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  • 4 Americans: How health care law affected them Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    Together their experiences provide a glimpse of how the largest social program launched since Medicare has worked out for the people involved. Shawn Turner didn't realize it when the health insurance program debuted last year, but she would become a dramatic example of its purpose. A 54- year-old medical transcriptionist in the tiny Illinois village of...

  • Home health provider agrees to $25M settlement Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— One of Tennessee's largest home health providers has agreed to pay $25 million to resolve allegations of false billing to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that between 2006 and 2013, Nashville- based CareAll Management LLC allegedly violated the False Claims Act by overstating the severity of...

  • Medicare proposes covering lung cancer screening Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Medicare may soon begin paying for yearly scans to detect lung cancer in certain current or former heavy smokers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday issued a long-awaited proposal to begin covering the screening for high-risk beneficiaries if their doctors agree they meet the criteria. But the health care law doesn't...

  • 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...

  • Oct 30- Cigna Corp. said on Thursday that financial losses from the new Obamacare health insurance eased in the third quarter, becoming the second insurer this week to say that business was improving. Cigna, Aetna Inc and Humana Inc have said since the beginning of the year that they were posting losses on the plans because their patients were older and sicker...

  • Medicare agency focus of insider trading probes Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Department of Health and Human Services building, Washington.

    Federal authorities are investigating whether officials at the agency that runs Medicare leaked information that landed with Wall Street traders.

  • Oct 28- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Tuesday that third-quarter profit rose as the benefits of its Coventry government healthcare acquisition offset higher medical costs in its commercial business. This is also the first full year of owning the Coventry business, which specializes in Medicare and Medicaid plans from the U.S....

  • You better shop around: Medicare's open enrollment Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    Most people don't examine their current Medicare plan—or even consider options. But enrollees need to do that every year, experts say.

  • 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.

  • Oct 1- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, said Walgreen Co would sell prescription drugs under its two Medicare Part D plans for 2015..

  • Oct 1- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, said its two Medicare Part D prescription drug plans would be available at Walgreen Co as part of Express Scripts' preferred pharmacy network.

  • Sept 30- U.S. drugstore chain Walgreen Co said lower insurer payments for prescriptions amid increased competition, and a rise in generic drug prices would continue to hurt margins in the current quarter, pressing its shares. Pharmacy chains such as Walgreen are contracted with health insurers and others that operate Medicare Part D drug plans.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- Three firms involved in the troubled Obamacare website HealthCare.gov have seen their contract values exceed initial estimates by more than a quarter-billion dollars, including the lead IT contractor at the time of the site's botched rollout, government data shows.

  • NEW YORK,- A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice may pursue most of its lawsuit accusing Novartis AG of civil fraud for allegedly using kickbacks to boost sales of drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice may pursue most of its lawsuit accusing Novartis AG of civil fraud for allegedly using kickbacks to boost sales of drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

  • In California, however, insurers' projections of 2014 medical spending were fairly accurate. Other companies planning to sell 2015 Obamacare policies in California include Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, and Molina Healthcare. California is the largest of about a dozen states to announce proposed 2015 rates.

  • In California, however, insurers' projections of 2014 medical spending were fairly accurate. California is the largest of about a dozen states to announce proposed 2015 rates.

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- U.S. consumers who purchase private health coverage through the federal Obamacare website HealthCare.gov are likely to find only modestly higher premiums but may still have technical problems signing up, a top health official said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- Ten months after the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, Obamacare's federal health insurance exchange is still dogged by cost overruns and technology delays that could hamper enrollment when it resumes in November, a U.S. watchdog said.

  • 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.