empty. She's recorded countless vital signs and delivered scores of snacks to the recovery area, now silent. Peering into each darkened room...

NC budget, immigration bills finalized as session ends

Jul. 01, 2022 23:29 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up its chief work session for the year on Friday by finalizing proposed state budget adjustments for the new fiscal year, crossing off other must-do legislation but leaving some big policy matters unresolved or thwarted. ...

Pennsylvania heads into fiscal year without budget in place

Jul. 01, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Work on a new state budget for Pennsylvania will plow into next week as the state government started the fiscal year Friday with diminished spending authority, details of a new spending plan still largely a secret and questions about whether negotiators can solve lingering...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

California first to cover health care for all immigrants

Jun. 30, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Thursday became the first state to guarantee free health care for all low-income immigrants living in the country illegally, a move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year. ...

Parson signs $48B Missouri budget, cuts tax refund program

Jun. 30, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday approved most of a roughly $48 billion state budget while cutting $500 million lawmakers had set aside for tax refunds. The budget outlines spending on state programs and services for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins...

NC legislature advances budget agreement closer to governor

Jun. 30, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature advanced its proposed state budget adjustments in bipartisan fashion Thursday, each chamber voting separately by comfortable margins for a plan that would spend or salt away billions more without added tax cuts. ...

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...