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Health Oct 31Medicare paid for drugs after patients had died, report finds
WASHINGTON — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look.
Health Oct 23HealthCare.gov’s EZ form not an easy route for legal immigrants
WASHINGTON — HealthCare.gov’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year.
Politics Oct 20GOP governors don’t see ‘Obamacare’ going away
WASHINGTON -- While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. They just don't see the law going away, even if their party wins control of the Senate in…
Nation Sep 16Congressional investigators say HealthCare.gov must strengthen security
Nonpartisan congressional investigators say the HealthCare.gov website has significant security weaknesses that could put Americans' personal information at risk.
Health Sep 15Thousands risk losing aid for health care premiums
Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.
Health Sep 08Rise in ER visits after Medicaid expansion
A new study finds that many people newly covered by Medicaid under the federal health law are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms. That's one of the most expensive settings for health care.
Health Sep 03Report: Aging population, more insured driving rise in health care spending
The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients. Economic recovery, an aging society and more people insured under the…
Politics Aug 17Are new health insurance policies blocking care to the sick?
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.
Nation Aug 12Consumers with immigration discrepancies at risk to lose federal health insurance
WASHINGTON — The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status.
Health Jul 29$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice
The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.