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  • Nearly 10M move to Medicaid since Obamacare launch Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:15 PM ET
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee.

    The Medicaid enrollment rate is 17 percent higher than the average monthly enrollment right before Obamacare started.

  • Medicaid contract extended, after other deal axed Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— Lawmakers agreed Thursday to continue Louisiana's multimillion-dollar Medicaid claims processing contract for another year, an extension needed after Gov. Jindal cancelled the state's $200 million contract with Maryland- based Client Network Services Inc., known as CNSI, in 2013 because of concerns the firm was given favorable treatment...

  • Governor abandons single-payer health care plan Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. "I am not going undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms for this state by pushing prematurely for...

  • Obamacare's Rainbow Coalition of newly insured Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET
    From left: Jose Ramirez and Mariana Silva speak with Yosmay Valdivia, discuss plans available from the Affordable Care Act an insurance in Miami, Florida

    Obamacare will shrink the gap between uninsured rates of different racial groups, but expanding Medicaid nationally would shrink the differences more.

  • Between Nov. 15, when enrollment opened, and Dec. 12, nearly 2.5 million people signed up in the 36 states where these plans are sold through the HealthCare.gov website, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in an e-mailed statement that also appeared on its blog. Data from states that operate their own websites, such as California and New York, is not...

  • Health insurance companies report large response Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Both companies offering health insurance coverage in Wyoming under the Affordable Care Act report business is brisk ahead of Monday's deadline to register for insurance coverage that will start by Jan. 1. Wyoming lawmakers, meanwhile, are set to consider whether to expand the state's Medicaid program to offer health insurance coverage to...

  • Cuomo: NY insurers must cover gender reassignment Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    Andrew Cuomo told New York insurers that gender reassignment must be covered as is required under state law, reports the New York Times.

  • Doctors face steep Medicaid cuts as fee boost ends Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage. But they could reach 50 percent or more for primary care doctors in California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois— big states that have all expanded Medicaid under the health law. Meager pay for doctors has been a persistent problem for Medicaid, the safety-net health...

  • Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— MIT economist Jonathan Gruber— an often-quoted adviser on the president's health care law— told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant" when he said it was "the stupidity of the American voter" that led to the law's passage. Democrats tried to limit the damage as Republicans raked Gruber at a four-hour hearing, but acknowledged he...

  • 'Kickback' flak: Sanofi's caseload grows bigger Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 4:37 PM ET
    A Sanofi lab worker packages vaccines against the flu.

    Drug giant Sanofi is juggling legal and regulatory issues surrounding three cases involving alleged payments or inducements to medical providers.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. healthcare spending last year increased 3.6 percent over 2012, the smallest rate of growth since 1960, government officials announced on Wednesday. Per capita growth slowed even more, from 3.4 percent in 2012 to 2.9 percent last year, found the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That modest increase likely reflects pressure that...

  • Lawsuit claims 'kickback' scheme at Sanofi Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 3:27 PM ET
    Ousted Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher

    A lawsuit accuses drug maker Sanofi and top executives, including its ousted CEO, of a million-dollar kickback scheme to promote diabetes drug sales.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 15- President Barack Obama's plan to extend private health coverage to the uninsured entered a new uncertain phase on Saturday as government-backed online insurance marketplaces opened their 2015 plans to millions of potential enrollees. A 2010 law known as Obamacare is intended to extend health coverage to millions of uninsured...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov 5- The Republican surge in Tuesday's U.S. elections carried Arkansas along with it, threatening to sweep away a bipartisan health insurance plan in the state that is also being studied by other states as an alternative to Obamacare. The program uses federal Medicaid funds from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to help buy health insurance...

  • With opinion polls showing the odds for Senate control increasingly in their favor, Republicans are exploring a series of efforts to repeal some of Obamacare's taxes and penalties on businesses. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell came under fire from conservatives critics last week after saying the party was unlikely to have the 60 Senate votes, out...

  • Medicare program's payment rate for hospital outpatient services will increase 2.3 percent in calendar year 2015, while the rate for ambulatory surgical services will rise 1.4 percent, the federal government announced on Friday. The Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled will also begin to pay doctors a monthly fee to coordinate...

  • Marijuana to wages: What's at stake this election Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:27 PM ET
    David Guard verifies a customer's identity before allowing him to purchase medical marijuana at Capital City Care in Washington, D.C.

    With the midterm elections Tuesday, businesses in select states have much at stake with ballot outcomes that could impact marijuana use, minimum wages and Medicaid.

  • Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    Oct 30- U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups. With the start of enrollment barely two weeks away, their assessment is dramatically different from a year ago, when it was unclear how many Americans would apply for the brand new insurance...

  • Oct 29- U.S. health insurer WellPoint Inc on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as its medical costs stayed low, and it forecast continued earnings growth in 2015.. Some hospitals have said customers are have more procedures because of a turn in the economy, while others have cited new insurance and Medicaid plans offered under...

  • WellPoint beats expectations as customers grow Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    WellPoint's profit beat expectations as the company's customer numbers grew due Medicaid growth and new subsidized individual health plans.