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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— An Ohio group wants a federal judge to block state officials from ending the Medicaid health coverage of tens of thousands of low-income residents. The request comes as the state's Medicaid agency works to "re-determine" eligibility for recipients of the federal-state program, as required by the federal government. The Legal Aid Society of...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— During the past decade, Vermont has spent $675 million setting up Medicaid managed-care programs but has done such a spotty job monitoring them that they can't even be audited. Vermont entered a unique arrangement with the federal government in 2006 called "global commitment," in which as long as it stayed under projected spending caps, the state...

  • NEW YORK— Authorities investigating allegations of a Medicaid scam involving doctors and others in New York City recall coming across something curious in a lower floor of a clinic: stacks of shoe boxes containing cheap, off-brand sneakers, boots and sandals in a variety of sizes. Prosecutors say the footwear stockpile was further proof that the clinic was...

  • High court rules in Medicaid reimbursement dispute Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

    The Supreme Court said private sector health care firms cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates.

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in a case from Idaho that private medical providers that deliver residential care services cannot sue a state in try to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates to deal with rising medical costs. Medicaid is a federal health insurance program for lower-income people that is administered by the states.

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that private medical providers that deliver residential care services in Idaho cannot sue the state in order to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates to deal with rising medical costs. Medicaid is a federal health insurance program for lower-income people that is administered by the states.

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that private medical providers cannot sue a state in order to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates to deal with rising medical costs.

  • Supreme Court sides with Idaho in Medicaid pay dispute Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Private health care providers cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with rising medical costs, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 5-4 decision that broke across ideological lines, the justices said medical companies have no private right to enforce federal Medicaid funding laws against states if...

  • SUPREME COURT RULES PRIVATE MEDICAL PROVIDERS CANNOT SUE STATES TO RAISE MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES.

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and should pay the money back, according to a federal audit released Friday. The audit found that Maryland misallocated costs to federal grants instead of the Medicaid program in 2013 and 2014, failing to use updated estimated enrollment data when it...

  • The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Wednesday that the bipartisan bill preventing cuts in doctors' fees for treating Medicare patients would total $214 billion in costs over the coming decade. —$6 billion, extends expiring Medicare payments, including to some hospitals, doctors and ambulance services. —$1 billion, increases...

  • GOP vows to support budget plan in House Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).

    House Republican leaders predicted on Tuesday that their caucus would support a 10- year balanced-budget plan.

  • Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, cited two reasons for the rank and file to approve the budget, saying it would "get our economy moving again, and also set the stage for a repeal of Obamacare." Democrats criticized the plans in both houses without letup, particular the repeal of the health care law and the billions of dollars in...

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans quietly deepened recommended budget savings from the government's chief health care program for the poor by about $140 billion in recent weeks to offset part of the cost of higher payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients, according to officials familiar with the tradeoff. The maneuver comes as Republicans in both...

  • Obamacare windfall: Big drop in uncompensated care Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 3:10 PM ET
    Healthcare

    Hospitals have seen reductions in the costs of caring for the uninsured, but nowhere more so than in states that expanded Medicaid.

  • WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the health care law improved their lives. The White House ceremony on March 23, 2010, was an applause-filled celebration. But the polemic around "Obamacare" hasn't cooled...

  • WASHINGTON— A budding bipartisan deal to shelter physicians from Medicare cuts, championed by the House's two top leaders, is drawing powerful allies including the American Medical Association and a rainbow of conservative and liberal groups. The package is studded with provisions that draw many Democrats, including two more years of money for the...

  • WASHINGTON— House aides released an outline late Friday of an emerging bipartisan deal shielding physicians from Medicare cuts and pumping more funds to popular programs for children's health and community health centers. In the winner's category, the agreement would also help Tennessee hospitals serving large numbers of poor patients and makers of...

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans are matching President Barack Obama's proposals to cut Medicare by more than $400 billion over the coming decade, though they're not embracing his specific cuts to health care providers like hospitals and drug companies. Slated for release Wednesday afternoon, the GOP senators' companion measure contains greater cost cuts...

  • The kids aren't all right: 3.3M may lose insurance Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Healthcare

    Pending decisions by the Supreme Court and Congress threaten, at worst, to result in 3.3 million extra kids lacking health insurance.