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New York authorities charge 48 in massive Medicaid fraud updated: Wed Jul 18 2012 07:34:00

Federal prosecutors have charged 48 people in a massive fraud that allegedly bought HIV medications and other prescription drugs from Medicaid recipients and sold them to unsuspecting buyers.

Are Southern governors ready to lead?updated: Mon Jul 16 2012 08:54:00

"I just get sick and tired, quite frankly, of all this talk. Everything that has to do with the federal branch of government ... is bad, and states are good. I remind you that ... the reason the federal government got into 90% of the business it got into is that the state[s] ... did not do the job."

Why Medicaid expansion is key part of health reformupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 07:39:00

The big summer showdown has come and gone. The Supreme Court decided the Affordable Care Act could stand, and so it remains, for the most part, undisturbed. The next hurdle will occur in November, when the country goes to the polls.

Some states not changing course amid rising tide of health care reformupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 17:40:00

Repeal and replace -- or at least resist -- is the Republican mantra in the wake of last week's Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law.

How will the court's ruling affect you?updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 13:56:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how the Supreme Court's healthcare ruling will affect patients and doctors going forward.

A health care victory that's only a startupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 13:01:00

Chief Justice Roberts, in a move that likely surprised many, joined the four more liberal justices in declaring that the mandate could survive, but as a tax. (For those of you following along, I made that argument here at a number of months ago.)

Health care's big four issues: What the justices are tackling updated: Sun Jun 17 2012 10:59:00

The Supreme Court in coming days will issue perhaps as many as four separate opinions on the constitutionality of the health care law.

Treat U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico fairlyupdated: Thu May 10 2012 11:19:00

At a time when Republicans are reaching out to the Hispanic community, why are some in my party treating the U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico differently than the U.S. citizens in the 50 states?

As childhood obesity improves, will kids in poverty be left behind?updated: Tue May 01 2012 07:15:00

The statistics are grim: Roughly one in six U.S. children are obese, and, at last count, nearly one in three are overweight, putting them at increased risk of health problems ranging from diabetes to being bullied at school.

76 arrested in Capitol protest over Medicaid cutsupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 16:25:00

Seventy-six people, including actor Noah Wyle, were arrested Monday at a demonstration protesting cuts in Medicaid proposed by the House Republican leadership, authorities said.

After the mandate, government-run health care would growupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 21:42:00

Suppose the Supreme Court does rule that the health care mandate is unconstitutional? What happens then?

Supreme Court argues Medicaid expansion provisionupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 16:08:00

A divided Supreme Court spent this week's final oral argument on health care reform Wednesday examining whether states would be "coerced" by the federal government to expand their share of Medicaid costs by the risk of losing funding if they refused to take part.

Health care reform and Medicaidupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 16:08:00

Elizabeth Cohen explains how health care reform would affect Medicaid.

CNNMoney: Government assistance expandsupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 18:50:00

More than one in three Americans lived in households that received Medicaid, food stamps or other means-based government assistance in mid-2010, according to a new report.

CNNMoney: Romney: "I'm not concerned about the very poor"updated: Wed Feb 01 2012 17:26:00

Mitt Romney says he isn't worried about those living in poverty since they have government assistance programs to fall back on. Instead, he wants to focus on helping the middle class.

Dates set for Supreme Court health care reform argumentsupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 12:39:00

The Supreme Court has carved out a week in late March to hold oral arguments in perhaps its biggest case in a decade -- the sweeping healthcare reform law championed by President Obama.

CNNMoney: Medicaid costs balloon for cash-strapped statesupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 14:38:00

As stimulus funds dry up, cash-strapped states are facing steep rises in Medicaid spending, forcing them to slash services and trim costs.

Should we pay people to stop smoking?updated: Wed Oct 05 2011 16:42:00

Last month, President Obama proposed cutting almost $72 billion from Medicaid, the program that provides health care to America's poor. Such deep reductions are necessary, he declared, to bring down our staggering national debt.

Justices open new term with big case on Medicaid fundingupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 16:00:00

The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday with a lively oral argument dealing with whether private plaintiffs can sue the states over cuts to the popular Medicaid health program.

Children slipping through health care safety netupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 12:00:00

These are hard times in the United States.

CNNMoney: White House fights waste, as Labor Department loses $19 billionupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 12:00:00

The Obama administration said Wednesday it was cracking down on waste and fraud in Medicaid and unemployment, in an effort that should save taxpayers billions of dollars.

CNNMoney: Government aid keeps millions out of povertyupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 05:46:00

Without help from the federal government, millions more people would have sunk below the poverty line in 2010, U.S. Census data shows.

