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Woman sent to prison, must repay $7.5 million in fraud case

Jan. 21, 2022 16:08 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southeast Missouri woman has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $7.5 million in restitution in a Medicaid and Medicare fraud case. A federal judge in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday sentenced 42-year-old Brandy McKay. The Cape Girardeau woman...

New state insurance marketplace sees ups, downs

Jan. 19, 2022 17:58 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s state-run health insurance marketplace encountered problems for consumers and brokers during its first few months in operation, but also enrolled 10% more people than the previous year. The state's new marketplace started in November, and open...

Text of Kemp's State of the State Address

Jan. 13, 2022 12:04 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Text of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s State of the State address. Remarks as prepared. Lt. Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Miller, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, members of the judiciary, and my fellow Georgians. ...

Biogen tumbles after Medicare lays out Aduhelm coverage plan

Jan. 12, 2022 17:05 PM EST

Shares of Biogen slid Wednesday, a day after federal regulators slapped coverage limitations on the drugmaker’s new Alzheimer’s disease treatment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday after markets closed that patients taking Biogen’s Aduhelm will have...

Medicare limits coverage of $28,000-a-year Alzheimer's drug

Jan. 11, 2022 20:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Tuesday it will limit coverage of a $28,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug whose benefits have been widely questioned, a major development in the nation’s tug-of-war over the fair value of new medicines that offer tantalizing possibilities but come with prohibitive...

Medicare told to reassess premium hike for Alzheimer's drug

Jan. 10, 2022 12:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health secretary Xavier Becerra on Monday ordered Medicare to reassess a big premium increase facing millions of enrollees this year, attributed in large part to a pricey new Alzheimer's drug with questionable benefits. Becerra's directive came days after...

New Hampshire reaches $21.1 million settlement with Centene

Jan. 07, 2022 14:53 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has reached a $21.1 million settlement with a Missouri company over the inaccurate reporting of pharmacy benefit services cost, the attorney general's office said Friday. Centene and its affiliates Granite State Health Plan, Inc. and NH Healthy...

N. Carolina physician indicted for altering medical devices

Jan. 06, 2022 16:55 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a North Carolina physician accused of altering medical devices for reuse and bilking Medicare out of more than $46 million, according to a federal prosecutor. U.S. Attorney Michael Easley said that according to a superseding...

Higher health insurance surtax among New Mexico's new laws

Dec. 31, 2021 09:41 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With the arrival of the new year, new laws are taking effect in New Mexico that aim to bolster access to health insurance and eliminate many court fines against juveniles that are viewed as counterproductive. One bill approved by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham...

How to help your parents navigate health care in retirement

Dec. 29, 2021 07:03 AM EST

Many adults find themselves helping their aging parents sign up for Medicare, a complex process with many steps and considerations. There are penalties for delaying enrollment, and not everyone understands their options. “You can’t go into it thinking it’s really easy,” says...