NY Times: House and Senate Negotiators Agree on Spending Bill

By JONATHAN WEISMAN WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators reached accord on a trillion-dollar spending plan that will finance the government through September, reversing some cuts to military veterans’ pensions that were included in a broader budget agreement last month and defeating efforts to rein in President Obama’shealth care law. The hefty bill, filed in the House on … Continue reading

NY Times: Medicare to Cover More Mental Health Costs

By JUDITH GRAHAM For decades, older adults with depression, anxiety and other psychological conditions have received unequal treatment under Medicare. The program paid a smaller share of the bill for therapy from psychiatrists, psychologists or clinical social workers than it did for medical services. And Medicare imposed strict lifetime limits on stays in psychiatric hospitals, … Continue reading

New York Times: Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen as Decreasing

Joe Skipper/Reuters Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. The sluggish economy is one reason that health spending has grown so slowly recently. <nyt_byline> By ANNIE LOWREY WASHINGTON –  The rollout of President Obama’s health care law may have deeply disappointed its supporters, but on at least one front, the Affordable Care Act is beating expectations: its cost. … Continue reading

NY Times: Out of Network, Not by Choice, and Facing Huge Health Bills

Donna Alberico for The New York Times Sienna D’Andrea was treated by out-of-network doctors. By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD   Once the cardiologist figured out why Raquel and Michael D’Andrea’s 9-week-old daughter was so frail and unable to eat, he immediately sent her to the hospital for heart surgery.  Donna Alberico for The New York Times Sienna … Continue reading

NY Times: From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal

By ROBERT PEAR, SHARON LaFRANIERE and IAN AUSTEN WASHINGTON — In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them. Joe Skipper/Reuters “So much testing of the new … Continue reading

NY Times: Urging Patience, Obama Says Problems With Health Care Sites Reflect Demand

By JACKIE CALMES WASHINGTON — President Obama urged Americans who have flocked to the new government-run Web marketplaces for health insurance policies not to give up because of the technical problems attributed to greater-than-anticipated demand. Fixes are under way, he said. Mr. Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press released on Saturday, said he did … Continue reading

NY Times: Administration Rejects Union Pleas on Health Law

By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON — The federal government on Friday rejected pleas from labor unions for a dispensation from President Obama’s health care law. The decision, likely to infuriate some of Mr. Obama’s closest political allies, denies federal tax credits to workers who receive health coverage under employee benefit plans sponsored by more than one employer. Such … Continue reading

NY Times: $67 Million Awarded to Groups Helping With Health Law

By ABBY GOODNOUGH Published: August 15, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday awarded $67 million to 105 groups around the country that will serve as “navigators” to help the uninsured understand their options under the new health care law and sign up for coverage. The administration had initially planned to spend less — $54 million — on navigators … Continue reading

NY Times: In Need of a New Hip, but Priced Out of the U.S.

  By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL | Published: August 3, 2013 Josh Haner/The New York Times Michael Shopenn, who has an artificial hip, on Copper Mountain in Colorado. Joint replacements have grown sharply. WARSAW, Ind. — Michael Shopenn’s artificial hip was made by a company based in this remote town, a global center of joint manufacturing. But he had … Continue reading

NY Times: Interview With President Obama

By THE NEW YORK TIMES Published: July 27, 2013 Following is a transcript of an interview with President Obama conducted by Jackie Calmes and Michael D. Shear of The New York Times. The interview was conducted at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., on July 24, 2013. NYT: So we’re here with you, already four years since the … Continue reading

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