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  • Out-of-network health care costs more. A lot more Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | 12:01 AM ET
    Healthcare costs

    Doctors outside of insurance plan networks charge several times what Medicare would pay.

  • More bad news on Medicare drug costs Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 3:14 PM ET
    Prescription drugs

    The most popular prescription drug plans will see an average price hike of 8 percent next year.

  • Medicare's $30M ambulance-ride mystery Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 3:44 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Medicare paid $30 million for ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place where they were picked up or other critical information. The mystery ambulance rides are part of a bigger problem with Medicare payments for transporting patients, according to a federal audit being released...

  • COLUMN-One last push to stop Medicare premium increases Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO, Sept 10- Should 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries shoulder a 52 percent premium hike next year while the other 70 percent pay no more at all? The Medicare population vulnerable to shouldering the larger premium includes some federal and state government employees, people who sign up for Medicare for the first time next year, low-income seniors...

  • New Obamacare rule offers transgender protections Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 12:25 PM ET
    A protester holds an American flag and rainbow flag during a demonstration in Miami.

    Transgender people would be covered under a new rule barring sex discrimination in federally funded health programs.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Sept 1- Kmart Corp has paid $1.4 million to settle U.S. allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act by inducing Medicare beneficiaries to fill prescriptions at its pharmacies, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. The government said the accord resolves allegations that Kmart, a unit of Sears Holdings Corp, let...

  • CHICAGO, August 6- Retirees are facing a double whammy next year: no inflation adjustment in their Social Security benefits and a whopping 52 percent jump in certain Medicare premiums. The Medicare premium hikes will hit only 30 percent of beneficiaries: those who are not protected from a "hold-harmless" provision in federal law that prohibits any premium hike...

  • *Medicaid memberships rise 10.8 pct. Last month, Anthem Inc said it would buy Cigna Corp and Aetna Inc announced the acquisition of Humana Inc.. The deals could present acquisition opportunities for WellCare and rival Centene Corp as Anthem and Aetna might have to sell some Medicare Advantage plans to satisfy antitrust regulators.

  • Aug 4- Aetna Inc on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected adjusted net profit for the second quarter and said "moderate" medical costs boosted the profitability of its government Medicare and Medicaid plans. The third-largest U.S. health insurer, which is in the process of buying rival Humana Inc, also raised its full-year forecast for adjusted net profit to...

  • Government plays bigger role for health insurers Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    For health insurers, government health programs have become an increasingly important part of their business.

  • Puerto Rico's next crisis? Health care Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    Santos De Hoyos, one of 275,000 patients who are on both Medicare Advantage and Medicaid, said he was bracing for higher co-pays for his medication, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, July 16, 2015.

    Puerto Rico faces another cut to Medicare and grapples with an alarming shortage of Medicaid funds, The New York Times reports.

  • Avoiding Medicare mistakes Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Avoiding Medicare mistakes

    CNBC consumer reporter Kelli Grant gives tips on how to avoid the most common Medicare blunders.

  • CHICAGO, July 30- Medicare turns 50 on Thursday, riding high in the polls but under attack from presidential candidates proposing benefit cuts or even phasing out the U.S. healthcare program for older people. And the public really, really likes Medicare, which last year covered 54 million Americans. A poll released earlier this month by the Kaiser Family...

  • July 29- Health insurer Anthem Inc, which plans to buy rival Cigna Corp for $54 billion, on Wednesday said medical costs, particularly in its Medicaid and Medicare businesses, were at the low end of expectations and helped boost second-quarter profit. On July 3, No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc and Anthem on Friday said it would acquire...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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.