Latest Medicare News

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 7:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

Biden warns about Trump during campaign event in Vegas

Nov. 17, 2019 1:38 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden brought an alarmist warning to a diverse crowd of Democrats late Saturday in early-caucus Nevada during a town hall at an elementary school in a historically minority Las Vegas neighborhood. Biden opened the event saying that as long as Donald Trump is...

Sanders stars with Biden, Warren absent at California forum

Nov. 16, 2019 10:50 PM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders was greeted with booming cheers at a gathering of California Democrats Saturday, underscoring his popularity with the party’s liberal base as he looks to capture the biggest prize in the presidential primary season next year. The decisions by Joe Biden and...

Warren pushes back on critics of her health care plan

Nov. 16, 2019 10:20 PM EST

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Warren pushed back against critics of her newly released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting Saturday that she is “fully committed” to Medicare for All and that she plans to first build on existing health care programs...

Kalispell hospital fined in aftermath of fraud and kickbacks

Nov. 16, 2019 10:37 AM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana hospital has been fined $65,000 for falsely certifying that it completed requirements of a corporate integrity agreement that was reached as part of the settlement of a Medicare fraud and kickback scheme. The Flathead Beacon reports Kalispell Regional Healthcare’s...

Early enrollment in Nevada insurance marketplace tops 60,000

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s new health insurance marketplace has enrolled more than 60,000 people in a health plan during the first third of the 45-day enrollment period. Nevada Health Link said Friday that many of the 65,000 people with existing coverage were automatically re-enrolled for...

The Latest: Sutter to pay $45M for kickbacks, overbilling

Nov. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a settlement between Sutter Health and the federal government (all times local): 12:00 p.m. The Department of Justice says Sutter Health has agreed to pay more than $45 million to settle a lawsuit by the federal government that it payed doctors in exchange for...

Warren says getting to ‘Medicare for All’ will take 3 years

Nov. 15, 2019 5:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren announced Friday that she would expand public health insurance during her first 100 days in office, but wouldn’t push for passage of a “Medicare for All” program until the third year of her presidency, a timeline that acknowledges how tough it will...

Sutter Health to pay $45M for kickback, Medicare violations

Nov. 15, 2019 4:13 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sutter Health agreed to pay more than $45 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it of paying doctors in exchange for patient referrals and resolve other violations, federal officials said Friday. The company agreed to pay $30.5 to settle a 2014 lawsuit filed by the government...

Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

Nov. 14, 2019 7:46 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary...