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  • Doc who 'received' $12M from Medicare: Not so fast Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    A massive dump of data about Medicare reimbursements to physicians raised eyebrows for the millions paid to some doctors, but the data aren't perfect.

  • New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare' Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political. Burwell, until now White House budget director, was named by President Barack Obama on Friday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the messy rollout of the health care overhaul.

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- More than 7.5 million people are expected to sign up for private health coverage this year under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the top U.S. health official said on Thursday.

  • Glance: Narcotic prescriptions for Maine Medicaid Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Maine prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2013, compared to 2012:. 17 percent fewer patients, or 15,000.. 6 percent fewer patients, nearly 10,000..

  • Maine Medicaid rules reduce narcotic prescriptions Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's severe restrictions on opioid painkillers for Medicaid patients, requiring many to instead seek alternative pain management treatment for the past year, have sharply reduced the number of people obtaining highly addictive medications blamed for drug abuse and deaths around the nation.

  • April 8- U.S. health insurers said on Tuesday they still expected cuts in government reimbursements for privately managed Medicare health plans for the elderly next year even after the Obama administration rolled back the steepest reductions.

  • Medicare Advantage stocks wobble after rate update Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    Shares of Medicare Advantage coverage providers slipped Tuesday after the federal government issued a final rate announcement that some see as another funding cut for the fast-growing programs next year.

  • April 8- The Obama administration's announcement on Monday that it would roll back proposed cuts to privately managed Medicare plans is a positive for insurers because the final plan is "less worse" than the one proposed, Wall Street analysts said on Tuesday.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that on average, reimbursement for such Medicare Advantage plans in 2015 would rise 0.4 percent, reversing what is said was a 1.9 percent average reduction proposed in February.

  • Government hikes Medicare Advantage pay estimate Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters. This might lead to fewer changes for the plans, which serve nearly 16 million people, or about 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries.

  • Health care bill helps add 3 million to Medicaid Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

  • 1.2 million enroll in California health plans Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    The estimates include people living in California without legal permission and who therefore do not qualify for coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The Obama administration announced on Thursday that same-sex married couples can qualify for Medicare hospital and physician benefits for the first time.

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- President Barack Obama's national healthcare program was on track to reach its goal of covering 7 million Americans, administration officials said on Tuesday, a victory for the White House after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout.

  • Obamacare enrollment on target to hit 7 million mark Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 1- The initial enrollment period for President Barack Obama's healthcare plan ended with the program on track to achieve its original goal to provide coverage to 7 million Americans, administration officials said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The federal website for U.S. consumers to enroll in private health insurance under Obamacare ran into problems twice on Monday because of a surge of people trying to access the site hours before a midnight deadline to sign up for coverage.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- President Barack Obama's embattled U.S. healthcare law, having survived a rollout marred by technology failures, reaches a milestone on Monday with the end of its first enrollment wave, and with the administration likely to come close to its goal of signing up 7 million people in private health insurance.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • March 21- U.S. lawmakers have asked Gilead Sciences Inc to explain the $84,000 price tag of its new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, which is encountering resistance from health insurers and state Medicaid programs. Biogen Idec fell 8 percent, Amgen Inc dropped 3 percent and Celgene Corp lost 3.7 percent.

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