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  • A petitioner holds a US flag during a naturalization ceremony.

    Claims that reform would boost the economy are challenged by those who say costs in job losses and spending on social programs would be too high a price.

  • Demonstrators, including many senior citizens, protest in Chicago against cuts to federal safety net programs, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    President Barack Obama's budget plan would change how increases in Social Security benefits are calculated. Experts say that could be devastating to recipients who need cost-of-living adjustments to survive.

  • HMOs Pop on Medicare Decision

    HMO stocks jumped on decisions on 2013 Medicare rates, but is this all roses? CNBC's Scott Cohn and Ipsita Smolinski, offer insight.

  • HMOs: A Reversal of Fortune

    HMO stocks jumped on decisions on 2013 Medicare rates, with CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • HMOs Jump on 2013 Medicare Rates

    Health insurance stocks like Humana broke out sharply on Monday after the CMS increased the Medicare Advantage rate. The FMHR traders and Steve Grasso discuss how to play these stocks. Also, whether to get cautious on news the Dow has set a new intraday high in 12 of the past 20 trading sessions, with Jason Pride, Glenmede.

  • HMO Stocks on a Surge

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs explains how a change in budget calculations sent some health insurance shares higher.

  • Health Insurers Soar on Medicare Rate Rise

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs explains why the government's new program for Medicare and Medicaid has sent some insurers soaring.

  • Booster Shot For Health Insurers

    Sarah James, Wedbush Securities analyst, reveals her outlook on health care companies, after a recent report indicates an estimated growth rate of 3.3% for insurers.

  • Following intense lobbying from the health insurance industry and members of Congress, the U.S. government said it will increase the payment rate for health insurers that offer coverage through the popular Medicare Advantage program.

  • CMS Assumes No Change for 2014

    Health insurance stocks are moving higher on the decision from the Center for Medicare Services--CMS says they will not propose a cut to Medicare reimbursement rates, reports CNBC's Bertha Coombs.

  • Health Care & Your Retirement

    Enrollment season for Medicare Advantage plans and Obama's health reform plan is six months away. One big question is how many people will show up to be insured, reports CNBC's Bertha Coombs.

  • A new study indicates that Obama's health care overhaul will result in a 32 percent claims cost increase which could translate into higher premiums for Americans.

  • Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

    Dr. Benjamin Carson was a political unknown just weeks ago. Now, He is in some ways a dream candidate for Republicans. The NYT reports.

  • Dr. Martha Perez examines a patient at Community Health of South Florida.

    Obamacare and the aging of doctors and patients are exacerbating the shortage of primary care physicians.

  • President Obama arrives Tuesday at the Capitol to meet with the Senate Democratic Caucus.

    President Obama is warning that it may be impossible to reach a deal with Republicans on trimming the budget deficit.

  • Paul Ryan

    Rep. Paul Ryan called his third budget an "invitation" to President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to begin bargaining toward a deal to balance the budget.

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    Spending on drugs to treat common diseases fell 1.5 percent among customers who receive prescription benefits through commercial insurers.

  • Medicare on the Chopping Block

    Alan Miller, Universal Health Services, offers insight on the cuts hitting federal health programs.

  • Power Rundown: Yahoo Headquarters, Or Else

    Florida is experiencing a serious shortage of doctors, and Yahoo's CEO Marissa Meyer pulls the plug on employees working from home. CNBC's Jane Wells and Sharon Epperson discuss.

  • CMS Rate Proposal Hits HMOs

    The proposed rate cute outlined by CMS is putting pressure on all of the Medicare advantage players, with CNBC's Bertha Coombs.