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Kansas dioceses tie Medicaid expansion to abortion changes

Nov. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The four Catholic dioceses in Kansas will not support expanding Medicaid to thousands more low-income adults and children unless the state passes a constitutional amendment and new laws restricting abortion, the head of the Kansas Catholic Conference said. Chuck Weber, the...

The Latest: Man accused in 1987 abduction gets prison time

Nov. 14, 2019 4:27 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a Canadian man facing sentencing in the U.S. for abducting his son in 1987 (all times local): 4:25 p.m. A Canadian man accused of abducting his toddler son in Toronto in 1987 and living on the lam for three decades has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for illegally...

Whitmer seeks to cut opioid deaths in half within 5 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:51 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she wants to cut the number of Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths in half within five years, joining with other top state officials to outline several initiatives to combat the epidemic. Her administration announced a $1 million...

Idaho university won’t accept Medicaid as health insurance

Nov. 14, 2019 11:57 AM EST

REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho university has stopped accepting Medicaid as health insurance coverage, forcing full-time students to buy a university-backed plan. Health plans at Brigham Young University-Idaho can be purchased for at least $81 a month for single students and up to $678 a month for a...

Congressional remap tops reconvened NC legislative session

Nov. 13, 2019 6:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators returned to Raleigh on Wednesday to redraw a new congressional district map for the 2020 elections after state judges determined the current U.S. House lines can’t be used because they’re likely unlawful partisan gerrymanders. Settling on a new...

Mississippi editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 2:58 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Nov. 12 The Columbus Dispatch on organized coat drives: Today's bitterly cold weather is more a preview of coming attractions than the arrival of winter, which doesn't officially begin until Dec. 21. As we arose to the first genuinely cold day since last winter,...

Wyoming committee advances Medicaid expansion bill

Nov. 13, 2019 11:28 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A legislative committee has advanced a bill that allows Gov. Mark Gordon to explore expanding the Medicaid program in Wyoming. The lawmakers on the Joint Revenue Committee voted 8 to 5 Tuesday to move the bill forward to the full Legislature, which meets next February. Under the...

Lawsuit: Mental care isn't great for Louisiana Medicaid kids

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Louisiana Department of Health, accusing the state of failing to provide children on Medicaid with adequate mental health services. News outlets report SPLC filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five children, representing 47,500...

TennCare members' information subjected to email breach

Nov. 8, 2019 6:53 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the private information of nearly 44,000 TennCare members may have been stolen during a breach of the email system of a vendor for the state's Medicaid agency. The Tennessean reports that Magellan Health Systems says information including members' names and social...

Montana's Medicaid expansion work requirements delayed

Nov. 8, 2019 6:35 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The work requirements that state lawmakers added to Montana's Medicaid expansion program as a compromise to keep the program alive won't go into effect in January as planned. The bill that passed earlier this year calls for able-bodied people receiving coverage under Medicaid expansion...