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  • No Medicaid action in special Va. session

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — There was plenty of talking but little action Thursday as Virginia state lawmakers held special session to discuss whether the state's Medicaid program should expand. Republican leaders, who have stymied Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to expand Medicaid...

  • Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor...

  • 46 percent of doctors give Obamacare a 'D' or 'F'

    In contrast, just 25 percent of those surveyed gave President Obama's healthcare law an 'A' or a 'B.'

  • Census: Real household income peaked in 20th century

    American households are poorer now than they were when the 21st century began. Among householders who dropped out of high school as well as those who graduated from college, real median income has declined.

  • Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it's unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in...

  • No welfare for weed under House bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the "no welfare for weed" bill. The bill would prevent people from using...

  • Officials' kin on public housing dole

    A Michigan public housing commission is shot through with conflicts of interests, including two top officials with family members benefiting from the federal program, according to a government watchdog.

  • Medicare's right hand doesn't know what its left hand pays for cancer drugs

    Officials in charge of Medicare Part B paid $132.9 million in dispensing and supplying fees for drugs and equipment used in certain cancer treatments, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson.

  • House passes 'no welfare for weed' bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the "no welfare for weed" bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued...

  • Snyder touts expanded Medicaid in re-election bid

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday touted Michigan's successful Medicaid expansion as part of his re-election bid, saying 63,000 more low-income adults have signed up than projected this year, with 3½ months left. The Republican governor said about 385,000 enrolled between April,...

  • No work for public housing residents

    Missouri public housing officials improperly exempted virtually everybody living in a 200-unit facility from federal rules requiring that able-bodied residents help with maintenance and cleanup work, according to a government watchdog.

  • Governor, lawmakers announce Va. budget cuts

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers are planning to fill a $882 million budget shortfall by tapping the state government's rainy day fund and making cuts to various agencies, universities, and local governments. The plan won't affect K-12 school spending...

  • Retailers want food stamp data secret

    How many food stamps are redeemed at which stores has long been viewed by the companies and the Department of Agriculture as a commercial trade secret and thus exempt from disclosure.

  • Detroit bankruptcy trial resumes after settlement

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge refused to extend a timeout Monday in Detroit's bankruptcy trial after a deal with a major creditor removed another opponent from the city's plan to exit the largest Chapter 9 case in U.S. history. A bond insurer, Financial Guaranty Insurance, said it needs more time to...

  • GAO report casts doubt on Arkansas as a role model

    When HHS approved a proposal allowing Arkansas to experiment with a "private option" for expanding Medicaid through President Obama's healthcare law, it was viewed as a possible model for other states. But a recent report could change this thinking.



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