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FILE - This file image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service shows the website for HealthCare.gov. Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP, File)

1st deadlines for laid-off workers to get health insurance

May. 25, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Taxpayer-subsidized health insurance is available for a modest cost — sometimes even free — across the...

Bill seeks to get meals to medically vulnerable seniors

May. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would establish a Medicare pilot program to address the link between diet, chronic illness, and senior health has been introduced by a bipartisan group including U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern. The Massachusetts Democrat said the bill would ensure that nutritious meals reach medically...

House floor leader Rep. Jon Echols, left, R-Oklahoma City, speaks with House Minority Leader Rep. Emily Virgin, right, D-Norman, and Rep. David Perryman, rear, D-Chickasha, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Legislature approved a resolution that calls for sweeping powers granted to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt under a health emergency to expire at the end of the month. The Republican-controlled Legislature also voted to override Stitt's veto of several bills. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Legislature OKs letting governor's emergency powers expire

May. 22, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up its 2020 session on Friday after approving a resolution that calls for sweeping powers granted to the governor under a health emergency to expire at the end of the month. The resolution calls for powers granted to the governor under the...

Medicaid expansion plan to appear on Missouri ballot

May. 22, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters will get to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands of low-income adults. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said Friday that the initiative had received more than enough petition signatures from registered voters to be placed on the...

Oklahoma governor vetoes bill to fund his Medicaid plan

May. 21, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed a bill Thursday designed to fund his own Medicaid expansion plan, leaving it unclear how his proposal would be paid for. The bill would have increased a fee that hospitals pay from 2.5% to 4% and was expected to generate about $134 million annually to...

Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee read through budget documents on Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The committee advanced a package of bills to close a $1 billion state budget gap, largely in line with plans recommended by Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

House GOP largely backing Louisiana governor's budget plan

May. 21, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House Republican leaders Thursday started advancing a budget plan that largely mirrors Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposal to use federal coronavirus aid to close a $1 billion gap caused by the pandemic without deeply slashing state services. The House Appropriations...

Governor Brian Kemp makes a statement and answers questions from the media following a tour of Fieldale Farms while visiting Gainesville, Friday, May 15, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia budget proposals would cut workers, reduce services

May. 21, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A 14% cut in state spending in Georgia would lead to more than a thousand employees being laid off or bought out and thousands more being forced to take unpaid days off. It would mean fewer state troopers on the road, less money to keep senior citizens at home instead of in nursing homes,...

Jack Campise talks with his mother, Beverly Kearns, through her apartment window at the Kimberly Hall North nursing home, Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Windsor, Conn. The coronavirus has had no regard for health care quality or ratings as it has swept through nursing homes around the world, killing efficiently even in highly rated care centers. Preliminary research indicates the numbers of nursing home residents testing positive for the coronavirus and dying from COVID-19 are linked to location and population density — not care quality ratings. (AP Photo/Chris Ehrmann

'Invisible demon': Virus hits even top-rated nursing homes

May. 21, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Abbott Terrace Health Center in Waterbury, where 41 residents have died from the coronavirus, has been cited by regulators for infection control violations and fined three times by the state and federal governments over the last several years. It has the lowest nursing home...

Tennessee's Rinova settles Medicare fraud claims for $100K

May. 21, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee-based Rinova The Wellness Group has agreed to pay more than $100,000 to settle claims that it defrauded Medicare, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nashville. In 2019, Rinova purchased and leased some Pain MD clinics in Tennessee and Virginia,...

FILE - In this April 30, 2020 file photo Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma speaks about protecting seniors, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Federal authorities aren’t setting any hard dates for when nursing homes can allow family members to visit again. “We’re urging governors to proceed with extreme caution because these are the most vulnerable citizens. We know that nursing homes have struggled,” said Seema Verma, head of CMS, in a phone interview, Monday, May 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

Watchdog cites persistent infection lapses in nursing homes

May. 20, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before COVID-19 killed thousands of nursing home residents, about 4 in 10 homes inspected were cited for infection control problems, according to a government watchdog report Wednesday that finds a “persistent” pattern of lapses. In light of the pandemic, seemingly minor...