More Medicare and Medicaid Articles

  • 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.

  • 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...



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