CNNMoney: Number of people without health insurance climbsupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 17:22:00

The number of people who lacked health insurance last year climbed to 49.9 million, up from 49 million in 2009, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

Feds: Company agrees to pay $150 million over Medicaid fraud chargesupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 19:44:00

A Maryland-based home health services company has agreed pay a record $150 million in civil and criminal damages to settle charges that it engaged in a nationwide scheme to defraud Medicaid and other federal programs, according to federal prosecutors.

CNNMoney: National debt: Why entitlement spending must be reined inupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 08:34:00

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are three of the government's most popular and relied upon programs.

CNNMoney: Debt ceiling impasse imperils safety netupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 09:10:00

Social Security payments aren't the only federal lifeline that could grind to a halt if the debt ceiling impasse continues beyond Aug. 2.

CNNMoney: Sick kids get legal help from Wal-Martupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 12:49:00

For the first time in its history, the nation's largest retailer Wal-Mart is providing free legal support for patients at the Arkansas Children's Hospital, many of whom are from low income families on Medicaid.

Administration says Indiana law violates Medicaid rulesupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 14:50:00

The Obama administration is attempting to block Indiana from enforcing a new law that would keep low-income women from using federal Medicaid benefits to receive any kind of reproductive medical care from Planned Parenthood.

CNNMoney: States pour money into Medicaidupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 14:05:00

States are gearing up to spend nearly 19% more of their money on Medicaid as enrollment rises and federal stimulus funds dry up.

Judge rejects restraining order against Indiana abortion lawupdated: Wed May 11 2011 15:42:00

A controversial new Indiana law limiting access to abortion services remains in effect after a federal judge Wednesday denied a request for a restraining order from Planned Parenthood.

Medicare and Medicaid overhaul fearsupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 13:37:00

Proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid have future senior citizens concerned. CNN's Sandra Endo reports.

'Hands off my Medicare'updated: Fri Apr 15 2011 23:51:00

House Republicans push through a budget blueprint that would overhaul Medicare and Medicaid. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

House passes sweeping GOP budget cuts, reformsupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 23:51:00

The House of Representatives passed the Republican leadership's 2012 budget proposal Friday, approving a blueprint for cutting federal deficits by roughly $4.4 trillion over the next decade while radically overhauling Medicare and Medicaid -- two popular entitlement programs long considered politically untouchable.

Obama squandered chance to reach across aisleupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 10:52:00

With his budget speech Wednesday President Obama had an opportunity to reach across the political aisle. He could have proposed a budget plan that focused on the long run, combined needed structural changes to the Big Three entitlement programs -- Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- with the tax increases he wants.

Senate passes budget dealupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 10:52:00

Both the House and Senate OK the budget bill. The president is expected to sign the bill shortly.

CNNMoney: Obama lays out plan for cutting Medicare, Medicaidupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 18:28:00

President Obama unveiled a plan Wednesday to cut Medicare and Medicaid costs, but without slashing benefits for seniors and the needy.

What would the Tea Party cut?updated: Wed Apr 13 2011 15:21:00

In many ways, the debate over taming the nation's spending and deficit beasts can be compared to a family's hand-wringing over what to cut, and what to keep, in tough times. It may be easy to nix "luxuries" like vacations and eating out. But should "essentials" like a car or a home be downsized or gotten rid of to save money?

CNNMoney: Record number of Americans get government helpupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 12:16:00

One in six Americans is receiving help from the government, just as fiscal austerity threatens to reduce some of that aid.

Obama, Congress prepare for next round of budget fightsupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 05:45:00

Partisan warfare over taxes and spending again takes center stage in Washington this week, as Congress considers a budget deal for the remainder of the current fiscal year and President Barack Obama unveils his long-awaited deficit reduction plan.

Ryan's plan a step -- but in wrong directionupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 10:53:00

This week, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled his "Path to Prosperity" budget proposal and made some bold claims about what it would do. He said it would bring spending and the deficit under control while stimulating the economy to recover from the recession with amazing speed.

Budget battle continues on Capitol Hillupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 10:53:00

Democrats and Republicans are locked in a stalemate over budget.

Fortune: Health care reform can't work without more doctorsupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 13:08:00

Late last month, the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, better known as "health care reform," quietly celebrated its first birthday. The bill has its supporters, including the millions of previously uninsured Americans who will have access to coverage because of it. But its critics have been more vocal, attacking the landmark legislation for "gutting" Medicare, drastically understating the measure's probable cost, and funding a new entitlement with early premiums from still another entitlement for long-term care that's destined to go broke.

CNNMoney: Medicaid reduced by $1 trillion in GOP planupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 21:31:00

House Republicans propose to trim more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade by reworking and cutting Medicaid, a program of public health care coverage for children, pregnant mothers, disabled and poor.

CNNMoney: Where GOP budget would biteupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 19:28:00

Good news: The budget proposal unveiled Tuesday by House Republicans would dramatically reduce the country's long-term debt.

