More Entitlements Articles

  • Illinois AG pledges to defend pension overhaul

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is drawing a clear line between a state Supreme Court decision on health benefits for state retirees and a legal challenge to a statewide pension overhaul. Madigan spokeswoman Maura Possley said in a statement Thursday the high court's...

  • Applications for US unemployment benefits edge up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level that indicated a healthy labor market. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to 315,000. The four-week average,...

  • Josh Earnest: White House not 'perfect example' on equal pay for women

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged on Wednesday that “we still have more work to do” to close the pay gap between men and women working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Florida Medicaid privatization underway statewide

    MIAMI (AP) — More than three million Medicaid recipients around the state are transitioning into managed care under Florida's massive overhaul to privatize its Medicaid program. The change comes three years after the Legislature voted to privatize the program, saying the roughly $23 billion a...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Missouri governor vetoes, freezes $1b of spending

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed or froze more than $1.1 billion in spending Tuesday, citing concerns about declining revenues and the potential for new tax breaks to drain state dollars even further.

  • House panel approves $29.1b GOP budget plan for Pennsylvania

    Republicans on the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a spending blueprint that would hold the line on taxes, but would scale back increases for education and human services proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett while relying heavily on the unlikely sell-off of the state's...

  • Judge to hear arguments over pension contributions

    A judge is set to hear arguments over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to use pension payments to balance the budget.

  • 7 postal employees due in court for unemployment fraud case

    Seven U.S. Postal Service employees are facing their first court appearances in a Connecticut fraud and larceny case.

  • California expands Medi-Cal while continuing cuts

    California has been praised by health advocates for its early embrace of the federal health care expansion, but the new state budget has raised questions about its commitment to getting the poorest residents into doctors' offices and dentists' chairs.

  • Rhode Island General Assembly adjourns for 2014

    Rhode Island's General Assembly adjourned for the year early Saturday after pushing through legislation outlining a plan to expand gambling in Newport and scores of other bills, including one suspending the use of standardized tests as a graduation requirement.



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