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Humana Health Plan Overcharged Medicare by Nearly $200 Million, Federal Audit Finds

April 20, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

A Humana Inc. health plan for seniors in Florida improperly collected nearly $200 million in 2015 by overstating how sick some patients were, according to a new federal audit, which seeks to claw back the money. The Health and Human […]


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Pandemic Highlights Need for Urgent Care Clinics for Women

April 16, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

SAN JOSE — Last spring, only weeks into the pandemic, Christina Garcia was spending her days struggling to help her two young sons adjust to online schooling when she got such a heavy, painful period she could barely stand. After […]


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The FDA Seeks a New Way to Review Old Drugs Without Causing Prices to Soar

April 15, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Chuck Peterson of Omaha, Nebraska, recently experienced a swollen, painful knuckle caused by arthritis. He got a prescription for colchicine. Doctors have used the drug for treating gout and other rheumatic conditions for well over two centuries. When Peterson went […]


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California Counties a Hodgepodge of Highs and Lows in Vaccinating Vulnerable Seniors

April 7, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Even as California prepares to expand vaccine eligibility on April 15 to all residents age 16 and up, the state has managed to inoculate only about half its senior population — the 65-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death […]


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Montana Sticks to Its Patchwork Covid Vaccine Rollout as Eligibility Expands

April 5, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana’s covid-19 vaccine distribution is among the most efficient in the nation, but closer examination reveals a patchwork of systems among counties and tribal governments that will be put to the test as the state opens vaccine […]


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Have vaccine, will travel: Retirees hitting the road should check their Medicare coverage first

April 1, 2021

Via: CNBC

Retired, vaccinated and ready to hit the road? Don’t forget to check whether your Medicare plan will travel with you. While coverage when you’re away from home depends partly on where you’re headed, it also hinges on the specifics of […]


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Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap.

March 24, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

When Democrats pushed through a two-year expansion of the Affordable Care Act in the covid-relief bill this month, many people celebrated the part that will make health insurance more affordable for more Americans. But health care researchers consider this move […]


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Under New Cost-Cutting Medicare Rule, Same Surgery, Same Place, Different Bill

March 23, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

A cost-saving change in Medicare launched in the final days of the Trump administration will cut payments to hospitals for some surgical procedures while potentially raising costs and confusion for patients. For years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]


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WHO recommends AstraZeneca vaccinations continue, says benefits still outweigh risks

March 17, 2021

Via: CNBC Healthcare

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that coronavirus vaccination rollouts using the AstraZeneca-Oxford University shot should continue while it carries out a safety review. The latest guidance from the global public health body comes after a raft of European countries […]


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Analysis: The Trump Health Care Policies That Deserve to Stick Around

March 16, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

President Joe Biden’s goal of providing health care for more Americans advanced this week with his signing of an economic stimulus package that includes subsidies for health insurance premiums and new incentives for states to expand Medicaid, as well as […]