Government-funded health insurance

In this photo provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, HHS Office of Inspector General agents, and other law enforcement officers, take part in arrests Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Queens, N.Y., as they break up a billion-dollar Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors nationwide, using a network of foreign call centers. (Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General via AP)
April 09, 2019 - 12:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities said Tuesday they've broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers. The Justice Department announced charges against 24 people across the U.S., including doctors...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma speaks during a news conference in Washington. A government watchdog will review costly outside contracts to provide publicity for Verma, whose agency oversees health insurance programs covering more than 100 million Americans. The Health and Human Services inspector general’s office said Friday, April 5, it will examine several publicity contracts, following a request by congressional Democrats (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
April 05, 2019 - 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog said Friday it will review costly outside contracts to handle public relations for Medicare chief Seema Verma, whose agency oversees health insurance programs covering more than 100 million Americans. Responding to a request by congressional Democrats, the...
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April 05, 2019 - 1:32 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A federal jury on Friday convicted a Florida health care executive on 20 criminal counts in what prosecutors described as a $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme. Jurors reached a partial verdict after four days of deliberating the fate of Philip Esformes in one of the biggest such cases in...
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter answers questions during a news conference Monday, April 1, 2019, in Oklahoma City. A $270 million settlement between the state of Oklahoma and the maker of OxyContin received high praise last week as an innovative way to help combat opioid addiction. Hunter is now facing bipartisan backlash from Oklahoma lawmakers who say he overstepped his authority and circumvented their role. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 04, 2019 - 7:33 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A week after reaching a $270 million settlement with the maker of OxyContin, Oklahoma's attorney general Thursday dropped some claims in its lawsuit against other drugmakers in an effort to force them to pay the cost of the nation's deadly opioid crisis. Attorney General Mike...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019, file photo House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats controlling the House are proposing to cut back President Donald Trump’s budget hikes for the Pentagon while significantly increasing spending on the domestic programs they favor. The Democratic proposal is by Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth of Kentucky and Lowey. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 02, 2019 - 6:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are proposing to cut back President Donald Trump's budget hikes for the Pentagon while significantly increasing spending on the domestic programs they favor. Tuesday's move ramps up a battle with Trump and puts the Democratic House on a collision...
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In this March 28, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. Trump is suggesting he will defer until after 2020 his push for a Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Trump tweeted late Monday that Congress will vote on a GOP plan after the elections, ”when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
April 02, 2019 - 4:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned President Donald Trump to hold off action in Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act, telling him to instead take it on the road as a 2020 campaign issue. The two spoke Monday ahead of Trump's evening tweets suggesting he had moved...
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In this March 28, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. Trump’s surprise decision to stop defending the Affordable Care Act in court has opened a new debate among Republicans about how to approach health care heading into the 2020 elections, with some fearing the issue remains a vulnerability for the party. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 30, 2019 - 8:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision to revive the fight over the Affordable Care Act has stirred a political and policy debate among Republicans on how best to approach the divisive issue heading into the 2020 election. Failing to repeal and replace the ACA, otherwise known as...
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President Donald Trump talks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Trump has been dealt a second setback in a week for his administration's health care initiatives. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by Trump after another judge on Wednesday blocked Medicaid work requirements for low-income people. Trump has hailed the small-business plan as a big success, but its impact is difficult to measure. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 29, 2019 - 10:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, the second setback in a week for the administration's health care initiatives. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called "...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, center, talks at a news conference at the State Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., about the state's work requirement for its expanded Medicaid program. Federal judge James Boasberg is blocking Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky, dealing a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency. Boasberg issued two decisions Wednesday, March 27, finding that Medicaid work requirements for low-income people in Arkansas and Kentucky pose numerous obstacles to getting health care that haven’t been adequately addressed by federal and state officials. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File)
March 28, 2019 - 7:57 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The governor whose state is at the center of the fight over work requirements for Medicaid recipients said Thursday he wants to fight a judge's ruling blocking those rules, while Republicans elsewhere are trying to determine the decision's effect on their state. Arkansas...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, center, talks at a news conference at the State Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., about the state's work requirement for its expanded Medicaid program. Federal judge James Boasberg is blocking Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky, dealing a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency. Boasberg issued two decisions Wednesday, March 27, finding that Medicaid work requirements for low-income people in Arkansas and Kentucky pose numerous obstacles to getting health care that haven’t been adequately addressed by federal and state officials. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File)
March 27, 2019 - 6:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency were dealt a blow Wednesday, when a federal judge ruled that Medicaid work requirements undermined the program's mission of providing health care for the needy. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in...
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