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  • WASHINGTON, April 1- Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 $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...