On February 6, 2008, U.S. Senators Mel Martinez and John Cornyn introduced the Medicare Fraud Prevention Act of 2008, which would increase the maximum criminal sentence, double the civil penalties, and quadruple the criminal fines associated with certain Medicare violations.
On February 4, 2008, the President delivered a $3.1 trillion budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2009. As widely reported, the budget includes $178 billion in Medicare program reductions over the next 5 years, and $556 billion in Medicare reductions over the next decade.
On February 1, 2008, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it proposes coverage (with evidence development) for artificial heart devices in Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in Food and Drug Administration approved studies.
The Washington Post reports that, under the President's FY 2009 budget, the growth of federal health care programs would be reduced by $208 billion over 5 years, with approximately $170 billion of that amount coming from the Medicare program.
On January 31, 2008, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Press Release announcing that the overall projected cost of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit is $117 billion lower over the next 10 years than estimated last summer.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that health care spending growth in the United States accelerated slightly in 2006, increasing 6.7 percent in 2006 compared to 6.5 percent in 2005. However, CMS reports that the Medicare Part D...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that it will publish a proposed rule intended to allow certain low-income Medicare beneficiaries to remain in the Medicare Part D prescription drug plans that they enrolled in without having to pay a premium.
On December 29, 2007, President Bush signed the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 into law, extending the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and temporarily addressing a number of Medicare program issues.
Our present government is hell-bent on disassembling the New Deal, not because it's unpopular or that it doesn't work, but because it costs less to get rid of it. Make no mistake - this is an administration that values the bottom line above all else. American...
In a recently released report to Congress, the Government Accountability Office reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made approximately $90 million in questionable payments to contractors.
On December 18, 2007, the U.S. Senate passed the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (S.2499), which would prevent the 10.1 percent cut to Medicare physician payments beginning January 1, 2008.