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  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The federal website for U.S. consumers to enroll in private health insurance under Obamacare ran into problems twice on Monday because of a surge of people trying to access the site hours before a midnight deadline to sign up for coverage.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • March 27- A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

  • Gilead takes heat: Waxman ignites debate on drugs Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:30 PM ET
    Rep. Henry Waxman in July 2013.

    Biotechs drop on reports Rep. Waxman has sent a letter to Gilead's CEO asking him to justify the price of Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.

  • US drops changes for Medicare drug benefits Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    The Medicare Part D prescription drug program will not be immediately changed by the Obama administration.

  • How the Gingrich-Edwards tax loophole works Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    John Edwards and Newt Gingrich.

    President Obama has called for ending a tax loophole that costs Medicare and Social Security millions of dollars. Here's how it works.

  • Medicare insurer stocks rally on Humana filing Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    Humana shares surged more than 7 percent Monday after it said proposed health department rate cuts may be more benign than anticipated.

  • Obamacare leaves some AIDS patients in limbo Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS trying to obtain coverage under Obamacare are in danger of being thrown out of their insurance plan.

  • Medicare Advantage is too big now: Aetna CEO     Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    Mark Bertolini, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Aetna, discusses the government's Medicare program and weighs in on enrollment participation in Obamacare. I think too much is being made of the website, we all have website failures from time to time, Bertolini says.

  • Dr. William Grace, MD, Grace Oncology founder, discusses the rate of Medicaid recipients using emergency rooms in hospitals unnecessarily.

  • Orszag's parting shots on Obamacare     Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 7:52 AM ET

    Peter Orszag, Citigroup global banking vice chair, shares his thoughts on total health-care spending and the slowdown in Medicare.

  • Doctors, hospitals brace for Obamacare confusion Wednesday, 1 Jan 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    Hospitals and medical practices are preparing for confusion and hassles as new insurance plans under President Obama's healthcare law take effect.