11/18/13 09:31 AM
Unemployment remains stubbornly high. Paycheck growth, especially for minimum-wage workers, is stagnant. Yet even lacking a full economic recovery, millions of needy families around the United States and in Massachusetts are losing a portion of their federal food stamp benefits this month....
11/18/13 09:31 AM
During the nasty campaign for Virginia governor last month, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tried to poke a hole in Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe’s pledge to tap the full federal funding promised to states for expanding their Medicaid programs. “The notion that the...
11/18/13 09:29 AM
Even as negotiators struggle to write a final fiscal 2014 budget, one of Congress’ most liberal lawmakers laid out his own vision for what the government’s priorities should be — complete with big jumps in taxes and social spending and cuts at the Pentagon. Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont...
By Associated Press | 11/18/13 09:23 AM
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — California's biggest public pension system has lost its appeal of the ruling that allowed the city of San Bernardino to file for bankruptcy.
By Associated Press | 11/18/13 09:21 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Farmers markets in Minnesota saw a jump in the use of food stamps this year. Nearly 60 farmers markets in Minnesota accept food stamps.
By Philip Klein | 11/17/13 06:08 PM
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has asked state lawmakers to delay proposed modifications of the state's Medicaid system due to the technology problems plaguing the rollout of President Obama's health care law. Faced with the decision of whether or not to expand Medicaid earlier this year, Walker...
By Associated Press | 11/16/13 10:54 AM
President Obama's top health care official urged Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday to reverse course and accept $10 billion in federal funds to help expand the state's Medicaid program.
By Associated Press | 11/15/13 10:51 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 44-year-old New Orleans man has been sentenced in Baton Rouge to 15 months in federal prison for his role in frauds alleged to have cost Medicare more than $2.5 million. The man, former physician Anthony Stephen Jase, conceded he owes taxpayers $360,293 for his...
11/15/13 10:46 AM
CONCORD, N.H. — House and Senate committees voted Thursday to recommend that New Hampshire expand Medicaid to an estimated 49,000 poor adults, but their plans differ on how to implement the expansion. A key difference between the two bills is how quickly New Hampshire shifts the adults from...
11/15/13 10:44 AM
(www.usnews.com) As part of their PR campaign surrounding their hoped-to-be-finished-soon bill, farm state lawmakers and agriculture lobbyists have repeatedly heralded it as an oasis of bipartisan deficit-reducing compromise in a desert of scorched earth partisanship. Touting the farm bills as...
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