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  • California is falling short of its initial enrollment goal of 1.7 million as people find or lose jobs and qualify for Medi-Cal or Medicare. Another 3 million people have joined Medi-Cal since the overhaul began last year, and the Department of Health Care Services, which administers the program for the poor, will update renewal figures soon, said spokesman...

  • Bill Walker's proposal to expand Medicaid coverage revealed few new details Monday, with several members expressing concern about the cost and the federal government not honoring its commitment. In states opting for expansion, the federal government is expected to fund 100 percent of coverage costs for newly eligible individuals through 2016, with the...

  • Feb 4- Nearly 7.5 million people have signed up for 2015 Obamacare health plans through HealthCare.gov with demand increasing as the Feb. 15 enrollment deadline approaches, a senior U.S. health official said on Wednesday. The two top states for sign-ups were Florida, with 1.34 million people having selected plans as of Jan. 30, and Texas, with 969,461 plans.

  • Doctors' group joins fight against high drug prices Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 3:34 PM ET
    An undated handout photo provided by Gilead Sciences shows the hepatitis-C medication Sovaldi.

    A leading group of physicians is warning that high prices of specialty drugs is creating barriers to care for patients.

  • HHS wants power to negotiate specialty drug prices Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 4:25 PM ET
    U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell.

    The $1.08 trillion budget sought by federal health officials includes a request they be able to negotiate some drug prices for Medicare.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- The Obama administration said on Monday it would seek authority to negotiate prices for high-cost drugs under the government's Medicare Part D program, which offers private drug coverage for senior citizens and the disabled. But the plan would require the administration to get a green light from Congress, where Republicans who control the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- The Obama administration said on Monday it would seek authority to negotiate pricing for high-cost drugs under the federal government's Medicare Part D program, which offers private insurance drug coverage for senior citizens and the disabled. President Barack Obama's new $3.99 trillion budget for fiscal-year 2016 proposes allowing...

  • U.S. health insurers eye higher Obamacare profit margins Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- Top U.S. health insurers say their businesses offering medical coverage under so-called Obamacare are turning into profitable ventures and that they are now aiming to be on par with other sought-after government health programs. This puts the business closer to a profit margin that many insurers earn on the government's Medicare Advantage...

  • Anthem, which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans in 14 states, forecast 2015 adjusted earnings to be more than $9.70 per share and operating revenue of between $78 billion- $78.5 billion. It also operates Medicare and Medicaid plans. The company's net profit rose to $506.7 million, or $1.80 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $148.2 million,...

  • 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...

  • US unveils Medicare changes  Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    The White House has proposed an alternative Medicare model. The proposal would phase out fee-for-service, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Feds to tie more Medicare payments to 'value' Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee Capitol Hill in Washington.

    The Obama administration said more Medicare payments will be linked to the value given patients, as opposed to a fee for services.

  • GOVT UNVEILS PLAN TO TIE 50 PCT OF TRADITIONAL MEDICARE PAYMENTS TO ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT MODELS BY 2018.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Politics trumped Medicare probe moves: Report Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:40 PM ET
    Marilyn Tavenner

    The head of Medicare reversed two decisions to halt payments to health providers after being contacted by elected officials, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday abandoned a plan to radically reshape Australia's universal healthcare system by charging patients a fee to see their doctor, a major back flip for his struggling conservative government. The A $7 "co-payment" fee, which had been included in an unpopular May budget, was heavily criticised by the opposition and...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday abandoned a plan to radically reshape Australia's universal healthcare system by charging patients a fee to see their doctor, a major back flip for his struggling conservative government. The A $7 "co-payment" fee, which had been included in an unpopular May budget, was heavily criticised by the opposition and...

  • '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...