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  • Sicker seniors: US elder health lags other nations Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    Americans seniors are in worse health and under greater financial pressure from medical costs than counterparts in 10 other industrialized nations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Medicare & Social Security outlook  Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the details from the Social Security & Medicare Trustee Report, which informs Medicare will have sufficient funds until 2030, and disability insurance within social security will be insolvent in late 2016.

  • Main Medicare fund to run out of money in 2030 Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    Slower growth in healthcare spending is shoring up the funding outlook for the federal Medicare program that covers hospital bills for the elderly.

  • Social Security: 'Politics' third rail  Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, (D-Neb.), shares his thoughts on raising the eligibility age for receiving full social security benefits. I'd probably raise it to 68 or 69-years old over the course of 30 thirty years, says Kerrey.

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

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

  • Why Medicare patients are pushed into house calls Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    Home visits have risen sharply at many private Medicare health plans, which treat close to 16 million elderly and disabled people.

  • Secretive reviews of 30 Medicare Advantage plans Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 10:33 AM ET
    Marilyn Tavenner

    Medicare Advantage plans are facing audits that could order them to repay tens of millions of dollars for billing errors.

  • Billions in Medicare overcharges probably lost Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 9:56 AM ET
    The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn.

    The Center for Public Integrity found missed chances to corral tens of billions of dollars in Medicare Advantage billing errors.

  • Insurance firm cheated Medicare for $1B: Lawsuit Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    Former Bush administration official Josh Valdez alleges his ex-employer cheated the government out of millions annually, charges the company denies.

  • LA doctor charged with $33 million Medicare fraud Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 5:15 PM ET

    A Los Angeles doctor has been charged with helping bilk Medicare out of more than $33 million.