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  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Republicans as a "death panel" because it was designed to cut Medicare costs. The high court left intact a ruling by the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw...

  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • *Measure spares doctors 21 percent pay cut if passes Senate vote. WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 26- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven...

  • U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES BIPARTISAN, PERMANENT FIX FOR MEDICARE DOCTOR PAYMENTS.

  • BILL REQUIRES MEANS TESTING OF MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES SO PEOPLE WITH HIGHER INCOMES PAY MORE.

  • MAJORITY OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES FOR BIPARTISAN FIX FOR MEDICARE DOCTOR PAYMENTS, VOTING CONTINUES.

  • Overwhelming bipartisan vote in Medicare reform Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Overwhelming bipartisan vote in Medicare reform

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the House has passed a $200 billion Medicare overhaul bill. The bill will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.

  • COLUMN-Stop-gap Medicare 'doc-fix' will cost seniors Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    CHICAGO, March 26- Congress is headed toward a bipartisan solution to fix a Medicare formula that threatens to slash payments to doctors every year. The so-called "doc fix" would replace the cuts with a multipronged approach that will be expensive and will have Medicare beneficiaries pay part of the bill. There are better places to go for the money, such as allowing...

  • Surprise! Something positive from Congress Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:49 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, answers questions during a press conference on Capitol Hill, July 24, 2014, in Washington.

    A bipartisan compromise to overhaul Medicare bucks the popular impression that Washington can't accomplish anything at all.

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed less aggressive federal budget cuts than their House counterparts, forgoing a massive revamp of the Medicare health system for seniors and setting up a conflict over defense spending. The Senate version would achieve a budget surplus a year later, in 2025, and assumes nearly $1 trillion in...

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed less aggressive budget cuts than their House of Representative counterparts, forgoing a massive revamp of the Medicare health system for seniors and setting up a conflict over defense spending. The Senate version would achieve a surplus a year later, in 2025, and assumes nearly $1 trillion in...

  • Jason Furman: Back towards 'fiscal brinksmanship' Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 8:13 AM ET
    Jason Furman: Back towards 'fiscal brinksmanship'

    Jason Furman, CEA chairman, provides reaction to the House's fiscal plan for the 2016 budget. The GOP budget would cut jobs, says Furman.

  • Rep. Price: GOP's budget plan Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 7:17 AM ET
    Rep. Price: GOP's budget plan

    Rep. Tom Price, (R-Ga.), discusses his proposal to reduce government spending by $5.5 trillion and includes repealing Obamacare.

  • It will be overseen by two rookie Budget Committee chairmen in the Senate and House of Representatives. The orthopedic surgeon from Georgia is also widely expected to recycle controversial changes to Medicare championed by his predecessor, Paul Ryan, which would turn the popular health care program for seniors into a system of subsidies for private...

  • You 'can't trust' Social Security: Fmr. Official Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Social Security checks

    Your retirement may be at risk, and the rising costs of Social Security, public pensions and health care are the primary reasons why.

  • The $142 billion cost reduction over 10 years from the Congressional Budget Office's previous estimate in January was good news for supporters of the Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is formally known, as the Supreme Court ponders another challenge to the controversial law. But the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation said those subsidies now are...

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The Congressional Budget Office on Monday upwardly revised its fiscal 2015 U.S. budget deficit forecast to $486 billion, but said lower estimated costs associated with the "Obamacare" health reforms would help shrink cumulative deficits over the next 10 years. It said spending on health insurance subsidies provided through insurance...

  • March 3- The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, focusing on the issue of tax subsidies available through insurance exchanges set up under the statute. The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, requires people who do not get health insurance through their employer, or the...

  • Feb 20- The U.S. government on Friday proposed a 0.9 percent cut in payments to health insurers for 2016 Medicare Advantage plans, which provide health benefits to more than 16 million elderly or disabled people. Insurers such as UnitedHealth Group Inc, Humana Inc and Aetna Inc provide these plans, which cover nearly one-third of all Medicare enrollees.

  • Feb 20- The U.S. government on Friday announced proposed payments to health insurers for 2016 Medicare Advantage plans that it said were fairly stable compared with 2015.. The proposal, released in a document by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sets out the parameters for reimbursement by the government for Medicare Advantage.