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Firm at center of corruption probe reaches $6.5M settlements

Oct. 22, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general on Thursday announced $6.5 million in federal and state settlements were reached with a Medicaid provider that was at the center of a corruption probe involving several lawmakers. Preferred Family Healthcare agreed to pay $4.5 million to resolve a federal...

Montana nursing home sued for negligence in COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 21, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A long-term care facility in Montana has been sued after health officials said its staff was negligent and allowed the coronavirus to spread through the facility in Whitefish earlier this year. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the estates of three residents at Whitefish Care and...

AG joins suit alleging fraud by addiction treatment company

Oct. 21, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general is joining a lawsuit against a network of addiction treatment facilities and its founder alleging that they charged the state's Medicaid program for unnecessary testing and fraudulently profited from lab tests. A whistleblower initially brought a case...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 21, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 20 The Orlando Sentinel on Gov. Ron DeSantis' actions at a recent Trump rally: Mark down Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, as the date when Ron DeSantis officially stopped pretending that public health was more important than politics. That’s when Florida’s...

Feds approve Nebraska's two-tiered Medicaid expansion setup

Oct. 20, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Low-income residents who qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage in Nebraska will have to work, volunteer or take classes or get job training if they want access to certain health-care services starting in 2022, state officials said Tuesday. Gov. Pete Ricketts said the federal government...

High court won't hear Tennessee challenge of refugee program

Oct. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a failed challenge of the federal refugee resettlement program by Tennessee's Republican-led Legislature. The court filed its denial earlier this week, letting a lower court ruling stand. The Legislature asked the court to consider its...

Oklahoma seeks to privatize care to most Medicaid recipients

Oct. 16, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma agency that oversees the state's Medicaid program has published two requests for proposals seeking for-profit companies to outsource care for most Medicaid recipients. Following direction from Gov. Kevin Stitt, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority on Thursday took initial...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, left, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma sign health care waivers at the state Capitol in Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Georgia's plans would provide Medicaid access to adults who make less than poverty level incomes who meet work requirements, and leave private brokers as the only avenue to buy federally-subsidized private insurance for people with above-poverty incomes. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Feds approve Georgia health insurance changes sought by Kemp

Oct. 15, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia will become the first state to offer federally subsidized health insurance to its residents only through private brokers under a plan being approved by President Donald Trump's administration. A separate part of the plan would offer Medicaid to some of the state's poorest able-bodied...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 14, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 13 The Tampa Bay Times on the importance of making plans to vote in the upcoming general election: Election Day was exactly three weeks from Oct. 13. No one needs reminding how important this election is. If you have already returned your ballot, great. If you...

Tennessee doc, 2 patients charged with pill-related fraud

Oct. 14, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee podiatrist and two patients have been charged with defrauding TennCare, the state's Medicaid agency, to get pain pills. Michael Webb, owner of Webb Foot and Ankle Clinic in Sevierville, has been indicted on charges of TennCare fraud, prescription drug fraud and...