Affordable Care Act

3:37pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Mitt Romney's Shifting Stance On Health Care

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 4:26 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling near the U.S. Capitol in Washington in late June.
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1:28am

Tue August 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Law Gives Medicare Fraud Fighters New Weapons

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:01 am

With help from the Affordable Care Act, government fraud investigators will make more use of computer programs to detect Medicare and Medicaid scams.
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Fighting health care fraud in the U.S. can seem like an endless game of Whack-a-Mole. When government fraud squads crack down on one scheme, another pops up close by.

But the fraud squads that look for scams in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs have some new weapons: tools and funding provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare and Medicaid pay out some $750 billion each year to more than 1.5 million doctors, hospitals and medical suppliers. By many estimates, about $65 billion a year is lost to fraud.

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11:45am

Mon August 20, 2012
Business

Aetna To Buy Coventry Health Care

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Changes in the health insurance industry are at the top of NPR's business news.

The giant insurance company Aetna plans to get a little bigger. It's buying Coventry Health Care for more than $5.5 billion. Now, if you want to know why, consider the changing landscape in which Aetna does business. Medicaid is expanding under President Obama's health care law, Medicare is expanding as Americans grow older, and those government-run plans include many opportunities for private insurance companies.

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3:08pm

Fri August 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Five Social Issues On November Ballots

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 4:03 pm

Petitions for Referendum 74, which would provide a public vote on gay marriage, were submitted in June in Olympia, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP

In addition to choosing a president and members of Congress, voters in several states will weigh in on high-profile social issues on Nov. 6. Here are some of the key voter initiatives on ballots:

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10:39am

Fri August 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Yoga On Commission: More Employers Pay For Good Health Habits

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 4:31 pm

Health risk questionnaires and other wellness programs are becoming a popular way for employers to encourage employee health and, ultimately, reduce health care costs.
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If you feel like your employer is more interested in your health lately, you're probably right.

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