House budget chairman to propose Medicare, Medicaid changesupdated: Sun Apr 03 2011 11:54:00

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said Sunday he will unveil a Republican budget for 2012 this week that proposes dramatic changes to Medicare, Medicaid and other political lightning rods.

CNNMoney: Arizona Medicaid fees loom for smokers, obeseupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 14:50:00

The governor of Arizona has proposed a novel way of helping to pay burgeoning Medicaid costs -- imposing a fee on smokers, diabetics and obese people who receive the state aid.

CNNMoney: Shrinking Medicaid funds pummel statesupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 10:43:00

Strapped states are scrambling to address Medicaid's ballooning costs before the federal government cuts back a critical source of funding this week.

Don't cut Medicaid, fund it betterupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 08:38:00

You can't turn on the news these days without hearing about our budget crisis. We've also been told, over and over, that it's a problem with spending -- we're doing too much of it.

CNNMoney: States kick grandma to the curbupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 08:40:00

For the elderly, state budget cuts could mean no more daily hot meals and exercise classes to help prevent falls. At worst, some could even lose their beds at the nursing home.

CNNMoney: Medicaid funding busts state budgetsupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 19:04:00

The Obama administration is giving states more flexibility in implementing the health care reform law, but that won't help governors plug one of their biggest immediate budget problems: Runaway Medicaid costs.

CNNMoney: Governor Cuomo wants to slash funds for schools, Medicaidupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 11:17:00

Funding to New York's schools and Medicaid program would get slashed under a $132.9 billion budget unveiled by newly installed Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Health care fraud crackdown nets $4 billionupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 12:12:00

The government collected a whopping $4 billion last year -- the largest sum ever recovered in a single year -- through its health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts, according to a new report Monday.

CNNMoney: States face $41 billion in budget gapsupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 09:30:00

The nation's battered state governments face a collective $41 billion budget gap next fiscal year, a survey released Wednesday found.

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Arizona cuts in transplant coverage spark outrageupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 14:27:00

Two people have already died in Arizona and another 96 are waiting for a life-saving transplant they may no longer be able to afford after the state slashed money reserved for the procedures.

Arizona Democrat says transplant cuts create 'death panels'updated: Thu Jan 06 2011 20:38:00

The recent death of a patient denied a liver transplant because of Arizona budget cuts has prompted a Democrat legislative leader to charge that the state is now home to "death panels," he told CNN Thursday.

How can I get mental health services?updated: Tue Jan 04 2011 09:24:00

How can I get acceptable mental health services? I am 31, living off of Supplemental Security Income and have Medicaid. I cannot get assistance to have all basic essentials met. I am limited to what can be done alone without money or being able to walk or go too many places at once. I just need to know what to do.

Judge in Florida hears challenge to health care lawupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 21:14:00

Opponents of this year's sweeping health care law challenged its validity in a Florida courtroom Thursday, pressing ahead on a second front with their campaign to reverse it.

3 firms settle alleged inflated Medicare, Medicaid claimsupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 14:17:00

Three large pharmaceutical firms have agreed to pay a total of $421 million to settle allegedly inflated claims against the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Deficit tops $1 trillion againupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 09:20:00

The United States racked up a $1.29 trillion deficit in fiscal year 2010, the federal government said Friday.

CNNMoney: Rising Medicaid costs to blow hole in state budgetsupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 09:42:00

States will have to dig deeper into their already empty coffers next year in order to pay for rising Medicaid costs.

CNNMoney: House gives needy states $26 billion for Medicaid, teachersupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 11:24:00

Cash-strapped states are getting $26 billion in federal funds to shore up their budgets.

CNNMoney: States face another $12 billion budget shortfallupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 09:46:00

States filled an $84 billion gap to balance their 2011 fiscal year budgets, which took effect earlier this month. But they could collectively face a new $12 billion hole if Congress fails to help cover growing Medicaid costs.

CNNMoney: Congress blasts Medicaid hole in states' budgetsupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 07:20:00

Young children in Massachusetts will lose state-funded mental health services. Welfare recipients will see their employment and training programs slashed. And homeless families will lose nearly all their state assistance to move into more permanent housing.

CNNMoney: Endangered species: Government workerupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 04:43:00

Once upon a time, there was job security in a government job.

CNNMoney: Medicaid: States' $24 billion black holeupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 12:39:00

Governors and state lawmakers are anxiously waiting to see whether Congress will send them another $24 billion to help cover their ever-expanding Medicaid rolls.

What if contraception were always covered?updated: Mon Jun 07 2010 12:00:00

A little-noticed provision in the sprawling health care reform law enacted in March could greatly expand access to contraception by requiring insurance companies to cover it without any out-of-pocket costs.

