Medicare Payment Advisory Commission approved a set of recommendations for Medicare programs that provide financial assistance to lower-income beneficiaries and for Medicare special needs plans.
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A Medicare bill under consideration in the Senate Finance Committee that would reverse a reduction in physician reimbursements scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1.
Senate Republicans have proposed new Medicaid language for legislation that would reauthorize and expand SCHIP.
Editorials examine news related to Medicaid programs in Mississippi, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on Wednesday canceled plans for a mark up of Medicare legislation and instead will negotiate directly with House Democrats on the measure, CQ HealthBeat reports. The bill would block a 10% cut in Medicare physician fees. According to CQ HealthBeat, Baucus has "struggled" with committee Republicans over whether to block the physician cuts for one year or two years, as well as on reductions to Medicare Advantage payments to help fund the physician fee fix.
Prospects for a breakthrough agreement on legislation that would expand and reauthorize SCHIP look bleak.
Pricing for Medicare Part D Drug Plan Options is going up along with most other things in 2008.
Nancy Pelosi has given congressional negotiators until the end of this week to reach an agreement on legislation that would reauthorize and expand SCHIP.
White House advisers would recommend a veto of any Medicare legislation that includes cuts to Medicare Advantage plans or changes to the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
UnitedHealth, Humana have bet heavily on the federal Medicare program as sales slump in the private-sector parts of their business.
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HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on Monday issued a statement to Congress requesting that Medicare legislation not include cuts to Medicare Advantage plans or changes to the Medicare prescription drug benefit, CQ Todayreports.
U.S. should provide universal health coverage and could do so either through a single-payer health care system or a pluralistic approach.
Revised legislation that would reauthorize and expand SCHIP contains a loophole that undocumented immigrants and ineligible documented immigrants could exploit to enroll in the program.
Congress returns with many of the year's most contentious issues waiting to be resolved by the end of 2007.
The number of Albertans with coverage under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan increased three per cent in 2006/07.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans to begin to offer a limited-benefit health plan to employers in Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
John Edwards said that U.S. residents who can afford to pay for health insurance could have their wages garnished or tax refunds withheld in the event that they do not obtain coverage.
Advocacy groups have begun to lobby lawmakers as Senate Finance Committee members discuss a Medicare bill that likely will decrease reimbursements for some health care providers.
Proposed changes that would base Medicare hospital payment on quality-of-care measures could create financial problems for hospitals.
More than 20 groups on the Web site Facebook are dedicated to advocating expanded government health coverage.
States and children's groups are calling on lawmakers to abandon efforts to pass legislation that would reauthorize and expand SCHIP.
Hillary Rodham Clinton said health insurers should face the same type of federal regulations as brokerages.
CMS Administrator Kerry Weems attended a promotional presentation for an Medicare Advantage plan.
Without a stable source of funding for SCHIP this year, some states must start planning to freeze enrollment and possibly drop coverage for thousands of children.
Small-business owners might have more options than they did several years ago to offer more affordable health coverage to workers.
Medicare says when it comes to coverage aggressive oversight efforts have resulted in a further reduction of the number of improper Medicare claims payments.
Opinion piece addresses issues related to private Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare physician reimbursements.