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Health Issues

More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says 9,539 physicians who had accepted Medicare opted out of the program in 2012, up from 3,700 in 2009...

More Disincentives to Work under ObamaCare

An individual or family whose annual income surpasses maximums set by the federal government (if only by $1) will totally lose subsidies available to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act...

Delay in Employer Health Mandate Estimated to Cost $12 Billion

The Obama administration's move to delay a mandate on businesses to provide health coverage will mean $12 billion in lost tax revenue and additional costs...

Innovation in Health Care Brings Huge Benefits

A European study found that between 2000 and 2008, medical technology cut hospital stays by an average of 13 percent...

Doctors Are Skeptical and Confused About ObamaCare

More than 65 percent of doctors answered that they are "not at all familiar" to all but one of the questions asking their familiarity with plan benefits levels, contracted rates with insurers, patient coverage terms and the claims process under ObamaCare...

IRS Employee Union: We Don't Want ObamaCare

National Treasury Employees Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama's health care law...

ObamaCare Glitch Number One: Verifying Eligibility

The federal government will rely more heavily on consumers' self-reported information in the health insurance exchanges until 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place...

Six Changes that Would Improve ObamaCare

Now that President Obama has delayed the employer penalty, as well as verification of income when purchasing through the health exchanges, Congress should also postpone the individual mandate and other provisions of the bill...

Doctors Still Waiting for Medicaid Pay Raise

The two-year pay raise for doctors accepting Medicaid is intended to entice more doctors to treat the millions of individuals expected to enroll in Medicaid in 2014 when the federal health law expands eligibility...

Accountable Care Organizations Struggle to Lower Costs

Lowering health care costs is tougher than improving the quality of care, according to first-year results from a key pilot program under the federal health law...


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