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    Billions of dollars, better health care for Pennsylvania's poor and election-year politics are riding on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's bid to bring Medicaid expansion money to the state under the 2010 federal health care law.

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    Federal officials have warned Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that they will withhold $307 million in Medicaid money from the state if no agreement is soon reached on whether the state's financing plans for the privatized LSU hospitals meet federal guidelines.

  • Report: Md. health exchange glitch may cost $30.5M

    A problem with Maryland's defective health care exchange could cost the state $30.5 million, because the state is unable to determine whether people remain eligible for Medicaid, according to a report by state budget analysts released Thursday.

  • California insurance exchange had 'vulnerability'

    More than three months after it opened for business, California's online health insurance marketplace had what federal officials described as a potential security flaw in its computer system and one that had already been disclosed publicly.

  • **FILE** House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., with House GOP leaders, speaks with reporters following a Republican strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. At left is Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    GOP lawmakers, trade groups rail against proposed Medicare Advantage cuts

    Republican lawmakers cried foul Friday night over an Obama administration proposal to cut payment rates to private insurers who administer Medicare Advantage, a popular alternative to the government-run health program for seniors.

  • NC lawmaker blames Medicaid for poor communication

    The North Carolina agency running Medicaid said Tuesday it should have informed legislators and done a better financial review before accepting a temporary delay from the federal government on changes to recalculate patient eligibility.

  • Feds say they fixed Medicaid problem for children

    A wrinkle in the HealthCare.gov website that temporarily left some children without insurance coverage has been fixed, federal officials said Friday.

  • Answers sought on families' Medicaid problems

    A congresswoman from New Hampshire asked the U.S. government Tuesday to clarify how families can obtain coverage under the federal health insurance law when children are eligible for Medicaid but their parents are not.

  • FILE - This Oct. 30, 2013 file photo shows Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. A story about potential coverage problems around the country as health insurance purchased through the exchanges takes effect. First places to look: pharmacies and emergency rooms. Ricardo paving the way with trade groups for hospitals and pharmacists. What happened to late enrollees? Do insurers have accurate information about their new customers? Do people understand their coverage accurately? Are there success stories?  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Rep. Issa hints at prosecuting Sebelius for 'false' Obamacare testimony

    The House’s top investigator told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday she must recant her “false” testimony to Congress about the rollout of Obamacare and warned she could face criminal prosecution for lying to Congress.

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    BILLINGS, ANDREWS and ADDARIO: Penny-wise, pound-foolish medicine

    Detecting cancer and other serious diseases just got harder, thanks to a shortsighted decision from federal officials.

  • FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013 file photo shows part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. President Barack Obama’s fickle health insurance website is finally starting to put up some respectable signup numbers, but its job only seems to have gotten harder. Two months in and out of the repair shop have left significantly less time to fulfill the White House goal of enrolling 7 million people for 2014 by the end of open enrollment March 31. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

    Obama admin.: One in 10 Obamacare forms might have errors

    The Obama administration said up to one in four of the forms that transmitted enrollment data from the federal Obamacare exchange to insurers may have contained errors in October and November, according to a preliminary review.

  • FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2012 file photo, Jeffrey Zients testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is calling Zients to help correct problems with the new federal health care website. The White House says Zients will assist a team that is said to be working around the clock on the site, www.healthcare.gov.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    White House, Republicans spar over Obamacare record

    The Obama administration said Friday it is seeing mixed progress in fixing the federal Obamacare website, as Republicans piled on criticism by saying taxpayers should get a refund for the broken $400 million Internet portal and that new numbers indicate that few people have enrolled in the insurance market for the District of Columbia tied to the health care law.

  • Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, greets Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, prior to her testimony before the committee on problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obamacare official: Bugs can be fixed

    Marilyn Tavenner, President Obama's point woman in implementing the new health care law, told Congress on Tuesday the new health care law is salvageable and that repairs to the federal Obamacare website will coincide with an expected rush of enrollees by early December, even as GOP lawmakers declare Obamacare a failure.

  • Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner testifies Tuesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about problems with the rollout of Obamacare. Committee Republicans have emphasized coverage cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cybersecurity for HealthCare.gov. (Associated Press)

    Point person on Obamacare website assures senators on code, security

    President Obama's point person in implementing the new health care law assured senators Tuesday that the federal Obamacare website is salvageable and secure, even as her agency acknowledged it had to fix software code after a man in North Carolina reported he stumbled upon another man's personal information.

  • FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2012 file photo, Jeffrey Zients testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is calling Zients to help correct problems with the new federal health care website. The White House says Zients will assist a team that is said to be working around the clock on the site, www.healthcare.gov.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Obamacare fix-it czar says website repair on track

    Jeffrey Zients, the management expert and former top White House budget aide tapped by President Obama to help fix the federal Obamacare website, said Friday his repair team is still on track to have the online portal working smoothly for the "vast majority of users" by the end of this month.

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