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Kentucky awards contracts to manage Medicaid business

May. 29, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Five insurance companies were awarded contracts worth nearly $8 billion a year to manage most of Kentucky's Medicaid business, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday. Landing the contracts were Aetna, Humana, Molina Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare, Beshear said. About 1.4...

FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt smiles at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Stitt's administration is scrapping a plan to expand Medicaid on July 1, citing a lack of funding. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma scraps plan to expand Medicaid on July 1

May. 29, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration is scrapping a plan to expand Medicaid on July 1, citing a lack of state funding. The state's Medicaid Director Melody Anthony notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a letter Thursday that the state was withdrawing its...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins of San Diego speaks on the floor of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. The California Senate's plan to cover a projected budget deficit rejects Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed cuts to public education and health care programs. Newsom's plan would cut funding for public schools by about $8 billion. The Senate's plan would restore $2.7 billion of those cuts, the rest being deferred to future years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Senate plan would reject most of governor's cuts

May. 28, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate on Thursday rejected most of Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed budget cuts to public education and health care programs, instead endorsing a plan that would cover the state's estimated $54.3 billion deficit by taking more money from reserves and...

Second lawsuit filed against Missouri Medicaid expansion

May. 27, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Conservative advocacy group United for Missouri on Wednesday announced it's suing to take a proposal to expand Medicaid health care eligibility to thousands more low-income adults off the Aug. 4 ballot. The limited-government group's lawsuit against the Secretary of...

New Mexico studies single-payer care amid pandemic

May. 27, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public officials in New Mexico continue to contemplate a possible transition to single-payer health care in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Preliminary results of a study commissioned by New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature in 2019 were released Tuesday that outline the...

Parson moves up vote on Missouri Medicaid expansion

May. 26, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday said he's moving up the date that voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults in the state. Missouri ballot initiatives automatically go on the November general election ballot unless...

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 5:49 PM 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...

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...