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WellCare of Kentucky to expand Hazard call center

Aug. 05, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — WellCare of Kentucky, a Medicaid and Medicare services provider, will double employment at its national call center in Hazard, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday. The eastern Kentucky facility was selected over call centers in Tennessee, Texas...

Maine senator wants feds to end surprise medical bills

Aug. 01, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator is advocating for the federal government to follow his state's lead in making sure patients aren't subjected to surprise medical bills. Sen Angus King has made the case to Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the administrator of...

US sues Kaiser Permanente over alleged Medicare fraud

Jul. 30, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal government has sued Kaiser Permanente, alleging the health care giant committed Medicare fraud and pressured doctors to list incorrect diagnoses on medical records in order to receive higher reimbursements, officials said Friday. The...

Nurses sentenced for defrauding millions from Medicare

Jul. 30, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two nurse practitioners working in Montana have been sentenced after pleading guilty to trying to defraud Medicare of millions of dollars. Janae Nichole Harper, 34, of Kalispell, was sentenced Friday to 12 months in prison while Mark Allen Hill, 54,...

Pro-Sanders group rebranding into 'pragmatic progressives'

Jul. 29, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stinging from the disappointment of Bernie Sanders' loss in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, supporters pumped millions into the powerful advocacy group Our Revolution to keep the progressive fight alive and prepare for another swing at the White House. ...

Santa Fe hospital reaches settlement over fraudulent billing

Jul. 21, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have reached a settlement with a Santa Fe hospital over claims of fraudulent billing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico announced Wednesday that Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center will pay nearly $564,000 as...

Medicaid growth helps insurer Anthem beat Q2 expectations

Jul. 21, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem topped second-quarter expectations even though the health insurer's profit tumbled as patients who hunkered down last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic started seeking care again. Growing enrollment in government-funded programs like...

EXPLAINER: How Democrats hope to enact Biden domestic agenda

Jul. 19, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers’ most consequential battle this year over President Joe Biden’s expansive domestic agenda will snake through a legislative maze that's eye-rolling even by Congress’ standards. In a Capitol where procedures can be exasperating for...

Biden pitches huge budget, says Dems will 'get a lot done'

Jul. 14, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden made a quick foray to the Capitol on Wednesday hunting support for his multitrillion-dollar agenda of infrastructure, health care and other programs, a potential landmark achievement that would require near-unanimous backing from fractious Democrats. ...

As COVID rises, a vexing hunt for nursing home vaccine stats

Jul. 14, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With COVID-19 on the rise again and many nursing home staffers unvaccinated, families still lack easy access to crucial Medicare immunization data that will help them pick the right facility for their loved one. Medicare has a “Care Compare”...