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10/22/14 - Advocates: Medicaid expansion leaves out people with disabilities [The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Oct. 22 More than 170,000 New Mexico residents have enrolled in Medicaid, thanks to expansion of the program, according to a report to state lawmakers Tuesday. Centennial Care, a state program launched this year in conjunction with the Medicaid expansion, was expected to cut down the waiting list of thousands for a program designed to keep low-in
10/22/14 - Alaska temporarily suspends Medicaid payments to Anchorage health care service [Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage]
Oct. 22 The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services began suspending Medicaid payments Tuesday to C Care Services in Anchorage while investigation into the company and its owner continued. C Care Services and owner Cecilia De Leon are under investigation for Medicaid fraud, according to a statement from DHSS. Federal regulations stipulate
10/22/14 - Anthem Launches Medicare Special Needs Plan in St. Louis Area
Anthem is launching a Dual-Eligible Special Needs Medicare Plan, known as a DSNP, in the St. Louis area, including Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis and St. Louis City counties. This plan coordinates benefits for people eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. People eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare often have complex health care needs,?
10/22/14 - BRIEF: Medicare Check-Up Days set for Oct. 28 [The Ironton Tribune, Ohio]
Oct. 22 SOUTH POINT Learning ways to stay informed, stay healthy and save money is the purpose of Medicare Check-Up Days on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the South Point branch of the Briggs Lawrence County Library. The free event is a service of the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Program at the Ohio Department of Insurance. Learn about recent changes to
10/22/14 - Candidates for governor spar over education, neglected children, domestic violence and Medicaid [Anderson Independent Mail, S.C.]
Oct. 22 GREENVILLE The five candidates running for governor sparred Tuesday night over education, neglected children, domestic violence and Medicaid expansion during their second and final debate before next month's election. Nikki Haley said she has improved public education in South Carolina during her first term. Vincent Sheheen said Haley's
10/22/14 - Health Partners Medicare Poised for Blockbuster Annual Enrollment
Last year, Health Partners Plans launched its new Medicare product, Health Partners Medicare, to record-breaking enthusiasm enrolling more than 1,500 members during its first Annual Enrollment Period. We are pleased to offer Philadelphia residents four Medicare Advantage plans, with options that include $0 premiums and $0 generic drugs, sa
10/22/14 - HHS's Office of Inspector General Issues Advisory Opinion Concerning The Use Of A 'Preferred Hospital' Network As Part Of Medicare Supplemental...
HHS's Office of Inspector General Issues Advisory Opinion Concerning The Use Of A' Preferred Hospital' Network As Part Of Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance Policies. WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 The U.S. Department of Health& Human Services' Office of Inspector General issued the following advisory opinion:. We are writing in response to your request
10/22/14 - Husband and wife ambulette providers convicted of Medicaid fraud, ordered to repay $791,000 [Norwalk Reflector, Ohio]
Oct. 22 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that the husband and wife owners of a medical transportation company must repay more than a half a million in Medicaid dollars that the couple improperly collected. The convictions follow an investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit that found that the couple billed Med
10/22/14 - Manatee County Commission balks at supporting Medicaid expansion [The Bradenton Herald]
Oct. 22 MANATEE Manatee County is running out of money for health care for the needy but commissioners Tuesday balked at supporting expansion of the Medicaid program, which would bring an estimated $51 billion to the state through the federal Affordable Care Act. But some of her fellow Republican commissioners said they could not support Medica
10/22/14 - Medica Research Institute to Study Pent-Up Demand in Health Care
The Medica Research Institute is launching a study that will examine the health care utilization and characteristics of newly enrolled members in Medicaid and MNsure, Minnesota s health insurance exchange. The work is funded by the State Health Access Reform Evaluation program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and done in collaboration with
10/22/14 - Medicare hospitals hit with higher penalties [The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.]
Oct. 21 URBANA - Four East Central Illinois hospitals face higher penalties from Medicare in the year ahead because they have too many patients who wind up back in the hospital within a month after being discharged. Presence Covenant and United Samaritans medical centers, Carle Foundation Hospital and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center are all losi
10/22/14 - Medicare Part D Quotes in an Instant at MSIC
Category: Baystreet Newswire Company: InterestSpring LLC ID: 421833 Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Medicare Part D quotes provided fast by senior-built website. Los Angeles, CA/ ACCESSWIRE/ October 22, 2014/ Medicare Part D quotes in an instant are now part of the growing website' Medicare Supplemental Insurance Comparison.' Today the site anno
10/22/14 - Miami man gets 15 years in nation's biggest Medicare therapy scam [The Miami Herald]
Oct. 22 A Miami physician's assistant who was described by his lawyer as a "bit player" in a nearly $200 million mental health scheme to swindle Medicare was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday. But it could have been worse for Roger Bergman, 65, of Miami, who was facing up to 25 years under federal sentencing guidelines for his supporting
10/22/14 - New Medicare Plan, Clinical Study Results, ANDA Filing Confirmation, Strategic Collaboration, and Merger Termination - Research Reports on UnitedHealth, Celgene, Actavis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Salix
Today, Analysts Review released its research reports regarding UnitedHealth Group Inc., Celgene Corporation, Actavis plc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.. To reserve complementary membership, limited openings are available at: UnitedHealth Group Inc. Research Reports On...
