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Best and worst U.S. states for healthcare revealed

The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on “2018’s Best & Worst States for Health Care”, examining for regional differences and differences across different demographic groups.

Medicare and Medicaid set to expand telehealth

The telehealth remote medical practice received a boost recently with a strong indication that the U.S. health schemes Medicare and Medicaid are set to endorse the practice, especially for elements of the population residing out of town.

New increases to Medicare Part A and Part B

All new Medicare enrollees will see changes in Part A and Part B premiums and deductibles in 2016, but some will see more changes than others.

Op-Ed: The terrifying case of Dr. Farid Fata; when good doctors turn bad

He was once one of Michigan's most well-respected doctors, with a practice that spanned seven cities and 16,000 patients. Then, authorities say he began telling his healthy patients they were sick, and telling his dying patients they were healthy.

243 arrested in massive healthcare fraud

This week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and local law enforcement in 17 different US cities arrested 243 individuals for an alleged $712 million in fraudulent Medicare charges.

Marilyn Tavenner, head of Medicare and Medicaid resigns

Washington D.c. - Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced on Friday that she is resigning. Tavenner supervised the chaotic rollout of the federal insurance marketplace.

Seniors struggling with healthcare costs, retirement planning

The proverbial "golden years" aren't so golden for an alarming and growing number of seniors in the United States today.

Medicare Copay may hurt medical practices

Center of attention in a federal budget brawl, the introduction of a $7 Medicare co-payment has brought doctors up in arms, stating the co-pay will threaten not only their business model, but survival of medical practices.

Senator highlights cost of colon cancer in the U.S. Special

Washington - While Medicare allows for free preventive screenings for colon cancer, seniors are hit with unexpected bills if doctors take preventive action like removing a polyp, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

60,000 with HIV left uninsured in States not expanding Medicaid

Close to 60,000 people with the virus live in U.S. states that are not expanding their Medicaid programs and are likely to remain uninsured.

Impact of Medicare advantage cuts on seniors sharply disputed

Seniors enrolled in Aetna’s Medicare Advantage plan In Baltimore County, Md., saw their monthly premiums rise from $33 to $51 this year. Enrollees in HealthNow New York, a Medicare HMO in Erie County, saw their premiums jump from zero to $28 a month.

Op-Ed: The Price of Freedom — What are we sacrificing now?

The proposed budget cuts by the Secretary of Defense are nothing more than a red herring from an administration with out of control spending habits, desperate to make the Affordable Care Act work, and a habit of targeting the military.

Op-Ed: Hospitals to face reduction in Medicare payments over flu shots

There are always two sides to a story or an argument, and I am not above playing the devil's advocate when it comes to taking sides over whether or not a person should get a flu shot. But there comes a time when even I have to say, "enough, already."

As Obamacare falters, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) plays to visibility

The Affordable Care Act's botched rollout may be giving legs to the national aspirations of Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Pro-senior lobby 'terrifies' some GOP lawmakers in budget talks

The pro-senior lobby in Washington, led by AARP and its 37 million members, as well as unions and Democratic-activists, stand between those ready to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. Lawmakers are terrified of these groups, and with good reason.

White House opens door to cutting Medicare and Social Security

Washington - President Barack Obama blamed Republicans for allowing $85 billion in budget cuts to move forward as part of the Sequestration agreement he signed.

Op-Ed: Obamacare and its impact on end-of-life care

End-of-life care is facing a very serious challenge from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. What will be affected and how the program could have to turn to the private sector.

Paul Ryan gets loudly booed at AARP convention

New Orleans - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan drew loud boos and shouts of “liar!” at the AARP national convention in New Orleans when he insisted that the Obama-backed health care law harms Medicare.

More Americans insured in 2011

Washington - Some 3.6 million more Americans had health insurance in 2011 than in the previous year, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Op-Ed: Mitt's own advisers say Medicare claims untrue

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been going around the country telling seniors that they don't have to worry about the changes they will bring to Medicare and Medicaid, because these changes won't affect anyone older than 55.

Op-Ed: It's Romney/Ryan, so stop your cryin' Tea Partiers

As observers of the political scene, we here at Liberal Grouch HQ could not be more excited and thrilled by the news that presumptive GOP presidential nominee has obeyed the dictates of the Tea Party and selected Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.

107 individuals nabbed in $452 million Medicare fraud scam

Washington - In what is being described as a major takedown, authorities have nabbed numerous individuals alleged to have been engaging in massive Medicare fraud, defrauding the program of over $450 million.

Report: U.S. Social Security, Medicare funds to run out by 2035

Washington - A report published Monday afternoon states that the United States' Social Security and Medicare funds will be completely gone by the year 2035 and eventually reduce its benefits payments to seniors unless Congress intervenes.

Obamacare increases spending by $1.2 trillion

Latest research suggests CBO estimates of the president's health care reform act aren't even close and ObamaCare would actually pile on national debt.

Mitt Romney turns 65; won't enroll in Medicare, promises changes

Mobile - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has turned 65 years old Monday. This milestone makes him eligible for Medicare, a national health insurance plan for Americans 65 years or older and young people with disabilities.

Op-Ed: PolitiFact and the low point of liberal appeasement

In the midst of all the political bickering that has been the center of attention in 2011, House Republicans have touched almost every third rail in national politics.

Two sides of Social Security at the Intelligence Squared debate Special

New York - At the Intelligence Squared debate on Tuesday evening, both sides found their voice on the solvency questions and the issues of sustainability in Social Security and Medicare.

Pelosi upset with compromise, meeting with Obama on Friday

After President Obama publicly spoke on the nature of the talks with Republican lawmakers over the nation's debt ceiling on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressed alarm over potential compromises ahead of their meeting on Friday.

Gary Johnson: '50 laboratories of innovation' needed for reform

Appearing on 'The Sean Hannity Show,' former two-term New Mexican governor and Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson talked about his approaches to tackling the national debt challenge.

Pawlenty: Obama 'irresponsible and reckless' on financial crisis

After a new annual report was issued that demonstrated a more urgent need for Social Security and Medicare reform, Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty urged the White House to act.
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