The backlog of appeals of denied Medicare claims will take years to clear up even after changes proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Erbitux is used to treat cancers that start in the head and neck and tumors there that spread from other parts of the body. Because its effectiveness varies, should the price also? Dr. P. Marazzi/Science Source hide caption

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Congress Poised To Permanently Fix Its Medicare Payment Glitch

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, (who we're sure was not intentionally making the "choke" sign) and Marilyn Tavenner, head of the HHS agency that oversaw the Obamacare website project. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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