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Economy Jan 11Medicare expands major experiment to coordinate medical care
Medicare is expanding a major experiment that strives to keep seniors healthier by coordinating basic medical care to prevent common problems that often lead to hospitalization.
Health Jan 07Progress on reducing rate of uninsured Americans stalled in 2015
WASHINGTON — Going into President Barack Obama's last year in office, progress has stalled on reducing the number of uninsured Americans under his signature health care law, according to a major survey out Thursday.
Economy Jan 04Big changes coming to Medicare in 2016
Whether it's coverage for end-of-life counseling or an experimental payment scheme for common surgeries, Medicare in 2016 is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 50 years.
Politics Dec 20Republicans change strategies on health care law
Republican foes of President Barack Obama's health care law may be able to get more by chipping away at it than trying to take the whole thing down at once.
Politics Dec 14Tuesday sign-up deadline for Obamacare; fines rise for uninsured
WASHINGTON -- Rising premiums and shaken faith among insurers have cast a cloud over sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law, and now it's crunch time again.
Health Dec 01Maker of $1,000 hepatitis C pill was focused on profits, not patients, report finds
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan investigation by U.S. senators finds that the makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C infection put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000-per-pill cure.
Politics Nov 28What you should know about ‘BernieCare’ — Sanders’ proposed health overhaul
The most ambitious "repeal and replace" health care plan from a presidential candidate comes from Sen. Bernie Sanders, not from a Republican. Here's what you should know about the plan.
Politics Nov 22Experts predict sharp premium increases for Medicare drug plan
With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums…
Nation Nov 13Medicare will spend $9 billion on Hepatitis-C drugs this year
Medicare spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C will nearly double this year, passing $9 billion, according to new government figures.
Health Oct 23You can preview your 2016 healthcare premiums this weekend
Consumers can see their own healthcare premiums for 2016 starting this Sunday morning on HealthCare.gov, officials said on Friday. The federal website will serve 38 states this time. States running their own sites may have different timetables.