Most doctors surveyed said they think visits to emergency rooms will increase as the new health law is implemented.
April 28, 2011 Overcrowding in emergency rooms isn't caused by people who don't have insurance — it's caused by people who do, but still can't find a doctor to treat them. And doctors say there is not nearly enough attention paid to emergency departments in the new health care law.
April 27, 2011 Public opinion on Medicare seems to depend on how much people are told about the various proposals on the table, according to a study by the polling team at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
April 15, 2011 Unlike a day earlier, the House GOP kept party unity, almost all voting for Ryan's budget bill.
April 13, 2011 President Obama laid out a plan for future fiscal policy that would reduce the costs of Medicare rather than transform the program. The proposal would wring savings from spending on pharmaceuticals and encourage the use of generic drugs.
April 13, 2011 The health program for the elderly already costs a lot, and it's going to cost so much more down the road that Medicare is becoming a key part of the debate about how to tame federal spending. President Obama is expected to show his hand on Medicare changes today.
Shutdown flashback: Department of Health and Human Services employees leave their building in Washington after being told to go home as part of a federal shutdown in 1995.
April 6, 2011 As entitlement programs with recurring sources of funds, Medicare and Medicaid would not be directly affected by a federal government shutdown. But a furlough of federal workers could hurt some program operations, if a shutdown dragged on.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) touts his plan for the federal budget on Capitol Hill.
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April 5, 2011 In an alternative to the administration's proposed budget, Republicans make their case for dramatic changes to Medicare and Medicaid. The GOP says the changes would save money. Democrats argue the cuts would go too far.
At a House Budget Committee hearing in February, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds up a Congressional Budget Office report on the federal budget.
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April 4, 2011 In a plan to trim federal spending, Republicans would shift Medicare coverage to private companies. The proposal, which would apply to people under 55, would also transfer financial risks from the government to individuals.
March 31, 2011 The Obama administration today released proposed rules that could help hospitals and groups of doctors cooperate more closely in caring for patients. If the approach works, it could save money and improve care.
David Wilson of Florida, with the Stop Infant Circumcision Society, works on a readies a sign for a protest in Washington last March.
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March 30, 2011 Businesses and people pushing for changes in Medicaid policies are taking advantage of strained state budgets to make their case. Some of the suggestions are offbeat.
March 29, 2011 Postponing Medicare eligibility by a couple of years could save the federal government billions of dollars. But the savings would be overshadowed by increased costs of health care for employers, individuals and other programs.
March 24, 2011 Seniors getting health care in their homes will soon have to see a doctor to certify the need for care, or Medicare will not pay for it. Some opponents of the new rule say it places an undue burden on patients and doctors.
A view from the Bronx toward Manhattan.
March 9, 2011 When the severity of patient sickness and special local expenses are taken into account, some areas marked by big Medicare outlays flip from profligate to average or even frugal, according to the calculations from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
March 2, 2011 A raft of studies have come out recently purporting to say how much the health overhaul will cost states. And they reach dramatically different conclusions on the subject.
Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi (from right), Gary Herbert of Utah and Deval Patrick of Massachusetts prepare to testify on Capitol Hill.
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March 1, 2011 Potential Republican presidential contender Gov. Haley Barbour made it clear at a House hearing that he wants control over how to spend Mississippi's Medicaid money. He challenged the administration to switch funding to block grants.
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