December 18, 2019
The House on Tuesday voted to approve two major spending packages that would allocate a total of nearly $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020.
December 17, 2019
CMS might have improperly paid Medicare Advantage plans an estimated $6.7 billion in 2017 after the plans added diagnoses to beneficiaries' files that in some instances were not supported by medical records, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released last week.
December 13, 2019
The House on Thursday voted 230-291 to pass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill intended to lower prescription drug prices in the United States, and voted 201-223 to reject a bill introduced by House Republicans that was intended to serve as an alternative to Pelosi's measure.
December 10, 2019
A group of 15 senators on Thursday urged CMS to offer Medicare beneficiaries who have experienced issues with the recently updated Medicare Plan Finder tool an opportunity to change their coverage during a special enrollment period.
December 4, 2019
Most Medicare beneficiaries do not switch health plans from year to year, even as new benefits become available and costs associated with the plans change, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Monday.
November 27, 2019
CMS earlier this year updated the Medicare Plan Finder tool for the first time in a decade, but users are reporting various technical glitches with the revamped tool, which they say are causing inaccurate cost estimates.
CMS on Monday announced that health care providers next month will be able to start applying for the direct contracting pathways under the agency's new Primary Care First alternative payment model.
November 20, 2019
HHS on Monday announced the rate of improper Medicare fee-for-service payments in fiscal year (FY) 2019 was at the lowest point since FY 2010.
November 11, 2019
A group of 51 House lawmakers have signed a bipartisan letter calling for another suspension of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, which is scheduled to take effect next year.
November 6, 2019
Many seniors and disabled U.S. residents grapple with high health care costs despite being enrolled in Medicare, according to research published this week.
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