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    The U.S. budget deficit is expected to grow to $590 billion in fiscal year 2016.

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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...

  • WASHINGTON— THE ISSUE: About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. Medicare's insolvency is two years closer, now projected in 2028. Medicare, the health care program for older Americans and the disabled, would get new legal powers to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharma companies.

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  • *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...

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    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...

  • July 27- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc reported a better-than-expected profit as enrolments rose in its Medicaid plans, which cater to low-income Americans. Anthem's memberships have been rising in the past couple of years as more Americans sign up for its Medicaid plans expanded under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Memberships in its...

  • *Sets aside reserve of $300 mln related to Health Net ops. July 26- Centene Corp's chief executive said the mid-cap health insurer did not have the network for the Medicare Advantage assets Aetna Inc or other large managed care companies are looking to sell as part of the industry-wide consolidation. Neidorff said Centene's target customers for Medicare...

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    A proposal is the latest Obama administration effort to shift medical providers away from a fee-for-service model.

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    Three people were charged with conspiring with others to have unqualified people admitted to skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- U.S. antitrust officials on Thursday moved to block an unprecedented consolidation of the national health insurance market, filing suit against Anthem Inc's proposed purchase of Cigna Corp and Aetna Inc's planned acquisition of Humana Inc.. The deals would hurt consumers in the different markets served by the four companies, from medical...