Feds break up $1.2B Medicare orthopedic brace scam, charge 24 people

Politics 04/09/19, 11:32

Federal authorities said Tuesday they've broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers. The Justice Department announced charges against 24 people across the U.S., including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions for unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and ...

Watchdog to examine Medicare chief’s publicity spending

Politics 04/05/19, 13:41

A government watchdog said Friday it will review costly outside contracts to provide publicity for Medicare chief Seema Verma, whose agency oversees health insurance programs covering more than 100 million Americans. The Health and Human Services inspector general's office said it will examine several publicity contracts, following a request by congressional ...

Trump defers push for health plan after GOP resists idea

Politics 04/02/19, 12:45

President Donald Trump is deferring his push for a Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, taking it on the road as 2020 campaign issue rather than trying to pass legislation on Capitol Hill that even his own party shunned. Trump's latest tweets punted the promise of a ...

‘Medicare for All’ means big shifts on immigration, abortion

2022 Campaign 03/25/19, 03:36

The "Medicare for All" legislation that's become a clarion call for progressives has two little-noticed provisions that could make it even more politically perilous for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The legislation from White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with a similar measure in the House, lifts curbs on government ...

Auburn suspends hoops assistant amid bribery allegations

Basketball 03/13/19, 17:08

Auburn has suspended assistant men's basketball coach Ira Bowman indefinitely amid allegations that he was involved in a bribery scheme during his time at the University of Pennsylvania.The university sent a statement Wednesday announcing the suspension, saying "we continue to gather information regarding a situation that recently arose." Auburn didn't ...

In Dems’ ‘Medicare for All’ battle cry, GOP sees ’20 weapon

Politics 03/11/19, 15:52

"Medicare for All" has become catnip for Democratic presidential candidates and many lawmakers, yet Republicans prepping for next year's congressional races are also flocking to it — for entirely different reasons. GOP strategists say they'll use proposals to expand government-run health insurance to pummel Democrats for plotting to eliminate job-provided coverage, ...

Sanders’ ‘Medicare-for-all’ expands long-term care benefits

Business 03/08/19, 13:52

Sen. Bernie Sanders is raising the stakes of the "Medicare-for-all" debate by expanding his proposal to include long-term care. That could force other Democratic presidential candidates to decide whether to continue supporting the bill given the high cost of providing long-term care coverage."Medicare-for-all" is unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled ...

In Iowa, Sanders seeks to reclaim 2020 progressive mantra

Politics 03/07/19, 21:26

Sen. Bernie Sanders is reasserting himself as the original champion of a progressive agenda many of his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have adopted. At a rally of 2,000 in a western Iowa convention center, the Vermont senator jabbed at some of his rivals, saying, "Shock of all shocks, those very ...

Report finds few seniors are getting routine memory checkups

U.S. 03/05/19, 00:13

Few seniors get their thinking and memory abilities regularly tested during check-ups, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association that raises questions about how best to find out if a problem is brewing.Medicare pays for an annual "wellness visit" that is supposed to include what's called a cognitive ...

Mike Pence criticizes Dems for following policies of ‘socialism’

Politics 03/01/19, 20:23

Speaking at CPAC 2019, Vice President Mike Pence is pressing the case that Democrats are rallying behind what he's calling the policies of "socialism." Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the choice in the next election is "between freedom and ...

Senators grill pharmaceutical CEOs about high drug prices

Politics 02/26/19, 10:43

Senators grilled CEOs of seven major drug companies on Tuesday over high prescription drug prices that are a drain on Medicare and Medicaid and a burden to millions of Americans. The extraordinary public accounting was a sign that Congress and the White House are moving toward legislation this year to ...

Congress mulls cap on what Medicare enrollees pay for drugs

Politics 02/24/19, 09:08

Health care is a top issue for American voters, and Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs. High on the list is capping out-of-pocket costs for participants in Medicare's popular Part D prescription drug program, which has left some beneficiaries ...

Many shades of meaning behind ‘Medicare-for-all’

Politics 02/22/19, 13:05

"Medicare-for-all" can mean different things to different people. For some, it's a single government-run health insurance plan for the whole country. To others, it's giving consumers a choice to buy into Medicare or keep their private insurance. But whatever the form, the proposals are built on the premise that health insurance should ...

Government headed for close to half of nation’s health tab

U.S. 02/20/19, 16:05

A federal report estimates that government at all levels will be paying nearly half the nation's health care tab in less than 10 years. Driving the increase is traditional Medicare, which is experiencing an enrollment surge as aging baby boomers shift out of private coverage. The report from the federal Centers for ...

Update: Trump campaign claims Dems embrace socialism

Politics 02/19/19, 10:31

The Latest on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid (all times local): 10:25 a.m. President Donald Trump's campaign claims Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders "has already won the debate in the Democrat primary, because every candidate is embracing his brand of socialism." Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a democratic socialist, announced on ...

Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER

U.S. 02/14/19, 16:46

Medicare officials say they want to change how the program pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department.Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor's office, or even treatment at home under supervision of a doctor via ...

Ex-Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper supports universal health care

Health 02/14/19, 13:59

John Hickenlooper, the former Democratic governor of Colorado who's considering running for president in 2020, says he supports universal health care and thinks the U.S. eventually should provide it.But as other Democrats already in the race endorse "Medicare-for-all," Hickenlooper says it's more important now to get behind the general idea ...

Now’s your chance to change your Medicare Advantage plan

Business 02/13/19, 10:25

Medicare Advantage enrollees get a new, second chance to find the right health coverage this year.The government added another enrollment window that started Jan. 1 and lasts until March 31. It gives people with privately run versions of the federal Medicare program a chance to change plans or switch to ...

Some Dems demur on ‘Medicare-for-all’ as pitfalls emerge

Health 02/04/19, 16:40

Some of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls are forging ahead with "Medicare-for-all," but others are taking a more cautious approach.They're flagging the political risks of passing a government-run insurance system through Congress and the daunting transition and higher taxes that would follow.Experts say the debate so far glosses over the ...

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