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  • 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, a sum worth $72 billion, currently go to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • '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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oregon senator enrolled in low-income Medicaid Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 6:10 PM ET
    Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Jeff Merkley, a U.S. senator from Oregon, was improperly enrolled into low-income Medicaid by Cover Oregon.

  • Virginia: No Medicaid expansion, but ... Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 1:57 PM ET
    Terry McAuliffe

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, stymied in his efforts to expand Medicaid in the state, Monday said he would extend health coverage to 25,000 people.

  • Medicaid 'expanding' profits for health systems Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM ET
    Medicine doctor blood pressure

    Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid are reaping financial benefits in excess of original estimates, a new report found.

  • Pennsylvania's hard-won Medicaid plan may be undone Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 2:42 PM ET
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks at a news conference in State College, Penn.

    Pennsylvania's Medicaid expansion plan could be changed a bit if Democrat Tom Wolf beats Gov. Tom Corbett this fall.

  • How nursing homes game the Medicare ratings system Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    Medicare’s five-year-old rating system to help families select nursing homes relies on unverified, incomplete and often misleading data. The NYT reports.

  • Navigating health care   Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:41 AM ET
    Surgeons, Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute - Cleveland, Ohio, US

    Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic CEO, discusses the impact of the Affordable Care Act on patients, including what they will pay and the strain on the nation's Medicare and Medicaid systems. And Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, weighs in.

  • Kerrey: Entitlement problem out of control   Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 8:04 AM ET
    Kerrey: Entitlement problem out of control

    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, (D-Neb.), shares his thoughts on the runaway costs of government programs, including health care.