08/20/14 10:30 AM
BOSTON (AP) — Companies that insure Medicaid patients in Massachusetts are pressing for an increase in the payments they receive from the state for serving low-income residents. The health insurers say $140 million in losses since the start of the year are the result of an expensive new...
08/20/14 09:45 AM
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions. The opera company said rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled Sept. 22 with a...
By Judy Lin | 08/20/14 08:27 AM
A state pension fund committee on Tuesday approved retirement calculations for new government hires despite concerns about so-called "pension spiking" raised by Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments.
By Melinda Deslatte | 08/20/14 08:24 AM
Gov. Bobby Jindal believes the last-minute passage of a pension hike for his state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, was improperly handled and should be repealed, the governor's office said Tuesday.
By Associated Press | 08/20/14 08:20 AM
Maine's Democratic House speaker is outlining a series of policy proposals aimed at helping the state's rapidly aging population.
By Kelly Cohen | 08/19/14 06:19 PM
From September 2009 through October 2011, Medicare and Medi-Cal, the Golden State's Medicaid program, were falsely billed for more than $20 million worth of prescriptions for the costly medicines.
08/19/14 04:00 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state pension fund committee on Tuesday approved retirement calculations for new government hires despite concerns about so-called "pension spiking" raised by Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments. The committee of the California Public Employees' Retirement System...
08/19/14 09:30 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is encouraging veterans to go back to school and making it easier for the families of service members who relocate to the state. A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday will give veterans in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities even...
08/18/14 06:45 PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in "a perpetual 'treadmill effect'" of regular overdraws of dollars that the state later had trouble repaying, federal auditors said in a report released Monday. The state's withdrawals exceeded its...
08/18/14 12:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in 30 U.S. states last month, even as employers in two-thirds of the states stepped up hiring. The trends reflect an increase in job-hunters nationwide as an improving economy has encouraged more people to seek work. The Labor Department said Monday...
08/18/14 11:30 AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Three contaminated Bronx properties are on track to get cleaned up and rebuilt as affordable housing, with the help of $300,000 in federal grants and loans. Rep. Jose Serrano said Monday that the money will "help continue the revitalization" of Bronx neighborhoods. The federal...
By Andrew DeMillo | 08/18/14 09:09 AM
Three governors who expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul said Saturday there are economic and moral arguments for embracing a key part of the law, despite strong political opposition in their southern states.
By Alan Suderman | 08/18/14 09:05 AM
The candidates in a special election that will determine which political party controls the state Senate are spending big money and throwing sharp elbows ahead of Tuesday's contest.
By Gary D. Robertson | 08/18/14 09:03 AM
The 2013-14 General Assembly will be marked in North Carolina's history books as the first in more than 140 years in which the legislative and executive branches were simultaneously under Republican control. It ushered in a rightward shift in state government philosophy on taxes, education and...
By Erika Niedowski | 08/18/14 09:01 AM
At first, Gina Raimondo thought solving Rhode Island's pension problem was just a matter of math: Billions of dollars of unfunded benefits were owed to the state's teachers, police officers, firefighters and others.
By Byron York | 08/18/14
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