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  • WASHINGTON— A new study that examines some major health care proposals from the presidential candidates finds that Donald Trump would cause about 20 million to lose coverage while Hillary Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people. Republican candidate Trump would repeal "Obamacare" and replace it with a new tax deduction, insurance...

  • A Democratic congressman is suggesting that public outrage over the increase in price for the EpiPen could help Congress pass legislation allowing Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices with companies. Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts linked the EpiPen controversy to Medicare and drug prices during a hearing Wednesday before a House...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- U.S. government spending on Mylan Inc's EpiPen in the Medicare program for seniors and the disabled rose 1,151 percent from 2007 through 2014, while the number of EpiPen users grew 164 percent, the Kaiser Family Foundation said on Tuesday in an analysis. In 2007, when Mylan purchased EpiPen, the Medicare program spent $7 million on the product...

  • Under so-called seamless conversion, an insurer can seek permission from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid to auto-enroll members of its non- Medicare insurance plans when they reach 65, the age of Medicare eligibility. Auto-enrollment might be convenient, but it short circuits one of the most important choices to be made when signing up for Medicare-...

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    Blood-testing firm Theranos withdrew its request for emergency clearance of a Zika-virus blood test, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Theranos has filed a notice of intent to appeal sanctions imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the company's lab in Newark, California, the privately held company said late Thursday. CMS revoked a key certificate for the lab in July and terminated the facility's approval to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments for all services.

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    The savings came under a program where health providers coordinate care for 7.7 million Medicare beneficiaries.

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    The inquiry relates to people who are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 18- A U.S. government health agency on Thursday said that it was considering new rules to prevent healthcare providers or related groups from steering patients into Obamacare individual insurance plans instead of Medicare or Medicaid in order to receive higher payments for medical services. "It is improper to influence people away from Medicare...

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    Medicare open enrollment is coming up. Find out how you can save on coverage and out-of-pocket costs.

  • *Sets aside $208 mln more for Obamacare business. *Profit $2.30/ share vs est. The company said it expected premiums of $750 million- $1 billion in 2017 from its Obamacare plans, way lower than the $3.4 billion estimated for 2016..

  • Aug 2- Aetna Inc said on Tuesday that it no longer planned to expand its Obamacare business next year and would sell some Medicare Advantage assets as it fights to gain antitrust regulators' approval for its takeover of Humana Inc. Gary Claxton, director of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's Health Care Marketplace Project, said the federal government was...

  • Aug 2- Aetna Inc said on Tuesday that it no longer planned to expand its Obamacare business next year and would sell some Medicare Advantage assets as it fights to gain antitrust regulators' approval for its takeover of Humana Inc. Aetna said its exchange-based plans for individuals had a pretax operating loss of $200 million in the second quarter, and it...

  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio on August 1, 2016.

    Donald Trump can put the nation back on a Reagan-like economic growth path, says a House Freedom Caucus member.

  • Aug 2- Aetna Inc said on Tuesday that it no longer planned to expand its Obamacare business next year, and the U.S. health insurer announced the sale of some Medicare Advantage assets as it fights to gain antitrust regulators' approval for its takeover of Humana Inc.. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Marjorie Connolly said the exchanges...

  • *Sells some Medicare Advantage assets for Humana deal nod. Aug 2- Aetna Inc said it intended to withdraw plans to expand its Obamacare business next year, and the U.S. health insurer announced the sale of some Medicare Advantage assets to get antitrust nod for its takeover of Humana Inc.. The $117 million deal addresses "a key concern of the U.S. Department of Justice...

  • Aetna, whose acquisition of smaller rival Humana Inc is being challenged by U.S. antitrust authorities, also said it had agreed to sell some Medicare Advantage assets to Molina Healthcare Inc in a deal valued at $117 million. The company, however, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit on Tuesday as memberships grew in its government...

  • July 27- Diagnostic-testing company Alere Inc has received a U.S. Department of Justice subpoena seeking patient-billing records related to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare, the company said on Wednesday. They had fallen 28.6 percent to close at $31.47 after the Wall Street Journal reported news of the subpoena earlier on Wednesday. That turned out to be sort of......

  • July 27- The U.S. Justice Department's criminal-fraud section sent diagnostic-testing company Alere Inc a subpoena last month seeking patient-billing records, the WSJ reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The subpoena asked for information about Alere's efforts to collect co-payments from patients, as well as forms submitted on their behalf...

  • July 27- Health insurer Anthem Inc on Wednesday vowed to fight U.S. government efforts to block its planned acquisition of Cigna Corp and said it expects to lose money this year on its business selling individual health coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Anthem has argued that its planned $45- billion purchase of Cigna will give it...