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  • Anthem 4Q profit falls 64 pct, misses expectations Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 6:38 AM ET

    Anthem's fourth-quarter earnings tumbled 64 percent as the health insurer absorbed some sizeable one-time expenses, but it also continued to grow business from government programs like Medicaid and reaffirmed its forecast for the new year. Anthem operates plans in big markets like California, New York and Ohio. The insurer said Wednesday that it booked in...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- Comments from Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump that Medicare could reap huge savings by negotiating with drugmakers raise new risks for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, whose shares have been pressured by criticism from Democrats. Trump told a New Hampshire crowd on Monday night that " $300 billion could be saved"...

  • Regulators discover serious deficiencies at Theranos lab

    U.S. health inspectors found problems at Theranos' northern California laboratory.

  • Jan 22- The U.S. government has suspended new enrollment in Cigna Corp's Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors and standalone Medicare prescription drug plans, citing noncompliance in its appeals and grievances procedures. The government said Cigna had deficiencies in its appeals and grievances processes in both Medicare Advantage and the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Aetna Inc's plan to buy smaller insurer Humana Inc for $31 billion will mean seniors will pay higher Medicare Advantage premiums, according to a new report by the think tank Center for American Progress. Aetna's proposed deal for Humana would combine Aetna's 7 percent of the Medicare Advantage market with Humana's 19 percent, and make it the...

  • A new year, a new you! Thursday, 7 Jan 2016 | 7:00 AM ET
    A new year, a new you!

    This is the year that you’ve decided you will retire! Here are three moves to make now before you leave your job.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- About 6 million people have signed up for health insurance on the website, including 2.4 million new customers, for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2016, the U.S. government said on Friday. Last year at this time, about 3.4 million people had signed up for these plans, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, seeking to win over conservative voters, told Reuters he was the only one running with a victory against President Barack Obama's signature health law. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a chief critic of the 2010 Obamacare law. He says he is the candidate who has fought hardest against it, referring to his...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that Republicans next year will unveil a plan to replace Obamacare in its entirety, as part of a "pro-growth" agenda that he believes should also include cutting welfare programs and taxes. Ryan said even if President Barack Obama will not sign them into law in his last year in office, the Republican...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that Republicans next year will unveil a plan to replace President Barack Obama's national healthcare program, widely known as Obamacare, in its entirety as part of a "pro-growth" Republican alternative to Democratic policies. "Next year, we are going to unveil a plan to replace every word of Obamacare,"...

  • Obamacare, drugs spark higher health inflation Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 4:05 PM ET
    Health care costs

    Expansion of coverage and increased spending on retail prescription drugs spurred a six-year-high spike.

  • Sanofi whistleblower suit kicks into a higher gear Friday, 20 Nov 2015 | 2:38 PM ET
    The French pharmaceutical group Sanofi-Synthelabo headquaters in Ambares.

    An ex-paralegal claims she knows of "many instances" of Sanofi lawyers destroying documents.

  • Obama signs bipartisan budget into law Friday, 13 Nov 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Obama signs bipartisan budget into law

    Americans will see changed to Social Security and Medicare laws following a new budget law.

  • Social Security, Medicare changes are coming Friday, 13 Nov 2015 | 7:13 AM ET
    Social Security

    President Obama signed into law a bipartisan budget bill last week that, among other things, changes Social Security and Medicare laws.


  • Nov 6- Health insurer Humana Inc, which agreed to be bought by Aetna Inc for $37 billion in July, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it added more members to its individual Medicare Advantage business. Humana, which manages large Medicare Advantage health plans for the elderly and disabled, said individual Medicare Advantage membership rose...

  • Why Paul Ryan's run as speaker may be short Thursday, 5 Nov 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves after a House Republican Conference meeting October 20, 2015 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

    Here's why Paul Ryan's run as speaker of the House may be short-lived, explains says political consultant Stephen Myrow.

  • Here's why death rates are up among white middle-aged Americans

    Researchers say death rates are up among white middle-aged Americans.

  • BERLIN, New Hampshire Oct 29- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday said allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices would be one of her "highest priorities" if she becomes president. Clinton, speaking at a community college in Berlin, New Hampshire, also reiterated other steps she has said she would take to "rein in"...

  • Huckabee: Fixing America's health crisis Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 10:03 PM ET
    GOP Candidate Mike Huckabee on stage during the GOP Debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on October 28, 2015.

    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas says the way to fix Medicare is to focus on the diseases costing trillions. Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida responds.