10/22/14 - Oregon cuts ties with Oracle's health exchange
PORTLAND, Ore. Oregon is cutting its last ties with a botched health insurance exchange portal built by Oracle Corp. as the state and the high-tech company pursue lawsuits against each other. Oregon had planned to salvage some of the Oracle- built portal to enroll people in Medicaid, but officials have now decided to scrap that project as well a
10/22/14 - Oregon gives up on Oracle technology, will use another state's Medicaid system [The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.]
The state had been planning to use salvaged Oracle technology for enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan, but has now halted that effort. The move "allows us to cut ties with Oracle cleanly," said Tina Edlund, the aide to Gov. For next year, the state hopes to use Medicaid enrollment technology developed by another state that is yet to be determined.
10/22/14 - Oregon won't use Oracle's technology for Medicaid
PORTLAND, Ore. Oregon is cutting its last ties with a botched health insurance exchange portal built by Oracle Corp. as the state and the high-tech company pursue lawsuits against each other. Oregon had planned to salvage some of the Oracle- built portal to enroll people in Medicaid, but officials have now decided to scrap that as well and will
10/22/14 - Social Security, Veterans Disability Recipients to Receive 1.7 Percent Increase with COLA in 2015
Individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and veterans disability benefits will see an increase of 1.7 percent in their monthly benefit in 2015, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance, veterans disability appeal and Medicare plan selection services. The increase is a result of th
10/21/14 - AG Gansler: Organon USA to Pay $31 Million for Fraudulent Medicaid Billing Drug manufacturer also illegally promoted antidepressants, offered kickbacks
Baltimore, MD- Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Maryland, along with other states and the federal government, has secured a $31 million national settlement with Organon USA, Inc., resolving allegations that the drug manufacturer underpaid rebates to Maryland's Medical Assistance Program, offered improper financial incentives
10/21/14 - Columbia/HCA legacy follows Rick Scott to governor's mansion [The Miami Herald]
Oct. 21 From his poor poll numbers to his formidable fortune, Rick Scott's political standing revolves around Columbia/ HCA. Then, he became a pariah after he and his company were investigated for Medicare fraud, leading to his ouster in 1997.. Today, Scott avoids even mentioning the words " Columbia/ HCA."
10/21/14 - CoOportunity to leave Iowa Health and Wellness Plan [The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa]
Oct. 21 DES MOINES CoOportunity Health will withdraw from the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan which provides health care coverage to low-income adults next month, the Department of Human Services said. Medicaid pays the premiums of the health plan for the member, who receives care from providers approved by the health plan. Des Moines- based
10/21/14 - Corporate Whistleblower Center Urges Sleep Clinic Managers To Call Them If They Have Proof A Clinic Is Defrauding Medicare-There Was A Recent Reward For This Type of Info
Because of a recent reward involving a sleep center, and a whistleblower the Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging managers, or insiders at a sleep center to call them at 866-714-6466, if they possess well documented proof the sleep center is involved in overbilling Medicare for unnecessary procedures. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "W
10/21/14 - Cotton Releases New Ad: 'Harold'
Tom Cotton, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Arkansas, issued the following campaign news:. U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton released a new ad Tuesday that shares the experiences of an Arkansas couple that lost their Medicare Advantage plan because of Senator Pryor's vote for Obamacare. "Senator Pryor says that he did not cut Medicare
10/21/14 - DCCC: DCCC Launches Two New Spanish Language Ads in FL-26: 'Medicare' and 'Parents' - Showing How Curbelo Puts Himself And the Tea Party Over South...
DCCC: DCCC Launches Two New Spanish Language Ads in FL-26:' Medicare' and' Parents'- Showing How Curbelo Puts Himself And the Tea Party Over South Florida. "Medicare" highlights Carlos Curbelo's comments in Washington calling Medicare and Social Security a' Ponzi scheme,' and how his support for making dangerous changes to these programs would jeo
10/21/14 - Even Grimes Adviser John Yarmuth Says She Is Lying on Medicare
Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., the Republican nominee seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, issued the following campaign news release:. Team Mitch today released the following background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes' top adviser, John Yarmuth, calling her out for lying about Medicare. "Yarmuth and Grimes blasted McConnell for supporting Soc
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