More Medicare and Medicaid Articles

  • Medicare's right hand doesn't know what its left hand pays for cancer drugs

    Officials in charge of Medicare Part B paid $132.9 million in dispensing and supplying fees for drugs and equipment used in certain cancer treatments, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson.

  • Snyder touts expanded Medicaid in re-election bid

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday touted Michigan's successful Medicaid expansion as part of his re-election bid, saying 63,000 more low-income adults have signed up than projected this year, with 3½ months left. The Republican governor said about 385,000 enrolled between April,...

  • Fiscal hawks' problem: Shrinking debt

    The Treasury faces a long-term budget hole as rising healthcare, Social Security and interest payments take their toll.

  • GAO report casts doubt on Arkansas as a role model

    When HHS approved a proposal allowing Arkansas to experiment with a "private option" for expanding Medicaid through President Obama's healthcare law, it was viewed as a possible model for other states. But a recent report could change this thinking.

  • Clinic gets 8-year timeout for fraud

    A Florida clinic that performed medically unnecessary tests on patients to get more money from federal heathcare programs will be allowed to participate in the same programs after an eight-year hiatus.

  • The Great Obamacare Cashout: Medicare overhaul chief cashes out to CareFirst

    Jonathan Blum has passed through the revolving door, becoming an executive vice president at insurance giant CareFirst.

  • Plaintiffs claim Hawaii Department of Human Services ignored Medicaid rules

    HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) – A single mother of an autistic child has filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services and for allegedly ignoring federal Medicaid rules. Suzanne Egan, whose child J.E. is a severely autistic 5-year-old, and the Hawaii...

  • Audit: La Medicaid overpaid $3.1M to 13 hospitals

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Medicaid program overpaid $3.1 million in incentives to 13 hospitals in 2011 and underpaid several others, a recently released federal audit shows. The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentives program began in 2011 to encourage hospitals and...

  • Va. gov proposes limited health care expansion

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has repeatedly promised to expand Medicaid eligibility for about 400,000 low-income adults using mostly federal funds during his eight-month old administration. But on Monday he acknowledged that his executive power only reaches so...

  • GOP governors' cave-in on Medicaid is shortsighted

    A growing number of Republican governors are caving in to Medicaid expansion through President Obama's healthcare law.

  • Kan. OB/GYN found guilty of Medicaid fraud

    Schmidt TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently announced that Dr. Adnan A. Ashkar, an OB/GYN in Leavenworth, was found guilty of Medicaid fraud and must pay more than $12,000 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. Ashkar, 71, was charged...

  • Government actuaries see Obamacare driving up healthcare costs over next decade

    Health spending grew at a relatively slow rate in 2013, according to a government analysis released on Wednesday, but it is expected to accelerate over the next decade as the economy improves, baby boomers retire, and more Americans gain coverage through President Obama's healthcare law.

  • North Carolina woman pleads guilty in Medicaid scam

    The woman admitted this week to running a business based entirely on using Medicaid patients' ID numbers to bill the government for services, whether they needed them or not. 

  • Mitch McConnell concedes Medicaid expansion may last

    In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, the Republican Minority Leader argued that Kentucky's acceptance of federal funding to expand Medicaid was a "mistake" but he also suggested it may not be undone.

  • Surge in welfare stems from rise in out-of-wedlock births

    The high rate of births to unmarried mothers can mean a higher proportion of welfare recipients.

From the Weekly Standard