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  • Insurer Anthem hikes 2015 forecast, 2Q earnings climb Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:36 AM ET

    The Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier now expects 2015 adjusted earnings to top $10 per share, up from a previous forecast for earnings of greater than $9.90 per share. Second-quarter net income jumped to $859.1 million from $731.1 million, helped by enrollment gains in state and federally funded Medicaid coverage. Anthem Inc. its sells coverage in California,...

  • July 28- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and said it would consider buying the Medicare Advantage plans its rivals are likely to divest during the current phase of consolidation in the managed care industry. Anthem Inc said last week that it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S....

  • Anthem Inc.' s purchase of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.' s acquisition of Humana Inc., both announced this month, are worth more than $80 billion combined. Many of the purchases have been designed to bulk up their Medicaid and Medicare Advantage businesses because both of those programs keep growing. If all of the recent deals go through, Anthem, Aetna and...

  • WASHINGTON— Looking at the big picture, the financial health of Social Security and Medicare doesn't appear to have worsened. Some 11 million people who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year— unless Congress acts. Here are five things you need to know about the 2015 Social Security and Medicare trustees reports:.

  • Social Security disability fund could run dry soon Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 PM ET
    A tray of checks is shown at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia in this July 18, 2011 photo.

    The 11 million people who receive Social Security disability face big benefit cuts next year, unless Congress acts.

  • The Medicare program's trust fund for hospital care will run out of money in 2030 the trustees said in a report. Trustees for the country's Social Security program repeated their warning that Washington would run out of the money needed to fully pay disability benefits by 2016.. Depletion of the Medicare and Social Security trust funds does not mean that all...

  • WASHINGTON— Medicare says its computerized fraud prevention system worked like a cybercharm last year, identifying $454 million in problematic payments and generating a financial return for the taxpayer of $10 for every dollar spent. But you can't take that to the bank: Most of the savings claimed by the Obama administration are unlikely to be realized, the...

  • Some answers to common questions about Medicaid and the program's expansion under the federal health care reform law:. Medicaid is a federal-state health care program for low-income and disabled people, including nursing home residents. This year, Medicaid is expected to cover about 69 million people, more than any other government health care program,...

  • These two health programs more popular than ACA Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | 3:00 AM ET
    Doctor and senior patient

    Most people want Medicare and Medicaid to keep their current structure, despite GOP calls for changes.

  • Ex-Medicare head to lead health insurance lobby Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 2:44 PM ET
    Marilyn Tavenner

    Marilyn Tavenner, who was in charge of HealthCare.gov's rollout, will head health insurance lobbying, The New York Times reports.

  • Big changes proposed for Medicare surgery payments Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 3:47 PM ET
    Doctor examining artifical hip joint and X-ray

    The federal government wants many hospitals to be paid on outcomes for hip and knee replacement surgeries.

  • 'Widespread' errors in Medicare Advantage payments Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 3:05 PM ET
    Medicine doctor blood pressure

    Five audits detailed mistakes in almost two-thirds of payments the government made.

  • Acting Obamacare head named to run agency Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 10:51 PM ET
    Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate as the opinion for health care is reported outside the Supreme Court in Washington, June 25, 2015.

    Andy Slavitt, the acting boss of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Obamacare, has been nominated as head of the agency.

  • WASHINGTON, July 9- Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the Obamacare healthcare program, has been nominated as head of the agency, the White House said on Thursday. Slavitt, who joined CMS last year to oversee the once-troubled HealthCare.gov website, has been acting administrator since...

  • CHICAGO, July 9- When presidents call Americans together to talk about aging, major change is possible. The first White House Conference on Aging in 1961 played a midwife's role in the birth of Medicare; the 1971 conference led to creation of the automatic cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security, which has been in place since 1975.. While I'd love to be...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • Long-term impact of ACA? More costs: Pro Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 7:08 AM ET
    Long-term impact of ACA? More costs: Pro

    Dr. Scott Gottlieb, American Enterprise Institute, and Steve Rattner, Willett Advisors chairman, discuss the future of health care following the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare. Also Rattner and Gottlieb discuss consolidation within the hospital space.

  • What health care ruling means for you: Dr. Toby Cosgrove

    Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic CEO, provides insight to the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare subsidies and its impact on patients, hospitals and health insurers.

  • Humana shares jump amid Aetna takeover report Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
    Humana and Aetna signage.

    Shares of Humana jumped on Thursday after a report surfaced that the takeover bid by Aetna was moving forward.

  • Tackling the high costs of big health-care users Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 9:45 AM ET
    Doctor and patient healthcare

    An estimated 5 percent of the population is responsible for about half—or $1.4 trillion—of all U.S. health spending.