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The Web exclusive study finds that providing health coverage to low-income people through public programs such as Medicaid and SCHIP, rather than through private health plans, results in lower per-person medical spending and out-of-pocket expenses.
The New York Times on Wednesday published an editorial and column that addressed a provision included in a Medicare bill (HR 6331) passed by the House that would delay for 18 months a competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment. Under the program, which is scheduled to begin July 1, CMS will select DME suppliers to participate in Medicare based on bids they submit. The2003 Medicare law mandated the program as part of a larger effort to implement competitive bidding.
Needy seniors enrolled in the programs of providing prescription drug affordable health insurance coverage for low-income seniors were able to cut their dose skimping and nursing home admissions in half, according to the Brandeis University research.
Stock prices for UnitedHealth, WellPoint and other U.S. health insurers declined after an announcement by Coventry Health Care that it had lowered its earnings estimates for the second quarter and the full year after reporting that it had underestimated claims in Medicare plans.
The Senate Finance Committee resumed bipartisan discussion on legislation that would curb a 10.6% cut to Medicare physician fees scheduled for July 1.
The House passed a $257.5 billion supplemental war appropriations bill with a provision that would delay for one year six new Medicaid regulations proposed by the Bush administration.
Senate Finance Committee Republicans would offer a pared-down bill that would eliminate a 10.6% reduction to Medicare physician fees.
Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus said that legislation that would prevent a 10.6% reduction to Medicare physician fees will be ready by the Fourth of July recess.
McCain and Obama have both said they want to make health care more affordable and health insurance more accessible, but they have laid out far different paths to achieving these goals.
Beginning July 1st, 2008, the BLISCare health insurance policy will be available in most states through United Specialty Insurance Company, which is rated 'A' by A.M. Best.
The number of uninsured is rising, but in this economy, where the rising cost of gas and food is taking more and more of our income, and income is not keeping up with inflation, cutting back on health insurance is one of those bills that lapse.
Brian McManus of the Health Care Freedom Coalition and Dan Perrin of the HSA Coalition, both member organizations of Consumers for Health Care Choices, are mobilizing a defense of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) against a new threat in Congress.
Specialists say health insurance, as the ticket into the healthcare system does not buy financial security for many people. Affordable health insurance is not accessible to millions of American individuals and families.
April 27-May 3 was Cover the Uninsured Week, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored initiative to raise awareness about the millions of Americans who lack affordable health insurance coverage.
More people are receiving health insurance, but coverage still leaves lots of insured individuals and families without adequate health care as good health insurance is not affordable to many.
America needs health care and health insurance reform. The number of people who have health insurance, but are underinsured are 25 million. This means they have health insurance, but not enough to pay costs. This election is different than any other on the issue of health care because both candidates are giving us serious blueprints to reorganize America's health care system and those blueprints are very very different.
Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus laid out the "final, contentious details" of legislation that would halt a 10.6% cut to Medicare physician fees, among other provisions.
The House voted 214-210 to approve a $3.1 trillion fiscal year 2009 budget resolution that includes increases in funds for domestic programs and excludes reductions in funds for Medicare and Medicaid proposed by President Bush.
Medicare allocates 15 million to health insurance counseling helping beneficiaries to learn about Medicare health insurance program.
Due to limited access to affordable health insurance plans, poorer populations are more likely to die of vascular disease or diabetes, or suffer long-term complications.
Affordable health insurance coverage would not be accessible to all U.S. residents according to McCain's plan, says Obama.
US Rep. Tom Allen announced a health care proposal that would aim to provide health coverage for all U.S. residents using a combination of public and private plans.
President Bush's senior advisers would recommend he veto any legislation that would result in the loss of access to additional benefits or choices in the Medicare Advantage program.