• WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. About 20 percent of traditional Medicare payments currently go to providers with cost-saving...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON Jan 15- U.S. healthcare executives say Obamacare is likely here to stay, despite repeated calls from Republican lawmakers for repeal of the 2010 law aimed at providing health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. Top executives who gathered in San Francisco this week for the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference, say that...

  • Stingy Medicaid: How much does it really save? Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:29 AM ET
    People wait for evening dinner outside the Salvation Army in Texarkana, Ark., last May.

    The New York Times reports that a tightfisted government imposes very real costs, especially for those benefiting from Medicaid. The NYT reports.

  • U.S. uninsured healthcare rate fell in 4th qtr - Gallup Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    Jan 7- The percentage of Americans without health insurance fell 4.2 percentage points to an average of 12.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to the expansion of coverage through the U.S. The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid coverage to more people in about half the U.S. states and also introduced new coverage nationwide that is available to all...

  • Florida Medicaid reversal? Forecast is sunnier Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott

    Florida so far has rejected expanding Medicaid benefits to nearly all poor adults, but several factors could change that soon.

  • 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.

  • Obamacare's Rainbow Coalition of newly insured Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET
    Heath-care applicants discuss plans available from the Affordable Care Act in Miami.

    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...

  • 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.

  • '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.