U.S. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol Friday after a briefing on the debt ceiling.
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July 29, 2011 If an impasse were to drag on for more than a few weeks, health care providers could be unable to pay their staffs or even face insolvency, say health care experts and former government officials.
July 28, 2011 The Affordable Care Act will boost the number of people with health insurance by about 30 million over the next decade, while health costs overall will rise by one-tenth of a percentage point more than they would have if the law hadn't passed.
Some hospices are keeping people longer to get payments from Medicare.
June 28, 2011 Medicare's method of paying hospices a flat fee for each day a patient is receiving care there encourages operators of the facilities to seek out patients early on — and try to keep them as long as possible.
Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul (D-NY) thanks customers for their support at a restaurant in Depew, N.Y., Wednesday.
May 26, 2011 Changing Medicare is looking politically risky, so budget-cutters may focus on Medicaid instead. That, too, could prove unpopular because a recent poll shows the public does not favor large cuts to the program.
May 25, 2011 The morning after Republicans lost a long-safe congressional seat in New York, partly from anger over GOP proposals to remake Medicare and Medicaid, the plan's author came out swinging. He accused Democrats of "demagoguing." A White House aide said Democrats were actually "explaining."
May 13, 2011 Medicare will become insolvent in 2024, five years sooner than the forecast made in the last annual report by the program's trustees. A crummy economy shoulders a lot of the blame for the deterioration.
Seroquel, made by AstraZeneca, was the most prescribed of the atypical antipsychotics scrutinized in a federal audit of nursing home claims.
May 11, 2011 About 14 percent of elderly nursing homes residents receive a so-called atypical antipsychotic medicine despite an increased risk of death when the medicines are used to manage dementia in older people.
Vice President Joe Biden and congressional Republicans and Democrats leave Blair House in Washington, Thursday, May 5, 2011, after meeting in hopes of striking a deal on deficit reduction.
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May 5, 2011 Where do House Republicans stand when it comes to Medicare cuts as formal negotiations on cutting the deficit begin? They're not ready to show their cards just yet.
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.
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