Rep. Sean Duffy asks the Fed's Bernanke if from a policy perspective if there a way to negotiate a bipartisan solution to rising health care costs.» Read More
Dr. Benjamin Carson was a political unknown just weeks ago. Now, He is in some ways a dream candidate for Republicans. The NYT reports.
WASHINGTON, March 19- Two Republican state senators from Arkansas may soon accomplish what seasoned Washington politicians couldn't: make the main provisions of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul palatable to hard-core conservatives.
Obamacare and the aging of doctors and patients are exacerbating the shortage of primary care physicians.
President Obama is warning that it may be impossible to reach a deal with Republicans on trimming the budget deficit.
Rep. Paul Ryan called his third budget an "invitation" to President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to begin bargaining toward a deal to balance the budget.
WASHINGTON, March 6- The U.S. health insurance industry is escalating its lobbying battle against a proposed Medicare Advantage pay cut to insurers by launching a television and online advertising campaign to garner public support among the program's 14 million beneficiaries.
Spending on drugs to treat common diseases fell 1.5 percent among customers who receive prescription benefits through commercial insurers.
Alan Miller, Universal Health Services, offers insight on the cuts hitting federal health programs.
WASHINGTON, Feb 28- Medicare Advantage insurance plans that meet the program's higher quality standards should be in a strong position to withstand federal payment reductions proposed for 2014, a senior U.S. health official said on Thursday.
Florida is experiencing a serious shortage of doctors, and Yahoo's CEO Marissa Meyer pulls the plug on employees working from home. CNBC's Jane Wells and Sharon Epperson discuss.
*Hard to find savings without raising Medicare eligible age. Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson have yet to declare what they would do to wring savings from Medicare, Medicaid and other programs, according to analysts who provide the two deficit hawks with their facts and figures.
WASHINGTON, Feb 21- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday that it would provide 25 of the 50 U.S. states with funding to test new ways to lower costs and improve care within the national Medicaid program for the poor.
Medicare Advantage is the Medicare program in which private insurers provide health insurance to seniors and are reimbursed by the government.
The proposed rate cute outlined by CMS is putting pressure on all of the Medicare advantage players, with CNBC's Bertha Coombs.
CNBC's Bertha Coombs takes a deeper look at proposals that would lower Medicare Advantage rates more than analyst and insurers were expecting.
Humana said the government's proposed 2014 payment rates for Medicare participants were lower than expected and would affect its profit outlook, and its shares fell in premarket trading.
Feb 13- President Barack Obama's decision to spotlight drug rebates as a way to save money on Medicare is likely to be opposed by the pharmaceutical industry, which could potentially lose billions of dollars in profits.
WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will seek a permanent solution to scheduled steep cuts in physician payments from the federal Medicare health insurance plan for retirees and disabled people, a House committee chairman said on Wednesday.
CNBC's Rick Santelli talks to Sen. Johnny Isakson, (R-GA), about creating jobs in the private sector; and cutting spending; and avoiding sequestration.
Obama has ruled out raising the medicare eligibility age to 67 from the current age of 65 as a way to reduce government deficit.