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Limits on supplemental Medicare plans eyed

Limits on supplemental Medicare plans eyed WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Medicare supplemental health plans, popular among politically powerful retirees, could come under the budget knife being wielded by the special deficit-reduction panel of Congress, according to sources keeping close watch on its work. The so-called “Medigap” insurance plans shield the elderly…

Medicare chief says health law working

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s chief of health programs for the elderly and poor on Thursday said the year-old US healthcare overhaul was helping millions of Americans and called a push by congressional Republicans to repeal the law unfortunate. Medicare and Medicaid services administrator Donald Berwick, appearing before a congressional…

World comparison shows US healthcare lacking

A third of Americans say they have gone without medical care or skipped filling a prescription because of cost, compared to 5 percent in the Netherlands, according to study released on Thursday. The study is the latest in a series by the non-profit Commonwealth Fund showing that while Americans pay…

Insurers gave $86 million to defeat health care reform

Health insurance companies gave $86.2 million to the US Chamber of Commerce last year to oppose the health care reform bill, tax records show. Companies such as UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Cigna Corp. funneled the money into the Chamber of Commerce’s anti-health reform campaign after Democrats began talk of increasing…

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