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  • Bipartisanship breaks out on Capitol Hill _ at least for now

    Suddenly, bipartisanship has broken out on Capitol Hill. On Iran, Medicare, education and trade, Republicans and Democrats have come together to make deals, and that's something rarely seen lately. "It's great," Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said...
  • Shopping tools help patients find cash prices for medical procedures

    Shopping tools help patients find cash prices for medical procedures
    When Vicki Burns was told she needed total hip replacement surgery in 2012 she asked her local hospital for a cash price. She got a $79,000 estimate for the surgery. A doctor advised her to research the fee that the hospital accepts from Medicare and...
  • Founder retires, hands over leadership at Patient Advocate Foundation

    Founder retires, hands over leadership at Patient Advocate Foundation
    The health advocacy group that started with fewer than a handful of volunteers and a $5,000 budget, now employs more than 185, has an annual budget of more than $50 million, and each year serves more than 90,000 patients with chronic or debilitating...
  • You can invest in land with a self-directed IRA

    You can invest in land with a self-directed IRA
    Q. My wife and I each have Roth IRA accounts, but neither of us can contribute to our plans any longer because we exceed the income threshold. I would like to use my IRA to buy land in Michigan. Eventually, we would like to build a house on the land,...
  • Emily Badger: What Kansas gets wrong with welfare restrictions

    Poverty looks pretty great if you're not living in it. The government gives you free money to spend on steak and lobster, on tattoos and spa days, on — why not? — cruise vacations and psychic visits. Enough serious-minded people seem to think...
  • Obama calls delay of his attorney general nominee 'crazy'

    President Barack Obama on Friday said it was "crazy" and "embarrassing" the way the Republican-led Senate has held up confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was "hopeful" that the...
  • Bipartisan hints emerge in Senate mostly on asserting its power

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate showed a rare burst of bipartisanship this week on the one thing that brings Congress together: giving more power to Congress. Republicans and a group of Democrats agreed on a proposal to require President Barack Obama to bring...
  • Andover man gets 4 months for stealing Social Security

    An Andover man who stole nearly $150,000 in Social Security benefits sent to his dead father has been sentenced to four months in prison. Graeme Griffith was also sentenced Thursday in federal court to two years of probation and fined $3,000. The 60-...
  • Few Chicago-area hospitals shine in government's new patient star ratings

       Few Chicago-area hospitals shine in government's new patient star ratings
    The federal government has adopted a new patient satisfaction metric to rate the nation's hospitals, awarding each institution one to five stars after synthesizing the responses to consumer surveys. In Illinois, the Chicago area stood out for having...
  • Developer jailed for kickbacks among Menendez contributors

    Sen. Bob Menendez's legal defense fund raised nearly $1.3 million up until the day before he was indicted on bribery and corruption charges, including $10,000 from a retired New Jersey developer who served two years in prison for making illegal kickbacks....
  • Medicare's latest 'doc-fix' needs work

    Medicare's latest 'doc-fix' needs work
    We don't quite share Capitol Hill's sense of joyful self-congratulation over the Medicare bill that has passed the Senate en route to President Barack Obama's likely signature. On the plus side, Congress did away with an outmoded and increasingly...