More Entitlements Articles

  • Pence, Ritz seek federal dollars without strings

    Last week saw two diametrically opposed Indiana politicians go to great lengths to ensure the state wins large sums of federal money without the strings that are normally attached.

  • Fla man charged in Medicare scam among most wanted

    MIAMI (AP) — A Miami man has been added to federal health officials' list of most wanted fugitives. Sandy De La Fe was indicted last year on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud. Investigators say De La Fe owned a Miami pharmacy and participated in a...

  • Poor New Yorkers getting fancy food leftovers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world's fanciest foods are going to New Yorkers who can't afford even basic meat-and-potato meals. This week, they got about 90,000 pounds of delicacies left over from the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, including $80-a-pound foie gras (fwah-GRAH') and duck....

  • Deadline approaches for bankruptcy plan vote

    DETROIT (AP) — The most anticipated vote in Detroit this summer isn't for a city office. Instead, ballots due by Friday from city retirees could determine how quickly Detroit exits its historic bankruptcy and how much of the financial weight pensioners will bear. Non-uniformed retirees are...

  • Va. gets federal bonus for food stamp program

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is getting a bonus from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its performance using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday that the Virginia Department of Social Services is getting $1.7 million. Each year the USDA awards...

  • Unemployment protest hits French theater festival

    AVIGNON, France (AP) — One of Europe's premier theater festivals is canceling some shows as French workers protest changes to their offseason unemployment benefits. The director of the Festival d'Avignon, Olivier Py, told journalists in Avignon that two plays scheduled to run on Friday's...

  • 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.

  • 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.

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