health care reform

Medicare's Next Patient: The Federal Budget Deficit

As the federal super committee looks for $1.5 trillion in cuts, it's clear that fixing the federal budget will mean tackling big items -- including Medicare, America's most popular social program and one of its most expensive.

In the U.S., 'Free' Birth Control Is Born

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department on Monday released new guidelines that require insurance companies to cover contraceptives and other female preventative care without charging co-pays or other fees.

What New College Grads Really Want? Health Insurance

Parents, take heed: Those wild and crazy recent college grads of yours may not be as crazy as you think. Turns out, they don't really want to do 200-foot bungee jumps (or even take new job) if they don't have health insurance coverage.

More Americans Turn to Acupuncture as Medical Costs Rise

year after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, many Americans are still struggling to get their insurance to cover basic medical treatments. And now Americans are increasingly exploring less expensive alternatives to traditional Western medicine -- like acupuncture.

Health Insurers Post Healthy Profits but Remain Cautious on 2011

The recent pushback on health care reform appears to have boosted the stock prices of health insurance companies, which have outperformed major indexes by quite a margin so far this year. That's because Americans have been cutting back on doctor visits, keeping reimbursement costs low.

State of the Union: Obama Eager to Fix Health Reform Law

In his State of the Union address, President Obama didn't shy away from tackling the ongoing questions about the health care reform law head on. And though he opened with a joke, he made it clear that while he's serious about repairing any flaws in the law, repeal is not an option.

Government Recoups $4 Billion from Health Care Fraud Cases

The government recouped a staggering $4 billion in fiscal 2010 that was stolen from federal health care programs, the departments of Justice and Health and Human Services announced Monday -- the highest annual amount ever. More than half of the fraud money recovered came from drug companies.

Is Health Care Reform Working in Massachusetts?

As the battle over repealing Obama's health care law moves to the Senate, some supporters of the president's efforts point out that reform measures have been in effect in Massachusetts for four years. So it's fair to ask: How has health care reform worked in the Bay State?

Waging a War of Numbers Over Repealing Health Care Reform

GOP leaders will plead for the benefits of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, bringing arguments and numbers to support their viewpoint, while House Democrats will continue their counterpush, throwing very different numbers at the American public.

Will Obamacare Really Kill 1.6 Million Jobs?

The Republican opposition in Congress has put that number on the impact they say health care insurance reform will have on employment. The law's proponents say their figure is way off target. The real affect will likely depend on how the law actually gets implemented.

What a Wild Year It Was
for Health Care

Led by the health insurance reform law, a flurry of drug and food recalls, key medical breakthroughs and plenty of layoffs and lawsuits, 2010 proved to be an exciting -- if not always positive -- year. Here's our list of the year's biggest health stories.

Americans See China as World's Strongest Economy

Nearly half of Americans in a recent poll believe China has surpassed America as having the strongest economy in the world, and more than half blame outsourcing and the loss of manufacturing jobs for the shift.

Americans Are Most Likely to Go Without Health Care

An international survey of 11 industrialized nations reveals that adults in the U.S. are by far the most likely to go without health care or skip filling a prescription because of costs, due to a high-cost health care system that lags behind those of other modern countries.

M&A Activity Expected to Jump 36% in 2011

Global mergers and acquisitions activity is expected to rocket upward 36% next year, getting its strength from the financial and real estate industries, according to a report released Monday -- a level of increase that hasn't been seen since the credit crisis hit.

HCA to Pay $2 Billion Dividend to Private Equity Owners

Hospital chain HCA will issue a $2 billion dividend to private-equity owners including KKR & Co. and Bain Capital LLC. HCA will use a $1.5 billion high-yield bond sale to help pay for the dividend, Bloomberg News reported.

New Congress: How Will Gridlock Affect Economy?

With the two houses divided, the parties will have to compromise to get legislation passed. But will they? The challenge will become acute if the Fed's latest stimulus gambit falls short, leaving the economy gasping. The GOP's aversion to spending could be tested.