October 29, 2010 Ads that claim the new federal health law imperils the future of Medicare are getting traction with senior citizens. But fact-checking groups say the attacks stretch the truth.
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September 29, 2010 Everyone seems to agree that health overhaul will do a pretty good job of getting insurance coverage for more people. And there's also agreement that it won't do much about the high cost of care.
September 21, 2010 Despite predictions the federal health law would ruin Medicare Advantage plans, the latest data show rates are down a little for 2011 and benefits are steady. Still, the insurance industry warns trouble lies ahead when government cuts take hold.
September 16, 2010 The number of people in the United States with health insurance decreased for the first time since 1987.
September 14, 2010 A federal judge in Florida indicated that he would let a case challenging the new federal health law proceed. States opposed to the law argue that the federal government is overstepping its authority to require people to have insurance coverage.
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Dr. Donald Berwick, head of Medicare and Medicaid, asked insurers for their help in making overhaul work.
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September 13, 2010 Dr. Donald Berwick, federal chief of Medicare and Medicaid, asked insurers for their help in making health overhaul a success and to achieve common goals. Cheaper, better health care is in everyone's interest, he said.
September 10, 2010 Dr. Harlan Krumholz has helped make the careful measurement of how patients do after treatment into a belatedly hot field.
What's going on with Medicare here?
September 9, 2010 Once again, an analysis of Medicare data shows wide variations in the kinds of care patients receive. The lowest rate of mammograms is in Chicago. Highest rate of leg amputations: McAllen, Texas.
September 7, 2010 Forced to choose between treatment and palliative care, many people forgo hospice services. Less than 40 percent of people are in hospice when they die.
August 25, 2010 Retail prices of brand-name prescription medicines commonly used by people in Medicare rose briskly in 2009, an AARP analysis says. This year generic versions of some of the big movers could help relieve the financial pain.
August 19, 2010 A report commissioned by the Republican governor projects big increases in Medicaid costs as a result of the federal law overhauling health care.
You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to find Medicare shenanigans in Miami.
August 17, 2010 Never underestimate the ability of people to come up with new ways to game Medicare. Federal prosecutors in Miami allege the health program was fraudulently billed for pumps intended to treat impotent men.
Even though Dr. Donald Berwick took the reins of Medicare and Medicaid without a confirmation hearing, one senator hasn't stopped asking questions.
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August 12, 2010 Even though Dr. Donald Berwick took the reins of Medicare and Medicaid without a confirmation hearing, one senator hasn't stopped asking questions.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signs the Education, Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act at the U.S. Capitol, August 10, 2010.
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August 11, 2010 In an unusual August session, House Democrats pushed through an aid package that will boost state Medicaid budgets. But, the lawmakers whiffed on extending a popular insurance subsidy for the unemployed.
August 10, 2010 Starting next year, Medicare will pay for all sorts of preventive services and recipients won't have to shell out a dime. But workouts, aren't on the list.
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