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Can a Medicaid plan that requires work succeed? First year of Georgia experiment is not promising

Jul. 14, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — By now, Georgia officials expected their new Medicaid plan, the only one in the nation with a work requirement, to provide health insurance to 25,000 low-income residents and possibly tens of thousands more. But a year since its launch, Pathways to Coverage has...

Can California’s health care providers help solve the state’s homelessness crisis?

Jul. 11, 2024 13:47 PM EDT

When a shortfall of several hundred thousand dollars almost derailed new homeless housing in Bakersfield, the savior that swooped in to salvage the project wasn’t an affordable housing nonprofit, state housing grant or other traditional source. Instead, it was a health care company...

Chaos and horror at a Kyiv hospital as the city is hit with heaviest bombardment in months

Jul. 09, 2024 17:32 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The sky was crystal clear as Oksana Femeniuk took her daughter to Ukraine’s largest children’s hospital for routine dialysis. Around 10 a.m, air-raid sirens blared. Sixteen-year old Solomiia was undergoing the treatment that required her to sit still for up...

Forced labor, same-sex marriage and shoplifting are all on the ballot in California this November

Jul. 06, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Forced labor, same-sex marriage and shoplifting are among the 10 statewide ballot measures that California voters are set to consider in November. The California secretary of state assigned proposition numbers to the measures on Wednesday after the...

North Carolina government aims to incentivize hospitals to relieve patients of medical debt

Jul. 01, 2024 14:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state government is seeking to rid potentially billions in medical debt from low- and middle-income residents by offering a financial carrot for hospitals to take unpaid bills off the books and to implement policies supporting future patients. ...

Iowa’s Supreme Court tells lower court to let strict abortion law go into effect

Jun. 28, 2024 15:48 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court said Friday the state’s strict abortion law is legal, telling a lower court to dissolve a temporary block on the law and allowing Iowa to ban most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy — before many women know they are pregnant. ...

Cook Children’s sues Texas over potential Medicaid contract loss

Jun. 28, 2024 14:29 PM EDT

Cook Children’s Health Plan has filed two lawsuits against the state to stop the Texas Health and Human Services Commission from removing them as a longstanding Medicaid contractor. In a news conference on Wednesday, the Fort Worth-based health care system announced the lawsuits as...

Mississippi sets new laws on Medicaid during pregnancy, school funding, inheritance and alcohol

Jun. 28, 2024 11:54 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is enacting several new laws, including one that says sign language courses may replace foreign language courses for students to earn credit toward high school graduation. A look at some of the other new laws taking effect on July 1: ...

Michigan ban on taxpayer-funded abortions targeted by lawsuit

Jun. 27, 2024 16:42 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn Michigan’s longtime ban on taxpayer-funded abortions for low-income residents, arguing it cannot stand after voters in 2022 approved a sweeping constitutional amendment ensuring access to the medical...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 26, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star-Tribune. June 24, 2024. Editorial counterpoint: Minnesota House was right to protect eye-care standards The legislation expanding the role of optometrists is likely to be back next year. There’s more people should know about the debate. ...