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  • Medicare premiums set to rise 52% for 7M people Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 5:45 PM ET
    Senior and doctor

    The "hold harmless" provision in the law that addresses cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for Social Security benefits is to blame.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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...