| Apr 8, 2015
| 3:05 PM
WASHINGTON Momentum is building among conservative senators to scrap an exemption from budget laws in the House-passed "doc fix" deal, a move that would pressure Congress to offset $141 billion of the package's cost not currently paid for later this year,...
| Apr 6, 2015
| 2:42 PM
Republicans say bipartisan legislation reworking how Medicare pays doctors is a milestone toward curbing the huge, growing benefit program.
It's "the first real entitlement reform in decades," says House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, using Washington...
| Apr 5, 2015
An actuarial firm under contract to the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that allowing veterans who live more than 40 miles from needed VA health care to use private sector care instead could balloon VA health-care costs by as much as $46...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 1:13 AM
Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward post-midnight Senate approval early Friday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to end deficits, cut trillions in spending and...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 4:30 PM
Monday marks five years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, was signed into law.
The legislation has provided low-cost medical coverage to almost 385,000 Virginians, and 11.7...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 2:48 PM
In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.
The lopsided 392-37 vote shifted pressure...
| Mar 11, 2015
| 7:18 AM
The high rate of "shopping" in Pennsylvania during the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act has ratcheted up competition among insurance companies and will help to keep rate hikes in check, according to the U.S. Department of Health...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 5:00 AM
House Republicans have no qualms about leaving millions of low-income Americans without health coverage, as evidenced by their repeated votes to repeal Obamacare. But they're so skittish about reducing access to Medicare, the federal insurance program for...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 7:38 PM
A new report examines how the Navy, 30 years into the future, could maintain its global presence with a smaller fleet, and the options are sobering for Hampton Roads.
Sailors could spend more time at sea.
The Navy might move more ships overseas....
| Mar 18, 2015
| 8:05 AM
Here's the United States' fiscal predicament in a nutshell: Under current law, the publicly held debt of the federal government will increase by 4.5 percent of gross domestic product over the next decade, to a historically anomalous 78.7 percent of GDP....
| Mar 13, 2015
| 11:58 AM
The Treasury Department has started taking steps to extend the federal government's borrowing ability as the U.S. hits its debt limit again Monday, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew told lawmakers Friday.
In a letter to congressional leaders, Lew urged...