Latest Government-funded health insurance News

More people signing up for health insurance in California

Dec. 12, 2019 5:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 130,000 people have purchased health insurance through California's state-run marketplace for the first time, a 16% increase from last year now that the state is offering more money to help people pay their monthly premiums and will begin taxing people next year who...

Eyeing 2020, House empowers Medicare to negotiate drug costs

Dec. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. The vote along party lines was 230-192. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill would cap Medicare...

SC given federal OK to make some Medicaid recipients work

Dec. 12, 2019 2:30 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has been given permission to require some people receiving Medicaid to work, volunteer or take job training to keep getting their health care, Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday. South Carolina is the 10th state to be granted the waiver, although court challenges have...

Warren slams moderate rivals, laying bare ideological divide

Dec. 12, 2019 1:48 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren lashed out Thursday at her moderate Democratic rivals seeking the White House, accusing them of naively accepting Republican calls for unity rather than standing up to the rich while too quickly bending to the whims of their own wealthy donors. The Massachusetts...

Delaware social services director returns to work

Dec. 12, 2019 4:10 AM EST

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — The director of Delaware's Division of Social Services has returned to work after being on paid for nearly a month while officials investigated a complaint. Ray Fitzgerald was welcomed back to work Wednesday after an investigation found the complaint was unfounded, The News Journal...

Governor outlines Alaska budget that would rely on savings

Dec. 11, 2019 9:22 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed a state budget Wednesday that would rely heavily on savings, after a push for deep cuts during his first year in office resulted in fierce public backlash that fueled a recall effort. The new proposal leaves room for discussion on what services...

Biden tells Nevada union they can keep their health plans

Dec. 11, 2019 6:54 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden drew a contrast Wednesday between his health care plan and those of other top presidential hopefuls as he sought to woo members of a powerful Nevada union. Biden told members of the casino workers’ Culinary Union in Las Vegas that he wants to build on...

Alabama infant mortality rate hits record low

Dec. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s infant mortality rate has reached a record low, but racial disparities have persisted, state health officials announced Wednesday. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced the 2018 infant mortality rate was the lowest in Alabama history with 7.0 deaths per...

Gov. Mills releases bill to boost nursing home funding

Dec. 11, 2019 10:11 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills said she will allow a bill to boost state Medicaid payments to nursing homes to become law. The Democrat had been holding the bill since June over concerns that it could jeopardize federal Medicaid funding and that the Legislature had not allocated enough...

Alaska governor halts assistance cuts for disabled, elderly

Dec. 11, 2019 10:01 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor has ordered the suspension of parts of a plan to cut financial assistance for disabled and elderly Alaska residents, officials said. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy halted the planned state cuts to more than 19,000 recipients next year, The Anchorage Daily News...