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Peter Ewing: Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices is the American wayThe creation of nationwide marijuana programs could save Medicare for $1 billionMelgen, Menendez Associate, Convicted of Medicare FraudMelgen, Menendez Associate, Convicted of Medicare FraudMelgen, Menendez Associate, Convicted of Medicare FraudJury Finds Fla. Eye Doctor Guilty Of Overbilling MedicareSen. Menendez Ally Dr. Salomon Melgen Found Guilty on All 67 Counts of Medicare FraudDoctor Connected to Democratic Senator's Bribery Case Convicted for $100 Million in Medicare FraudFlorida eye doctor guilty on all counts of Medicare fraudFix The Affordable Care Act By Letting People 55-64 Buy Into MedicareFix The Affordable Care Act By Letting People 55-64 Buy Into MedicareBREAKING: Jurors have a verdict in Melgen trialCalendar Year 2018 Medicare Advantage Capitation RatesA Republican path to ACA reform?Trump's Hollow Promise on Opioid Epidemic: GOP Health Plan Would Slash Medicare Funding for Drug Treatment

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GOP Bills To Replace Obamacare Do Not Tinker With Lawmakers' Coverage
WLRNApril 11, 2017

Q: I am told by our insurance broker that in 2020 Medicare is eliminating Medigap Plan F. Having to switch to a new plan may be difficult for many seniors whose health has deteriorated. Should seniors act early, if needed, to switch Medigap plans while ...more »

Trump OKs law to give states power to cut ...
Las Vegas Review-JournalApril 13, 2017

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, right, listens as Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks with reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 13, 2017, after ...more »

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Peter Ewing: Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices is the American way
Boulder Daily CameraApril 30, 2017

When Medicare Part D became law during the George W. Bush administration, Congress, in a huge giveaway to the drug industry, prohibited our government from negotiating with the drug industry for "best price," something that every private health ...more »

The creation of nationwide marijuana programs could save Medicare for $1 billion
Pulse HeadlinesApril 29, 2017

The Bradfords said that the introduction of medical marijuana laws coincides with a drop in painkiller prescriptions. The study gathered data only from prescriptions made under Medicare and Medicaid, but the Bradfords believe similar drops have ...more »

Melgen, Menendez Associate, Convicted of Medicare Fraud
New Jersey Law JournalApril 28, 2017

Attempts by the Law Journal to contact Stefin and Melgen's lead attorney, Kirk Ogrosky, of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer were unsuccessful. Melgen had been accused of taking in up to $105 million through fraudulent Medicare claims. Contact the reporter ...more »

Melgen, Menendez Associate, Convicted of Medicare Fraud
New Jersey Law JournalApril 28, 2017

Attempts by the Law Journal to contact Stefin and Melgen's lead attorney, Kirk Ogrosky, of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer were unsuccessful. Melgen had been accused of taking in up to $105 million through fraudulent Medicare claims. Contact the reporter ...more »

Melgen, Menendez Associate, Convicted of Medicare Fraud
New Jersey Law JournalApril 28, 2017

Attempts by the Law Journal to contact Stefin and Melgen's lead attorney, Kirk Ogrosky, of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer were unsuccessful. Melgen had been accused of taking in up to $105 million through fraudulent Medicare claims. Contact the reporter ...more »

Jury Finds Fla. Eye Doctor Guilty Of Overbilling Medicare
Law360 (subscription)April 28, 2017

After deliberating for more than two days, jurors found Salomon Melgen guilty on all 76 counts of the indictment charging him with receiving millions in improper Medicare payments through his clinic Vitreo-Retinal Consultants. Melgen is also accused of ...more »

Sen. Menendez Ally Dr. Salomon Melgen Found Guilty on All 67 Counts of Medicare Fraud
Breitbart NewsApril 28, 2017

“From the beginning, Senator Menendez has been clear that he has always acted in accordance with the law and in his appropriate legislative oversight role as a member of Congress. When all of the facts are heard, he is fully confident that a jury will ...more »

Doctor Connected to Democratic Senator's Bribery Case Convicted for $100 Million in Medicare Fraud
LawNewzApril 28, 2017

Dr. Salomon Melgen was convicted on Friday for wrongfully billing the government more than $100 million in improper Medicare payments, the Palm Beach Post reported. A West Palm Beach, Florida jury found Melgen guilty of 67 counts of Medicare fraud ...more »

Florida eye doctor guilty on all counts of Medicare fraud
WKOWApril 28, 2017

Sheriff's officials say they've arrested a former Mississippi law enforcement officer driver accused of fleeing after hitting five children when they got off a school bus in central Florida.More >>. Sheriff's officials say they've arrested a former ...more »

Fix The Affordable Care Act By Letting People 55-64 Buy Into Medicare
ForbesApril 28, 2017

Congressional Republicans seem once again stymied in their efforts to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” So here is a partial solution that can be a winner for both political parties, the insurance industry, and consumers: Allow people 55-64 to buy into ...more »

Fix The Affordable Care Act By Letting People 55-64 Buy Into Medicare
ForbesApril 28, 2017

Congressional Republicans seem once again stymied in their efforts to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” So here is a partial solution that can be a winner for both political parties, the insurance industry, and consumers: Allow people 55-64 to buy into ...more »

BREAKING: Jurors have a verdict in Melgen trial
MyPalmBeachPostApril 28, 2017

During the two month trial, prosecutors argued that Melgen intentionally misdiagnosed and mistreated scores of patients to rake in millions from Medicare. In closing arguments Monday, Melgen's attorney, Matthew Menchel acknowledged Melgen made ...more »

Calendar Year 2018 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates
The National Law ReviewApril 28, 2017

The most recent MA Call Letter, “Announcement of Calendar Year (CY) 2018 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies and Final Call Letter and Request for Information” was published on April 3, 2017. In ...more »

A Republican path to ACA reform?
CommonWealth magazineApril 28, 2017

The 1997 Balanced Budget Act, signed by President Bill Clinton and passed by a Republican-controlled Congress, sought to reform the Medicare private insurance market but had disastrous results. By 2003, more than 2 million Medicare enrollees had been ...more »

Trump's Hollow Promise on Opioid Epidemic: GOP Health Plan Would Slash Medicare Funding for Drug Treatment
AlterNetApril 27, 2017

President Donald Trump, motivated by a congenital inability to admit defeat, is trying to revive Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The move is getting resistance from a surprising corner, as attorneys general from 19 states and the ...more »

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