More Medicare and Medicaid Articles

  • Va. small business owners advocate for Medicaid

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of small business owners want Virginia House Republicans to drop their opposition to expanding publicly funded health care to low-income residents. Lee Russell, a butcher from Fredericksburg is scheduled to deliver a letter Wednesday signed by more than 400...

  • New Cover Oregon director reins in spending

    DURHAM, Ore. (AP) — A turnaround expert brought in to fix Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is clamping down on spending and who can make financial decisions as he tries to get Cover Oregon back on track. In his third day on the job, Clyde Hamstreet said Tuesday that he's still...

  • Questionable Medicare claims cost HHS billions, IG finds

    Questionable Medicare claims cost the Health and Human Services billions, the agency's watchdog has found. Under Obamacare, physicians or other medical practitioners have to certify any beneficiaries who receive home health services and then document the encounter to receive Medicare...

  • White House 'taxpayer receipt' shows 25% of income taxes go to health care

    As a thank you for paying taxes today, the White House has written up a “2013 Federal Taxpayer Receipt” that shows most income tax, 25.19 percent, goes to health related areas, after accounting for Medicare and Social Security. “Want to know how your federal taxes are spent? President...

  • Va. House Republicans reaffirm Medicaid opposition

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — House Republicans say they remain resolute in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to as many as 400,000 low-income Virginians. During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, House Speaker William J. Howell said he is optimistic...

  • Eight Florida patients arrested in Medicare scam

    Eight Florida seniors have been indicted for their alleged roles in a $12.5 million Medicare home health scam. Federal officials say the defendants received kickbacks for pretending to be patients. The defendants range between 67 years old and 79 years old.

  • Medicaid expansion debate good for insurers in Virginia

    Some of the biggest health insurance companies in the country are poised to benefit from the debate over expanding Medicaid in Virginia, regardless of its outcome.

  • Medicaid expansion fails in Maine for a third time

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature failed on Friday in its third attempt to overturn Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to 70,000 low-income residents under the federal health care law — an issue that's certain to play prominently in this year's...

  • Medicaid expansion is expensive for both states and the poor

    Following the Supreme Court ruling two years ago that made the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion basically optional, several states around the country are still in the process of deciding whether they will expand the program or not. Although Florida, Utah and Virginia have signaled...

  • Maine Medicaid rules reduce narcotic prescriptions

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's severe restrictions on opioid painkillers for Medicaid patients, requiring many to instead seek alternative pain management treatment for the past year, have sharply reduced the number of people obtaining highly addictive medications blamed for drug abuse and...

  • Surprise: Ed Gillespie beating Mark Warner among independents, Hispanics

    He hasn't yet won the Virginia Republican Senate nomination yet, but front-running candidate Ed Gillespie is leading incumbent Sen. Mark Warner among independents and Hispanics, the first sign of a chink in the Democrat's armor. According to Democratic pollster PPP, Warner overall leads...

  • Top-paid Medicare doctors say they have reasons

    WASHINGTON (AP) — How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare? Explanations for Wednesday's eye-popping numbers from Medicare's massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as the medical world confronted a new era...

  • Kansas AG happy with legislation to strengthen Medicaid fraud penalties

    Schmidt TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt lauded the Kansas legislature on Monday for unanimously approving legislation to strengthen the Medicaid Fraud Control Act. Schmidt proposed the measure to strengthen the anti-fraud law in January. After...

  • Will 'health care' kill American medicine?

    Before Obamacare is fully entrenched, the federal government has already become the paymaster for the health care of a large share of the nation's 318 million people.

  • Virginia Senate passes budget with expanded Medicaid

    The Virginia Senate approved its version of a roughly $96 billion two-year budget Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats pointed fingers over who is responsible for a potential state government shutdown.



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