More Medicare and Medicaid Articles

  • Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug

    CHICAGO (AP) — Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois' Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug. After spending an...

  • NY to appeal federal Medicaid claim for $1.25B

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Health Department says it will appeal a federal claim for the return of more than $1.25 billion in Medicaid funds, saying federal authorities previously approved that funding and the claw back could hurt the state's health care system. The Centers for Medicare...

  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency. Getting relief from a slowdown in...

  • Mike Pence is headed in wrong direction with Medicaid expansion

    Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence has proposed changing the state's Medicaid program, called the “Healthy Indiana Plan.” He says his plan doesn't expand Medicaid, but others on the Left and the Right argue that it does.

  • Medicare's own health looking better, report says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement. Getting relief from a slowdown in health care spending, the program's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030, the government said Monday. That's four...

  • Chief Medicare actuary says Obamacare cuts unlikely to be viable in long-run

    On Monday, Obama administration officials were crediting his health care law with extending the solvency of Medicare for four years, to 2030, citing the latest report from the program's trustees.

  • Only two years until Social Security's disability fund runs out

    The Social Security disability trust fund is only two years away from exhaustion, Social Security's Board of Trustees announced Monday, while saying that Medicare's finances appear to have strengthened, thanks to slowing growth in the cost of health care.

  • US attorneys turn up heat on health care fraud

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The top federal prosecutors from South Dakota and North Dakota say they have increased their efforts to fight health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson of South Dakota said he has restructured his office to allow lawyers in the criminal and civil divisions to...

  • Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically...

  • Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received. But an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has...

  • Health officials crack down on Medicaid marketing

    Florida has banned health insurance companies from marketing their plans directly to Medicaid recipients as the state rolls out its massive plan to privatize its health insurance program for low-income individuals and the disabled.

  • Bob Dole emerges to hit Obamacare, IRS, Veterans Affairs scandals

    Physically ailing Bob Dole is stepping back on to the political stage to help a Kansas political friend and attack Obamacare.

  • Health officials crack down on Medicaid marketing

    MIAMI (AP) — Florida has banned health insurance companies from marketing their plans directly to Medicaid recipients as the state rolls out its massive plan to privatize its health insurance program for low-income individuals and the disabled. Private companies that have contracted with the...

  • GOP hopefuls differ on how to rein in state budget in Minnesota

    On its current trajectory, Minnesota's next two-year state budget will top the $40 billion mark. The Republicans seeking to defeat Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton say they would slam the brakes on spending if they're put in charge.

  • Some Native Americans wary about health reform

    Denise Mesteth signed up for new health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, despite concerns that it may not be worth the money for her and other Native Americans who otherwise rely on free government coverage.



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