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Prosecutors say Alaska dentist rode hoverboard at procedure

Dec. 6, 2019 4:05 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska dentist accused of fraud and unnecessarily sedating patients also performed a procedure while riding a wheeled, motorized vehicle known as a hoverboard, authorities said. Prosecutors charged 34-year-old Seth Lookhart with felony Medicaid fraud and reckless endangerment. A...

Connecticut hospitals, governor reach legal settlement deal

Dec. 5, 2019 6:15 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont and the Connecticut Hospital Association announced a long-awaited settlement agreement Thursday that will lead to the withdrawal of legal claims that potentially exposed Connecticut to as much as $4 billion in liability. The Democratic governor said the seven-year...

Memo says Gov.-elect Beshear facing massive budget shortfall

Dec. 5, 2019 4:47 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear faces a budget shortfall that could exceed $1 billion as he prepares a two-year state spending plan to submit to lawmakers in early 2020, according to a memo from outgoing Gov. Matt Bevin's administration. The memo from Bevin's budget director, John...

State will pay $10M to mental health providers after suit

Dec. 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will pay out $10 million to resolve the last remaining lawsuits over a shake-up of its behavioral health system in 2013 under the prior administration of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Disclosed Wednesday by the Human Services Department, the settlement locks in payments...

Budget officials await funding for botched benefits system

Dec. 5, 2019 10:54 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Budget officials in Rhode Island say they still don't know how much money the state will get from a settlement with the company that designed a troubled computer system for benefits programs. Officials from Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo's administration said Tuesday they haven't yet...

State of New Mexico settles with behavioral health providers

Dec. 5, 2019 10:04 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state agency has entered settlement agreements with five behavioral health care providers after the groups had Medicaid funding frozen amid fraud and overbilling allegations. The state Human Services Department has agreed Wednesday to pay $10 million to Santa Maria El...

Virginia moves to drop work requirement for Medicaid

Dec. 4, 2019 6:43 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is moving toward dropping work requirements for Medicaid enrollees after Democrats won full control of the state legislature for the first time in a generation. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday that his administration is hitting “pause” on its request...

Wyoming governor promises Medicaid expansion 'fair hearing'

Dec. 4, 2019 12:21 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor promises to give any bill passed by the Legislature to expand Medicaid in the state a “fair hearing," even though he has strong reservations about the idea. The Legislature's Joint Revenue Committee recently endorsed a bill that would allow the governor to...

45,000 Idahoans sign up for Medicaid under expansion

Dec. 4, 2019 12:09 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 45,000 Idaho residents have signed up for Medicaid under expanded coverage according to numbers released Tuesday by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. That's about half of the 91,000 people the agency estimates are eligible to sign up under the expansion. Voters...

Legislation, order aim to save Medicaid to Schools funding

Dec. 4, 2019 11:34 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is taking steps to salvage federal money for schools that provide mental health counseling, speech therapy and other services to students, Gov. Chris Sununu and other state officials said Wednesday. The Medicaid to Schools program allows schools to be reimbursed by the...