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$4M deal struck over fraud claims against pain firm, owners

Apr. 21, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State and federal authorities announced Wednesday that they have reached a $4.1 million settlement in a civil case that made claims of Medicaid and Medicare fraud against a now-shuttered pain clinic company and several of its owners, including a former state senator....

Hospital agrees to pay $2.7M to resolve fraud complaint

Apr. 20, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston hospital that specializes in eye, ear, nose and throat ailments has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve federal fraud allegations, Acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Nathaniel Mendell announced Tuesday. Prosecutors say Massachusetts Eye and...

Biden administration rescinds Texas' Medicaid plan extension

Apr. 16, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration Friday rescinded an approved extension of the Medicaid agreement in Texas, which has the nation's most uninsured residents and for years has refused calls to expand the federal health insurance program. Texas is one of only...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Apr. 13, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. April 12, 2021. Editorial: Those rules that got waived for the pandemic? Let’s get rid of them Once a law or regulation is in place, it’s usually hard and time-consuming to remove. But when the pandemic shut down much of normal...

Biden administration blocks Medicaid work requirements

Apr. 09, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration has blocked former Gov. Scott Walker's plan to require some childless adults to work to maintain Medicaid benefits. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent state health officials a letter Tuesday...

Biden's ambitious expansion of long-term care sparks debate

Apr. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is proposing a major expansion of the government’s role in long-term care, but questions are being raised over his using the low-income Medicaid program and piggybacking the whole idea on an infrastructure bill. The White House...

Senate gives Biden a big tool to work around GOP filibuster

Apr. 07, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a powerful new tool, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has fresh options for potentially advancing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package and other priorities past Republican obstruction in the 50-50 split Senate. Republicans still...

More than a half million Americans gain coverage under Biden

Apr. 07, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a half million Americans have taken advantage of the Biden administration's special health insurance sign-up window keyed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government announced Wednesday in anticipation that even more consumers will gain coverage in the coming...

Senate gives Biden a big tool to work around GOP filibuster

Apr. 07, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a powerful new tool, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has fresh options for potentially advancing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package and other priorities past Republican obstruction in the 50-50 split Senate. Republicans still...

Las Vegas hospital told to pay $23M in Medicare overpayments

Apr. 02, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A hospital in Las Vegas has been asked to refund more than $23 million in services after a federal audit concluded it received millions in overpayments from Medicare. The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human...