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Ex-Kentucky lawmaker pleads guilty to federal fraud charge

May. 26, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky lawmaker and pharmacy owner has admitted in federal court to billing insurance programs for prescriptions that customers didn’t pick up, according to a published report. Robert Goforth, 46, pleaded guilty Wednesday to health care fraud and a...

North Carolina woman sentenced to prison for Medicare fraud

May. 26, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for conspiring with others to defraud North Carolina's Medicaid system by turning in more than $4 million in fake claims for behavioral health services. Sharita Mathis Richardson of...

NC Medicaid expansion stakes rise with Senate leader support

May. 25, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government's most powerful Republican elected official threw his weight fully behind Medicaid expansion Wednesday, raising the stakes for an issue lingering in state politics for a decade that could result in hundreds of thousands of low-income adults getting...

Nursing home owner loses US funding after Ida evacuations

May. 24, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A nursing home owner in Louisiana who lost the state licenses for his seven facilities after moving hundreds of residents to a poorly equipped warehouse as Hurricane Ida approached has now been barred from federal health care programs. State officials found...

NC Medicaid expansion gets serious attention from Senate GOP

May. 23, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans are strongly considering legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults. Such legislation would mark a key step in an extraordinary turnabout by GOP members in the chamber set against...

California governor backs plan to pay for some abortions

May. 11, 2022 20:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California taxpayers would help pay for abortions for women who can't afford them under a new spending proposal Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday to prepare for a potential surge of people from other states seeking reproductive care if the U.S. Supreme Court...

NC governor reveals what he wants to do with $6.2B surplus

May. 11, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper proposed Wednesday that North Carolina government spend or earmark much of a projected $6.2 billion surplus to address further a host of needs like building construction, education inequities, affordable housing and worker retention. The...

Inspectors: State hospital campus failed to protect patients

May. 09, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State inspectors have found a series of lapses at the Oregon State Hospital’s campus in Junction City, including failures to take steps to protect patients from physical harm. The inquiry began last year when a Junction City patient walked away from an...

Abortion adds to Biden's all-but-impossible to-do list

May. 07, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s list of impossible tasks keeps getting longer. Despite lofty promises he's made, from the campaign trail through his first year in office, he has limited power to safeguard voting rights or expand the fight against climate change on his...

Missouri lawmakers pass $48 billion state budget

May. 06, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature on Friday passed a roughly $48 billion state budget packed with extra funding for teacher pay, school busing, Medicaid and public colleges and universities. The budget package earned largely bipartisan support,...