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  • NEW YORK, April 4- U.S. health insurers that provide Medicare Advantage plans to elderly and disabled Americans will receive government payments in 2017 that are 0.85 percent higher on average, reflecting small anticipated growth in medical costs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Monday. Health and Human Services' final plan to increase...

  • In its most comprehensive report on the cost of subsidized health coverage, a potential target for deficit reduction, CBO said the 2016 tax bill equals 3.6 percent of gross domestic product and includes the federal tax exclusion for employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid programs for the poor and tax credits available to lower-income Americans through...

  • Prescription drugs

    Presidential candidates may talk about combating high drug prices, but Express Scripts' Dr. Steve Miller says it takes more than talk to make it work.

  • Medicare/COOMBS

    Dr. Steve Miller, Express Scripts chief Medical Officer says giving Medicare the legal ability to negotiate drug prices is not enough to secure discounts from pharmaceutical companies. Medicare would also need to narrow the list of approved brand-name drugs in order to see real savings, and the he says the best way to do that is in conjunction with private sector pharmacy benefits firms and insurers.

  • Stressed couple reviewing documents

    Blackstone's president and a New School economist say it's time to take this looming retirement crisis seriously.

  • The reality of costly prescription medicine.

    Most Medicare Part D plan drugs are now subject to coinsurance payments by customers.

  • CHICAGO, March 10- Seniors living in Manhattan spend an average of nearly 25 days a year at doctor visits or at a hospital. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice recently issued a report card on how the United States provides healthcare to seniors by region. Using Medicare enrollment and claims data from 2012, the report compares...

  • Drugs and money

    Drug spending increased by 12.6 percent in 2014, and will average a projected 7.3 percent annually through 2018.

  • CHICAGO, March 3- Health Savings Accounts are surging in popularity- and that can lead to some complications for older workers who enroll in Medicare. But as more employees work past traditional retirement age, some sticky issues arise for HSA account holders tied to enrollment in Medicare. Medicare is not considered a high-deductible plan, although the Part A...

  • Doctor and patient healthcare

    Studies found wide differences in the price of medical treatments, depending on if they are inpatient or outpatient.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- The U.S. government on Friday proposed raising payments by 1.35 percent on average next year to the health insurers who offer Medicare Advantage health benefits to elderly and disabled Americans. Payments to insurers will vary under the 2017 Medicare Advantage proposal, based on the region the plans are sold and on the size of bonus payments...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- The U.S. government on Friday proposed raising payments by 1.35 percent on average next year to the health insurers who offer Medicare Advantage health benefits to elderly and disabled Americans. Payments to insurers will vary under the 2017 Medicare Advantage proposal, based on the region the plans are sold and on the size of bonus payments...

  • Many others will be covered under Medicaid, which funds care only in cases where a patient's assets have been almost completely spent. Congress has not addressed the problem, partly due to the highly polarized atmosphere surrounding health policy. In the debate about long-term care, the right wants private-market insurance solutions, while the left...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- About 12.7 million Americans signed up for 2016 health insurance coverage through the government insurance exchanges, surpassing its expectations, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said on Thursday. In 37 states, customers can buy these plans on HealthCare.gov, the federally run website, while the other states and...

  • Regulators discover serious deficiencies at Theranos lab

    U.S. health inspectors found problems at Theranos' northern California laboratory.

  • A new year, a new you!

    This is the year that you’ve decided you will retire! Here are three moves to make now before you leave your job.

  • Health care costs

    Expansion of coverage and increased spending on retail prescription drugs spurred a six-year-high spike.

  • The French pharmaceutical group Sanofi-Synthelabo headquaters in Ambares.

    An ex-paralegal claims she knows of "many instances" of Sanofi lawyers destroying documents.

  • Obama signs bipartisan budget into law

    Americans will see changed to Social Security and Medicare laws following a new budget law.

  • Social Security

    President Obama signed into law a bipartisan budget bill last week that, among other things, changes Social Security and Medicare laws.