More Medicare and Medicaid Articles

  • Reversal of Medicare Advantage cuts could be ominous sign for Obamacare

    Central to the deficit reduction claims of President Obama's health care law is the assumption that its cuts to Medicare will be implemented and generate massive savings. But on Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that planned cuts to Medicare Advantage had been...

  • Va. Senate passes budget with expanded Medicaid

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — 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. Two weeks after the start of a special session devoted to passing a...

  • Obama administration reverses planned cuts to Medicare Advantage

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday announced that it would increase payments to insurers offering Medicare Advantage plans by 0.4 percent, reversing a planned cut.

  • House Dems push back on administration's proposed Medicare Advantage cuts

    Several House Democrats have urged the Obama administration to reconsider proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage plans. While typically it's Republicans who rail against White House health care provisions, more than a half-dozen Democrats took to the House floor Thursday to complain about...

  • Health care bill helps add 3 million to Medicaid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law....

  • HHS updates Medicare enrollment rules for same-sex couples

    The Department of Health and Human Services said that the Social Security Administration would now be able to take applications for special enrollment periods for Medicare Part A and Part B and reduce late penalties for some eligible same-sex couples.

  • Medicare incorrectly dishes out nearly $8 million to hospitals, watchdog finds

    Wrongly coded patient visits caused Medicare to overpay hospitals nearly $8 million, an inspector general's report has found. After sampling 110 random line items from hospitals around the country, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's IG found that only two were correct. Thus, the IG...

  • Steny Hoyer: Momentum is growing for permanent Medicare 'doc fix'

    The No. 2 House Democrat says bipartisan momentum is building in Congress to permanently fix a flaw in a federal payment system that annually threatens cuts to doctors who treat Medicare patients. "There's more serious momentum" this year for a long-term fix, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of...

  • Congress delays Medicare cuts to doctors

    Congress passed legislation to temporarily stave off looming cuts to doctors who treat Medicare patients, hours before the current government pay structure was to expire.

  • Congress this week tackles Medicare payments, jobless pay and employer mandate

    The Senate this week will take up medicare payment legislation and a jobless benefits bill while the House votes to redefine the full time work week under Obamacare and clear a Ukraine loan and sanctions bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a test vote Monday on what lawmakers...

  • Louisiana hospital faces financial crisis

    Madison Parish Hospital could face a financial emergency if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require reimbursement of $2.5 million in overpayment ties to fraudulent billing by the hospital's former administrator.

  • Medicaid ads target Virginia House speaker

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — New ads funded by groups on both sides of the debate over expanding Medicaid appear to be narrowly aimed at one person: House Speaker William J. Howell. The focus on Howell underscores what is likely a pivotal role that he will play in deciding the outcome. The...

  • House votes to restore looming cuts to Medicare doctors

    The House passed legislation Thursday to temporarily stave off upcoming cuts in Medicare payments to doctors after a last-minute scramble by party leaders to secure enough support. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., hopes to pass the measure before a...

  • House finalizing bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

    Doctors who treat Medicare patients would get a last-minute reprieve from a scheduled 24 percent cut in their government reimbursements under a bill that's on track to pass the House.

  • Obamacare spokeswoman says most people are 'truthful' when seeking government benefits

    Dismissing questions about the potential for individuals to exploit the latest Obamacare enrollment loophole, a spokeswoman for President Obama's health care law Wednesday insisted that relying on an honor system was okay because most people are “truthful” when seeking government benefits....



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