Latest Government-funded health insurance News

Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs

Nov. 21, 2019 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts. Serving some 60 million Medicare recipients, the plan finder is the most commonly...

Takeaways from the 5th Democratic 2020 presidential debate

Nov. 21, 2019 10:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats spent more time making the case for their ability to beat President Donald Trump than trying to defeat each other in their fifth debate. Civil in tone, mostly cautious in approach, the forum on Wednesday did little to reorder the field and may have given encouragement to two new...

The Latest: Buttigieg takes hits on issue of his experience

Nov. 21, 2019 8:12 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 11:20 p.m. In Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Pete Buttigieg became the focus of several of his Democratic opponents for what they characterized as a lack of experience. After the South Bend, Indiana, mayor...

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

Nov. 21, 2019 5:51 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year. The Wednesday night faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment inquiry...

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate

Nov. 21, 2019 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency vied for advantage Wednesday night in a debate just over two months before the primary voting begins. How some of their claims from Atlanta stack up with the facts: BERNIE SANDERS: “What the scientists are telling us is if we don’t get...

Tennessee Medicaid block grant plan heads for federal review

Nov. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials committed not to halt or limit coverages under a revised plan submitted to the federal government Wednesday requesting to become the first state to receive funding in a lump sum for its Medicaid program, TennCare. The TennCare block grant plan was amended to say...

Health counselor sentenced for $200k in fraudulent claims

Nov. 20, 2019 4:03 PM EST

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A mental health counselor in Connecticut who authorities say billed nearly $200,000 in fraudulent Medicaid claims has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. Susan Britt, of Norwich, was sentenced Tuesday to five years for each of two counts of health insurance fraud, suspended...

As expected, NC Medicaid managed care won’t begin on time

Nov. 19, 2019 6:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Medicaid program won’t shift to managed-care benefits as scheduled early next year, the largest casualty to date of the monthslong budget stalemate between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers. Although the Department of Health and Human...

Inspection finds Maine hospital failed to secure records

Nov. 19, 2019 2:45 PM EST

BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — An inspection report says a Maine hospital failed to safeguard medical records and left some in locations where cleaning staff could access them. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital was “not in substantial...

Coons, US Senator from Delaware, will face primary challenge

Nov. 19, 2019 11:59 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s junior U.S. senator will face a primary challenge next year. The Delaware State News reported Monday that Jessica Scarane plans to run against U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in the state’s Democratic primary. Scarane is a Wilmington-based digital strategist who serves as...