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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Will the Medicare "doc fix" really solve the payment issue?

    Will the Medicare "doc fix" really solve the payment issue?
    The highly touted "Medicare doc fix" passed Congress this week. It replaces the SGR formula that wasn't working and created an annual crisis. How well will the new payment system work? Read this American Health Care Association blog to understand the fine...
  • Thousands on Peninsula signed up for Affordable Care Act health insurance

    Thousands on Peninsula signed up for Affordable Care Act health insurance
    With just a couple of weeks left in the Affordable Care Act's special enrollment period for health insurance in 2015, the federal government has released more details on those who signed up during the primary open enrollment, which ended Feb. 15. The...
  • No Maryland hospital gets five stars under new federal rating system

    No Maryland hospital gets five stars under new federal rating system
    No Maryland hospital, not even world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital, earned a top score under a new, simplified ranking system for patient satisfaction released Thursday by federal health care authorities. The new system — which assigns one to...
  • Christie: Raise age to receive Social Security, Medicare benefits

    Christie: Raise age to receive Social Security, Medicare benefits
    Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare for future retirees on Tuesday as part of a plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade, an approach he said would...
  • UnitedHealth Group Earnings Beat Analysts' Expectations

    UnitedHealth Group Earnings Beat Analysts' Expectations
    The nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, beat analysts' expectations with first-quarter earnings driven by growth in its Medicaid and Medicare customer base and stronger revenue from its Optum subsidiary. The company reported quarterly...
  • A look at key parts of sweeping bill changing how Medicare pays doctors

    The historic compromise legislation passed by the Senate this week will overhaul the way Medicare pays physicians and will create new systems to reward high-performing doctors. The bill, which drew unusual bipartisan support in both chambers of...
  • U.S. Rep. John Larson Says His Bill Will Bolster Social Security

    U.S. Rep. John Larson Says His Bill Will Bolster Social Security
    U.S. Rep. John B. Larson has a plan that he says will stabilize the Social Security system until the turn of the next century. It starts with "rebranding" the government program launched 80 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "There's a...
  • Florida doctor in Menendez bribery case charged with Medicare fraud

    Florida doctor in Menendez bribery case charged with Medicare fraud
    A Florida doctor accused of bribing U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has been indicted on suspicion of carrying out extensive Medicare fraud at his eye-care practice for a decade and for treating patients for disorders they didn't have, officials said Tuesday....