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  • 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.

  • The payments included tax credits for families that didn't qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not have been necessary, and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working. Improper payments increased by $19 billion over the previous year, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of...

  • WASHINGTON— GOP defense hawks are pressing to find ways to boost the Pentagon's bottom line as the annual budget debate cranks up on Capitol Hill, as tension between defense hawks and budget hard-liners is already making it difficult for Republican leaders to assemble a majority behind their soon-to-be-revealed budget blueprints. Senate Armed Service...

  • The $142 billion cost reduction over 10 years from the Congressional Budget Office's previous estimate in January was good news for supporters of the Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is formally known, as the Supreme Court ponders another challenge to the controversial law. But the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation said those subsidies now are...

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The Congressional Budget Office on Monday upwardly revised its fiscal 2015 U.S. budget deficit forecast to $486 billion, but said lower estimated costs associated with the "Obamacare" health reforms would help shrink cumulative deficits over the next 10 years. It said spending on health insurance subsidies provided through insurance...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday on a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, but no clear majority was immediately apparent in the case that takes aim at a pivotal part of the statute providing tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. A couple of dozen demonstrators from the conservative...

  • March 3- The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, focusing on the issue of tax subsidies available through insurance exchanges set up under the statute. The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, requires people who do not get health insurance through their employer, or the...

  • Medicaid enrollment up, uninsured rate moves down Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:06 PM ET
    Medicine doctor blood pressure

    Enrollment in Medicaid continued a strong upswing as the uninsured rate reached a record low, according two new reports.

  • Feb 20- The U.S. government on Friday announced proposed payments to health insurers for 2016 Medicare Advantage plans that it said were fairly stable compared with 2015.. The proposal, released in a document by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sets out the parameters for reimbursement by the government for Medicare Advantage.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The Obama administration said on Friday it would create a special enrollment period for tax filers who were unaware they could face penalties for missing the Feb. 15 deadline to obtain health insurance through the federal marketplace. "We recognize that this is the first tax filing season where consumers may have to pay a fee or claim an...