Medicare

“It’s a viable idea”: what liberals like about the latest Republican health care proposal

Republican legislators and policy experts are kicking around a novel way to increase health coverage: automatically enrolling millions of uninsured Americans into low-cost insurance plans.<p>The idea has shown up on the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal and been discussed in private meetings of …

ObamaCare

Donald Trump's budget proposal breaks his promise to not cut Social Security

Reports indicate he’s targeting benefits for disabled workers.<p>One of Donald Trump’s most consistent positions throughout the presidential election was that he would not, under any circumstances, cut Social Security. Let’s roll the tape:<p>He’s even challenged other Republicans on the issue, telling …

Social Security

Another core Trump campaign promise falls by the wayside

There’s a social media parlor game that’s emerged over the past several months. When President Trump makes an unorthodox statement or announces a policy initiative, the race is on to find a tweet in which he expressed the opposite opinion or plan. They are often easy to come by.<p>On Sunday night, …

Social Security

Should You Enroll in Medicare?

Most of us should enroll in Medicare as soon as we can, which is right around age 65. Many people who are late to do so will have to pay a penalty -- …

Retirement Planning

Suits Accuse Insurance Companies of Making Millions by Profit-Gaming Medicare

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>For the second time this month, the Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the country's biggest health insurer: UnitedHealth Care. The suit involves allegations of Medicare fraud.<p>Medicare serves 50 million elderly and disabled …

Insurance

Donald Trump's first budget to slash $800 billion from Medicaid

President Donald Trump's first major budget proposal on Tuesday would cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid over 10 years, terminating benefits …

Donald Trump

A Bipartisan Way to Lower Drug Prices

The White House and Democrats agree: The government should demand rebates for drugs sold to poor Medicare beneficiaries.<p>White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has floated an idea to bring down drug prices that's both promising and -- if other Republicans can be persuaded to go along -- …

Pharma

Here's Why Americans Like Obamacare More Than Trump's Health Plan

<i>This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool.</i><p>After Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States, and Republicans held …

Health Care

Trump Officially Breaks Promise Not to Cut Medicaid

Good times:<b>May 2015:</b> "I'm not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and <b>I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid</b>."<b>Today:</b> …

Medicaid

Treasurer: Judge's ruling may cost state $100M-plus

North Carolina government must pay damages to retired workers and teachers after a judge ruled it was wrong to require them to begin paying health …

Health Insurance Benefits Should Be Equitable, Not Necessarily Equal

As policy makers grapple with potentially undoing or modifying the largest expansion of health insurance in a generation, the cost and generosity of …

Health Care

Will the GOP Follow Their Leader in the Battle Over Entitlements?

Kelly Neely, a tax collector from York, Pennsylvania, is worried about soaring national debt. The Donald Trump supporter — who voted for Barack Obama …

Republican Party

Labor 'split' over Medicare levy

The majority of Labor's shadow cabinet reportedly backed the Turnbull government's Medicare levy rise, but leader Bill Shorten went with another …

Tanya Plibersek

6 Critical Things to Consider to Make a Foolproof Retirement Plan -- The Motley Fool

Want a retirement plan that will produce the income you need? Then you'll need to address these important concerns.<p>Not everyone has the same idea of …

Retirement

If I'm healthy, do I really need a Medigap or Medicare Advantage plan?

The Social Security Administration has no idea who’s in your family unless you tell them. That information can affect the benefits you collect. Photo …

Social Security

UnitedHealth Overbilled Medicare by Billions of Dollars, U.S. Sues

The Justice Department has sued UnitedHealth Group, saying that senior executives knew the company was overbilling Medicare by hundreds of millions of dollars a year, and halted a repayment plan in 2014 so the money could be used to meet Wall Street’s revenue expectations.<p>In a complaint filed …

News

The Major Entitlement Overhaul That Could Be Part of Trump’s Budget

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, to be rolled out Tuesday, likely will include Medicaid reform. But with several approaches having been …

ObamaCare

That Heart Attack Is Going To Cost You

Health insurance is not what it used to be. With increasing frequency, Americans who purchase private health insurance find themselves with plans that require them to fork over significant amounts of money every time they receive healthcare. That means if you get, say, a heart attack, your portion …

Heart Attacks

Healthy California Act

• All residents are covered, including those in the country illegally.<br>• No out-of-pocket costs for covered services, including no co-pays or …

Health

UnitedHealth To Shutter Experiment Of No-Cost-Sharing Plans For Primary And Behavioral Care

Modern Healthcare reports that Harken Health, a UnitedHealth subsidiary, will close in Chicago and Atlanta. In more news on the insurer, KHN reports …

Health Care

Amazon Faces Tough Fight Against Walgreens And CVS If It Enters Pharmacy Business

News that Amazon is considering jumping into the pharmacy business by making some key hires isn’t likely to worry large drugstore chains like CVS Health and Walgreens.<p>Any competition from Amazon comes at a time drugstore chains are forming closer ties with health insurers and employers looking at …

Health Care

Productive Enough for Government Work

It's difficult to measure the efficiency of federal agencies and programs.<p>Statistics for the U.S. economy typically don’t pick up the productivity -- or lack thereof -- of government itself. The services government provides are not sold on markets, and so can’t be valued by standard methods. …

Human Geography

How to Determine If Your Medical Expenses Are Deductible in Retirement

You've certainly been told some expenses, like commuting and work clothes, will decrease in retirement. Other expenses, the standard advice goes, …

Retirement

The Best Replacement for Obamacare Is Medicaid

In defending their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders in Congress argue that the insurance marketplaces created by the law are failing. They aren’t completely wrong.<p>Trouble began with faulty websites during the rollout in 2013. Since then, enrollment continues to be below …

Health Care

New Taxes Won't Lower Drug Prices

Prescription drug prices continue to be a hot political issue, with the Trump administration preparing to release an action plan as soon as repeal and replace legislation clears Congress.<p>Mick Mulvaney, who heads the White House budget office and is participating in the talks, floated an idea last …

Health Care

Lawmakers unanimously approve autism coverage mandate

Alabama will begin requiring some insurers to cover autism treatment for children.<p>The House of Representatives gave final passage to the bill …

Autism

State says $100 million in MinnesotaCare funding is at risk

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson wants to intervene in a federal dispute over "cost sharing reductions," a form of subsidy under the federal …

Minneapolis

WellCare Health Plans: Put It On Your Shopping List

Medicare and Medicaid continue to be the key revenue drivers for WellCare Health Plans in 2017.<p>Universal American is expected to prove to be a highly …

Stocks

Senate budget writers approve bill to plug two-year-old funding holes

Texas Senate budget writers on Thursday approved a supplemental budget to pay for leftover expenses that aren’t covered in the state's current …

Congressional Committees

A Former Health Insurance Executive Is Blowing The Whistle On Billions Of Dollars In Medicare Fraud

During the Bush administration, a Clinton-era initiative on Medicare was formalized under the name Medicare Advantage. The idea was that, by bringing the efficiency of private enterprise into the complicated Medicare bureaucracy, doctors could be paid more efficiency, competition for services would …

Health Care