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  • U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes gave her victory speech at her primary election night celebration at the Carrick House in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Lexington Herald-Leader, Pablo Alcala)

    Alison Grimes bashes Mitch McConnell as anti-Medicare in attack ad

    Alison Lundergan Grimes went on the attack Tuesday, releasing a new ad that accuses Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of voting in favor of Medicare increases that could bankrupt seniors in Kentucky.


  • A GAO report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs than does either Medicare or Medicaid. (Associated press)

    Pentagon cited on prescription drug expenditures

    The Department of Defense spends more per unit for prescription drugs than Medicare or Medicaid, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.


  • ** FILE ** Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Government: Anti-fraud measures claw back millions in Medicare payments

    The Obama administration said Wednesday its "state-of-the-art" anti-fraud systems prevented more than $210 million in improper Medicare payments in fiscal 2013, its second year in use and twice the amount it saved in the inaugural year.


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    EDITORIAL: The president's Cronycare

    Promises, promises. Once upon a time, Barack Obama said he would put an end to monkey business as usual in Washington.


  • In this May 29, 2014 photo, Denee Mallon, center, joins a candlelight vigil organized by Albuquerque Pride in Albuquerque, N.M. A U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday, May 30, in favor of Mallon, a 74-year-old Army veteran, whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago. The decision recognizes sex reassignment surgeries as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

    EDITORIAL: Taxpayers to pay for tranny grannies

    President Obama doesn't deal in equality. He delivers special treatment.


  • Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Hospitals could be scamming the government, investigation warns

    Medicare hospitals could be gaming the system at the detriment of patients' health in order to get more money from the government, a new report warns. In fact, some hospitals across the country could be delaying re-admitting patients in order to double the amount they can bill the government for, the Health and Human Services Inspector General said in a report released Wednesday.


  • Ochsner CEO named to Medicare advisory commission

    The president and CEO of Ochsner (OX-ner) Health Systems has been named to a federal commission that advises Congress on a variety of matters involving Medicare.


  • In this May 29, 2014 photo, Denee Mallon, center, participates in a candlelight vigil organized by Albuquerque Pride in Albuquerque, N.M. A U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday, May 30, in favor of Mallon, a 74-year-old Army veteran, whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago. The decision recognizes sex reassignment surgeries as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

    Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

    Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.


  • Ayden Prehara, talks with his parents, Todd and Chris, in his bedroom in Fitchburg, Wis., on Jan. 3, 2014.  Prehara, 16, is a transgender student, having transitioned from female to male at age 14.  This June, Ayden and his parents will travel to Cleveland for what, in the transgender community, is called "top surgery." His breasts will be flattened and his chest contoured to be more typically male. He will be 17 by then, about the earliest surgeons will do such surgery. Until then, he wears an undergarment called a binder that evens out his chest. The family is setting aside about $10,000 for the surgery, which includes a week or so in a Cleveland hotel during recovery, said Chris Prehara. Insurance does not cover any of it, she said. (Associated Press/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

    Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted

    Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.


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