• Missouri to save $4.2 million by switching hepatitis C drug

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State officials say Missouri's Medicaid program will save an estimated $4.2 million in fiscal year 2016 by using a newer, cheaper drug to treat hepatitis C. The state joined a group of 25 other states to receive rebates on Viekira from drug maker AbbVie. The...

  • Baker: Storm travel ban to end at midnight

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A blizzard pounded Massachusetts with heavy snow and hurricane-force winds Tuesday, but state officials reported fewer power outages than expected from the storm and no catastrophic flooding along the coastline. Here is the latest on the storm: ___ TRAVEL BAN Gov....

  • 43,000 Oregonians waiting in Medicaid application backlog

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 43,000 low-income Oregonians are waiting for their Medicaid applications to be fully processed, state health officials say. The Oregon Health Authority says some of the applications came through the federal government's portal and have been determined...

  • Oregon governor has skin cancer removed from cheek

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has had skin cancer removed from his face. The Democratic governor had an obvious scar on his left cheek when he spoke to Oregon reporters and editors Tuesday at a forum organized by The Associated Press. Kitzhaber's spokeswoman, Amy...

  • AG: Tennessee has right to cancel Medicaid expansion

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal Medicaid officials and the state's attorney general on Tuesday confirmed that Tennessee could end Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to cover 200,000 low-income people without penalty. Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who was Haslam's chief legal adviser...

  • House passes bill allowing state to respond to more diseases

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota could more easily respond to deadly disease outbreaks under a measure passed Tuesday in the state House of Representatives. The bill, brought by the state Department of Health, would modernize the state's authority to respond to serious...

  • Indiana wins federal OK for state-run Medicaid alternative

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has received federal approval to expand health coverage to about 350,000 uninsured residents through a state-run program Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday will help the state's working poor families. Surrounded by state officials and staffers at an Indianapolis...

  • 5th case of measles is reported in Arizona's Pinal County

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Pinal County authorities say a fifth person has been confirmed as having the measles, but the adult man is recovering. Meanwhile, Maricopa County health officials confirm an adult woman is its second measles case and may have exposed people at the Phoenix...

  • Advocates push for maintaining Medicaid expansion in Ohio

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition of behavioral health groups say an extension of Medicaid has benefited low-income Ohioans living with mental health disorders and addictions, and lawmakers should continue it. The Coalition of Health Communities on Tuesday shared what it viewed as...

  • Wolf vows to support Senate's medical marijuana bill

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf held an impromptu reception Tuesday for parents of children who are suffering daily from debilitating seizures and vowed to sign a medical marijuana bill that senators are writing. The greeting in Wolf's ornate Capitol reception room followed a...

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