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  • Rand Paul: Need to gradually raise age for Medicare & Social Security

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky addresses the main problem of mounting Medicare costs for the average American.

  • Biggest weakness in 30 seconds: Candidates answer Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 8:17 PM ET
    Biggest weakness in 30 seconds; Candidates answer

    The Republican presidential candidates each answer what their biggest weakness is in thirty seconds each.

  • Oct 28- Health insurer Anthem Inc said on Wednesday that its Obamacare insurance business is being hampered by lower-than-anticipated enrollment due to fewer applicants than expected and cheaper premium rates at competitors. Cigna Corp, which Anthem has announced plans to buy, was down 3.2 percent while shares of Aetna Inc, which reports on Thursday, were...

  • Five ways to improve our health-care system: CEO Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 10:15 AM ET
    health practitioner

    Here's what should be done to provide Americans with care that's both affordable and high quality, says Steve Odland.

  • Candidates on entitlements Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 9:54 AM ET
    Candidates on entitlements

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson takes a look at where the GOP candidates stand on entitlement reform, including Medicare and Social Security.

  • Oct 28- Health insurer Anthem Inc reported a better-than-expected profit in the third quarter as more people enrolled for its government plans, especially Medicaid. Anthem's government business offers Medicare plans for the elderly and Medicaid for lower-income families. Anthem, which agreed to buy smaller rival Cigna Corp in July, said earnings rose to...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 27- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday proposed reforms to Medicare and Social Security that use the private sector to help pay for older Americans' health and living expenses after retirement and cut benefits to the wealthy. On Social Security, Bush advocated changes so that higher-income earners who can afford to save for...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 27- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday proposed reforms to Medicare and Social Security that use the private sector to help pay for older Americans' health and living expenses after retirement and cut some benefits to the wealthy. On Social Security, Bush advocated changes so that higher-income earners who can afford to...

  • Open enrollment is under way Thursday, 22 Oct 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Open enrollment is under way

    Open enrollment season for retirees is under way and shopping around for a new Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan for 2016 could save you a lot of money. Here’s what you need to know.

  • COLUMN-Cost-of-living adjustment is what needs adjustment Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    CHICAGO, Oct 15- It is official: Seniors will not get a cost-of-living adjustment in Social Security benefits in 2016.. That is setting off a fresh debate about the program's inflation formula and its impact on Medicare premiums. Medicare has forecast a 52 percent hike in Part B premiums, to $159.30, that will affect 30 percent of Medicare enrollees- about 16.5...

  • What I'd do to fix the debt crisis: Lindsey Graham Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 | 11:36 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham outlines his comprehensive plan to address entitlement spending and the coming debt crisis head on.

  • This Medicare shock affects some 7M people next year Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Medicare Part B shocker

    2016 will send shock waves to about 7 million Medicare beneficiaries as their monthly Medicare Part B premium is about to surge 52 percent.

  • How's your heart doing? You may want to read this Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 10:09 AM ET
    Heart surgery

    CareDx warns it won't be able to sell its transplant rejection test if a proposed Medicare reimbursement cut goes through.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 8- Seniors have received some unpleasant news in their mailboxes in recent weeks: premiums for many Medicare prescription drug insurance plans will rise at double-digit rates next year. Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7- and it is the time when seniors can shop for new drug plans, which are optional add-ons to Medicare. Medicare officials said in...

  • About that 'flood' of patients from Obamacare... Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 10:51 AM ET
    Doctor

    There was a drop in the number of patients seen by doctors, who still had increased payments.

  • A 2013 study by the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center and Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute, for instance, forecast that health reform would boost the number of self-employed people by 1.5 million. A team of University of Michigan researchers studied Census Bureau employment data for 2014- the first full year of the law's implementation-...

  • 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.

  • 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.