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Why Health Care Costs So Much: Both Parties Suck at Teat of Medical-Industrial Complex

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Will Congress act to save taxpayers billions of dollars -- and protect the solvency of the Medicare programs -- by taking on the AMA, the drugmakers and the insurers? Don't hold your breath.

Insurers Are Fleecing Us Out of Billions While Congress Looks the Other Way

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.

The Next Big Thing: Connecting Insured to Care

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

As the health policy world moves beyond just enrollment, community health workers -- and sustainable and integrated funding sources for them -- should be part of the conversation at the federal, state and local levels.

Jeffrey Young

Your Guide To The Latest Freakout Over Health Care Spending | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business

Health care spending appears to be on the rise after several years of historically low growth, provoking a minor freakout about whether the bad old da...

Another Major Setback For Obamacare Site

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday said it will soon begin hearings to resolve problems for people who enrolled in health insur...

Don't Be Fooled by Latest Medicare Scare Campaign From an Insurance Front Group

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Ads supposedly sponsored by the Coalition for Medicare Choices started appearing last week warning that seniors will face higher costs, fewer benefits and a loss of provider choice if Congress and the administration don't take action.

The Affordable Care Act: Not a Government Takeover But a Privatized Bonanza

John Geyman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

Though constantly attacked by the right as a government takeover, Obamacare is by no means a not-for-profit public program. Wall Street and investors recognize the potential for profits under the ACA.

Jeffrey Young

Health Care Spending Inflation Stays Low After Obamacare | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

For the first time in more than a decade, health care spending grew more slowly than the U.S. economy from 2010 to 2012, according to a new report by ...

Top Obama Aide Postpones White House Departure

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's top economic aide Gene Sperling is postponing his departure...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Extension Granted To Sickest Enrollees | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

As many as 135,000 individuals enrolled in federally funded programs for people with pre-existing conditions will be given a few more weeks to find re...

Jeffrey Young

Key Obamacare Deadline Pushed Back | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.22.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Health insurance consumers will have an extra eight days to choose a health plan that will be in place on New Year's Day, a federal offi...

Jeffrey Young

Frustrated Obamacare Shoppers Asked To Try Again | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

Consumers who tried and failed to start shopping for health insurance on, Obamacare's troubled web portal, will start receiving invitat...

Jeffrey Young

White House Announces Target For Fixing | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics, the online portal to Obamacare enrollment, will reliably allow consumers to shop and sign up for health coverage by late November, a s...

Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

Adam Levin | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Adam Levin

The politics of the Affordable Care Act are irrelevant. The issue for me is privacy and data security and whether you're for Obamacare or against it, there are two ways the program's rollout could put your personal information at risk.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Brings Cash Benefit To Consumers | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business

Millions of health insurance customers are due rebates this year that will total $500 million because of President Barack Obama's health care reform l...

Reforming Flawed Incentive Models in Healthcare Systems

Amy Guan | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Amy Guan

Medicare's governing body, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS), has made strides to cut healthcare spending by establishing accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACOs are groups of medical practitioners who coordinate treatment options for their patients.

Obama Nominee Makes Promises On Medicare Management

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

* Bipartisan backing from House Majority Leader Cantor * Nominee rates operational skills over vision for agency By Toni...

Medicare Paid Billions For Poor Nursing Home Care

AP | GARANCE BURKE | Posted 04.29.2013 | Fifty

SAN FRANCISCO — Medicare paid billions in taxpayer dollars to nursing homes nationwide that were not meeting basic requirements to look after th...

Penalizing Hospitals for Re-admissions: Will It Work?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

It raises questions about the quality of care provided while a patient is under observation, and it seems like an ideal way for hospitals not to lose up to 3 percent of their Medicare reimbursement going forward. So, will penalizing hospitals for re-admissions work?

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.17.2012 | Health News
The Center for Public Integrity

By Fred Schulte and David DonaldThe Center for Public IntegrityThousands of doctors and other medical professionals have steadily billed higher rate...

After Recent Revelations, Hospitals Must Finally Become Safety-First Environments

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

For decades, and through one administration after another, the lack of safety in our healthcare system has gone un-addressed, placing us at greater and greater risk.

Feds Stop Illinois Medicaid Reforms, Angering Lawmakers

Posted 09.18.2011 | Chicago

A law enacting major reforms to the state of Illinois's Medicaid program hit a stumbling block on Monday, as the federal government announced that two...

Ryan Grim

Report: Medicare Boosted By Health Care Reform | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Medicare trust fund will last eight years longer than it would have without the passage of last year's health care law, the program...

Some Doctors Question Medicare Program in Health Law

Todd Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Todd Baker

The health care overhaul is being hit with a new set of arguments, this time by doctors who suggest that a lnew Medicare program creates a potential threat to their autonomy and to patient care.

Compassion & Choices Membership: Something to be Proud Of

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

It's a new experience for Compassion and Choices to occupy the center of a partisan battle. The issues our clients confront are certainly not exclusive to one political party or another.