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Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states

Jul. 24, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Most mornings, 62-year-old Maria Elena Estamilla wakes up with pelvic pain and dread that she faces the same fate as her mother and grandmother: fatal cervical cancer. The Chicago woman's last full medical exam was in 2015 and she sees no options for care...

Missouri Supreme Court reverses Medicaid expansion decision

Jul. 22, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan, overturning a lower court's ruling that the constitutional amendment would wrongfully force lawmakers to set aside additional money. The...

Santa Fe hospital reaches settlement over fraudulent billing

Jul. 21, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have reached a settlement with a Santa Fe hospital over claims of fraudulent billing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico announced Wednesday that Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center will pay nearly $564,000 as...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jul. 21, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer. July 15, 2021. Editorial: NC Senate leader says he wants Critical Race Theory debate. What does his bill say? The North Carolina Senate’s new bill on Critical Race Theory in schools makes an important and welcome distinction that...

Mississippi pharmacist pleads guilty in health fraud scheme

Jul. 21, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi pharmacist has pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to solicit and pay kickbacks and bribes in what prosecutors say was a wide-ranging fraud involving expensive compounded medication. David “Jason” Rutland, 42, of...

Medicaid growth helps insurer Anthem beat Q2 expectations

Jul. 21, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem topped second-quarter expectations even though the health insurer's profit tumbled as patients who hunkered down last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic started seeking care again. Growing enrollment in government-funded programs like...

Arkansas submits plan for overhauling Medicaid expansion

Jul. 20, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas submitted to the federal government on Tuesday a proposal to overhaul its Medicaid expansion after the program's previous requirement that some recipients work was blocked by the courts. The state Department of Human Services turned in...

EXPLAINER: How Democrats hope to enact Biden domestic agenda

Jul. 19, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers’ most consequential battle this year over President Joe Biden’s expansive domestic agenda will snake through a legislative maze that's eye-rolling even by Congress’ standards. In a Capitol where procedures can be exasperating for...

Medicaid expansion activists in Alabama court over graffiti

Jul. 17, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Community activists on Friday pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges over messages spray-painted messages on a street in front of the Alabama Capitol urging the state to expand Medicaid. The four activists with the SaveOurSelves Movement for...

Racial justice panel in Kansas issues recommendations

Jul. 15, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas racial justice panel appointed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has recommended expanding Medicaid, adding another income tax bracket for top-income earners, restoring a food sales tax rebate and banning Native American mascots and team names in public schools. ...