Minn. Hospital Among Those Paying $28M To Settle Allegations Involving MedicareThe U.S. Justice Department says 32 hospitals in 15 states have agreed to pay $28 million to settle allegations they admitted patients for certain procedures that could have been done on an outpatient basis, resulting in higher Medicare bills.
ACLU Sues Over Ban On Transition-Related Surgery Coverage The American Civil Liberties Union says it filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Minnesota Department of Human Services, challenging the ban on transition-related surgeries for transgender people on Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.
Bloomington Doctor Charged With Fraud, Identity Theft, Taking KickbacksA Bloomington doctor will be in court Thursday, charged with taking money from Medicare and Medicaid.
New Surgery Robot Shortens Recovery Times In Knee ReplacementsA new medical robot is designed to make knee replacement surgery a less painful experience with a much quicker recovery.
Is Long-Term Care Insurance Right For Your Family?It's a topic a lot of people don't like to talk about: How are you planning to pay for long-term nursing care for an elderly parent, or even yourself? Surveys show seven out of ten people over the age of 65 will need it, and the costs can be staggering: between $5,000 and $10,000 a month.
Nursing Home Chain To Pay $38M In US SettlementA nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around the country, the Justice Department said.
Twin Sisters Plead Not Guilty To Medical Fraud Twin sisters who once lived in Massachusetts, and now live in Minnesota, have pleaded not guilty to charges they stole more than $580,000 from federal, state and local agencies by allegedly providing unlicensed psychological services.
Good Question: Why Isn't Dental Work Covered Under Most Health Plans?Anyone who has had an infected tooth, a root canal or their wisdom teeth pulled might have wondered what Darlene from LeCenter asked us earlier this week: Why isn't dental work covered under most health care plans?
MN Attorney General Asks Feds To Investigate HumanaMinnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says a federal investigation is needed to look into business practices at one of the nation's largest private Medicare insurers. On Friday, Swanson sent a massive file of complaints against Humana to the federal agency charged with overseeing that part of Medicare. She’s asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to look into more than 27 complaints on file.
Low Or No Cost Health Care Options For People With Low IncomesSeveral health coverage and care options are now available for individuals and families in lower income brackets.
Seniors & The ACA
Tribes Plan For Worst With Looming Budget CutsWhen it comes to the automatic spending cuts that began taking effect this month, federal lawmakers spared programs that serve the nation's most vulnerable — such as food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans' assistance — from hard hits.

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