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Biden’s Medicare pick would be 1st Black woman to hold post

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has picked a former Obama administration official to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency oversees government health insurance programs covering more than 1 out of 3 Americans and is a linchpin of the health care system.

Spokane medical provider alleged to have stolen more than $5 million in Medicaid funds

Paul Means, and his firm Abilia Healthcare, were targeted following an audit of its billing by the Washington State Healthcare Authority revealed irregularities, according to court records. Investigators believe the proceeds of the scheme, which involved billing the state for intensive, in-person examinations when they were conducted over the internet or not at all, were used to buy a $300,000 home on Spokane's South Hill and several vehicles. 

Court strikes down Trump rule that drugmakers disclose price

In a major legal setback for President Donald Trump on a high-profile consumer issue, a federal appeals court has ruled that his administration lacks the legal authority to force drug companies to disclose prices in their TV ads.

Nearly 26,000 nursing home COVID-19 deaths reported to feds

Federal health authorities have received reports of nearly 26,000 nursing home residents dying from COVID-19, according to materials prepared for the nation’s governors. That number is partial and likely to go higher.

U.S. nursing homes warn of looming shortage of masks and gowns

Many nursing homes risk running out of protective masks and gowns by next week because of the new coronavirus, and at least one facility already had to resort to using plastic garbage bags to make gowns, an industry group warned Wednesday.

Adam Jacobs: Idaho’s expanded Medicaid is good for the state

Thanks to Idaho voters and the commitment of state leaders to follow through on their wishes, more than 60,000 adults who could not access health coverage just a few months ago are now covered by Medicaid expansion. I am one of those Idahoans.

Appeals court deals blow to Trump’s Medicaid work rules

The Trump administration’s effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care has suffered a serious setback after a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what’s allowed by law

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles deep, previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing as the recipe for wrestling the federal budget back into balance.