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Marco Rubio’s budget ideas don’t add up

WASHINGTON — Marco Rubio’s toughest political opponent may be math.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Nation & World

Elder care costs climb; room costs $91,250 year

NEW YORK — The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.

Date: 04/09/2015 | Business Wire

Fix Obamacare so it works like Medicare does

Let's start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.But the health reforms...

Date: 03/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Republicans push conservative budgets

WASHINGTON — Making good on last fall's campaign commitments, Republicans advanced conservative budgets in both houses of Congress on Wednesday, setting up a veto struggle over the fate of the health care law and promising a whopping $5 trillion in spending cuts to erase deficits...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Nation & World

Medicare works; open it to everyone

Is our social contract obsolete, only a fond memory of a simpler time? Some, perhaps many, on the political right who embrace a libertarian view hold that their successes are self-made and so should be yours.As conservatives legislatively seek its repeal and the U.S. Supreme...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Commentary

Medicare chief steps down, oversaw health care roll-out

WASHINGTON — Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner — who oversaw the rocky rollout of the president's health care law — says she's stepping down at the end of February.In an email Friday to staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Tavenner says...

Date: 01/16/2015 | Nation & World

Republicans take control in House, Senate Tuesday

WASHINGTON — In the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama, GOP leaders will focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget — and oh yes, avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make voters wonder if the party can govern...

Date: 01/04/2015 | Nation & World

End-of-life care: When should it stop?

The doctor floated through the intensive care unit, white lab coat flapping, moving from room to room, scanning one chart and then another, often frowning.Unlike TV dramas, where the victims of car crashes and gun shots populate the ICU, this one at Sentara Norfolk General...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Nation & World

School consultant hit with Medicaid-fraud lawsuit

OLYMPIA — The state attorney general’s office has filed a Medicaid-fraud lawsuit against a Wenatchee-based company for reportedly providing fraudulent training to dozens of school districts around the state.

Date: 12/04/2014 | Northwest

Are you smart enough to retire?

When are reverse mortgages due? What triggers early withdrawal penalties? What exactly is covered by Medicare again?Retirement planning is hard, and most people struggle to understand the fundamentals, according to a new report by the American College of Financial Services,...

Date: 12/04/2014 | Business Wire

Look for changes to Medicare enrollment

Seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that this year — perhaps more than any year in the past — is an important one to pay attention to their Medicare coverage options during the Open Enrollment Period, now through Dec. 7. And that's because of the...

Date: 10/29/2014 | Commentary

Educate yourself during Medicare open enrollment

Keeping the wallet healthy during Medicare’s open enrollment period is no small task, given the dizzying array of plans available to many seniors.

Date: 10/26/2014 | Business Wire

Obamacare re-enrollment crunch starts

WASHINGTON — The federal agency overseeing the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces started sending re-enrollment notices Tuesday night to the millions of people who purchased new coverage this year. And these consumers won’t have a lot of time to act if they want to get a better deal on...

Date: 10/16/2014 | Nation & World

Crooks clean up with counterfeit credit cards

The hottest scam in Florida and spreading nationwide, is the mass production of counterfeit credit cards embedded with account numbers of unwitting consumers.Always looking for new ventures, some of the same rings of identity thieves long engaged in other forms of fraud are...

Date: 09/28/2014 | Nation & World

Health care spending rising more slowly

WASHINGTON — National spending on health care will continue to surge in coming years, but at a slower rate than the previous two decades, according to new government analysis of the nation's $3 trillion health care tab.The report suggests that changes under way in...

Date: 09/04/2014 | Nation & World

Wheelchair scams expose Medicare’s weak defenses

LOS ANGELES — In the little office where they ran the scam, a cellphone would ring on Sonia Bonilla’s desk. That was the sound of good news: Somebody had found them a patient.

Date: 08/16/2014 | Nation & World

U.S. has $71 billion budget surplus in June

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government ran a monthly budget surplus in June, putting it on course to record the lowest annual deficit since 2008.

Date: 07/11/2014 | Business

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