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Sen. Collins’ Strategy To Stabilize Insurance Market Raises Doubts Among Analysts

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose vote was pivotal in pushing the GOP tax bill forward last week, thought she had a deal to bolster health care protections in exchange for her support. But it’s now far from clear that her strategy to shore up part of the Affordable Care Act will prevail or that her

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Whistleblower: Medicaid Managed-Care Firm Improperly Denied Care To Thousands

In early October, an executive at one of the nation’s largest physician-practice management firms handed her bosses the equivalent of a live grenade — a 20-page report that blew up the company and shook the world of managed care for poor patients across California. For years, she wrote, SynerMed, a behind-the-scenes administrator of medical groups

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Enriched By The Poor: California Health Insurers Make Billions Through Medicaid

Medicaid is rarely associated with getting rich. The patients are poor, the budgets tight and payments to doctors often paltry. But some insurance companies are reaping spectacular profits off the taxpayer-funded program in California, even when the state finds their patient care is subpar. A unit of Centene Corp., the largest Medicaid insurer nationwide, raked

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House Tax Bill Would Scrap Deduction For Medical Expenses

The tax bill unveiled by Republicans in the House on Thursday would not, as had been rumored, eliminate the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance. But it would eliminate a decades-old deduction for people with very high medical costs. The controversial bill is an effort by Republicans to revamp the nation’s tax code

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Governor Inks Support for Some Key Health Bills, Nixes Others

Wielding his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown has reinforced the Affordable Care Act, stood up to pharmaceutical companies and boosted testing for childhood lead poisoning. Facing a Sunday deadline to approve or reject measures passed by the legislature this year, Brown weighed in on some key health care bills, including measures to protect Californians who buy

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