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Report Projects Health Care Costs to Dip Slightly

INSURANCE | By Andrew Taylor | Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under the so-called "Obamacare" plan will total a little more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, instead of almost $1.2 trillion initially estimated.

5 Things to Know about Tax Day

INSURANCE | Apr 15
The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.

Dr. Salomon Melgen, posing for a photo at the book signing of "Growing American Roots", a book by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., at the college in Miami.

Top-Paid Medicare Doctors Say They Have Reasons

INSURANCE | By Richardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Serdar Tumgoren | Apr 10
Explanations for eye-popping numbers from Medicare’s massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as the medical world confronted a new era of scrutiny.

Dr. Kathryn A. Wagner

Medical Assn Won’t Stop Medicare Doc Data Release

INSURANCE | By Richardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Apr 7
The nation’s largest doctors’ group said Monday it won’t try to block Medicare’s release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government’s recent decision to open up the massive data trove.

GOP Seeks Coverage Choices in Health Care Law They Hate

INSURANCE | By David Espo | Apr 6
At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Obama’s health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.

Ryan Unveils House GOP Budget Claiming Balance

INSURANCE | By Andrew Taylor | Apr 2
Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government’s books with wide-ranging cuts in programs for the poor and working class.

Paul Garrett sits in front of his home in Jersey Shore, Pa. e says, "It’s going to turn the towns that are on the river into ghost towns. Because nobody’s going to want to pay that. Nobody’s going to want to live here. Property values are going to plummet. e says, "It’s going to turn the towns that are on the river into ghost towns. Because nobody’s going to want to pay that. Nobody’s going to want to live here. Property values are going to plummet."

No Easy Fix on Flood Insurance, but Options Exist

INSURANCE | By David B. Caruso | Mar 26
There’s no easy fix for the National Flood Insurance Program, now drowning in a $24 billion sea of red ink.

Jack Durney, mayor of Hoquiam, Wash.

Flood Insurance Still on the Rise Despite New Law

INSURANCE | By David B. Caruso | Mar 25
Earlier this month, Congress sought to ease their fears of sky-high premiums by rolling back a 2012 reform ending the government’s costly practice of offering subsidized insurance for older homes and businesses in flood zones.

Obamacare Plans Bring Hefty Fees for Certain Drugs

INSURANCE | By Kelli Kennedy | Mar 24
Some have been shocked at how much their prescriptions are costing as insurers are sorting drug prices into a complex tier system and in some cases charging co-insurance rates as high as 50 percent.

Last Call: The Health Overhaul’s March 31 Deadline

INSURANCE | Mar 12
Uninsured Americans face an important deadline at the end of this month, and many don’t realize it. March 31 is the last day to sign up for health insurance coverage and avoid a penalty for failing to obtain insurance for 2014.

Florida Democratic Congressional candidate, Alex Sink, center, speaking at her campaign office in Clearwater, Fla.

Dems, GOP Test Fall Strategy in Florida House Race

INSURANCE | By Michael J. Mishak | Mar 11
Voters in this stretch of beach towns and retirement communities provide the first 2014 campaign test of whether Democrats can counter GOP attacks on the president’s health care overhaul by accusing Republicans of threatening popular benefit programs.