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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”...

Feds: Tennessee lab owner charged in health fraud scheme

Jul. 07, 2021 05:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee health lab owner has been charged with orchestrating a fake Medicare billing scheme, a federal prosecutor announced. Fadel Alshalabi, 53, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, was charged in a criminal complaint with aiding and abetting and...

EXPLAINER: Dental, vision and hearing benefits for Medicare

Jun. 26, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many working-age people assume that Medicare covers just about every kind of health care that an older person may need. It doesn't. Some of the biggest gaps involve dental, vision and hearing services. Medicare does not cover...

Watchdog: Nursing home deaths up 32% in 2020 amid pandemic

Jun. 22, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year, with two devastating spikes eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims. ...

Humana picked to continue Medicare service for West Virginia

Jun. 22, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has picked Humana Inc. to continue providing health insurance for the 54,000 retirees eligible for Medicare and their dependents in the state. The state’s public employees’ insurance agency awarded the health provider a new,...

Democrats see springboard for health care in high court win

Jun. 19, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Affordable Care Act now secure in the framework of the nation's health care programs, Democrats are eager to leap above and beyond. They want to expand insurance coverage for working-age people and their families, add new benefits to Medicare...

Bill would permanently expand telehealth services

Jun. 13, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new bill in Washington would permanently expand telehealth services under Medicare and allow patients in rural areas without access to broadband to use audio services, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said. “It should not have taken a pandemic for...

To curb drug prices, Democrats still seeking a balance

Jun. 12, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are committed to passing legislation this year to curb prescription drug prices, but they're still disagreeing on how to cut costs for patients and taxpayers while preserving profits that lure investors to back potentially promising treatments. ...

Medicare copays for new Alzheimer's drug could reach $11,500

Jun. 10, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug would raise Medicare premiums broadly, and some patients who are prescribed the medication could face copayments of about $11,500 annually, according to a research report published Thursday. The drug, called...

EXPLAINER: How will insurers cover a new Alzheimer's drug?

Jun. 08, 2021 01:26 AM EDT

Federal regulators have approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, leaving patients waiting to see how insurers will handle the pricey new treatment. Health care experts expect broad coverage of the drug, which was approved Monday. But what...