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2 hrs ago | McClatchy

Michael Hiltzik: Social Security's no-bad-news day

The annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare customarily give rise to an outburst of disinformation from the enemies of social insurance programs - that comes with the territory when you're putting out hundreds of pages densely packed with graphs, charts and statistics.

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Related Topix: Personal Finance, Social Security, Health

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Sys-Con Media

PCMA: Medicare Part D 2015 Premiums Remain Flat

By offering an abundance of competing choices in each region and using cutting edge, cost-saving tools like pharmacy networks and home delivery the program is a win-win for both seniors and taxpayers," said PCMA President and CEO .

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Related Topix: Health, Medicaid

NH Insider

Guinta For Congress - Carol Shea-Porter Blows out the Candles on Medicare

Forty-nine years ago today, Medicare was signed into law. Along with Social Security and Medicaid, this trio of programs provide an important safety net for millions of Americans.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Health, US Politics, Representative Carol Shea-Porter, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Social Security, Personal Finance, Medicaid, Republican, Representative Frank Guinta

New Hampshire Public Radio -

Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors

An influential report that urges sweeping changes in how the federal government subsidizes the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately affected.

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Related Topix: Health

Merced Sun-Star

Breakthrough Hepatitis C treatment worth its hefty price tag

There's a new breakthrough hepatitis C drug treatment that cures - yes, cures - almost everyone who takes it.

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Related Topix: Hepatitis, Medicine, Health, Liver Cancer, Healthcare Law, Law, Medicaid, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen)

Ledger-Enquirer.com

New GAO testimony faults HHS management of federal marketplace project

The Department of Health and Human Services failed to properly plan and oversee development of the federal health insurance marketplace despite tight deadlines, ever-changing requirements and the complex nature of the project, according to new congressional testimony released on Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Medicaid, Health

The Washington Post

'Dead Men Ruling' argues for long-term balance between spending, revenue

In theory, the American people's elected representatives decide every so often how much to tax the public and how to allocate the revenue among various priorities, both short-term and long-term.

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Related Topix: Social Security, Personal Finance, Health, Opinion

Wed Jul 30, 2014

The News-Star

P&S earns national patient safety award

The Monroe hospital is among the nation's top 10 percent in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays.

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Related Topix: Monroe, LA, Health, HealthGrades

Modern Healthcare

Generic drugs, low enrollment dampened Medicare Part D spending: CBO

The cost of Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug program, has been far lower than originally predicted, new data from the Congressional Budget Office show.

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Related Topix: Health

Investopedia

Medicare 101: Do You Need All 4 Parts?

Maybe you're getting close to 65 yourself or simply want to understand how Medicare works, so that you can help a family member or friend.

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Related Topix: Health, Health Insurance, Medicine, Nursing, Social Security, Personal Finance, Long Term Care

HON

Annual COPD Costs To Hit $49 Billion by 2020: CDC

Medical costs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the United States are more than $32 billion each year, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Macon Telegraph

Humana 2Q profit falls 18 pct on higher costs

The company's results, released Wednesday, matched analysts' expectations, and it reaffirmed its 2014 earnings estimate of between $7.25 and $7.75 per share.

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Related Topix: Humana, Insurance, Health, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Medicaid

Myrtle Beach Online

WellPoint 2Q tops Wall Street expectations

It still beat Wall Street expectations and the nation's second-biggest health insurer raised its profit expectations for the year yet again.

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Related Topix: Medicaid, Health, Business News

The Salinas Californian

Medicare, Medicaid turning points in nation's historyMedicare,...

Medicare, Medicaid turning points in nation's history President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation 49 years ago today.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Health, Medicaid, Health Insurance, Personal Finance, Retirement, California, Opinion

Tue Jul 29, 2014

WTCA-AM Plymouth

Coats Reacts to New Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report

Senator Dan Coats , senior Senate Republican on the Joint Economic Committee, today said that the latest Social Security and Medicare Trustees report shows that Washington continues to ignore our nation's long-term fiscal challenges.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Social Security, Law, Personal Finance, Health, US Politics, US News, Senator Dan Coats, US Senate

The News Tribune

Oregon looks at regulating insurer doctor networks

The move comes as a growing number of insurance companies seek to save money by shrinking the number of providers in their network.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Health

Connecticut Post

Aetna 2Q profit rises 2.4

Aetna's second-quarter profit climbed more than 2 percent, as gains from an acquisition helped the health insurer top expectations and raise its 2014 earnings forecast again.

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Related Topix: Aetna, Insurance, Health, Coventry Health Care, Medicaid

GPB.org

Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Patients who get the comforts of palliative care as well as disease treatment live longer, studies show, than those who only get treatment for the disease.

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Related Topix: Palliative Care

Sunherald.com

More patients take on in-home dialysis

But going to a clinic would mean less exercise time - and less independence - for Davern, who joined a growing segment of kidney patients receiving dialysis at home, often with help from family members.

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Related Topix: Dialysis, Medicine, Health, Kidney Failure, Munhall, PA, University of Pennsylvania

WTHR-TV Indianapolis

Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer

What does Steven Sinofsky's abrupt departure from Microsoft mean for Windows and the way the company will compete with Apple and Google? What does Steven Sinofsky's abrupt departure from Microsoft mean for Windows and the way the company will compete with Apple and Google? Google Free Zone enables feature phone users use mail, Web search and ... (more)

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Related Topix: Health, Microsoft, Startups, Google, Widevine Technologies, Emerging Technology, Search Engines

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