Latest Medicare News

Washington set to be 1st state with long-term care benefit

Apr. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, a step advocates say will help an aging population that is likely not prepared for the increasing costs needed for daily...

Can he win? Sanders makes case he can take back the Midwest

Apr. 17, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jon Price was not old enough to vote in 2016, but is keeping a close eye on the expansive field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. He likes Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. The 20-year-old says it's "way too early" for him to make up his mind....

UnitedHealth beats expectations all around, stock still lags

Apr. 16, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

UnitedHealth Group beat first-quarter expectations and hiked its 2019 forecast, but shares of the nation's largest health insurer continued their slump as investors worry about growing Congressional scrutiny of how the company and its competitors do business. Shares of health insurers and pharmacy benefit...

Biden to campaign as extension of Obama's political movement

Apr. 14, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama's presidency and political movement. He's betting that the majority of Democratic voters are eager to return to the style and substance of that era — and that...

Kentucky county to pay $253K over claims of false billing

Apr. 12, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky county has agreed to pay nearly $254,000 to the federal government to settle a lawsuit alleging its ambulance service submitted more than 1,000 fake reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Thursday that the federal government...

Top Senate Dem stops short of embracing 'Medicare for All'

Apr. 11, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat stopped short of throwing his weight behind Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan Thursday, calling it one of several proposals his party is advancing to strengthen health care. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., made the comments to reporters a...

Sanders relaunches 'Medicare for All' with Dems divided

Apr. 10, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders launched a revamped "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, highlighting a divide among Democrats over one of their bedrock 2020 campaign issues — the future of health care in America. As before, the Democratic presidential candidate's signature proposal would...

The Latest: Sanders reintroduces 'Medicare for All' proposal

Apr. 10, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on "Medicare for All" legislation from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (all times local): 1 p.m. Bernie Sanders has come out with a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan. He says it's "not a radical idea to say that in the United States, every American who goes to a doctor...

Feds charge 2 dozen in billion dollar Medicare brace scam

Apr. 9, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents on Tuesday broke up a billion dollar Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors. Two dozen people were charged, including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions. The Justice Department said the scheme relied on overseas...

Feds: $1B Medicare scam peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers

Apr. 9, 2019 12:07 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Feds: $1B Medicare scam peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers.