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.
August 5, 2010 A new analysis says that Social Security and Medicare will be bolstered by the new health law because lower insurance costs for employers will mean higher pay for workers. And that will mean higher tax receipts. Skeptics disagree.
July 26, 2010 Despite things like the $250 check to help them with drug coverage, most seniors don't understand the new health law.
Some Republicans are imagining what a confirmation hearing for Donald Berwick would have been like.
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July 21, 2010 How would Donald Berwick have handled questions in a confirmation hearing for his post as head of Medicare and Medicaid? Some Republicans pull answers from the historical record.
Is this where the stethoscope goes?
July 13, 2010 Electronic records can be backed up, don't burn and won't get waterlogged in a flood. What's not to like?
July 13, 2010 The new health law will expand an experimental approach to caring for the elderly at home.
July 2, 2010 Characterizing the insurance industry's role in health care as a briefcase gushing with cash is a bit much, insurers say.
Medicare pay for doctors may be fixed for now, but don't bank on it staying that way forever.
June 25, 2010 Doctors with Medicare patients should get their pay restored soon. But, come November, they pay problems could come back.
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June 18, 2010 The Senate passed a bill that would give doctors a 2 percent raise for the next six months. But the House has gone home for the weekend, so final action can't take place until next week.
June 16, 2010 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures 46.3 million were without health insurance last year, an increase of nearly 2 1/2 million people from 2008.
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