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  • Mike Pence submits request for Medicaid alternative

    Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday asked that the federal government expand health care coverage for Indiana's low-income residents using a state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid.

  • Arkansas lawmakers OK insurance, lotto, prisons bills

    Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval early Wednesday to bills addressing teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new limits on the lottery, wrapping up a special legislative session that left unresolved until next year the long-term questions surrounding the three issues.

  • Paul LePage phone campaign focuses on Social Security

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage's re-election team has launched a phone campaign seeking to clarify the Republican governor's position on Social Security.

  • Illinois pushes ahead with Medicaid managed care

    CHICAGO (AP) — Facing a Jan. 1 deadline, the state's top Medicaid official announced a timetable Monday for moving hundreds of thousands of low-income patients into managed care health plans. Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos said 1.7 million people will get...

  • Pension agency says plans for 1.5 million at risk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite an improving U.S. economy, retirement plans covering roughly 1.5 million workers are severely underfunded, threatening benefit cuts for current and future retirees, a federal watchdog agency warned Monday. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) said...

  • Lump sum repayments approved in Detroit bankruptcy

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit retirees will be allowed to repay generous annuity returns with a lump sum in the city's bankruptcy case. A single payment could be cheaper than stretching it over time. The city is proposing to recover as much as 20 percent of the money paid between 2003 and 2013....

  • Illinois releases 5-year economic blueprint

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The state agency in charge of helping improve Illinois' economy released a five-year plan on Monday that it hopes will create a good environment for business growth and prosperity. The plan is required under a state law passed last year, part of an effort to build up a...

  • Chris Christie veto expected on New Jersey budget

    Gov. Chris Christie is expected to sign a state budget, but not before doing major surgery to it with line-item vetoes.

  • GOP's patchwork $29.1b budget in Pennsylvania speeds toward votes

    A $29.1 billion Pennsylvania state government budget plan held together by a patchwork of cash diversions and other maneuvers was poised for its first floor votes Monday, the last day of the fiscal year after a rocky spring session for Republican majorities.

  • Detroit's largest union, city sign new contract

    DETROIT (AP) — A representative of Detroit's largest union and the city's emergency manager signed an agreement reached during the ongoing municipal bankruptcy case. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees official Ed McNeil and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr took...

  • Florida gets bonus in food stamp program

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is getting a $7 million bonus from the federal government over how the state is running its food stamp program. The Department of Children and Families announced on Thursday that the federal government has awarded the state a bonus for the seventh year in a...

  • Detroit bankruptcy judge may take tour of city

    DETROIT (AP) — The judge in Detroit's bankruptcy said Thursday he's leaning toward a three-hour tour of the city but suggested the details may become a secret because of concerns about safety. The city believes a tour of warts and jewels would help Judge Steven Rhodes as he considers whether...

  • Applications for US unemployment benefits dip

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week, the latest evidence that a sharp economic slowdown earlier this year hasn't caused employers to cut jobs. Weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000, the Labor...

  • Va. House GOP lays out Medicaid legal strategy

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans have retained a former U.S. solicitor general in preparation for a potential legal showdown with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe over the governor's ability to expand Medicaid eligibility. House Speaker William J. Howell and other Republican...

  • Court sides with employees in retirement fund case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with bank employees in a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bancorp that accused management of irresponsibly investing employee retirement money in the bank's then-failing stock. The unanimous ruling came in a case involving a retirement fund...



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