Medicare health plans

Alex Azar testifies during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, to consider his nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 09, 2018 - 2:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices could leave patients with reduced access to medications, President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary warned Tuesday. Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical and government executive, acknowledged to the Senate Finance Committee that...
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FILE- In this April 28, 2017 file photo, Dr. Salomon Melgen arrives at the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fla. Prosecutors say Melgen, a prominent Florida eye doctor who was accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, should get a 30-year sentence for Medicare fraud. A three-day sentencing hearing for Melgen is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in West Palm Beach on 67 counts. Prosecutors say the 63-year-old doctor stole more than $100 million from the federal government. He was convicted in April after a 2 1/2- month trial.(Lannis Water/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
December 07, 2017 - 5:03 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Evidence proves a politically connected Florida eye doctor convicted of Medicare fraud stole $136 million, prosecutors insisted on Thursday, countering a defense argument that the fraud added up to just $64,000. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Chase said Dr. Salomon...
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In this Dec. 5, 2017, photo, Matt Salo, Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), is photographed in his office in Washington. People on Medicaid are prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But a new survey says that’s not the whole story. In theory the networks used by Medicaid insurers could also serve to promote prevention and care coordination, but Salo, cautioned against a cut-and-paste approach that grafts on strategies used by employers. “The Medicaid population is not just an employer population with less income,” said Salo. “It is people who have health conditions.” Salo said he was struck by the high rates of depression in the survey. “Depression is inextricably linked to physical health and the ability to engage effectively in the work force,” he said. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 07, 2017 - 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of Medicaid's challenges. While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems such as smoking and depression, new research shows many are motivated to improve. Thursday's study from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index found that 40 percent of people...
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FILE- In this April 28, 2017 file photo, Dr. Salomon Melgen arrives at the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fla. Prosecutors say Melgen, a prominent Florida eye doctor who was accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, should get a 30-year sentence for Medicare fraud. A three-day sentencing hearing for Melgen is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in West Palm Beach on 67 counts. Prosecutors say the 63-year-old doctor stole more than $100 million from the federal government. He was convicted in April after a 2 1/2- month trial.(Lannis Water/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
December 05, 2017 - 1:04 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge heard wildly conflicting stories Tuesday about a prominent Florida eye doctor convicted in a $100 million Medicare fraud scheme. Some former patients said Dr. Salomon Melgen restored their sight for free, while others described painful and unnecessary...
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FILE- In this April 28, 2017 file photo, Dr. Salomon Melgen arrives at the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fla. Prosecutors say Melgen, a prominent Florida eye doctor who was accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, should get a 30-year sentence for Medicare fraud. A three-day sentencing hearing for Melgen is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in West Palm Beach on 67 counts. Prosecutors say the 63-year-old doctor stole more than $100 million from the federal government. He was convicted in April after a 2 1/2- month trial.(Lannis Water/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
December 05, 2017 - 12:28 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for a prominent Florida eye doctor accused of bribing U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Former patients critical of a prominent Florida eye doctor convicted of Medicare fraud told a judge that they...
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In this Dec. 4, 2017, photo, part of the Republican Senate bill "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" is photographed in Washington. Republican tax legislation advancing toward final votes in Congress could undermine “Obamacare” health insurance markets, and add to the financial squeeze on Medicare over time. This week lawmakers will try to resolve differences between House and Senate versions in hopes of finishing around Christmas. Also in play are the tax deduction for people with high medical expenses, and a tax credit for drug makers that develop treatments for diseases affecting relatively few patients. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
December 05, 2017 - 4:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The tax overhaul Republicans are pushing toward final votes in Congress could undermine the Affordable Care Act's health insurance markets and add to the financial squeeze on Medicare over time. Lawmakers will meet this week to resolve differences between the House- and Senate-...
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FILE- In this April 28, 2017 file photo, Dr. Salomon Melgen arrives at the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fla. Prosecutors say Melgen, a prominent Florida eye doctor who was accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, should get a 30-year sentence for Medicare fraud. A three-day sentencing hearing for Melgen is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in West Palm Beach on 67 counts. Prosecutors say the 63-year-old doctor stole more than $100 million from the federal government. He was convicted in April after a 2 1/2- month trial.(Lannis Water/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
December 04, 2017 - 11:42 am
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a prominent Florida eye doctor accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey should get a 30-year sentence for a separate Medicare fraud scheme that they say stole more than $100 million from the federal government. A three-day sentencing...
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November 18, 2017 - 9:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher monthly premiums for outpatient coverage await many Medicare beneficiaries next year, the government says. The additional expense will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks. The news about "Part B" premiums was buried in the fine print of a notice issued...
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November 17, 2017 - 6:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Medicare beneficiaries will pay higher monthly premiums next year for outpatient coverage, an expense that will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks, the government announced late Friday afternoon. The news about "Part B" premiums was buried in the fine...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, speaks next to Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., during a news conference announcing GOP tax legislation, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
November 03, 2017 - 11:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation providing five more years of financing for an expired children's health program won House approval Friday, but a partisan battle over paying for the extension seemed certain to delay the bill in the Senate. Each side is using the fight to accuse the other of...
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