CNNMoney: Goodbye, stimulus. Hello, state budget cutsupdated: Sun May 09 2010 08:10:00

Think states have made deep spending cuts? You ain't seen nothing yet.

Money Magazine: Your toughest retirement puzzle: Long-term careupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 14:35:00

Ask someone why he or she bought a long-term-care insurance policy and you will probably hear a story about family. Often a sad or scary story.

CNNMoney: More pain coming: State budget gap is $89 billionupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 19:07:00

States will have to find a way to close an $89 billion budget gap before their 2011 fiscal year begins in July, according to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures released Wednesday.

Health care reform: How it might work for real peopleupdated: Sun Mar 28 2010 11:09:00

About 32 million Americans who don't have health insurance will get access to coverage when the $940 billion health care plan takes effect.

Official: Obama expected to name head of Medicare, Medicaidupdated: Sat Mar 27 2010 19:55:00

President Obama is expected to nominate a Massachussetts pediatrician and Harvard University professor to oversee Medicare and Medicaid, a senior administration official told CNN on Saturday.

Health bill lawsuits are going nowhereupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 15:02:00

A state attorney general is almost by definition a candidate for higher office. The filing of lawsuits challenging the health reform law by 14 attorneys general -- all but one of them Republican -- may look good for their next campaigns, but these cases are going nowhere legally.

CNNMoney: Health care: Patients, doctors, insurers reactupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 21:49:00

The House's approval of a measure to reform and revamp the nation's health care system was praised Monday by consumer groups, given mixed reviews by doctors and got a thumbs down from insurers.

CNNMoney: Kids caught in Medicaid pay crossfireupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 13:07:00

A kid with a fractured leg highlights the problems Dr. Jaquelin Gotlieb's pediatric practice is having with Georgia's Medicaid system.

Fortune: More and more states on budget brinkupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 13:38:00

California is hurtling into the budgetary abyss -- and it's not alone.

Latinas need voice in abortion debateupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 15:31:00

When Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered her oath last summer, many women -- and especially Latinas -- felt renewed hope as a champion of women's rights took her place on the U.S. Supreme Court.

CNNMoney: New health care plan and your walletupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 04:38:00

The health reform debate is still far from the finish line, but Wednesday brought an important milestone: A key senator's highly-anticipated proposal echoing many of the reforms that President Obama is calling for.

What's in Baucus' health care proposal?updated: Wed Sep 16 2009 14:21:00

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, unveiled a summary of his proposed health care plan Monday.

Commentary: Democrats' plans are a prescription for painupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 10:27:00

Americans deserve the best health care system in the world -- one that emphasizes quality, but reduces cost, so all Americans can participate.

CNNMoney: Is stimulus creating jobs? Yes but ...updated: Fri Jun 26 2009 15:50:00

So just how many stimulus jobs have been created or saved so far?

CNNMoney: Buying your own health insuranceupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 13:40:00

To be clear, we're talking about people here who don't qualify for Medicaid or COBRA. If this is you, you may need to buy insurance in the private marketplace.

CNNMoney: How health reform may help ... or hurtupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 16:58:00

Americans are being told daily that health reform isn't just the right thing to do -- it will also help save the economy.

Commentary: US health costs out of controlupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 08:16:00

Government spending on health care is growing at an alarming rate.

CNNMoney: Why stimulus money goes unspentupdated: Tue May 05 2009 13:41:00

The federal government has made available more than $74 billion in stimulus funds, but the majority of that money has yet to hit the streets.

CNNMoney: $1 billion a day for stimulusupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 05:44:00

The federal government has made available more than $75 billion for stimulus projects in the 10 weeks since President Obama signed the $787 billion recovery package into law.

CNNMoney: States counting on their slice of $787Bupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 11:08:00

Though not quite as generous as first envisioned, the federal stimulus package funnels a nice chuck of change to states to help them deal with their yawning budget gaps.

CNNMoney: Bailing out the states: How it will workupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 10:44:00

Struggling with gaping budget deficits, states are eagerly awaiting the hundreds of billions of dollars coming their way from Capitol Hill.

CNNMoney: Post-layoff health careupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 16:25:00

Losing your job doesn't just mean losing your paycheck. It also means losing benefits.

CNNMoney: Soda tax, tuition hikes: State budget cuts stingupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 22:12:00

An 18% sales tax on non-diet soda. A 14% hike in public college tuition. The elimination of a tax rebate for homeowners.

Report: Millions of children have untreated tooth decayupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 20:17:00

Millions of poor American children have untreated tooth decay, some of them because they cannot find a dentist willing to treat them, a federal report issued Tuesday said.

Cancer deadlier to uninsuredupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 11:01:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new study that shows the uninsured are more likely to die of cancer within 5 years.

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