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  • *Fiscal year 2014 deficit estimated to fall to $492 billion. WASHINGTON, April 14- Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday.

  • Report projects health care costs to dip slightly Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under the so-called "Obamacare" plan will total a little more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, instead of almost $1.2 trillion initially estimated.

  • April 14- Within hours of the U.S. government's unprecedented release last week of a trove of Medicare billing data, a small fraternity of lawyers who specialize in representing whistleblowers in healthcare fraud cases began to mobilize.

  • New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare' Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political. Burwell, until now White House budget director, was named by President Barack Obama on Friday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the messy rollout of the health care overhaul.

  • Glance: Narcotic prescriptions for Maine Medicaid Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Maine prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2013, compared to 2012:. 17 percent fewer patients, or 15,000.. 6 percent fewer patients, nearly 10,000..

  • Maine Medicaid rules reduce narcotic prescriptions Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's severe restrictions on opioid painkillers for Medicaid patients, requiring many to instead seek alternative pain management treatment for the past year, have sharply reduced the number of people obtaining highly addictive medications blamed for drug abuse and deaths around the nation.

  • Real Medicare waste? Uncle Sam stayed mum too long Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    Releasing data about Medicare reimbursements to doctors could have led to cost savings in the past, but legal rulings kept it hidden for 35 years.

  • Medicare millionaires: Behind the numbers     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 4:37 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on new data released by the Department of Health and Human Services showing Medicare doctors claiming millions of dollars.

  • Medicare millionaires     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on an ophthalmologist who raked in nearly $21 million in Medicare payments in 2012, more than any doctor in the country.

  • Discussing whether customers have a right to know how much it's paying doctors for treating Medicare patients, with Igor Volsky, Think Progress, and radiologist Dr. Eric Schnipper.

  • Meet the doctor who got $21M from Medicare Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 12:06 PM ET
    Dr. Salomon Melgen

    Following a rare look into Medicare payments, one South Florida ophthalmologist has emerged as Medicare's highest-paid individual doctor.

  • Eye doctor billed over $20 million to Medicare     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on new data released from Medicare on fraud. One eye doctor in West Palm Beach billed more than $20 million to Medicare in 2012. The doctor, Salomon Melgen, says he didn't do anything wrong.

  • April 8- U.S. health insurers said on Tuesday they still expected cuts in government reimbursements for privately managed Medicare health plans for the elderly next year even after the Obama administration rolled back the steepest reductions.

  • April 8- The Obama administration's announcement on Monday that it would roll back proposed cuts to privately managed Medicare plans is a positive for insurers because the final plan is "less worse" than the one proposed, Wall Street analysts said on Tuesday.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that on average, reimbursement for such Medicare Advantage plans in 2015 would rise 0.4 percent, reversing what is said was a 1.9 percent average reduction proposed in February.

  • April 7- The U.S. government on Monday said that final payments to private health insurers for 2015 private Medicare Advantage plans would rise 0.4 percent for the average plan compared with a proposed cut of 1.9 percent.

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The Obama administration announced on Thursday that same-sex married couples can qualify for Medicare hospital and physician benefits for the first time.

  • U.S. to let public see how Medicare pays doctors Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 8:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 2- The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that it will for the first time reveal how much Medicare pays individual doctors for medical services and procedures, including MRIs and CT scans. All told, HHS officials said the data covers 6,000 different types of services and procedures that cost Medicare a total of $77 billion.

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- President Barack Obama's national healthcare program was on track to reach its goal of covering 7 million Americans, administration officials said on Tuesday, a victory for the White House after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout.

  • Obamacare enrollment on target to hit 7 million mark Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 1- The initial enrollment period for President Barack Obama's healthcare plan ended with the program on track to achieve its original goal to provide coverage to 7 million Americans, administration officials said on Tuesday.

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