• Insurance department explores health care payment reform

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Health care spending is high and rising in New Hampshire, and the state should consider holding both providers and insurers accountable for improving quality and containing costs, consultants hired by the insurance department said Friday. The department hired...

  • Two Mormon leaders battling serious health issues

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two of the Mormon church's aging leaders are battling serious health issues. L. Tom Perry, 92, the second-most senior member of the high-level Mormon governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been diagnosed with cancer, church spokesman Eric...

  • Florida Legislature adds protections for pregnant women

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is making it clear that anti-discrimination laws extend to pregnant women. The Florida Legislature on Friday passed a bill that would add pregnant women to the state's existing civil rights law. The measure passed the Florida House by a 115-2 vote. The...

  • House passes programs for intellectually disabled children

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two bills headed for Gov. Rick Scott's desk are intended to help move the state to the cutting edge in providing educational and financial opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities. The Florida House gave final passage Friday to a bill (SB 642)...

  • South Carolina lawmakers debate need for certificate of need

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The fight to overhaul regulations for building and expanding hospitals and other medical facilities in South Carolina has been so combative that lawmakers may not resolve it this year. The House Ways and Means committee this week passed a bill that took lawmakers...

  • Arizona expands quarantine area targeting citrus disease

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona continues to expand a citrus quarantine aimed at heading off a disease that can devastate groves because of a tiny insect. The state Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that the quarantine area now includes more of Maricopa County and a sliver of...

  • Boys and Girls Clubs awarded big grant from Arizona AG

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Boys and Girls Clubs in Arizona have been awarded $670,000 from a special Arizona attorney general's fund to pay for anti-obesity and diabetes prevention programs over the next two years. The grant announced by the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Thursday will...

  • Dairy cow herd in Alpena County tests positive for bovine TB

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    LACHINE, Mich. (AP) — A medium-sized herd of dairy cows in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, according to the state. Routine surveillance testing made the confirmation in Alpena County, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural...

  • USDA says avian flu could spread to Northeast

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bird flu is ravaging the Midwest, and federal experts say it could spread to the Northeast if birds in the Atlantic flyway become infected with a highly contagious strain. Chief veterinary officer John Clifford of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says a strain of...

  • Elementary school student dies from bacterial meningitis

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Health says a 7-year-old elementary school student has died from bacterial meningitis, but cautions the strain is not contagious. WREG-TV in Memphis (http://bit.ly/1GoW3wh) reports the student attended Tunica Elementary. His identity...

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