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  • How did hospital bills get so complicated?

    How did hospital bills get so complicated?
    As recently as 1969, delivering a baby in Morristown, N.J., could cost parents as little as $235.65 — a flat, all-inclusive rate for a three-day hospital stay and doctors' fees. I know this because that was the price on the receipt from my birth...
  • Overhaul of Medicare payments to doctors heads for bipartisan House passage

    Overhaul of Medicare payments to doctors heads for bipartisan House passage
    House leaders and national medical groups are working to save a potentially historic deal to overhaul the way Medicare pays doctors and head off a dramatic cut in physicians' fees slated to take effect next week. The unusual bipartisan legislation was...
  • GOP-led House passes budget with nearly $5 trillion in cuts

    GOP-led House passes budget with nearly $5 trillion in cuts
    Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions...
  • Another long day in the Senate, for amendments that won't become law

    WASHINGTON Senators are preparing to pull a possible all-nighter Thursday to vote on dozens of budget amendments ranging from a call to arm Ukrainian troops against the Russians, to a bid to cover "virtual colonoscopies" under Medicare. The marathon...
  • Letters: Tribute to helicopter crash victim

    Bruce Teitelbaum was the owner of Alligator Shredding. I have been his client for several years. A weekly visit by a shredder for most business owners is an uneventful, rather mundane brief few minutes of the week. Not with Teitelbaum. He would come...
  • AP Exclusive: GOP hits Medicaid to offset doc fee hikes

    House Republicans quietly deepened recommended budget savings from the government's chief health care program for the poor by about $140 billion in recent weeks to offset part of the cost of higher payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients,...
  • A make-or-break week awaits Republican leaders in Congress

    A make-or-break week awaits Republican leaders in Congress
    This week offers a make-or-break moment for Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. After stumbling several times since taking control of Congress earlier this year, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)...
  • Paul Sassone: Why are taxpayers punished to be saved?

    Paul Sassone: Why are taxpayers punished to be saved?
    We are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. That's how our elected officials seem to view us. We are The Taxpayer, and as The Taxpayer we must be both saved and punished. As Dr. Jekyll we must be saved from excessive taxation and spending before — as Gov....
  • Obama says he's ready to sign Medicare doctor payment fix

    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's ready to sign good bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare's doctor payment problem, without endorsing any specific legislation. Without a fix, doctors face a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees, the consequence...
  • Seniors rattled by endless risk of Medicare cuts to doctors

    New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents. Year after year, the threat of 20-percent payment cuts averted at the last minute has seemed...
  • Create a checklist to help you cope with chronic illness

    A diagnosis of a debilitating chronic disease, such as Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis, can be frightening. But once you get over the initial shock, it's time to get down to work, drawing up financial and estate plans tailored to your medical condition....